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The Topeka School: A Novel by Ben Lerner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374277789
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 1st, 2019

From the personal histories of a Midwestern family at the close of the twentieth century, Ben Lerner crafts an expansive vision of the moral and intellectual condition of contemporary America. Shifting narratives between haughty, brilliant high school student Adam and his two psychologist parents, this novel explores the creative and destructive power of language, both locally and culturally. The wisest, most imaginative novel you’ll read all year. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451497017
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 22nd, 2019

Does the idea of throwing a dinner party intimidate the heck out of you? Alison Roman is here to show you how fun, relaxed, and delicious hosting your next gathering can be. From pre-dinner snacks (check out the crispy haloumi with honey and pistachio) to main courses (kimchi-braised pork!), this cookbook, like any good party, is pleasure-packed. Throw out your carefully planned menus, pour a wine spritz, and chill--if all goes wrong, there's always pizza! ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel by Ocean Vuong - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Like the best novels, Vuong’s debut demonstrates what is possible through language. The narrator writes a letter to his mother, with whom he immigrated to America from Vietnam as a young boy. Through his life and the lives of his family he reveals the inescapable momentum and violence of politics, war, and profit, which intertwine with personal ancestry and narrative. Also deeply rooted in his story is the scalding, life-giving force of love, which radiates from Vuong's writing. Like my favorite novels, it left me grateful. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington - Book Review

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

A collection of short stories that explore what it means to work and live and come of age as an immigrant and working class resident of an American city. Rich, dynamic, and real, this book shines a light on the struggles, joys, and desires of a powerful cast of characters. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Sea Monsters by Chloe Aridjis - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781936787869
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Published: Catapult - February 5th, 2019

A young girl in Mexico runs away from home with a boy she barely knows. What follows is a transformative journey, full of magic and disappointment, told with language that will haunt you. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


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