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The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
The People in the Trees

Tisa, June 2, 2015

If a man is recognized as a genius but does horrific things, is he still a genius? If he wins the Nobel Prize, do his despicable actions negate his accomplishments? Is a breakthrough scientific discovery worth more than the lives that are negatively affected by the impact of that chain of events? I was totally absorbed by this tale of science, psychology, anthropology, and crime, skillfully crafted in this debut novel and inspired by true events and people. You'll be reminded of Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible, and Patchett's Stare of Wonder, but you'll never forget Dr. Perina's story.
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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life

Tisa, May 21, 2015

It will be a challenge to find another book this year that surpasses this one for engulfing me in its unimaginable and unforgettable story, characters, language, and emotional grip. Jude will become an iconic character, and his relationships--both with friends and enemies--will never be forgotten. "As assaulting as his memories were, his life coming back to him in pieces, he knew he would endure them if it meant he could also have friends, if he kept being granted the ability to take comfort in others." You'll be in tears by the end.
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God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
God Help the Child

Tisa, May 2, 2015

"Memory is the worst thing about healing" Toni Morrison wastes no words in this brief but searing novel about the impact of childhood trauma on the adults who live through and with it. As in all her books, she writes of tragedy, love, racism, abuse, and human fraility with succinct but lyrical language. I wanted to read this book longer than it took, so I read slowly, parsing the chapters to last over the seven days of a week. A second reading will be done in one sitting.
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Goodhouse by Peyton Marshall

Tisa, April 27, 2015

This first novel moves along pretty quickly and kept my interest and is well-written, but the idea is not new and reminded me of a better book, Never Let Me Go. Teens who enjoy reading would like this one, I think. Peyton Marshall was inspired by memoirs written by men who survived living in a juvenile rehab facility in CA--the Preston School of Industry--that operated for 117 years. She mentions this in her "Acknowledgements" at the end of the book. Now, I want to go read those memoirs.
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Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Tisa, April 11, 2015

"It's an otherworldly moment when the curtains behind which a lie has been hiding are pulled apart. When the slats on the blinds are forced open and a slash of truth explodes into the room. You can feel the crazing of the air. Light shatters every lie's glass. You have no choice but to confess." Anna is a "good wife, mostly," but the lies she tells herself, her husband, her children, her lovers, and her friends make her life less than livable and more than chaotic. Her behavior begins in boredom and ends in grief and tragedy for herself and all whose lives she touches. Ms. Essbaum says she was inspired by Madame Bovary more than Anna Karenina, but Hausfrau is a story all its own. Don't be fooled by the pretty book cover. Though told with masterful language and well-crafted plot lines, this novel is anything but "pretty." Highly recommended.
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