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The White Book by Han Kang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525573067
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Published: Hogarth - February 19th, 2019

Kang weaves together a series of short poetic vignettes of tales and symbols focused on the color in question, from the author's young mother who lost her first child merely two hours after its birth, to small yet vivid meditations of the writer held up at a writer's residency in Warsaw. At its core the book is about loss and grief, with incredible imagery and depth for such a slim text, over a relationship that should have been, but was taken long before Kang had any opportunity to discover it. If anything I've read as of late deserves one or more rereads it's this wonderfully evocative piece of prose. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780544176560
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Published: Mariner Books - April 22nd, 2014

A cryptic, highly literary murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the early 1300s. Narrated by a Benedictine novice tailing his master, an ingenious Franciscan friar sent on a mission of papal mediation, the duo become the de facto sleuths in solving a series of murders which seem to mirror the signifying events corresponding with the apocalyptic Seven Trumpets in the Book of Revelations. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle and Jorge Luis Borges alike, this tale of secrets and intrigue features religious and political controversy, forbidden manuscripts, and a dangerous, labyrinthine library. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition by Joseph Heller

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By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

A blackly humorous, scathing indictment of war in all its nonsensical iterations. Follow the haphazardly desperate U.S. bombardier Yossarian and a mishmash of his eccentric compatriots in their Mediterranean misadventures amidst the absurdities of the Second World War. Heller’s classic narrative jumps around in time, replaying events from different perspectives for comedic and tragic effect. Alternately hilarious, bizarre, and deathly heavy. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Lost Children Archive: A novel by Valeria Luiselli - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520610
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Published: Knopf - February 12th, 2019

A timely novel involving themes of our current immigration system and Native American history. The author delves into the complexities of love, loss, marriage and family set against the harsh landscape of the American West. A powerful, eloquent exploration of the way we choose to preserve our past through sight and sound. ~ Reviewed by Whitney Kaaz


Ohio by Stephen Markley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501174476
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 21st, 2018

A bleak expose of a small rural town ravaged by addiction, dark secrets, and the repercussions of the recession. Years after graduating, high school classmates reunite, all trying to escape pieces of their pasts. Months after reading this brutally honest novel, I'm still haunted by its darkness and unfortunate reality. ~ Reviewed by Whitney Kaaz


Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel by Trent Dalton

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ISBN: 9780062898104
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Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019

This is an amazing book, a heavily veiled memoir wrapped up as fiction that is vivid and lurid.This novel left me tongue tied and dumbfounded at how Dalton uses a myriad of beautifully constructed sentences to build his characters and situations; he paints the page. The narrator, 8 year old Eli is swamped yet clear eyed by his feelings for the people who surround him, the mute "gifted" older brother, the junkies (Mom & Step-father) & ex-cons and lunatics and everyday saints. Yet these people are heroes of epic proportions including Eli himself. Ebullient, bitter-sweet, funny but not and miraculous on par with There There by Orange. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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