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Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs
Possible Side Effects

michellevt34, September 18, 2006

I'm shocked that no one has posted a comment yet! Or maybe the greatness of all of Burroughs' titles is just taken for granted at this point. He has definitely proven himself to be one of the funniest observers of a vast spectrum of topics, ranging from childhood trauma to the most mundane errand. His huge talent lies in finding the humor in even the minutiae of daily life. I discovered Burroughs accidentally several years ago, unsuspectingly reading an advance copy of Magical Thinking. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt, and I was not offended when people moved away from me on the bus; and this latest title does not disappoint. One of the side effects is laughing aloud in public, but the stares to which you will be subjected are well worth it.
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Don't Look Down by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
Don't Look Down

michellevt34, September 18, 2006

This book is a perfect blend of masculine and feminine. It has it all: romance, movie-making, intrigue, and surprising danger. Crusie's and Mayer's characters pop, and include fickle demanding actors, a deceitful ex-husband, a hilariously precocious little girl, her cynical aunt (who bears a striking resemblance to Wonder Woman), and a mysterious ex-military hero who turns out to be much more than meets the eye. The story is not predictable, and the dialogue keeps the reader turning pages long after bedtime.
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An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender
An Invisible Sign of My Own

michellevt34, September 18, 2006

Aimee Bender blends issues such as a child's reaction to a parent's mysterious illness, a schoolteacher's obsessive compulsive tendencies, children with very special needs in her small classroom, a town filled with beautifully bizarre citizens, and finally, this teacher's learning to open up what was becoming a smaller and smaller life to others, and to love. Bender's details and images border on magical in their uniqueness; I cannot recall when I have read such an original novel---I truly cannot compare Bender with any of the many authors I have read, and that is such a rarity.
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Digging to America: A Novel by Anne Tyler
Digging to America: A Novel

michellevt34, September 18, 2006

Anne Tyler is always one of my favorite authors, but I so enjoyed the added cultural depth provided by the topics of both adoption, of Korean and Chinese girls, as well as a look into the life of an Iranian family. The American and Iranian families become friends just by meeting at the airport to pick up the first babies they adopted, and the differences in the way these two families raise the children reveals a lot about how differently those born here and those who are from other cultures and places perceive American life. I highly recommend this title; it is filled with funny and tender details observed through the eyes of many different kinds of people.
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