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    The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    Gabrielle Zevin 9781616203214

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Reader (Widescreen)
Reader (Widescreen)

Katsuya, December 28, 2012

This is one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen, it was so incredible and just heart breaking. One of the things I respected about the film was the way they handled the awkward "love story" between Michael and Hannah, she's older, he's younger, but it's not even a perverted thing, so strange to say that. I don't know how to put it exactly, but their connection was real and in some sense they both needed each other. If you have the chance to see this movie, I seriously suggest that you take it, the powerful performances really make this film captivating. The story is so heart wrenching and painful, but was told so well. Kate now finally has the award she's deserved for so long and pulls in a terrific performance with The Reader.
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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A Visit from the Goon Squad

Katsuya, December 28, 2012

The book jumps around in time and in point of view. A tangled mess of interconnected characters are the subjects of various chapters, one of which is written in Powerpoint. This could have been a terrible mess, or frustrating , but it was the mixed narratives kept the whole structure going. The stories are about people in various times in their lives-- during their optimistic (or not) youth, as adults struggling to make relationships and jobs work, and in a post-apocalyptic future where we are all (um) part of a machine. I didn't find it to be a cynical novel, though. People move on, move up, and keep it going. I might have had a different view of it 10 years ago, but the characters were very real. The slices of their lives that we glimpse in different chapters are the same small samples we see of our own friends. Loved it.
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The Chronology of Water: A Memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch
The Chronology of Water: A Memoir

Katsuya, December 28, 2012

I would recommend any one who has an interest in art or literature. Yuknavitch’s website is also worth checking out if for no other reason than how cool the artwork throughout the website is. I also like the music. Really like. I won’t say anything more, partly because I feel I cannot do the book justice and partly because I want you to stop reading my post and go read this book. Now!
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Sleepwalk with Me: And Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia
Sleepwalk with Me: And Other Painfully True Stories

Katsuya, December 28, 2012

I found this book honest, endearing, relatable, well-written, and also really, really funny. And now I'm off to see if I can find some of his stand-up on Netflix. If you like Mike Birbiglia, I would really recommend this. It was an evening well-spent for me, and my tummy still hurts from laughing.
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Katsuya, December 27, 2012

I picked this book up on a whim at a used bookstore one day simply thinking that I'd like to read something different for a change. 'Perfume' managed to root itself so deep in my mind that I still remember this novel in vivid detail to this day; I must have read it at least ten years ago. The story is disturbing in so many ways yet so unbelievably brilliant and fascinating that you can't help but be enthralled.

The novel is extremely graphic at times but that's what really makes the story. Highly recommended, I love this novel it's one of my absolute favorites.
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