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The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
The Other Typist

DebZ, July 21, 2013

One definitely sees touches of Patricia Highsmith and elements of Gatsby within this mind-bending noir. It is a fun ride and an ambitious attempt for a first novel. I look forward to Suzanne Rindell's second.
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Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
Evidence of Things Unseen

DebZ, August 7, 2012

I thought all the great love stories had been written. I did not even read this as a love story...until I closed the book. From this poetic novel one learns about the physics of our universe and of our being, about a cosmic coming-together, and that what comes together must inevitably fall apart. This is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read, rich with a nexus of science and literature, about faith (and disappointment) in knowledge gained and how humans use (and misuse) it.
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help

DebZ, March 3, 2012

I read many appalling things in this book; my mouth literally dropped open a few times. I found myself often considering how cruel people can be, in all kinds of situations. But, I laughed, too - out loud. I found the dialect sticking with me throughout the day; I would stand at the sink doing dishes and "hear" Minny and Aibileen. I do not pretend to be fluent in any Southern dialect but thought the author did a fine job of keeping it consistent. I'm sure the situation was much, much worse for many at that time but that this offered a good balance of the good and the bad within individuals trying to co-exist. I think the book has done a good service. Also, it was well-written and flowed impeccably well. The book did what I expect any good book to do: it entertained me while running me through a gamut of emotions.
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Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery
Gourmet Rhapsody

DebZ, January 25, 2012

Erotica for foodies. With a nod to Proust, Barbery's food critic, on his death bed, relives the finest joys and most poignant sorrows of his life through the emotion and memory that food evokes, all the while trying to remember that one taste...what was it? I needed a cigarette afterward, and I don't smoke.
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Self-Help (Vintage Contemporaries) by Lorrie Moore
Self-Help (Vintage Contemporaries)

DebZ, May 8, 2011

I love that Lorrie Moore gets paid to write in the style that she does. I cannot tell you what that style is. I only know that it appeals to me. And, as we know, nothing makes better fiction than the truth, especially the truth that we tell ourselves all these little lies, and we continue to act out these lies even while knowing we are not doing anyone, especially ourselves, any good by living falsely. This is the best Self-Help book I've read.
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