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Jodi Barnes has commented on (4) products.

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Jodi Barnes, October 10, 2014

It was hard to read this novel. It is strikingly painful and just as beautiful. The way the author has interwoven darkness with love kept me turning the pages. I had to remind myself that the trauma was a metaphor for life in Haiti.
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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Signature of All Things

Jodi Barnes, February 14, 2014

Elizabeth Gilbert has written a beautiful novel. It is long and not a quick read, but this novel of adventure, science, love, religion, botany, evolution, family, colonialism, altruism, reason and the craft of writing is worth the time. Between mosses and orchids and Darwin and Russell, in this work of historical fiction we discover Alma Whitaker and her theory of natural selection. Whitaker, a bryologist, never published her treatise on competitive alteration. Gilbert tells her story in a way that demystifies science and shows how people develop scientific knowledge through methodical research and their interactions and relationships with people and places.
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Maya's Notebook by Isabel Allende
Maya's Notebook

Jodi Barnes, May 31, 2013

Isabel Allende has done it again. Her new novel takes place in Oakland, California, Las Vegas, Nevada and a small island in Chile. Maya's Notebook weaves the past with the present and delves into the depths of addiction while exploring the meaning of family. It was a disturbingly beautiful read.
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus

Jodi Barnes, January 4, 2013

Best book of 2013!
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