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So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679767206
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 1996

A perfect book, my favorite book. A man retells a boyhood event, one he profoundly regrets. In the clearest, sharpest language, Maxwell turns a tale of commonplace guilt into a haunting classic of human weakness and longing. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062383273
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Published: Harper - April 18th, 2017

A brilliant, chilling, mind-altering reinvention of Joan of Arc's life. A ruined, post-apocalyptic Earth and a space vessel under totalitarian rule form the backdrop for a cosmic battle between humanity's mutated survivors. Yuknavitch's gift lies in her penetrating and precise descriptions of the physical world, from dirt and bugs to the consuming, corporeal heat of desire and love. It's a book full of destruction, passion, and joy, and one I was grateful to have read. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Idiot by Elif Batuman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594205613
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Published: Penguin Press - March 14th, 2017

A young woman enters college, discovers e-mail, and falls in love--with both a fellow student and language. These loves are tricky and intertwined, and they awaken in Selin new, sharp ways of perceiving the world. If you're a fan of coming-of-age stories, clever observations, and really good writing, this book is for you. I loved every word. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399589096
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Published: Random House - February 21st, 2017

A thoughtful, beautifully observant memoir on despair, heritage, and the solace of reading. I read this book in a single quiet sitting, possessed by the magic of Li's writing. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


A Separation by Katie Kitamura - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399576102
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

Through language as calmly assertive and magnetic as that of Elena Ferrante, a woman searches for her estranged husband in scorched southern Greece. A disquieting, probing story about the secrecy at the heart of every relationship, no matter how intimate. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir by Cat Marnell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476752273
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 31st, 2017

Marnell--devoted pill popper, over-privileged party girl, ex-Condé Nast beauty editor and Vice online columnist, plays and writes with fire. She's glamorous and charismatic and smart, but her drug-induced breakdowns are grim and raw and claustrophobic. She's not looking for redemption, and she's realistic about her inability to get clean. She does, though, want to get better: to tip the balance from drugs to living. Not everyone will appreciate her dark and flippant tone, but her prose and perception can be electric, and I couldn't put this memoir down. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


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