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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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French Lieutenant's Woman #1: The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles
French Lieutenant's Woman #1: The French Lieutenant's Woman

sarahlynn, March 8, 2007

The first half of this novel struck me as a more forward version of "The End of the Affair." A man in a strict society is engaged to the perfect woman produced by aforesaid society but his heart is stolen by a fallen woman who stands for everything society disdains but who appeals to us as readers because of her beauty and independence. Same reason she appeals to him.

But anyway. This book does proceed very much like "Affair" except that it does it in a much more critical manner. It seems as if all through the novel, Fowles is taking a scientific look at just what made the Victorian Era click and what was wrong with it. Or what was right with it in some cases. Sometimes the scientific aspect got to be just a little much for me. I couldn't tell what was Charles talking and what was the author and what was Dr. Grogan.

Fowles makes no bones about how hard it is to control characters if you want them to be truly realistic and often complains about how much trouble he has writing about Charles and Sarah. He even goes so far as to insert himself as a character in the book so he can examine his characters "in person." This brings him to the conclusion that he cannot tell what would really happen with his characters, so he provides three separate endings for the novel. And if you ever read this book, I'd be interested in hearing your opinion on which would be most likely to be the truest ending.
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The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro
The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club

sarahlynn, March 5, 2007

This book is incredibly, impossibly laugh-out-loud funny. Nearly every story had me looking at my husband and saying "you HAVE to hear this one!" Notaro takes things which nearly every woman deals with (even if you don't smoke or drink excessively) and talks about them in a self-deprecating manner and leaves you nodding your head in agreement as tears stream down your face from the laughter. Her sarcasm is incredible and attains heights I could only dream of. Every aspect of her life provides something for her to write about, and much of this stuff, no one could make up. No one. I am heartily looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series and to the new installment coming out in May.
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Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

sarahlynn, November 15, 2006

This has got to be my favorite Christopher Moore book to date. I love vampires (okay well not LOVE them, but enjoy reading about them) and I enjoy Moore's humor, so the two together is just spectacular. The concept of vampires entering the world with no knowledge how to survive is brilliant - and add Moore's irreverant humor and you've got a magical mix. And a love story to boot. All of this with wit and sarcasm and irreverent over the top humor which could only come from Moore.
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Death in the Castle by Pearl S. Buck

sarahlynn, November 9, 2006

I was surprised to have a lot of trouble finding any information on this book, despite its famous author. And while this book is nothing like any of Pearl S. Buck's other novels, it's still great. The character development is superb and the suspense isn't strong enough to call it a suspense novel really, but enough to make it interesting and to cause to you just slightly doubt yourself when you think you have it all figured out.
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