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The Book of Illusions: A Novel by Paul Auster - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312429010
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Published: Picador - October 27th, 2009

A devastating story that follows a college professor, David Zimmer's, convalescence after losing his wife and two sons in a plane crash. Beautifully written -- Auster balances out all the sad stuff with unexpected scenes of comic grandeur. Exquisitely voiced -- by the last page I felt I was losing a real friend in Zimmer. Turbulent in form -- as a reader, you feel as if you're riding on a jet airliner through a storm of plot developments. I'd recommend this book to my grandma. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel by Paul Auster - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780312429003
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Published: Picador - October 27th, 2009

An elderly man estranged from his family goes to Brooklyn to die in blissful anonymity. While there he runs into his nephew, who he hasn't seen in many years. Much to his dismay, he comes to learn that his nephew is in even worse shape than himself and could use some love. The two embark on a screwball adventure guided by dreams, hope, and desperation and discover that there is a lot more to life than either had previously thought. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


Killing Commendatore: A novel by Haruki Murakami - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520047
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Published: Knopf - October 9th, 2018

This book will more than satisfy any steadfast Murakami fan. I'm just not sure it will bring in many new readers with its intimidating length and oh-so-slowly-burning plot. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Book Review

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781616202415
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 17th, 2012

This is a novel that will never leave me. A father's extreme devotion to his faith leads him to abuse his wife and two children and to alienate and persecute his extended family. His daughter, Kambili, only desires his love and respect, but this instinct will break her. Jaja, her brother, becomes increasingly disobedient after getting a taste for life outside of his father's household. When one Sunday he refuses to take communion everything begins to change for the Achike family, and the meretricious walls of their mansion will inevitably crumble. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


The Peregrine by J. A. Baker - Book Review

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By J. A. Baker, Robert Macfarlane (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590171332
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Published: NYRB Classics - December 31st, 2004

One man's obsession with peregrines leads him on a ten-year quest to track the incredible predator wherever it goes. This is a work of nonfiction that reads like the greatest novels. It's filled with lyrical, poetic, and haunting prose that at times had me sweating. Baker nearly becomes the beast he hunts, risking his humanity to remain close to his love. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


Winter Journal by Paul Auster - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250009098
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Published: Picador - December 17th, 2013

Paul Auster lays all of his cards on the table in this tortuous memoir. Every pain he felt, every personal shame and regret are described in shocking detail. Written in the second person, as a reader you really feel an intimate connection with Auster -- even when he is losing his virginity at sixteen to a cheap prostitute in a sketchy dive in the Upper West Side, NYC. Certain passages can be offputting. They can make you feel uncomfortable. However, Auster exposes himself like only the bravest authors can do, and for this I love him. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


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