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Teresa Borden has commented on (30) products.

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
The Imperfectionists

Teresa Borden, October 25, 2011

I was quickly drawn in to each character's story in the chapters of this chronicle of a newspaper in Rome. Figuring out how they were all interconnected was fascinating, though I was a bit puzzled at first by the backstory in italics. I could not stop reading this book and was a bit disappointed by the last chapter but would recommend it highly to anyone interested in journalism and the human beings who inhabit the newspaper world.
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The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
The Lonely Polygamist

Teresa Borden, May 29, 2011

I must admit that I'd recieved this book as an Indiespensible offering I'd signed up for and then put it on the back burner of books on my shelf. It seemed such a heavy topic to automatically delve into. Then, a few months later, delve I did and oh Wow. Poor Golden, I thought and continued to think throughout, about the main character. I kept looking at the author's photo at the end of the book and wondering if he had actually experienced having multiple wives and children. Udall does an amazing job of drawing the reader in from multiple points of view, from the Father to the Wives to the poor sad son, who nonetheless turns out to be one of the best characters.
I am still not sure what I think about the ending of this story, but I do know that it was an amazing ride and I'm glad I stuck it out.
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Bright before Us (Tin House New Voice) by Katie Arnold-Ratliff
Bright before Us (Tin House New Voice)

Teresa Borden, May 29, 2011

Though I initially disliked the protagonist, angst-ridden 25-year-old Francis, I was completely drawn in by Katie Arnold-Ratliff's lucid writing. The alternating 1st and 2nd-person points of view, while at first a bit disconcerting, even somewhat confusing, quickly took on a fascinating rythym that successfully juxtaposed past and present. As Francis' story unfolded, I felt more sympathetic toward his bumbling haplessness as I better understood the emotional underpinnings of his state of mind. I couldn't stop reading this book as it drew me nearly breathlessly toward the conclusion. And, though I have mixed feelings about the end of the story, it was also unbelievably beautiful.
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Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
Started Early, Took My Dog

Teresa Borden, May 14, 2011

Jackson Brodie stumbles upon yet another series of mysterious happenings while he's traveling the country visiting Abbeys and lackadaisically looking for the woman who stole his fortune. He rescues a little dog from a bad man and takes it with him on his wild journey. I love the way Atkinson juxtaposes her different characters and draws the reader inexorably into their lives.
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The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker
The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon

Teresa Borden, April 12, 2011

What astounded me throughout was the amazing length of time it took in the early 18th century, for communication to go back and forth between these early scientists on faraway continents. At the beginning, I thought I was reading historical fiction but it didn't take long for me to realize that this story, in truth, had unfolded from actual historical documents. And I appreciated that the author didn't take liberties: he said this is what we can know from the records.
Whitaker does such a great job of telling this story of an explorer's quest and his romance with a native noblewoman. I was on the edge of my seat, avidly reading page-by-page to find out what happened. I won't give away the ending, but I will say that it surprised me.
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