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The Lowland (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Lowland (Vintage Contemporaries)

jadelin, November 2, 2014

The Lowland is a gritty, engrossing story of love. The love comes in many realms--parental, brotherly, romantic, obligatory--but sometimes it is not there at all. Once again, Lahiri has written an all consuming story, one that affected me at so many different levels. The images and pungent, grating descriptions of feelings are sobering. This is a well put together novel, a treat in the literary sense but all encompassing emotionally complex experience.
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Gone Girl (Mass Market Movie Tie-In Edition) by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl (Mass Market Movie Tie-In Edition)

jadelin, October 1, 2014

I did not expect any of this! Gone Girl is a well written thriller in every sense and I did not want to miss a word thought or image. I could not put it down. Flynn has sent the reader on a wild wild ride. I highly recommend this book!
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I'll Be Right There by Kyung Sook Shin
I'll Be Right There

jadelin, September 25, 2014

A haunting, elegant, deftly written story. Like the novel "Please Look After Mother" Kyung-sook Shin has told the story of a complex and series of tragic situations and described them in a way that the reader has no choice but to be emotionally engaged, in a way that sneaks up. Curiosity will get the best of you. Somehow, though from the beginning there are already clues that this is no ordinary portrayal of a boy meets girl love story, boy and girl live happily ever after, the reader is compelled to be drawn into Shin's spell. The writing is so simple in its delivery but so complex in its meaning. "I'll Be There" kept me in its grip until the end and after.
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Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang
Fresh Off the Boat

jadelin, September 24, 2014

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. While the end point is Baohaus, the restaurant that Eddie Huang eventually opens, the journey he experiences and describes is of much more than that end point, it's the compilation of the search to make sense of our lives. Huang is a great observer and hilarious writer. Though he writes candidly about his pain (which there is a bunch of) the reader also gets a dose of how he deals with being the first born son of immigrants. His tummy may lead the way, his appetite for his definition of living the good life made me want to find a way to happiness and resolution with the cards I've been dealt. This book may not resonate with everyone but it can serve as a resource which articulates insight into the Asian American and immigrant (or offspring of) experience.
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Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot
Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free

jadelin, September 15, 2014

Interesting book. Professor Lawrence Lightfoot offers many vantage points for looking at the notion of exits. My perspective on the topic was broadened by the rich and sometimes sad stories of departures. It is poignant, personal and thought-provoking.
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