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Better Than Sane: Tales from a Dangling Girl by Alison Rose
Better Than Sane: Tales from a Dangling Girl

lbelyavski, November 17, 2008

This book, although a memoir, is written with the care and craft that one finds in a novel. It spans the space of the nation's coastal city-centers: Palo Alto (south of San Francisco), Los Angeles, and New York. The story has the engaging human quality of a well-written memoir. It is something for anyone who has ever felt like a wanderer in the world. The narrator is not a wild child, nor a modest housewife. She is somewhere on another plane altogether, like most of us in reality. For this reason, the story is captivating. She does not try to portray herself as an ideal human being. She tells the story of a life, and it is a very captivating tale.
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Divisadero (Vintage International) by Michael Ondaatje
Divisadero (Vintage International)

lbelyavski, November 17, 2008

Although I initially fell in love with Michael Ondaatje when I read his most famous book, The English Patient, it was Divisadero that made Ondaatje one of my favorite writers. His usage of time makes the story unfold in surprising ways, and the relationships of the characters seem even more deeply rooted. His understanding of human emotions and actions is evident in his story of family and obsession. Ondaatje's command of language makes the plot itself even more beautiful. I would (and do) recommend this book to everyone.
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

lbelyavski, November 12, 2008

I had heard of Junot Diaz, but didn't know his work. He came to my area to do a reading, and I fell in love with his words and his personality. I ran into The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and had to get it, even though I still have yet to get Drown. All I can say is that Oscar Wao made me fall even more deeply in love with Junot Diaz and his work. This book is such a good example of the crossroads where extensive research, personal experience, beautiful prose, humor and an empathetic portrayal of disappointment all meet. The book feels so human, and it's consequently lovely to read.
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