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The Fun Parts: Stories by Sam Lipsyte
The Fun Parts: Stories

nadhir, March 16, 2013

“The Fun Parts” is a 13-course meal of delicious and devastating satire served up piping hot; each tale has its own unique taste, but the real pleasure is in the exquisitely combined flavors. It is a brilliantly-conceived, brilliantly-written collection from a uniquely talented writer.
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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
A Tale for the Time Being

nadhir, March 16, 2013

It's not often a book gets me excited about reading it as soon as I open it, but that's what happened with "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki. Right away, in the first few pages, readers are treated to a unique, young voice. Naoko is contemplative, wiser than she realizes, and speaks without tempering her words. She displays a very stark self-awareness which often caused me to catch my breath. This was my first time reading any of Ozeki's books, and I am left with the compulsion to go buy everything she's written. I am certain this novel is going to end up listed as one of the best releases of the year.
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Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
Chu's Day

nadhir, March 16, 2013

The story is great, but I think my favorite part about this book is the illustrations. Chu is great. I love all the different expressions on his face. And I love all the composition of how your eye is drawn to certain parts of the illustration. For example, when you see Chu sitting and watching at the circus, there is a circus ring that outlines Chu and draws your eyes to him. There are just loads of small details that make a reader smile.

This is one of those books that you will read once to see what it is like. Then you will go from the last page to the first so that you can read it again and pay more attention to the illustrations. Brilliant.
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A Good Man by Guy Vanderhaeghe
A Good Man

nadhir, March 13, 2013

This was a totally engrossing story with really nicely layered characters and was a fascinating study of several men and one woman, their struggles, their loves, and their disappointments. By weaving together third person narration, and first person letters, you come to know all the players intimately, while getting a sense of how historical moments of significance unfolded around every day people. Likely to appeal as much to the lover of westerns as the lover of literature, or even the lover of history, A Good Man is a story with many levels to it. The art of Guy Vanderhaeghe’s writing is that he excels at them all. Canadian History might have been a boring grade school subject, but A Good Man might just make you want to give it another try.
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Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America by Wenonah Hauter
Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America

nadhir, March 13, 2013

I picked up this book namely because I noticed an interesting trend on my last trip/stay back in the US. In the supermarket, next to the most unhealthy and processed foods would be an 'organic' doppelganger. So Oreos and next to them--organic Oreos. Velveeta Shells and Cheez and next to them, organic Velveeta Shells and Cheez. Da fuq is this, I asked myself, though living out of the country for years now has already brought the extreme brokenness of back-home American eating sharply into focus. The rampant food allergies that everyone seemed to have; the manic diet-fads; the laughable 'artisan' breads/meats/cheeses (called in other parts of the world simply 'bread, meat and cheese'.).
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