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A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.93
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding page-turner, June 13, 2007
Hosseini brings back the same poetic narrative style and knack for blending history and plot that fans of The Kite Runner already know and love, but this time, he tells a story from the perspective of two sympathetic female characters. Suns' female heroines endure about three novels' worth of turmoil and anguish, yet Hosseini packs his story into a dense, page-turning read. And if your understanding of Middle Eastern culture is a bit spotty, you'll gain tremendous insight as well.

A Model Summer
A Model Summer
by Paulina Porizkova
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.69
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging and insightful, May 16, 2007
This review is from: A Model Summer (Hardcover)
A great, fictionalized behind-the-scenes look at the modeling industry and the effect it can have on a young, pretty girl thrust into a very adult world. Porizkova does a great job of taking the reader through the experiences of an awkward young woman trying to find herself as she is picked apart and struggling to survive on her own in Paris in the 80s. The voice is authentic, very introspective and filled with emotion and angst. The heroine's journey is at turns exhilarating and anguishing, and you'll be eager to turn the page to find out what happens next. A fantastic read!

Still Life with Husband
Still Life with Husband
by Lauren Fox
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully messy, April 10, 2007
Fox deftly captures the realness of an affair--messy, flawed, conflicted, and exhilarating. Emily, the narrator, is stuck in her humdrum life and falls hard for a charming stranger. Her spiral into deceit--sneaking around, keeping the truth from her friends and family--make for an intriguing read.

Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel
Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel
by Walter Mosley
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A risky undertaking, March 30, 2007
Wow. I applaud Walter Mosley for taking chances, and this book is definitely a departure--especially for readers looking for something more in the vein of his Easy Rawlings series. Killing Johnny Fry is not for the faint of heart--it's a dark, challenging portrayal of sexuality and betrayal. The sex is raw and explicit, the main character's emotional journey is exhausting in its realness and honesty. I believed the characters, even though some of their actions shocked me--but I like to be shocked. I found the ending to be slightly disappointing, but that aside, I couldn't put it down. Mind-blowing.

Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic: True Stories (Travelers' Tales Guides)
Travelers' Tales Prague and the Czech Republic: True Stories (Travelers' Tales Guides)
by David Farley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.16
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Funny and Touching, March 30, 2007
A great read, even if you've never even thought about setting foot inside the Czech Republic. David Farley's tale of a traditional pig slaughter gone wrong is hysterical--right up there with David Sedaris' best work; Jessie Sholl's story of meeting her future husband is sweetly romantic; and Paulina Porizkova (the model, actress and author of A Model Summer) shares the funny story of her return to her home country as a celebrity after leaving in exile as a child. Many more tales are included; all are worth reading. If this is representative of the rest of the Travelers' Tales books, I'll be picking up more in the series.

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