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Nothing but the Night by John Williams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681373072
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Published: NYRB Classics - February 12th, 2019

An at times desultory, desperate, and dreamlike day in the life of a young man in New York City. Arthur Maxley's interactions with friends, his father, and a strange girl in a club pose challenges, and when the day inevitably ends, what the night brings is much more than nothing. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Girls at 17 Swann Street: A Novel by Yara Zgheib - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250202444
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 5th, 2019

Anna arrived at 17 Swann Street as her last resort. Faced with an eating disorder, she meets other woman with similar illnesses and who, like Anna, are working towards their recoveries. This story is powerful and at times heartbreaking. Beautifully written and full of determination, strength, and honesty, this is a must-read by a very talented author. ~ Reviewed by Suzanne Rice


Vita Nostra: A Novel by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062694591
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Published: Harper Voyager - November 13th, 2018

A dark, compelling Russian fantasy with obvious comparisons to Harry Potter or The Magicians except it takes its own gritty approach to this territory. Sasha and her classmates are chosen, willing or not, to attend the Institute of Special Technologies and failure has it own dire consequences for their friends and family. I found myself drawn in by the original magic system; leave your wands and your reality at home. ~ Reviewed by Ben Parker


Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802130303
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Published: Grove Press - February 1st, 1994

Borges’ short fiction is unlike any other. He breaks the fourth wall, blends real examples of fiction into his own, and inserts a fictional version of himself into some of his stories. Inventive and philosophical, these stories envision labyrinths, endless libraries, obscure encyclopedias, secret societies, and cryptic patterns hidden in plain view. “The Library of Babel” and “The Garden of Forking Paths” are quintessential Borges, but my favorite is the opener, “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.” ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino - Book Review

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By Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translated by), Tim Parks (Translated by), Martin McLaughlin (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780544577879
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Published: Mariner Books - September 8th, 2015

Calvino had a singular mind. While most well-known for novels like Invisible Cities and the form-bending If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, it was his Cosmicomics that captivated me first. The ageless and unpronounceably-named narrator Qfwfq guides us from the beginning of time and space to an Earth almost like ours, from a time when all matter was condensed in a single point to the evolution of modern beings, inhabiting unlikely forms such as mathematical formulae and sea creatures along the way. Try “The Distance of the Moon,” for a sample of Calvino’s humorous imagination. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Clockmaker's Daughter: A Novel by Kate Morton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451649390
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Published: Atria Books - October 9th, 2018

Full of ethereal beauty and Victorian art, The Clockmaker's daughter drew me in quickly and was a difficult book for me to put down. The central mystery is multi-layered, spanning different centuries as well as a shockingly interconnected cast of characters. The storytelling is so evocative I felt that I could close my eyes and envision the certain fall of the light that permeates the story. In turns a romance (or several), a work of historical fiction illuminating some of the most pressing social issues of Victorian England, and a truly enthralling mystery, this is a book that will stay with me for quite some time. Morton is masterful at painting with her words. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Castle


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