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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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The Laws of Our Fathers by Scott Turow
The Laws of Our Fathers

Paula Frantz, August 4, 2012

I do not know how I missed this one when it came out; but I am glad I found it now! This is vintage Turow, with cameo appearances by some of our favorite Kindle County denizens like the iconic Sandy Stern, but it centers on a new group of characters. The chief protagonist is Judge Sonny Klonsky who ends up presiding over a murder trial that brings back several people from an early pivotal period of her life -- the 60s, when she attended school at a thinly disguised UC Berkeley. there are two mysteries going on through out the novel . . . who committed the modern day murder, and why, and how did her former lover, who is now a renowned newspaper columnist, end up using the name of their old neighbor? Turow weaves the two stories together beautifully, and as in all Turow books, the characters, even minor characters, are fully formed people. A great summer read.
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Shanghai Girls Uk by Lisa See
Shanghai Girls Uk

Paula Frantz, January 1, 2012

I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, but this book was even better. I have never read a book that so eloquently described the special,complicated relationship between sisters- the love, the jealousies, the misunderstandings with the person who is genetically closest to you.
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Freedom: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
Freedom: A Novel

Paula Frantz, January 14, 2011

To me, this was a much better novel than The Corrections, which was also very good. While the characters' changes seemed inexplicable to their neighbors, the reader is better able to understand what alters this seemingly perfect family.
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Road

Paula Frantz, January 1, 2010

This book was my favorite of the decade. Although almost painful to read, I could not put it down, because when I did, I felt like I was abandoning the characters to an unknown, but inevitably unpleasant, fate. No book that I have read better captured the love of a father for his child, or the morally ambiguous choices that true love sometimes requires.
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