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2011

2011

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

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There’s no way around the fact that The Wife: A Novel is one of the most depressing books I’ve read. And if you’re familiar with my reading list, that’s no small feat.

I still loved it.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

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Take note, all you Rapture-joking posters on Facebook: there are no equals to Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman when humorously writing about the end of the world.

Q and A With Author Jamie Lynn Braziel

Emma, the heroine of Declaring Spinsterhood , has had it. Fed up with a lousy ex-boyfriend and mixed messages from her male best friend, not to mention being teased by her family, she announces she is going to embrace being a spinster.

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Before I give my thoughts on Delirium , I have to pause for a moment and say:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

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If there is anything that embarrasses me as a book reviewer (other than how behind I get on reviews), it's when I honestly don't understand a central plot point or theme in a book.

Room by Emma Donaghue

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One of the effects of reading a lot is almost everything you read reminds you of something else.

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Of the many sad stories surrounding newspapers over the past decade, one of the saddest is the dismantling of foreign bureaus. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, Chicago Tribune’s Kim Barker spent the next seven years covering Afghanistan and Pakistan, and The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan covers the odd, violent and occasionally funny days of her time there.

Swimming by Nicola Keegan

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Full disclosure: I picked up Swimming because I do, in fact, love swimming. To me, it has always been one of the most enjoyable activities, a way to fly and to move, a place where having broad shoulders is actually helpful.

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