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Fox 8: A Story by George Saunders - Book Review

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By George Saunders, Chelsea Cardinal (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781984818027
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Published: Random House - November 13th, 2018

A simple, heartfelt plea for human kindness, written by a fox whose tenuous grasp of the English language has tragicomic results. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Ghost Wall: A Novel by Sarah Moss - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374161927
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 8th, 2019

With an intro like a gut punch, Moss quietly guides you through the agonizing inner world of familial abuse with gentle, trembling hands. The dread and subtle tension that crescendos throughout is muted at first, but like a ringing in the ear, it soon becomes all you can hear. This is a warped story of historical reenactment, ancestral obsession gone too far, and the bonds of self-discovery that form under strain, ritual, and overbearance. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy - Book Review

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By Elaine Dundy, Terry Teachout (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590172322
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 5th, 2007

How to make a Dud Avocado: Start with a rebellious, wide-eyed American expat, freshly edging into her twenties as an aspiring actress. Add a dash of Hemingway’s booze-filled Parisian partying; sprinkle in some Kerouacian exuberance, verbosity and wanderlust. Tastes like: The Sun Also Rises from the perspective of a young Lady Brett Ashley in the late 1950s—charming, flirty, curious, and deliciously bratty. Stir and enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316353298
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 19th, 1999

After losing his job and separating from his wife, Heat-Moon departs on an extended, meditative road trip around the United States in a van he’s named Ghost Dancing, an allusion to his Osage ancestry. Equipped with a bunk, a camping stove, and copies of Leaves of Grass and Black Elk Speaks, he vows to avoid cities and the traffic-jammed interstates, taking only backroads—the rural “blue highways” marked in his trusty Rand McNally. Memorable small town conversations and cultural histories pepper his journey. A deliberate, reflective travelogue. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The White Darkness by David Grann - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385544573
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Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2018

Picture the obsessed Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley alone, sustaining himself on melted snow and the dried and canned food he's dragged behind him on a three-hundred-plus pound sled, avoiding pitfalls both figurative and literal. This slim, photo-filled volume of Antarctic exploration is, paradoxically, a perfect winter read. Relativity is key: vicariously experiencing Worsley stubbornly battling through winds reaching fifty mph and temperatures that hover around the negative thirty degree mark, eking out warmth from within canvas walls and layers of sweaty wool, will make your drafty living quarters seem downright balmy in comparison. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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


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