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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea by Adam Johnson
The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

Elyse, August 5, 2012

One of the best books I've read this year. At first I wasn't sure I wanted to read a lengthy book about North Korea, but it sounded intriguing, so I decided to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. Though I don't know how much of Johnson's descriptions of life in that country are accurate and how much is made up or exaggerated, I do think it gave me some idea of what it must be like to live their. It's not a pretty picture.
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Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg
Range of Motion

Elyse, August 4, 2012

I just reread this book, and I loved it as much as the first time. Berg is one of my favorite writers. Her mastery of the smallest details makes this book so real, I'm sure she must have experienced the events.
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The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
The Dovekeepers

Elyse, January 17, 2012

A historical novel about the siege of Masada by the Roman army. It is told in the voices of four women - women who defied the norms of the day in one way or another. It's filled with magic, faith and superstition. Though the review on this site is negative, I found the prose itself to be magical. I was hooked from the first page-
"Everywhere I walked my fate walked with me, sewn to my feet with red thread". Indeed, there is a lot of talk of these women's fates. Some of the descriptive passages are a bit long, and she often repeats herself - though I think it is intentional, as the four women tell the same story at times. Nonetheless, the characters are so real I felt sure they really existed, and I was moved by a story I should have been familiar with, but didn't really know it until now.
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The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Elyse, January 1, 2011

One of the best books I read in 2010
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A map of the world by Jane Hamilton
A map of the world

Elyse, January 4, 2010

It's been a long time since I read this book, but it will always be among my favorites. It haunted me for weeks after I finished it - and I remember that I didn't want it to be finished. The story is so frightening, sad and moving, and the writing was compelling. I had to vote for it for my book of the decade.
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