Tag: suicide

Sep 07

Book Review: The Orchardist

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin The first thing I noticed about this book is that the author did not use quotations to set off dialog. It made it feel to me as if the novel was silent, underwater, like watching a movie with the sound off. There is dialog, but it’s not in quotes, so …

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Aug 09

Book Review: A Far Cry from Kensington

A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark I’d never read anything or heard anything about this author, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t always like to read stories about female protagonists set in historical periods, because it often fills me with feminist rage, but Mrs. Hawkins manages to live in the …

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Apr 27

Book Review: Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes I’ve never read this author, and generally eschew anything with “romance” in the genre description, but I have to say I loved this book. It’s got everything I want from a novel: drama, tension, a compelling plot, and believable, likeable, complex characters. The audiobook version is nearly 14 hours …

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Dec 16

Book Review: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes-And Other Lessons From the Crematory

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty I really enjoyed this. How can you not like a poignant memoir that makes you laugh with lines like “A girl never forgets the first corpse she shaves.” I got the audiobook, read by the author, who has a raspy, cheerful …

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Jan 04

Book Review: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini This is a great little story of redemption and hope. Craig, an over-achieving boy who just got into a prestigious high school, is in over his head. After spending a year studying for the test to get into his school, Craig finds that the school’s rigorous …

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