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David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
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Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

prufrock31, August 10, 2012

I loved Ruth Reichl's work as editor of Gourmet, so it was inevitable that I would eventually read her books as well. But this one, at least, is about so much more than food: Reichl's friendly, unassuming prose leads us through her coming of age by way of college, global travel, life in a California commune, and painful family turmoil. Naturally the chapters are punctuated by recipes that represent her various travels, traditions, and phases of life. I look forward to seeing where her other memoirs lead her!
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Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis
Miles: The Autobiography

prufrock31, August 10, 2012

Told in Miles Davis' own voice - alternately angry, ecstatic, or philosophical - this book was full of surprises for me. I hadn't realized to what extent so many of the jazz greats were (and are) interconnected, as bandmates, rivals, and friends, and I was even more surprised to learn how educated Miles was about things like art and classical music; he was fascinated by the work of Stravinsky and Stockhausen, and knew Sartre personally. All in all, this book is both gripping and highly informative, a great introduction to jazz history.
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Wit by Margaret Edson
Wit

prufrock31, December 17, 2011

A deeply moving exploration of what happens when a brilliant, prickly woman is faced with the one thing she can't outsmart: cancer. Vivian's diagnosis and subsequent fight force her to reconsider what she thought she knew about a person's individual worth and dignity, as distinguished from that person's intelligence or abilities. The juxtaposition of Vivian's vocabulary - that of a scholar and professor of metaphysical poetry - with that of experimental medicine helps convey how jarring this experience is for her.
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Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil Labute
Reasons to Be Pretty

prufrock31, December 17, 2011

Very smart, sharp dialogue, and some interesting reflections on the perils of being too attractive or not attractive enough. Not quite as devastating as, say, The Shape of Things, but very realistic in the characters' mixed feelings towards one another and the way in which they grow and move on, but also don't.
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Censoring an Iranian Love Story (09 Edition) by Shahriar Mandanipour
Censoring an Iranian Love Story (09 Edition)

prufrock31, October 6, 2010

On the surface, this is a love story about Sara and Dara, two young students in Tehran who struggle against strict cultural standards in order to see one another. It's also about the author, who exists as a character trying to write this story so that it will pass government censors without sacrificing its essential quality. Beyond that, though, it's a story about writing - the things we choose to say and not to say, and why, and the times when silence can be even more eloquent than words. All these layers can make the book a bit dense to read, but it offers valuable insights into life in the Middle East, as well as making shrewd observations about the powers of language to obscure as well as to communicate.
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