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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing



On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
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    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757

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Parlor Games by Maryka Biaggio
Parlor Games

fahmi, November 8, 2013

I just loved this book. Loved, loved, loved. It was flippant and fun, total escapism, with a minxy heroine I adored from the first page, a long list of exotic locales to divert, and piles of dramatic intrigue to keep me engaged. I think this would make a wonderful audiobook due to the first-person narration and May's lively tone. (Although having just listened to sample of it, I might take this claim back. I found the narrator a bit flat.) Despite May's sexual prowess, this book is light on tawdry details, so no need to worry about detailed or flowery descriptions of her and her lovers. In the end, this was a straight up enjoyable novel -- the kind of book that sucked me in, made me miss my subway stops, and had me reading as I walked up the sidewalk home. If you like your hist fic with a hint of grandeur and a heavy dollop of drama, consider this!
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Someone by Alice McDermott
Someone

fahmi, November 8, 2013

An exquisite novel of an "unremarkable woman's unforgettable life." Recollecting details from when she was seven-years-old sitting on the stoop of her Brooklyn home to when she's an old woman, Marie Comerford reminds us of how the ordinary people who fill our youth, adolescence and adulthood impact our ordinary existence.

Alice McDermott's novel might appear simplistic at first glance, but it is filled with deep understanding as she turns from one era to the next to portray Marie. Having lived through the same years as Marie and in the same place, the details in this book added to my appreciation and to the recognition of Alice McDermott as a great writer.
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Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
Men We Reaped: A Memoir

fahmi, November 8, 2013

Men We Reaped is one of the rare non-fiction books that seems destined to be a literary classic. National Book Award Winner Jesmyn Ward intertwines the story of her life growing up poor and Black in rural coastal Mississippi with the lives of five young men ��" including her brother ��" who died within a two year span soon after she finished college. Ward writes with fire and passion as she captures the day-to-day and systemic injustices that she and her family faced and the struggles they went through. What’s also clear is the deep love and roots that tie her to the people and place where she was raised. This book will break your heart, make you think, and get you angry ��" all at once. In the vein of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, this is memoir at its finest.
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S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
S.

fahmi, November 8, 2013

In reviewing this book, I should start by saying that 'S' is not a 'book' as such. 'S' is a multi-media experience based around a collection of material contained inside an artificially aged library book. In some ways its like an adult version of those 'Pirate Treasure' books you see for children, with maps and compasses and 'parchments' held in a large book sleeve. There really isnt much out there like this at the moment, but i'm sure that this book will spawn a new genre of adventure fiction.
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