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The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525564157
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Published: Vintage - November 6th, 2018

Wells gives full expression to the unaccountability, and potential for evil, to those who make themselves invisible. But being invisible has unforeseen obstacles which cause frustration, then anger, then violence, and then....? ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Verge: Stories by Lidia Yuknavitch - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525534877
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

Lidia Yuknavitch’s short-story collection, Verge, opens in the water, with her narrator swimming, where she as a writer and in her writing has always worked strongest. The book closes where she writes happiest and most secure, with “Two Girls” skipping, hand-in-hand. Between this tragicomic frame, her stories character contemporary stages, barb-witted, often violent studies allusive of Shakespeare and Bosch and incessant impending decadence, and compelled by Yuknavitch’s signature bold, searing language, each piece shaping an astounding, often agonizing world rife with harrowing beauty. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham - Book Review

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By W. Somerset Maugham, Robert Calder (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143039341
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 29th, 2005

Loosely inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin, Maugham depicts an all-consuming, nearly demonic quest for artistic freedom. This century-old novel's depictions of a brutal quest for personal fulfillment are bracing relevant today. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781977931849
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 18th, 2017

Masterfully rendered life of a Victorian woman from her birth to the day of her death. Harriett Frean was brought up to be moral, self-effacing, and to behave "beautifully." The results are harrowing and heart-rendering in ways that Harriett never anticipated. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

Acute personal and sociological observations ranging from Reality TV to scammers large and small to the often pressurized nature of weddings. Tolentino dares you look into the mirror, and prepare to be unsettled, if not shocked, by the reflection. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel by Anne Tyler - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525658412
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Published: Knopf - April 7th, 2020

Micah Mortimer leads a perfectly self-contained life. He has a flawless driving record, a comfortable relationship with a woman friend, operates his own small business, and maintains a cordially distant rapport with the tenants in his Baltimore apartment building. The placid water that Micah has sailed upon for so long starts to ripple when a young man shows up claiming to be his son, the offspring from a college romance that Micah recalls as being disappointingly chaste. Once again, Tyler demonstrates her mastery at capturing in prose the hopes, the flaws, and the spirit of ordinary people and presenting them in such a way that her characters' small triumphs become a cause for celebration for her readers. No other contemporary American author does it quite so effortlessly. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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