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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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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Because the movie for this book looked sooooo bad, I avoided reading this title for a while. But I trusted another bookworm’s recommendation and dug in. It was very worthwhile. It’s an easy read of complicated topics. The language is … Continue reading

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