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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Visit from the Goon Squad

Elizabeth Bee, January 26, 2013

This novel is sneakily brilliant. It took a few chapters for me to get into this book, but when I did, I couldn't put it down. The seemingly separate stories end up painting a picture of intertwined lives, tragedies, and moments of triumph. No but really, people: there's a chapter in the form of a power-point presentation. And a wry vision of a future NYC that made me laugh and also cringe with recognition.
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Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Prodigal Summer

Elizabeth Bee, August 30, 2012

Need a sexy dose of summer? Prodigal Summer is the kind of book that makes you smell the honeysuckle and feel the humidity on your skin. This is a lush, sensual look into rural life and into the often unexpected ways people and wildlife are intricately interconnected. It's one of my favorites, particularly after spending my own summer in southern Appalachia.
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Kindred: 25th Anniversary Edition by Octavia E. Butler
Kindred: 25th Anniversary Edition

Elizabeth Bee, June 10, 2012

It's been a long time since I stayed up reading a novel under the covers, but "Kindred" kept me up at night, both with its page-turning plot and its searing portrayal of slavery's brutality. Butler uses the device of involuntary time-travel to explore love, race, and the legacy of slavery, making us confront the ways black and white Americans are both scarred and knit together by this legacy. "Kindred" is both deep and readable. I highly recommend it.
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Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler

Elizabeth Bee, January 22, 2012

Were you kind of intrigued by the sexy Twilight vampires, but turned off by the flat characters, anti-feminist messages, and bland writing? Read this instead. Your brain will thank you. You also get deep questions about race in America, the meaning of "family," and the relationship between love and sex. Plus it is a rip-roaring, page-turning, girl-on-the-run thriller. What's not to love?
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Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler
Lilith's Brood

Elizabeth Bee, January 19, 2012

Wow. If you love science fiction (or even if you don't), you should read this book. It's actually a trilogy, about a post-apocalyptic Earth on which the remnant of humanity is saved (or exploited?) by a race of genetic-engineering aliens. Is humanity inevitably doomed to destroy itself? Are we an inherently hierarchical people? What does it mean to be "human?" If you're intrigued by these questions, or you just would like, for once, to read something feminist AND entertaining, pick up "Lilith's Brood."
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