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Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield
Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time

smartchick.nina, November 11, 2012

As an experienced music writer. Rob Sheffield brings his vast wealth of music knowledge and his love for the subject to narrating an exquisite reminder of what it means to live. Funny, smart, profound but never boring, Sheffield narrates his own story of love, life and loss using music as both a constant background as well as a guide. I loved this book. It made me laugh, made me cry, made me think and made me appreciate the people and the music in my life just a bit more.
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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Tiger Lily

smartchick.nina, September 17, 2012

Growing up, I loved the classic book Peter Pan... so when I saw this novel based on J.M. Barrie's magical world, I had to read it. Tiger Lily is the tale of Peter Pan, re-imagined from Tiger Lily's point of view (although Tinker Bell is the narrator). This Neverland intrigued me, and I loved it -- this is a Neverland full of darkness and death, but at the same time, hope and love. Anderson weaves in deeper topics throughout this whole story, such as love, jealousy, exclusion, alcoholism and most of all death, creating a world that is both fantastical yet movingly human and real.
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A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me about Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter

smartchick.nina, August 16, 2012

Like Deresiewicz, I'd never been particularly attracted to Jane Austen. Although I'd long idolized Elizabeth Bennet of Pride & Prejudice, all her other novels (Emma! Mansfield Park!) seemed unbearable. But after reading this, I've gone back to my Austens with new eyes. Deresiewicz shows us masterfully how Austen's works helped teach him valuable life lessons, in a style that isn't preachy but approachable and always with a dash of self-deprecating humor. I finished this book with a smile on my face and new insights into life and Jane Austen! I loved it!
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Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry by Billy Collins
Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry

smartchick.nina, August 4, 2012

Fantastic anthology. Tons of new poets that I fell in love with, and all the poems are really accessible -- but don't think "accessible" means "silly" or "childish" -- all these poems are fabulous on their own. It's the perfect book to introduce a new reader to poetry or for someone who is wary of poetry. My personal favorites include "To You" by Kenneth Koch, "Cartoon Physics, Part I" by Nick Flynn, and many more.
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The Best American Short Stories 2010 by Richard Russo
The Best American Short Stories 2010

smartchick.nina, May 28, 2012

An amazing anthology. Most of short stories in here are spectacular. My favorite is Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff, which I found to be absolutely breathtaking, beautiful, technically dazzling and held me from the first sentence. The Cowboy Tango by Maggie Shipstead is marvelous-- the characters, the landscape, the feeling, the writing. P.S. by Jill McCorkle, in the form of a letter from a woman to her ex-therapist is one of the lightest stories of the book, but still packs a punch and absolutely delighted me. Safari by Jennifer Egan is an excerpt from her novel A Visit From the Goon Squad, but nevertheless feels complete in itself. I'd highly encourage everyone to go buy this. It's very character and narrative driven, and wonderful.
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