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The Last White Man

One morning in an unnamed city in an unnamed country, a white man named Anders wakes up to discover that his skin has turned dark brown. His facial features have changed too. He doesn’t recognize himself in the mirror.   … Continue reading

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The Ministry for the Future

It’s the year 2024. After most nations fail to meet their commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement, delegates to the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) create a “subsidiary body” to defend and protect future generations of citizens and all … Continue reading

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Greenwood

I was on vacation last week and took one of my periodic side trips into fiction. Greenwood, by Canadian writer Michael Christie, is a novel about family and trees and the relationship between them. It spans four generations of the … Continue reading

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When We Cease to Understand the World

When We Cease to Understand the World is a book about ideas that defy comprehension told in a way that defies categorization. It’s written by Benjamin Labatut, a Chilean writer born in Rotterdam in 1980. This is his third book, … Continue reading

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The Overstory

A simple description of The Overstory by Richard Powers is that it’s a novel about nine people and their relationships with trees. Sounds weird, right? Well, The Overstory is definitely an unusual novel. But it’s much more, and much stranger … Continue reading

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Whereabouts

Whereabouts is Jhunpa Lahiri’s first novel in ten years. I don’t know what to make of it. I’ve read a couple of Lahiri’s earlier books: Interpreter of Maladies, her debut collection of short stories for which she won a Pulitzer … Continue reading

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A Burning

A Burning By Megha Majumdar Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2020 Faced with a difficult moral choice, would you do the right thing?  What if doing the right thing might cost you your job or the chance of a promotion?  … Continue reading

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Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 2018 I don’t read much fiction these days, but it’s summertime and the last book I read was about the history of calculus, so I figured I’d try … Continue reading

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The Palace of Illusions

The Palace of Illusions By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Anchor Books, New York, 2008 Reading The Palace of Illusions felt like seeing the ocean for the first time. It’s beautiful and vast and awe-inspiring.  It’s unexpected and unforgettable.  And it beckons … Continue reading

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthBy Richard FlanaganAlfred A. Knopf, New York, 2014 The Narrow Road to the Deep North is brilliantly written and utterly harrowing. During World War II, an estimated 200,000 Asian civilian laborers and 60,000 Allied … Continue reading

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