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Randall Nichols has commented on (8) products.

Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera
Signs Preceding the End of the World

Randall Nichols, August 21, 2015

This was the hands down the best book I've read in 2015; I'm dying for more from Yuri Herrera. I'm not even sure how much I want to tell you about it. I wanted the flight I was on to get delayed, it was so good. Think of something with moments that felt noir; all the best, subtle moments of magical realism; the hero's journey.

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Missing Person by Patrick Modiano
Missing Person

Randall Nichols, October 22, 2014

I picked this up after Modiano won the Nobel Prize, and, even in translation, I understand why. Modiano spins noir into something wholly new - city streets, memory, and identity in the wake of tragedy form the strands of the mystery he sets up. To say it is a quick read detracts from the meditative feel of his prose. Well worth a look!
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The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics) by Tove Jansson
The Summer Book (New York Review Books Classics)

Randall Nichols, July 8, 2014

I picked this up with a couple other books as part of a Powell's sale of Women Authors in Translation, in anticipation of a trip I was taking to the author's native Finland. I haven't been disappointed in any of the books I picked up.

Written by Tove Jannson, who is no doubt more famous for her Moomins series (I'd not heard of either until this book), this book feels much less fantastic yet still magical. This book is both a sweet - and sometimes bittersweet - look at a young girl's relationship with her grandmother, spent on their small island in the Finnish summer. The stories, short vignettes, manage to deal with the struggle of aging both from young Sophia and her grandmother's perspective without ever losing the sense of playfulness. Honestly, it was such a good book, I had to dole it out to myself like a treat.
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Loteria by Mario Alberto Zambrano

Randall Nichols, October 14, 2013

Zambrano's "Loteria" was an impulse buy that yielded a touching story of family tragedy. Using the images of loteria cards as a jumping off point for a personal history of tragedy, the book was a quick and worthwhile read. Highly recommended.
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Beautiful Ruins (P.S.) by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins (P.S.)

Randall Nichols, October 14, 2013

Somewhere between the film "Cinema Paradiso" and the book "The Time Traveler's Wife" sits Jess Walter's "The Beautiful Ruins." The story switches between narratives to tell a tale mixed up in the good and the bad of Hollywood's golden age, a quiet corner on the coast of Italy, and other locales. In the end, "The Beautiful Ruins" is more than a romance - it's also got tragedy and long-delayed coming of age stories mixed into a tremendously satisfying mix.
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