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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks

One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »


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Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Notes from a Small Island

Pagoda, June 26, 2012

If you've ever wanted to explore Britain through the eyes of your fussy, slightly curmudgeonly, but ultimately warm and lovable uncle, Bryson's book is a must own. His appreciation for the minutiae of British life comes through in his witty and detailed descriptions of everything from British naming conventions (visit fabulous Nether Wallop) to the eccentricities of the fifth Duke of Portland and his underground mansion. For better or worse Bryson will bring out the anglophile in you through this ode to the motherland, and about the time you finish reading you'll want to start planning your own cross country trek.
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One

Pagoda, January 1, 2012

While definitely not the "best written" book of 2011, Ready Player One is almost certainly the most fun. Cline's world draws you in and doesn't let go, much like the game played by its characters. Gamers, tech geeks, sci if fans, D&D players, and geeks of every other kind: this book is for us!
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