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inveterate_reader has commented on (5) products.

The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
The Sunlit Night

inveterate_reader, June 28, 2015

This book is a snapshot of a summer romance between a girl who's just finished college at Yale (unnamed, but clear to those in the know) and a boy who's just out of high school. But it's much more than that. Dinerstein does a great job with the relationships of parents to children as those children try to come into their own. Plus a bit of Swedish culture! I learned that the literal translation of 'I love you' in Swedish is 'I am glad in you.'
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The First Bad Man by Miranda July
The First Bad Man

inveterate_reader, March 22, 2015

Me, You, and Everyone We Know is one of my all-time favorite movies, and this first novel from Miranda July has the same mix of oddity and emotional vulnerability that worked so well there. As a 43-year-old graying single woman myself (though thankfully, neither as isolated nor as OCD as the main character), the story was cringe-worthy at times. The amusement you have at the characters' bizarre predicaments is never laughing at their expense, because July is such generous hearted writer.
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Shadow of the Torturer

inveterate_reader, January 23, 2010

The torturer's apprentice is a fully fleshed out character, and Wolfe's world-building is extraordinary. He's the most erudite Sci Fi writer I've ever read. If you start this one, you'll want to read the whole series.
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Caucasia by Danzy Senna

inveterate_reader, January 21, 2010

Birdie is one of the characters in literature that seems as real as your best friend in fifth grade. Senna, who, like her protagonist, is a biracial woman who looks white, paints an utterly believable portrait of a deep love that sours, of radical chic in the 70s, and of the struggle for authenticity that all adolescents face. One of my favorite novels, but I'm sad to say I can't recommend later works by this author.
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All Aunt Hagar's Children: Stories by Edward P Jones
All Aunt Hagar's Children: Stories

inveterate_reader, January 16, 2010

I'm not usually a fan of short stories, so this book sat on my shelf for years before I cracked it. I had heard about Edward P. Jones' Pulitzer-prize winning novel, and a colleague gave me this book.

Jones is an absolute master. I lived in D.C., and it was fascinating to get a peek into 'Chocolate City' in the decades before I was born. At least half the stories are set before the civil rights era, and black Washington is portrayed here with all its dreams, shames, desperation and achievements.

Jones' first book of short stories is linked to this book, with many of the same characters. I can't wait to read it.
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