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Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525533672
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2019

The stories in this powerful collection swirl around the lives of immigrants trying to survive on the mean streets and in the drug-infested neighborhoods of Houston, Texas. The people who came there fight to escape the brutality, watch as their hopes fade, and still try to break free from the chain link fences that society has placed around them. These are tough and gritty chronicles of urban life, many involving recurring characters, that eloquently speak to the disparity between the world those who came to America dream of and what they actually find here. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780743482745
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 2004

A play of paradoxes, where personal virtue pairs with political naivety; where tyranny's certainties contrast with bloody civil war; where assassination is charged with love for the victim. No one is fully virtuous or evil, and noble aims misfire into the mire of treachery.
Key characters: Brutus, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101911921
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

A woman sat reading Kent Haruf's Our Souls at Night in this store's cafe, and began weeping as she reached its ending. I understood. I cried both times I read this novel, a Romeo and Juliet for the agéd, which characters love at its most honest and enheartening, but which both of the couple's families oppose. Written of Haruf's usual sparse and poignant prose, the novel reveals an emotional depth which dims about them as the couple separates to appease the others, and to spend their remaining days alone. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel by Sonali Dev - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062839053
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 7th, 2019

This joyous riff on Pride and Prejudice captures the sly satire of the original, and features a wealthy Indian-American surgeon heroine accidentally falling for a chef. Do not under any circumstances read while hungry; the food descriptions will make you desperate. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


The Vegetarian: A Novel by Han Kang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

A dark and intimate dream into a woman's physical and emotional transformation as told by those closest to her as they struggle through suppressing and succumbing to their own haunting desires. Kang weaves a poetic, sensual story of confusion, passion, and strength. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Inferno: A Poet's Novel by Eileen Myles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781944869106
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Published: OR Books - September 13th, 2016

Like Rent? Check this one out. Myles packs so much story into these pages. Being as big a fan of poetry and the lives of poets as I am, reading this book was like a drug. Lesbianism, intense non-linear storytelling, and honest storytelling, this book is so wet it'll make you smile and blush. Eileen looks at herself from many different angles: from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, creating a prismatic portrait of art and poverty. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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