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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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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)
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

Islandborn by Junot Diaz - Book Review

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By Junot Díaz, Leo Espinosa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735229860
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Published: Dial Books - March 13th, 2018

Celebrated adult novelist Junot Diaz writes a beautiful children's picture book with some pretty incredible, colorful art by Leo Espinosa. Lola's teacher assigns her students to draw a picture of where they emigrated from. Only problem is, Lola cannot remember the Island where she was born, because she left when she was just a baby. Lola goes on a heartwarming journey to learn about her first home from those who remember it best. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781594631771
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2013

Oh yes Yunior, you've come back to me! Yunior is for Diaz what Nick Allen was for Hemingway, a character who appears over and over again in his stories because he is too well crafted to be given up. He narrates most of the ones in this collection, and believe me this is a great thing. His voice is so well crafted it drives me insane. It is many things: funny, fierce, smart, vulgar, poetic, and sensitive. Yunior is love. Diaz provides endlessly enjoyable reading. This is one of the best collections of stories I've ever read. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


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