Year in Reading

December 9, 2013

A Year in Reading: Charlie Jane Anders (io9) 0

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By the time I got around to reading it, I was pretty sure there was no way it could live up to the hype.

December 9, 2013

A Year in Reading: Edwidge Danticat 1

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We are not always comfortable discussing some of the situations so masterfully portrayed in this book.

December 9, 2013

A Year in Reading: Khaled Hosseini 2

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Who – or what – the young daughter is can’t be discussed without revealing a major spoiler, suffice it to say it is a whopper.

December 8, 2013

A Year in Reading: Aleksandar Hemon 2

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I’m sick of the relentless, numbing emotionalism of American culture.

December 8, 2013

A Year in Reading: Anne K. Yoder 0

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This year, as I embarked on a novel, I became a kind of kleptomaniac, with all of the ghosts and voices and ideas from the books I’d just read haunting my attempts to put words on the page.

December 8, 2013

A Year In Reading: Nick Moran 4

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Real America™ is where you get your first kiss, but also your first black eye. It’s where your uncle sets off fireworks each year on the Fourth of July until your family stops inviting him because of something the aunts won’t talk about.

December 8, 2013

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 4

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If I see you at a holiday party this December, I will corner you at the punch bowl and talk your ear off about Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon. This book is a masterpiece! And, hey, here, let me ladle you some punch, that’s a nice sweater, etc.

December 7, 2013

A Year in Reading: Thomas Beckwith 0

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When I read him, he calls me back, to a time not long ago that nevertheless seems distant, when the people I hung around didn’t care a whit about prestige or the bull of the thinking class. Their fathers were off in Bosnia, and they didn’t need our crap.

December 7, 2013

A Year In Reading: Hannah Gersen 0

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This year the books I liked best fell into two categories: tortoises and hares.

December 7, 2013

A Year in Reading: Lydia Kiesling 6

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When I wasn’t reading a bunch of depressing shit, I read some strange and wonderful things.