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Skippy Dies by Paul Murray
Skippy Dies

Matthew Yasuoka, December 9, 2014

In prose that sings and snickers at its own brilliance, Murray tells a story that is funny and sad, beautiful and disgusting, despicable and laudable. It is a work full of flawed characters, who struggle to comprehend the biggest things in the world despite their tinyness. I'm reading it for the third time after seeing "Interstellar," because this book melds science and philosophy, discusses love and nature, in the same striking and erudite way that the Nolan film does. It's my favorite book of all time and never disappoints.
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Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

Matthew Yasuoka, July 18, 2014

I read this book on the Max and laughed out loud so often that people stopped to ask me what I was reading, if that isn't an indicator of the excellence of a book--I don't know what is. At the same time, it's an incisive deconstruction of the current zeitgeist and delves into issues such as: entitlement, masculinity, and government. It was so on point with current issues that I want to believe that Egger's wrote it within the last few months.
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We Were Warriors by Johnny No Bueno
We Were Warriors

Matthew Yasuoka, December 20, 2013

If you're looking for a book that let's you continue you seeing the world with the same complacent eyes this is not a book for you. The poems in this book are an invitation to wake up and see things differently. They reveal the violence lurking under the surface of the American dream. They show the complexity of every bridge and cardboard sign passed on the street. But more than that this book dares you to see its optimism. The way Johnny finds joy and beauty in the simple things. The book is at its best in its most wonderstruck moments. In the small pieces of chalk art that grace the grimy face of the city. This is a book that you read because you want to wake up. This is a book that you must read.
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The I in Team by Eirean Bradley
The I in Team

Matthew Yasuoka, November 13, 2012

The poems in this book will hit you like a right hook, rock you like a great concert, and leave you wanting more. This is one of the best book of poetry I have ever read, delighting in the joy and melancholy of living. Eirean not only puts the I in team, he puts the A in Awesome, the hip in hipster, and the effervescent beautiful explosion of being young and rocking into poetry. Read this book.
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The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
The Lonely Polygamist

Matthew Yasuoka, August 1, 2011

The magic of this book stems from its lovable cast of characters. From Rusty to Trish to Golden and everyone in between, Udall deftly manages to craft a cast of characters who will enchant you with his literary spell, helping you to fall in love with them, making the tragic aspects of the novel even more so. In the end it is a novel about people, who while extremely different than the norm in terms of life style, are exactly like us at the end of the day, forming the perfect lattice work for a heart wrenching tragicomic tale that you will want to recommend to every single person you know.
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