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Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Night Film

Rachelle Shanrock, December 28, 2013

I love to read, but in general most of the time I probably only read for 20 minutes at a time. Not with Night Film. I read it in, oh, I suppose, 6 hour increments. Over 3 days. I just finished it and my head is still spinning.

Yes, the use of italics is way too much. Sure, there might be a couple plot holes I didn't notice. But none of that matters one bit. Because this book is ENCHANTING. It drew me in, I almost felt like I literally couldn't put it down. And it was so exciting. Toward the end I just couldn't believe the turn of events and my eyes just hungrily ate up every single word. Scott, Nora, even Hopper, and especially Ashley, enchanted me as I got to know them and felt their presence.

There were a lot of quotes that I loved, but here's a random one:

"And just like that, he began to tell us all about her as the rain beat the windows like an army trying to get in."

This book haunts me and I can't wait for the day I pick it up to read it again. For Pete's sake, just read it!
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Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah
Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris

Rachelle Shanrock, December 28, 2013

"It was a near-perfect meal, not just because of the food, which had been exquisite, but also because of the restaurant's loving interpretation of place and culture and cuisine. Perhaps I was lightly tipsy on ambience and Champagne, but I thought I could read a story in some of the dishes."

This is a rather lovely book. It was a cookbook -meets history - meets memoir. There was more French history than I expected and sometimes it seemed a little out of place. But I enjoyed the times when she spoke about her own experiences in Paris and added a little bit of philosophy and optimism. I just got back from France less than 2 months ago, and this book made me realize how much I missed. There is always more to see in Paris and by reading this book I felt like I got to experience a little more of it.

It was a quick read and it made me smile and made me feel like I was in France, if only for a little while. I definitely recommend this book. It's a lovely little escape.
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The Man in the Window (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries) by Jon Cohen
The Man in the Window (Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscoveries)

Rachelle Shanrock, December 28, 2013

The Man in the Window is very unique. I totally loved it. It was a heartwarming page-turner that was laugh out loud funny. I really enjoyed getting to know the other characters, like Gracie, Atlas, and Arnie, even though clearly it was Iris and Louis that were the main focus. Getting to know those other characters too was integral in getting to know Iris and Louis. By the end I felt like I was really living these events with them; I felt like one of the neighbors watching Louis fall out the window and I drove with them to hospital crammed in the back seat.

I'm so happy Nancy Pearl picked this gem as one of her Book Lust Discoveries. What a wonderful, well-written read.
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The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
The Shoemaker's Wife

Rachelle Shanrock, September 24, 2012

"The Shoemaker's Wife" is an absolutely gorgeous story. Unlike anything else Adriana Trigiani has written, it is about 2 Italian American immigrants, who meet once in Italy as teenagers, then again in America. Ciro and Enza are wonderfully developed characters, and I found myself cheering along with them when they met success, and crying along with them in any sad moments. I was very sad to put this book down when I finished it; and I hope that Trigiani keeps writing masterpieces like this one.
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Happy All the Time: A Novel by Laurie Colwin
Happy All the Time: A Novel

Rachelle Shanrock, June 13, 2012

my first Laurie Colwin novel, I loved it. I laughed out loud repeatedly throughout, and I became very attached to the characters. Guido, Holly, Vincent, and Misty, all manage to find love and friendship despite themselves and I loved being part of the journey for a little while. I never reread books, but this is one I might have to reread. enjoy!
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