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The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Orchardist

catfish, December 14, 2012

This is a beautiful, sparely written book about a lonely orchardist in Eastern Washington, who helps two pregnant teenage runaways who appear on his property, with consequences that change all their lives. The rugged landscape of Eastern Washington is a fitting backdrop for this quietly powerful story of family, love, loss and change. Even after finishing it, I was haunted by the bitterweet tale and the deep emotions that bind the characters.
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And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman
And the Pursuit of Happiness

catfish, November 3, 2012

Reading Maira Kalman's musings on the founding fathers and the basis of our democracy is wonderful, and even more pertinent in an election year. Her charmingly quirky observations on Jefferson, Washington,Franklin and others are offset wonderfully by her simple illustrations. The book was informative, thought-provoking and even funny. It was simply delightful.
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Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
Why Read Moby-Dick?

catfish, March 2, 2012

If you have not ever read Moby Dick, this small but eloquent book will make you feel you are missing out on greatness, if it doesn't make you run to read it right away. If you have read Moby Dick, you will want to reread it . Philbrick manages to convey the poetry, humanity and brilliant storytelling of Melville's greatest novel, while also shedding light on Melville's life and art, all in 125 persuasive pages.
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The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
The Stranger's Child

catfish, January 16, 2012

In the years before WW I, a young Englishman brings his friend (and lover), an up and coming poet, back to his home.During the weekend that follows, the poet captivates the family, including the man's sister, and leaves a scrawled poem that turns into the start of the myth that follows his death in the Great War.The chapters follow the fortunes and family secrets from that time up to the present,. It brilliantly captures the way perception changes memory and how hidden secrets gather weight over time. Beautifully written and reminiscent a bit of Atonement, the book is haunting and compelling.
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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
State of Wonder

catfish, January 2, 2012

Couldn't put it down.
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