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Drown by Junot Diaz

mallory e, January 30, 2013

This collection just blows my mind. He is fast. He is raw. With these together, Diaz brings an ongoing fight to survive up to our noses. Placing the internal dialogue of characters in settings of brazen harsh ambiance in the barrio to the uptight suburbs of New Jersey, Diaz colors lives fully. Sure, you could say it's just families making a dollar and trying to get ahead and trying to get along while pursuing their idea of the American Dream, but their stories are stifling;I want to read them over and over to try to get to their deeper meaning. I want to know these people.
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The Impostor's Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell
The Impostor's Daughter: A True Memoir

mallory e, July 2, 2012

The Imposter's Daughter gives all of us a chance to look at what we believe and what we do with information learned when it contradicts our youthful and innocent truths. Read like fiction, this overwhelmingly painful truth of Laurie Sandell's memoir could be pieces of anyone's; however, her underlying self she fully and unashamedly illustrates thoughout the graphic novel brings tears. This is not a Hollywood memoir; rather, this is a painful life with heart that needs outing. At times humorous but always grounded, The Imposter's Daughter gives all its readers some redemption, some courage to deal with their demons, regardless of how close these demons may be. Share it.
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Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History by Matt Taibbi
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History

mallory e, January 11, 2012

This book is a full-on no-holds-barred enlightenment of information EVERYONE needs to know. Matt Taibbi expresses truths that are unfathomable; as common people, we hear news bits and then we are distracted. Taibbi alludes to the fact this may be intentional to keep us ignorant. Working as an almost advanced explanation without being too esoteric, Griftopia shows us how all people are not safe from the actions of big business. Written for us common folks, the book outlines specific covert actions of the American banking system, housing market, stock market and downright push of "the man" over the little people. Extremely timely and undeniably accurate, this account of the "state of the world" is a must read - it will catch you up on the entangled mess of politics and money. This piece on history is yet another repeat of history because the systems are undercover and broken.
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The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
The Pale King

mallory e, January 1, 2012

Although this is considered an unfinished novel, and initially a daunting tome lacking paragraphs, The Pale King brings David Foster Wallace to your table with a gathering of stories and characters revolving in mutual spaces with direction. No characters are blank; within the assembled pieces and notes of manuscript compiled by his editor, Wallace succeeds in bringing us precise detail of the stories' intermingled players. His ability to speak in voices of each character demonstrate his incredible skill of these individuals surviving on the planet. Had Wallace actually completed this novel, the end result would vary; however, as is, this piece nailed it and will hold up with time. I couldn't put it down.
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Sometimes a Great Notion (Penguin Classics) by Ken Kesey
Sometimes a Great Notion (Penguin Classics)

mallory e, December 16, 2010

Some people say Sometimes a Great Notion is the big union novel that everyone needs to read - it is more than that - it is the richest, rawest, densest novel about people. People have their stuff, and people need other people, but the incredible and complicated lives that all people (actually all living things) are - this is what you get. The elegant power of Kesey's craft makes you slow down and read all of it. If you move too quickly, you won't understand. Spend time with this novel, and read it every year. The power of what is actually represented may just jar you out of yourself for a moment. It changed my life.
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