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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft

I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
Orange Is the New Black

FBB, February 17, 2014

AFter binge-watching the tv series of the same name, I read the memoir and found it to be much less dramatic and more real. In it Kerman comes to terms with her prison sentence, takes responsilbity for her crime, and admits to the class differences in the penal system. Even if you've watched the series and either like it or not, this book is a winner with lots of insight into prison life and into Kerman's character. A very good read!
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Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner
Vaclav and Lena

FBB, January 8, 2012

While this is a book of some very harsh realities, it is also just beautiful. Sometimes, perhaps, a "Romeo & Juliet," other times the tale of immigrant children struggling with tragic pasts. You will never forget the main characters: both Vaclav and Lena will stay with you for a very long time. As they should.
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Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner
Vaclav and Lena

FBB, August 19, 2011

Scott Simon (NPR, Weekend Edition) recommended this book a few weeks ago. Enough for me!

When I finished reading this novel, I had to hug the book before returning it to my local library. "Vaclav & Lena" is a lovely, beautifully written book. Two Russian immigrant children (Vaclav and Lena) meet and are the best of friends as children, are separated for a number of years, and are re-united after that period of time. No, it's not completely a "happily-ever-after" ending but it is a hope-filled one. Tanner gives her characters just the right voices, and provides the reader with a beautiful read. You will NOT forget these characters after you read this book!
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Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Super Sad True Love Story

FBB, August 3, 2011

I just finished "Super Sad..." and while it is not the type of fiction I generally enjoy, the book really did keep me reading, on and off, realizing that I was in the "future" and then again, not too far into it. The protagonist is a somewhat sorry but likeable man, but the real "main character" is the world in which he lives, soon to be our world in so many ways. A cautionary tale? Perhaps. A good, satirical read? Yes.
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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
State of Wonder

FBB, June 28, 2011

I have enjoyed Patchett's previous work, but this novel is a departure and a good one. A page-turner, it takes us on a journey with Marina Singh from America to Brazil to the Amazon, all the while the reader wonders what will go wrong. And much does, but in the end Singh has learned about her own heart despite (perhaps because of?) her sojourn.

Really, just about the best novel I have read in a long time. READ IT! You won't be disappointed.
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