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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 42

A book written by someone younger than 30, Evelina by Fanny Burney This book made its way onto my 2017 challenge out of pure fan girl holdover from graduate school. I registered late my first semester of school and missed … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 40

A book set in your favorite historical period, Enemy at the Gates, by William Craig I have my grandfather’s original copy of this book, which was a huge motivator for me to read it. Plus, I love anything having to … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 36

An Oprah book, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead This novel centers on our heroine–Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Whitehead doesn’t shy away from depicting the horrific (but accurate) life of slaves, and Cora’s lot is … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 34

A book about race/identity, Absalom, Abasalom! by William Faulkner I have a long-lasting love affair with William Faulkner. It started back in college when I was working at the library shelving books. I caught a glimpse of As I Lay … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge: Book 32

A non-fiction book, Dead Wake by Erik Larson Erik Larson has an uncanny ability to take an historical event and breathe an element of life into that transfigures the event from an abstract “event” into a fully-fleshed out story, one … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 31

A book set in a place you’d visit, A Town like Alice, by Neville Shute Back in high school, I read Neville Shute’s novel On the Beach. It has haunted me ever since—literally, it haunted my dreams,—it gave me horrific … Continue reading

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2017 Reading Challenge, Book 29

A recommended book, Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh “All that succession and repetition of massed humanity…Those vile bodies…” Vile Bodies has been on my to-read list for a long time, so I feel very privileged to have the time to … Continue reading

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