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awisehart has commented on (10) products.

Sula (Oprah's Book Club) by Toni Morrison
Sula (Oprah's Book Club)

awisehart, December 16, 2009

This is a very powerful novel, with richly imagined, complex characters; a compelling and nuanced story of a friendship. Morrison explores heavy themes of racism and sexism in ways that are never cliche or overly simplified. Definitely recommended!
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Mudbound: A Novel by Hillary Jordan
Mudbound: A Novel

awisehart, June 5, 2008

This is a compelling, engrossing novel about life in 1940s rural Mississippi. It was hard to put down. The characters are vivid and complex, well drawn. The story is told from the point of view of six different characters, and for this reason the narration is occasionally choppy, but it's well developed. A beautifully written story about prejudice. Hillary Jordan digs deeply into the lives of her characters, taking an unflinching and complex approach.
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The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli
The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War

awisehart, May 11, 2008

A beautifully written, compelling memoir about Gioconda Belli's experiences during the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, and its aftermath. This is a poetic and moving narrative, and a portrait of a strong woman and committed activist.
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Away: A Novel by Amy Bloom
Away: A Novel

awisehart, December 26, 2007

A lyrical, beautifully written epic novel that brings to life the immigrant experience in America in the 1920s. I was captivated and transported by this novel and its vibrant, compelling heroine.
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver and Camille Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

awisehart, December 16, 2007

Infused with sharp wit and a conversational style, this is the story of one family's quest to live small - growing their own food, buying the rest from almost exclusively local sources. Immensely readable, funny, inspiring, and rarely preachy, this is a book about re-connecting with where our food comes from, and making responsible, conscious choices. Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite writers, and this book does not disappoint. Rather than portraying this journey as a deprivation, she conveys a sense of adventure and pleasure in food - growing it, preparing it, and eating it. Quite a feat these days, when convenience, pre-packaged foods are the norm.
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