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The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra - Book Review

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By Alejandro Zambra, Megan McDowell (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781934824245
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Published: Open Letter - July 15th, 2010

A man is telling his step-daughter an ongoing, improvised bedtime story about the lives of a baobab and a poplar tree while they wait for her mother to come home. The step-father becomes increasingly concerned as the minutes and then hours tick away. A heartbreaking and poignant novella. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

A beautifully descriptive novel of competing magical proteges who fall in love, their rivalry set in motion by their two masters—magicians who use their dutiful underlings as the weapons in their duel, pushing them to the limits of what their abilities can do. The young lovers, however, use their talents to create exhibit after mesmerizing exhibit as expressions of love for one another, until things finally go too far. Also enjoyable in audiobook form (ask for the Jim Dale narration). ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312427597
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Published: Picador - August 19th, 2008

Not to be confused with literary predecessor and infamous writer of tomes Thomas Wolfe, Tom Wolfe’s style is both wild and wildly in-tune with the counterculture icons he doggedly follows around, namely Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Kesey’s band of “Merry Pranksters” filmed their adventures around the U.S. in a psychedelically painted school bus, wired for external sound, and driven by Kerouac muse Neal Cassidy (appearing in On the Road as Dean Moriarty). Oddity ensues. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf - Book Review

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By Virginia Woolf, Maureen Howard (Foreword by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780156628709
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Published: Mariner Books - September 24th, 1990

One of the more difficult books that I still really, really enjoyed. Don’t let the plot, or lack thereof, dissuade you; this book is complex and heady. The novel’s namesake plans and throws a party; but the narrative voice jumps from character to character unannounced, giving the reader a head-spinning tour of the disparate, interweaving thoughts of the townspeople that surround our central party-planner. It’s a disorienting challenge, but it’s worth it. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316769518
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1991

My two favorite Salinger pieces about the precocious, recurrent Glass family, featured in most of his publications. Both stories are narrated by Buddy Glass, who frequently muses about Zen Buddhism, Hindu philosophy, and his deceased brother Seymour who committed suicide years prior, a stubborn subject touched upon in most of the Glass family stories. For extra credit, read Franny and Zooey, too! ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780544484009
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Published: Mariner Books - April 14th, 2015

Foer weaves three interconnected narratives in this postmodern piece: A fictionalized version of the author’s journey to find a woman he believes saved his grandfather from the Nazis; a series of letters from a thesaurus-happy Ukrainian translator to said author; and flashbacks to the quirky shtetl his ancestors came from as it hurtles toward the tragedy of the Holocaust. Told in vibrant, colorful prose that floored me. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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