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Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Zone One

W S Krauss, March 27, 2015

A fun read for zombie genre lovers. Gory, descriptive and at times funny. Colson Whitehead can craft a sentence!
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Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Zone One

W S Krauss, March 27, 2015

A fun read for zombie genre lovers. Gory, descriptive and at times funny. Colson Whitehead can craft a sentence!
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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
The Good Lord Bird

W S Krauss, March 18, 2015

What a wonderful, wild and touching account of John Brown and the fictional Onion, a young light-skinned black boy who spends years with Brown passing as a girl. History and fiction intertwine to create a brilliant narrative of John Brown's war on slavery, leading up to his battle at Harper's Ferry, which instigated the Civil War. Onion narrates the story in his distinctive dialect, as he describes all that happens to him in John Brown's company, and the band of men that join him to fight slavery in Kansas,Missouri and eventually to Virginia. Along the way, Onion learns to drink alcohol, falls in love twice and see his share of violence. John Brown treats Onion like family and in return Onion gives his loyalty to Brown. The characters are beautifully portrayed by McBride, especially the religious and fervent John Brown. Do not miss this excellent novel, my favorite James McBride novel to date, and winner of the National Book Award for 2013.
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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
The Dog Stars

W S Krauss, February 4, 2015

It's the end of the world as we know it and Hig has found a place for himself at an airport in the middle of nowhere, Colorado. He and his unlikely friend, an old man named Bangley, live at the airport and protect each other from people who stumble upon them and mean to cause them harm. Bangley has lots of firepower and Hig has his dog, Jasper, and a Cessna. Hig patrols the surrounding countryside with the plane to watch for intruders. I don't want to give any of the plot away but things happen to change the lives of these two survivors. It's a beautiful, hopeful story and I loved the stream of consciousness style of writing.
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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests

W S Krauss, January 24, 2015

In this gorgeously written novel set just after the First World War, a young woman and her mother are forced to take in boarders when they find themselves in debt and with serious financial problems. Mr and Mrs Barber move into the upstairs rooms and turn the lives of Frances and her mother upside down. But Frances eventually starts a passionate affair with Lilian Barber, practically under the noses of Lilian's husband Leonard and Frances's mother. A tragedy unfolds and the affair is put on hold, as others are drawn into the upheaval. The plot is well-paced, the characters are beautifully drawn and the writing is exceptional. I will not soon forget the descriptions of the love affair between these two women. I held my breath waiting for the conclusion to the story, which doesn't come until the final few pages of this wonderful book.
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