Books

Teddy

Added on November 30, 2015

Teddy J.D. Salinger New Yorker Magazine, New York, Jan. 31, 1953 Due to its unhappy ending, Teddy is definitely one of Salinger’s most controversial stories. This 1953 New Yorker magazine is the true first printing. Later the same year (1953), Teddy was incorporated into the collection Nine Stories. Harper’s magazine, in its review of Nine [...]

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Alias Grace

Added on November 19, 2015

Alias Grace Margaret Atwood McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 1996 Margaret Atwood is one of the names Canadians bring up whenever there is talk of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her ninth novel, Alias Grace, is a compelling and well-researched work of historical fiction. It tells the story of Canadian Grace Marks, who was convicted of murder [...]

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The Strange Library

Added on October 17, 2015

The Strange Library Haruki Murakami Harvill Secker, London, 2014 The Strange Library is a strange book indeed. Here’s a blurb taken directly from the Haruki Murakami website, “A lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plot their escape from the nightmarish library of internationally acclaimed, best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination.” And from [...]

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The Corrections

Added on September 30, 2015

The Corrections Jonathan Franzen Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, U.S.A. 2001 The Corrections won the 2001 National Book Award and the 2002 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. It was runner-up for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, the 2002 Pen/Faulkner Award, and the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was named one [...]

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Us Conductors

Added on September 11, 2015

Us Conductors Sean Michaels Random House, Canada, 2014 Us Conductors, winner of the 2014 Giller Prize, is a fictional account of the life of Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Termen, known as Leon Theremin in the United States, was a Russian engineer and inventor of the theremin, an unusual musical instrument that uses electrical current to create [...]

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Life & Times of Michael K

Added on August 17, 2015

Life & Times of Michael K J. M. Coetzee Viking, U.S.A. 1984 This Booker Prize winning novel by J.M. Coetzee follows Michael K, a simple black gardener with a cleft palette, through civil war-torn urban South Africa to his mother’s rural farm. It takes place at the height of apartheid in the late 1970′s and early [...]

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The Sound of Things Falling

Added on July 2, 2015

The Sound of Things Falling Juan Gabriel Vasquez Riverhead Press, New York, 2013 Vasquez won the 2014 IMPAC Award for this quietly intense study on the effects of post traumatic stress disorder in the era of Pablo Escobar and the viciousness surrounding the Colombian drug cartels. The Sound of Things Falling received starred reviews from [...]

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The Master

Added on June 1, 2015

The Master Colm Toibin Picador, U.K. 2004 Colm Toibin, one of Ireland’s greatest writers, one of the greatest gay writers anywhere, won many awards for this brilliant novel about five prolific years in the life of writer Henry James, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Lambda Literary Award, The Los Angeles Times Book [...]

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The Garden of Eden – Easton Press

Added on May 21, 2015

The Garden of Eden Ernest Hemingway Easton Press, U.S.A., 1990 Hemingway worked on this novel off and on for over fifteen years, while simultaneously publishing four other novels. It remained unpublished at the time of his death in 1961. According to Wikipedia, Scribner’s edited the unfinished manuscript heavily, cutting 18 chapters and 130,000 words, along [...]

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October Ferry to Gabriola

Added on April 25, 2015

October Ferry to Gabriola Malcolm Lowry World Publishing, New York, 1970 This is such an interesting book for a number of reasons. For one thing, it includes a somewhat shocking history of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood in the decade between 1937 and 1947. For another, it was published by World Publishing, and as you can [...]

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