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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays by Marilynne Robinson
When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays

lechatnoir, January 12, 2013

One of the most intelligent books I've read in a long time about the current state of the world and how one person's religious belief informs her perspective on, well, pretty much everything. I am not a Calvinist, yet she presents Calvinism in a way that is compassionate and compelling, dispelling many myths and leading me to reconsider all I've learned and thought about it over the years. It is not just that, either- it is the depth and breadth of her thought on literature, science, economics and so much more. This one's a keeper.
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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Flight Behavior

lechatnoir, January 12, 2013

For me, this is Kingsolver's best book to date. I live in the region where the story takes place, and she captures it beautifully, its hardships as well as its moments of beauty. I also love the way she interweaves environmental concerns and personal stories. If I didn't have so many books in my to-read pile, I'd read this again in a heartbeat.
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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex

lechatnoir, August 4, 2012

I actually listened to this book during my daily 3-mile walks, rather than read it in traditional book form, but all the same, it got to the point where I simply could not tear myself away from it. I was adding time to my walks, listening to it while working around the house, and generally not getting a lot of other things done just so that I could listen longer! Calliope's story is original, compelling and brilliantly narrated against a cultural backdrop that is in many ways foreign to me, yet utterly familiar in the depth of its humanity. An absolute must-read.
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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

lechatnoir, January 1, 2011

This book completely captured my mind and my heart. It was the first time in a long time I encountered a book I simply could not put down, passing up sleep and meals just to keep turning those pages. I could identify with the settings and characters 110 per cent, and the love story was a lot more compelling and a lot less saccharine than most I've read in recent times. No, the plot is not always entirely plausible, but it is so well-written that I was more than happy to suspend belief.
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog [Chinese] by Muriel Barbery
The Elegance of the Hedgehog [Chinese]

lechatnoir, January 2, 2010

This is easily the best book I have read this year, and definitely in contention for best of the decade. I am a voracious reader, and generally jump from one book to the next within minutes, not to mention I usually have at least 2 going at a time. This one captivated me so much that I abandoned the second book, and needed a couple of days to "recover" from the beauty of this one before I was ready to move on! On a scale from 1 to 5, a 10!
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