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Book Review: Shaun Tan’s The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow. I’m stunned by this book. I’ve read a lot of comic books in my time, and some graphic novels, so on first glance, I wondered how the format … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jonathan Franzen’s Purity

Purity by Jonathan Franzen My rating: 3 of 5 stars For some reason, my review of Jonathan Franzen’s Strong Motion remains one of the most-viewed posts on my blog. I wonder why that is. Probably because there aren’t that many … Continue reading

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Book Review: Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s Fleishman Is in Trouble

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Aware that Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s interviews with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jonathan Franzen are so incisive, well-written and engaging that they’ve become famous in themselves, and … Continue reading

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Book review: David Foenkinos’s Delicacy

Delicacy by David Foenkinos My rating: 1 of 5 stars I should have guessed from the cover. ‘Like an Amélie for grown-ups’, said the blurb. But I thought that Amélie was for grown-ups. So, I could gather from the back … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s Everybody Lies

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz My rating: 4 of 5 stars I don’t think that big data in itself is fascinating, but with the … Continue reading

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Book Review: John Irving’s In One Person

In One Person by John Irving My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was eleven years old when the World According to Garp was published, and I don’t know how much longer after it was published that I read it. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tabish Khair’s Just Another Jihadi Jane

Jihadi Jane by Tabish Khair My rating: 4 of 5 stars How to imagine the unimaginable? Tabish Khair sets himself quite a task, and a particularly relevant one, in asking how young people from around the world have joined the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Christos Ikonomou’s Something Will Happen, You’ll See

Something Will Happen, You’ll See by Christos Ikonomou My rating: 3 of 5 stars A friend left this behind on our bookshelves after staying with us. It’s a collection of short stories all about the collapse of families and communities … Continue reading

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Book Review: Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs To You

What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell My rating: 3 of 5 stars There was a phase in gay fiction where authors (or their fictional stand-ins) seemed to be lauded for writing about their encounters with poor, rough sex workers. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Joan London’s The Golden Age

The Golden Age by Joan London My rating: 2 of 5 stars I did find the setting and time intriguing, and the idea of a care home for kids with polio and a European immigrant couple adjusting to the New … Continue reading

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