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The Invisible Bridge (Vintage Contemporaries) by Julie Orringer
The Invisible Bridge (Vintage Contemporaries)

Stpaulgirl, January 6, 2013

Orringer weaves a beautiful story of a family clinging to love and dignity in the face of unspeakable injustice. The rise of the Third Reich and the holocaust are the backdrop to a compelling story of loyalty and resilience. Orringer's talent as a fiction writer shines through in her ability to tell the story without lapsing into sentimentality. If you think you can't handle another novel about the holocaust, think again and give this one a try.
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Great House by Nicole Krauss
Great House

Stpaulgirl, January 19, 2012

Great House has a wonderful mix of suspense and meditation--an intriguing narrative that explores big ideas. Centered around a big, unusual desk, the various strands of the story invite the reader to ponder which elements of our lives are ephemeral and which are permanent.
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A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

Stpaulgirl, September 4, 2011

Pink makes some interesting points about the value of a well-rounded brain and skill sets that go beyond typical "left-directed" skills and branch out into creativity, empathy, and the purported domain of the right brain. He is less persuasive when he's gazing into his crystal ball and offering advice such as "Get an MFA because corporations love hiring creative people." However, the second half of the book offers interesting summaries of right-brained skills and habits that can help all of us connect with each other and find meaning in a rapidly changing world.
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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin

Stpaulgirl, January 29, 2011

Definitely the best book I read in 2010. McCann's story is a beautiful meditation on human connections and the porous boundaries between public events and our most private moments. He moves gracefully between the often bleak lives of his characters as they all bear witness in some way to Philip Petit's World Trade Center tightrope walk. The connections among the characters unfold in a way that affirms McCann's masterful grasp of both human nature and narrative.
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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin

Stpaulgirl, January 1, 2011

Best book I read in 2010
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