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Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz

swange, July 8, 2012

Before the beginning of each chapter is a fictional essay from a fictional applicant to Princeton. Even though I'm from NJ ,Princeton was way off of my radar,I think I know one person who attended. But those admission essays are cringe-worthy..I know I wrote some such babble myself. Some insight about the admission process and Princeton are provided (maybe it's all fiction but seems real).
As entertaining as those tidbits are,it's the story that made me love this book. Each chapter held a surprise and twist in the life of admissions officer Portia-what next will happen???. It amuses me,too, when chapters have titles.
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My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith by Kevin Smith
My Boring-Ass Life: The Uncomfortably Candid Diary of Kevin Smith

swange, March 30, 2012

Wake up every morning to let the dogs out,enjoy your sit on the toilet. I was reading a boring-ass life-but then it sucked me in. I wanted to know more about Kevin Smith,so I watched him on YouTube and checked out his web pages. Seeing and hearing his stories made reading the book more interesting. He's funny.
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

swange, December 8, 2011

I don't remember how I got turned on to Haruki Murakami-but I'm so glad that it happened. I've sought out his other books and short stories. I actually paid full price for this book at the airport because I couldn't wait to dig in. This was no short story. It took me a solid,exciting month of bedtime reading to finish.
I love how Murakami references rock music- Tengo wearing a Jeff Beck tee shirt.I love his style and his story. Let the story unfold-no synopsis from me. I love this line "A person learns how to love himself throught the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else".
A wonderful book from a masterful writer.
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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
On Chesil Beach

swange, July 2, 2010

I hated this book. Then I read it again to see if I was missing something-but still found it annoying. I think I was more frustrated than the characters.
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We Were the Mulvaneys (Oprah's Book Club) by Joyce Carol Oates
We Were the Mulvaneys (Oprah's Book Club)

swange, April 8, 2010

What a wonderful book! I've only read a few "Oprah books". I've read a few Joyce Carol Oates books. I thought I'd had enough of both. I couldn't get enough of this book.I wanted to hang out with the Mulvaneys during their good times and shake them out of their bad times. When an engrossing book collapses at the end it really annoys me- I had no reason to be annoyed at the reunion at the end of this book. It's all good.
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