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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Orchardist

Sari, September 17, 2012

When two girls steal apples from Talmadge, he doesn't react. When they later follow him to his orchard, he leaves plates of food for them on the porch. They are frightened, intrigued, and very pregnant. What starts almost as a story of taming, turns into a complex narrative of family and place. Amanda Coplin's prose is rich and wise, and the plot takes turns you will not expect. A powerful novel.
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True by Riikka Pulkkinen
True

Sari, July 13, 2012

When Elsa is diagnosed with cancer, her family wonders how they will survive without her--the smart, generous, ambitious mother/wife/grandmother who once danced on a table for her birthday. As the family contents with the inevitable tragedy, granddaughter Anna discovers another more shocking loss and betrayal. She puts on what she thinks is her grandmother's dress and instead finds out it belongs to Eeve, the nanny nobody talks about.

This beautiful novel is told from alternating points of view and is written with tremendous generosity. Even as characters are making bad choices, we care about them. The prose lingers, but is never slow. This novel stayed in my mind long after I read it and I have been recommending it to everyone.
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Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now by Jan Wong
Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now

Sari, November 20, 2011

I adore this book. It's is everything a good memoir should be: funny, informative, and wise. Not only would I recommend this book to anyone, but if I were rich, I would buy copies and hand it out. It's simply excellent!
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Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto by Maile Chapman
Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto

Sari, November 20, 2011

Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto is a creepy, compelling novel that makes the most out of its location: Finland. Something is amiss at the sanitarium beside the Baltic Sea. As the wealthy ladies dine on rye bread and cheese and patter beside the windows and as the days grow shorter, the feeling of impending doom increases. I would recommend this novel for anyone who has read and enjoyed Iris Murdoch's The Bell.
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Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit

Sari, November 20, 2011

Fantastically readable and tremendously informative. As I started reading, I wondered whether Barry Estabrook would be able to fill the entire book on a single subject and maintain his narrative pull. He does. The prose is lively throughout. Each chapter addresses a new topic. We readers are consistently learning new and important and interesting facts. I read it in a week. And it has changed the way I shop. I would recommend this book to anyone! In fact, my husband--who detests the tomato--heard so much about the book from me that he had to read it next. Now he can't wait to buttonhole his family and tell them interesting facts about tomatoes. Excellent book. And I hope it will change the way Florida grows tomatoes and treats workers.
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