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Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Mr. Fox

EdwardHakim, December 26, 2012

Mr. Fox is a book that will not be great fun for readers who like a linear plot or story lines. The stories within the story lead the reader to places around the world and beyond, personal challenges are issued all the time, and the voices change (or do they?). It is quite a ride, funny, heart-warming and full of surprises.
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The Novice: A Story of True Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Novice: A Story of True Love

EdwardHakim, December 26, 2012

A simple story by the great teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, based on a Vietnamese Buddhist legend. The main character of the story, a young woman who disguised her identity to become a monk, and having faced much undeserved adversity in her life, demonstrates the true meaning of love and forgiveness. A good, very basic primer, in parable form, for beginners learning about Buddhist ethics, particularly compassion and loving-kindness.
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Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Sweet Tooth

EdwardHakim, December 24, 2012

Ian McEwan is my favorite writer when it comes to style. There's something about the rhythm of his sentences that works for me. I thought he could write with aplomb in any genre until Solar came along and I found out McEwan definitely can't write satire. With Sweet Tooth, he's back on track. The novel isn't profound, but it is the most entertaining novel I've read this year by far.
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Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
Dear Life: Stories

EdwardHakim, December 24, 2012

Only occasionally do I read short stories, and when I do, they are invariably of the mystery or suspense genre, usually with a 'twist' in the ending. I had of course heard of Alice Munro, but I didn't really know much about her writing. I knew that the stories in this book would be different from what I was used to, but I was not prepared for how very much I enjoyed them.
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The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith
The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir

EdwardHakim, December 24, 2012

The author is a grief counselor. She writes how her marriage and the birth of her daughter helped her to put her life back together again, to feel less alone, and more grateful for what she had and not focused on what she didn't have. A reader will sense that cutting alcohol out of her life is a great first step to facing life and loss head on. I rarely read such emotional stories but this book changes that.
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