Flings by Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor’s Flings, a collection of short stories, started out on a high note for me. Each story is a brief glimpse into one moment…

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snow and shadow

Snow and Shadow by Dorothy Tse

The stories in Snow and Shadow are so, so bizarre, but in that delicious way that leaves you excited to discover what the author has come up with…

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Bout of Books 11 Wrap Up

Well, we’ve reached the end of Bout of Books 11. I met all of my goals. Participated in a Twitter chat and a few…

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story hour

The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

In The Story Hour, an unlikely and precarious friendship forms between Maggie, a well-respected psychologist, and her patient, Lakshmi, a depressed Indian woman in…

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burnt toast

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good by Kathleen Flinn

You wouldn’t think a memoir consisting of someone else’s family stories would be all that interesting, but Kathleen Flinn had me hanging on each…

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Colorless Tsukuru

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

In high school, Tsukuru Tazaki belonged to a close-knit group of five friends. When he goes off to college, the other four suddenly and…

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virtues of oxygen

The Virtues of Oxygen by Susan Schoenberger

Although The Virtues of Oxygen is fiction, it is an accurate and respectful look at Americans who live just above the poverty line, struggling to make it…

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