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36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (Vintage Contemporaries) by Rebecca Goldstein
36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (Vintage Contemporaries)

Judy Hante, January 2, 2013

I adored this book -- it's brilliantly written. I may have to think about it a bit more before I finish writing my review, but essentially it contains so many things I really enjoyed: it has gorgeous prose, it had lots of words I had to look up, it takes place in an academic environment, and it involves characters I really liked and cared about. As a bonus, we get a unique look at one of the Hassidic enclaves in New York. Cass was a wonderful protagonist, a famous atheist. I could have done with a bit less of Professor Klapper, who was really a wacko, but he was still a very memorable character. I had a feeling the book would end just the way it did, but I'm usually wrong, so it was a nice surprise :) Highly recommended. It's a perfect book for an e-reader; I was able to look up words right on the spot and copy/save passages that were so perfect. There were many of those in this book.
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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
State of Wonder

Judy Hante, January 1, 2012

I wish that Ann Patchett could write more quickly, because her books are such treasures! I found this story intriguing and the characters and setting fascinating. It is the kind of story I expect from Ann Patchett -- it is engrossing and full of unusual but believable characters, the setting is rare but believable, and ethical questions abound. The prose, of course, is beautiful. I could feel the jungle, the river, bugs, plants, snakes -- almost smell it all. I am left not 100% certain of will happen in the lives of the characters after the ending of the book, but that's OK. I can't imagine spending one's entire life in a place like the Amazon jungle, no matter the importance of the work. Ann Patchett has once again told an entirely unique story in a strange setting with unforgettable characters. Highly recommended!!
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Crossing State Lines by Bob Holman and Carol Muske-Dukes
Crossing State Lines

Judy Hante, April 20, 2011

This is an amazing book of poetry. I'm not usually a reader of poetry, but occasionally something really hits home. This book is done in renga form, so each poet wrote a short one page poem that was than continued on the next page by a different poet. There are fifty four such poems in the book, all based around America. From these talented poets, all of our loves and hates, likes and dislikes, wishes and dreams about our country come out with such eloquence. The poetry is lovely, sad, hopeful, disappointed, scary, and all together a great representation of our country. It's really quite an achievement. I'd love to see more work like this.
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Judy Hante, January 10, 2010

I love a book where I fall into the story and have a very difficult time climbing out! This was definitely one of those, and among the best stories I read in the decade. Edgar is a fascinating and sympathetic character, and the dogs make the story so rich in a way that is hard to describe to someone who has not read the book.
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