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The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

From being a child in Ireland to becoming a war correspondent and eventually the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power tells her compelling and fascinating life story. She also educates about diplomacy and politics, always pushing for the … Continue reading

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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Considered a tragicomedy, Toole’s novel tells Ignatius J. Reilly’s tale. He’s a disillusioned, bombastic 30-year-old who lives with his alcoholic mother in New Orleans. When his drunk mom drives their car into a building, he must find work to pay … Continue reading

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Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Follow Arthur Less, a failed novelist, as he goes on an around-the-world trip to half-baked literary events in order to avoid the wedding of his most recent boyfriend. As he bumbles his ways through all sorts of predicaments in various … Continue reading

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March by Geraldine Brooks

I’m astounded that this novel won the Pulitzer. “March” has a really interesting premise; it follows the father of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” during the American Civil War. On the plus side, much of the writing is very well … Continue reading

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The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

This novel tells of Pak Jun Do’s (John Doe’s) epic life, inextricably tied to the North Korean government’s bizarre whims. While reading, I felt like I was along for the journey and often was as confused as a captor being … Continue reading

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Extremely true to its title, “The Road” is the story of a father and son walking along a road to the coast in search of a better life after an apocalypse. And no surprise, this book is bleak. Very bleak. It’s … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This book is immense in its size, readability, and impression. It’s about 13-year-old Theo Decker who loses his mom in a tragic accident. The characters are so vivid and real. Tartt is a masterful writer (who must have researched this … Continue reading

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The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The thing I particularly liked about this book was its knowldege of time, and how past, present, and future often intermingle. That self-awareness really added to the unique storytelling. Gwenamon says: I wouldn’t have given it the Pulitzer but it … Continue reading

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Fabulous writing that makes for super-satisfying reading. I love how she focuses on the nuances of everyday life, giving them emphasis and showing how profound they can be. I liked some of the connectedness between the last three stories. However, … Continue reading

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

It’s a classic for very good reason. Just wonderful. Gwenamon says: You should have read this already…

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