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W S Krauss has commented on (65) products.

Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Sister

W S Krauss, December 2, 2014

What at first seems like a standard mystery, becomes a letter from a woman to her missing sister. A powerful novel about love and family bonds.
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Wool by Hugh Howey
Wool

W S Krauss, November 6, 2014

I loved the story and the main character Jules. The air outside is toxic. People live in an underground silo where they work, live, reproduce, die. When a resident breaks certain laws, they are sent outside in a suit that only lasts long enough for the criminal to clean the sensors outside that give the residents of the silo their only view of the outside world. Some of the residents have discovered that there are lies that form the basis of their existence and are determined to bring the truth to light. But it is a dangerous mission they are on, one that may threaten the very existence of the silo.
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Euphoria by Lily King
Euphoria

W S Krauss, October 16, 2014

Euphoria refers to the emotions felt by an anthropologist when she/he feels they begin to understand and make sense of a culture. According to this novel, it occurs somewhere around two months of living with a tribe. The plot of Euphoria is loosely based on a trip Margaret Mead took to New Guinea with her second husband, where they collaborated with another anthropologist who later became her third husband. The characters in this story are Nell Stone and her husband Fen, who are fleeing the tribe they are studying, the Mumbanyo, who practice infanticide. Nell has a broken ankle, broken glasses and malaria. Fen has a bruised ego resulting from the fact that his wife's recent book was a rousing success. At a government station Christmas party, they meet Bankson, a fellow anthropologist living with a tribe on the Sepik River. He persuades Nell and Fen to travel to a site 7 hours from the tribe he is studying, to study the Tam. This is in part because he is lonesome, but also because he is taken by Nell Stone. He wants her to be near him. Bankson visits them by canoe and the three of them have lively discussions that result in what they feel is a very important theory they come upon. But as time goes on, Nell and Fen's marriage begins to falter. The story is told retrospectively from Nell's journal entries and Bankson's narration. It is as much a novel of intellectual pursuit as it is of the romantic and erotic. The descriptions are lush, sensual and exotic. The book is an excellent and satisfying read.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See

W S Krauss, October 5, 2014

This novel is epic in scope, told through the eyes of a blind French girl, a young German soldier and a dying German officer determined to find a priceless jewel from a French museum during WWII. The stories of these characters come together to form an unforgettable portrait of this time in history. Doerr's images of the war are riveting; his writing pulls you in and does not let go. These particular characters provide unique perspectives of the war and shed light on the motivations and lives of those caught up in this tumultuous period.
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An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery

W S Krauss, August 1, 2014

This is the second in the Bess Crawford series. Bess, a young English woman, is a dedicated nurse during WWI. She solves mysteries when she is home on leave and finds herself in situations where her intelligence and curiosity are tested. I enjoyed this book nearly as much as the first, Duty to the Dead.
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