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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

One part post-apocalypse, one part pre-apocalypse. The lives of those in both eras weave amongst and inform each other in Mandel’s highly literary tribute to the genre. There are roving gangs of troubadours, violent religious cults, Shakespeare fanatics trying to keep the artform alive, and an underwater graphic novel that transcends and connects these disparate generations. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

Perhaps my favorite release of 2017, a timely tale of refugees escaping a war-torn unnamed Middle Eastern city with a twist of magical realism: Certain doors around the city transport those who enter to unspecified locations across the globe, appearing and disappearing at random, leading to myriad refugee crises in unsuspecting cities. It is also the story of a marriage in full, written simply yet beautifully. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Housekeeping: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312424091
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Published: Picador - November 2004

Every sentence of Robinson’s novels are perfectly constructed. It is rumored she doesn’t continue on to the next sentence until the one she is presently on reaches its finished form in her exacting eye. This is her first and perhaps finest novel, a story of family tragedy that orphans the narrator and her sister. When their brooding, quirky aunt arrives to raise them, rivalries simmer and reputations are altered forever. Masterful and hauntingly beautiful prose pulls this slow-burning book to its lingering conclusion. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Still Life with Woodpecker: A Novel by Tom Robbins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553348972
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Published: Bantam - April 1990

Robbins’ prose nearly pops off the page. It took me all of two pages to fall in love with his colorful style. This is a story of romance and redheads, outlaws and aliens, bedrooms and brambles, and a cryptic pack of Camel cigarettes. Some of the most fun you’ll have with language’s playful side. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Empire Falls by Richard Russo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375726408
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Published: Vintage - April 12th, 2002

If you’ve ever lived in a small town, you’ve already met all of Empire Falls’ characters in person. Russo writes them with a richness of familiarity, and their various perspectives are immediately compelling—from the humorous to the tragic. I took my time with this one; once I began walking down its cracked sidewalks, frequenting its lone diner, bouncing between the crusts of its two-tiered society, I didn’t want to leave. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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