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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
The Casual Vacancy

dmard, October 27, 2012

I loved the Harry Potter books and pre-ordered this with high expectations. Then I began reading it expecting to find J.K. Rowling's voice and humor. It reads like something from a completely different author, so I was baffled at first. The characters are the people that you meet in the street every day, but each and every one are laid bare with all of their faults fully exposed.

J.K. Rowling has written a novel that holds a mirror up to us, individually and societally. It is a mirror that reveals nothing less than the truth with all pretense and superficiality stripped away. It is the gut-wrenching reality of what we have become in the Western world. We are self-centered, superficial and negligent of those in need even when they present themselves on our doorsteps.

The Harry Potter books are the ones that made Rowling famous, but this is the book that she most deperately wants us to read just to wake us up to reality.
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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins

dmard, September 30, 2012

Beautiful Ruins has something for everyone. It has classic Hollywood and ordinary people, a love child, war, and Italy and the Northwest as settings. Jess Walter dances in and out of history to portray that life both then and now is simultaneously beautiful and in ruins, as the glass can be half full at the same time that it is half empty. It is our choices which determine not only our perspective, but how much meaning our lives hold in the end.
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Klee Wyck by Emily Carr
Klee Wyck

dmard, September 5, 2012

It's not a story as much as a collection of memories of a girl traveling from one native american village to another meeting the people and quietly and respectfully painting their totem poles. In the noise and bluster of modern day literature, this book is the camping trip in the wilderness, quiet, peaceful and full of love. It is a funny and sweet little treasure worthy of a summer afternoon.
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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mists of Avalon

dmard, August 6, 2012

It's the story of King Arthur turned on it's ear beautifully and magically. Arthur and Merlin become minor characters in the story while the women, particularly Authur's sister Morgana, become the driving forces. These female characters are profoundly spiritual and passionate. They are also fully in control.

This book taught me more about feminism than anything else I've ever read. It made me fully aware of the fact the the history of Western Civilization is told from a male perspective and that the roles of women have merely been downplayed. In short, it changed my life.
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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
The Financial Lives of the Poets

dmard, July 8, 2012

The title could have been "Joe Smoe goes broke." It's about a normal guy, with normal aspirations who runs headlong into George W. Bush's economic tsunami, dragging his personal American Dream in with him. For those of us largely untouched by the recession, it pulls us deeply into a "What Would You Do?" frame of mind. You are forced to consider what you would you do if you lost your job and were in danger of losing your house and your spouse. (Yes, poetry does come into play too.) How desperate do times have to be before you are willing to take desperate measures and what does that mean about who you really are.

Based loosely on the lives of Walter's colleagues in the newspaper industry. This story reminds us that no one is really safe, but we can still survive.
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