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Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    Gabrielle Zevin 9781616203214

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A Mercy (Vintage International) by Toni Morrison
A Mercy (Vintage International)

John Benschoter, January 8, 2013

As always, beautifully written. Honest in its portrayal of the struggles of a group of women during a period in which even white women married into privilege are considered less than human. A product of arranged marriage scorned by her family, a native girl scorned by the white protestants who have slaughtered and driven off her people, and a slave girl given as payment. But this is not a feel-good Hallmark/The Help story. These women have problems with each other as well as their situation. They are marvelously human in the vein of Morrison's best works, and the struggle for hope in her world often leads to madness and despair.
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Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries) by Karen Russell
Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries)

John Benschoter, January 4, 2012

Funny, surreal, heart breaking. An amazing first novel.
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The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
The Lacuna

John Benschoter, January 3, 2011

Another great book by Kingsolver. Brilliant storytelling and her research is impeccable.
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2666 by Roberto Bolano
2666

John Benschoter, January 3, 2010

Truly a magnum opus. Many writers try, but few succeed. Someone asked me what this book was about after I finished it and I drove them from the room expounding on all it contained: art, history, violence, lust, love, and on and on. Probably the most amazing accomplishment is Bolano's ability to maintain the narrative voice while switching styles between the five books. I have read nothing like it and have been loath to start another novel fearing disappointment.
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