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Soutine
Soutine
by Rick Mullin
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, Funny, Poignant Portrait of the Artist: Chaim Soutine, April 26, 2012
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Rick Mullin's narrative poem, Soutine, is a powerful portrait of a painter who inspired the author's journey from journalist to painter and poet. The book unfolds in formal verse that is delightful, funny, and poignant as it describes Chaim Soutine's own journey from rabbi's son in Russia to Modigliani's friend in bohemian Paris. So many moments remain embedded in me, as the artist, his friends, and the narrator confront intense losses and struggles, but in this crucible art is born.


Automatic: A Memoir - Death, Girls, and R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People"
Automatic: A Memoir - Death, Girls, and R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Quick Read!, April 26, 2012
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I loved this short memoir about best friends who worship REM while growing up in Philadelphia where I went to college and discovered REM. When we love books it's because we see something of ourselves in them, and with Matthue Roth's Automatic I identified with his passion for REM, his desire for friends, and the sudden loss of a best friend way too young. It is a quick and charming read that is anything but sad. In fact, it's a comforting book for anyone who has lost someone they really loved. Thanks, Matthue!


China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight
China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight
by Gregory Crouch
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Aviator" Goes to China: Fascinating, Compelling Aviation and WWII History, March 21, 2012
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As the granddaughter of a World War II Hump pilot, China's Wings was a fascinating read. I grew up admiring my grandfather's adventures, flying men and cargo over the Himalayas from India to China during the war. Gregory Crouch brings these stories of risk and bravery to life, along with the full history of the commercial airline that managed the airlift. China National Aviation Corporation, a joint venture between Pan American and the Chinese government, proved more efficient and competent at flying over the treacherous mountains in monsoons and snowstorms and dense fog than the Army Air Corps. The visionary behind CNAC was William Langhorne Bond, a Virginian who escaped the Great Depression by shepherding the airline into a profitable business for Pan Am through the turbulent, war-torn 30s and 40s in China, while Japanese soldiers and bombers attacked relentlessly. Bond endured a dozen years in China, mostly separated from his wife and two sons, to keep the airline on a steady course through the war, as he was singularly suited to diplomatically work with Chinese government and business officials. This book will remind you of the "Aviator," but it will also illuminate a little known part of history leading up to Pearl Harbor and the action in the China-Burma-India theater. A compelling story that has finally been told.


(Re)MAKING LOVE: a sex after sixty story
(Re)MAKING LOVE: a sex after sixty story
by Mary L. Tabor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Inspiring, December 10, 2011
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When Mary Tabor's husband tells her he wants to live alone, to find himself, she moves to the Midwest to teach creative writing. She goes without pay, at first, because of bureaucratic trouble and spends a day without food, a heartbreaking moment rendered with grace. Soon, she begins internet dating and blogging about her adventures. She's sixty and still turning heads, but this doesn't make it any easier. She begins to long for her mother and father and sister who have all gone and, finally, she decides to travel alone to Paris. "It's safe to dream in Paris," she says. The book is full of poetry and wisdom as the author searches for understanding. A beautiful, inspiring book.


Enduring Patagonia
Enduring Patagonia
by Gregory Crouch
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Climbing Adventure, September 15, 2011
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Gregory Crouch is more than an adventure writer; he is a nature poet, chronicling his climbs in the Patagonian Andes--the near vertical faces of Cerro Torre, Fitzroy, Aguja Poincenot--fighting rock and ice, snow and wind, fear and fatigue, while conquering the otherworldly mountains straddling Chile and Argentina. Crouch's team of climbers was the first to complete a winter ascent of Cerro Torre's notorious west face in winter, a mind-bending feat considering how often climbs end in failure and sometimes death. His passion for climbing began as a cadet at West Point, where he scaled the Shawangunk Mountains by the Hudson River in New York, and continued long after he left the military following the first Gulf War. He worked construction jobs before becoming a full-time writer, saving every cent and going back to the Patagonian range again and again, comparing his quest to Captain Ahab's obsession with the big white whale in Moby Dick. Crouch's book is full of ripe metaphor and imagery: "Cracks and booms heard in the howl of storm are comprehensible to me, but not the mumbled conversations, barking dogs, ringing church bells, and the toneless organ growl that I hear...the asymphonic chorus that will pipe us into hell." The game is survival, and those who do are the unsung heroes of climbing as in war: "True toughness sits quietly, like the dull luster of a worn pair of combat boots or a battered ice axe."


Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement
Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement
by Neil M. Maher
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful Environmental History, September 15, 2011
This is a history book that reads as gracefully as The Best American Essays about the genesis of the American environmental movement. A favorite chapter covers Franklin Roosevelt's background as a timber conservationist and his passion for public parks, built by the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps. A fascinating read.


Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy
Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy
by Michael Soussan
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Idealistic UN Whistleblower, September 15, 2011
This memoir had me laughing and crying, a coming-of-age story about blowing the whistle on corruption in the United Nations oil-for-food program. The author proves that it's possible to be both a realist and an idealist. A great read.


2666: A Novel
2666: A Novel
by Roberto Bolaño
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, September 15, 2011
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The writing is exquisite in Roberto Bolano's 2666, convincing me from the first few pages that he was as good as my friends had said. Each chapter is its own universe--originally he'd intended them to be published as separate novels--all dovetailing in this Mexican town where women are brutally raped and murdered again and again. The language alone carries you through the first few chapters, but it isn't an easy read once it comes to the Part about the Crimes, where it's more of a police blotter for several hundred pages. But that is the point of the book, an overwhelming account of the ongoing violence against women who work in the maquiladoras who invariably are called "whores." It isn't a properly formed chapter--sketchy characters, choppy writing--but it gives a feeling of authenticity to the story and adds weight to the abundance of quirky characters who populate the surrounding chapters. I don't need books to be perfect. I need them to expand my idea of beauty, and Bolano had me from the beginning.


Brother One Cell
Brother One Cell
by Cullen Thomas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful, Poetic Thriller, September 15, 2011
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Cullen Thomas's memoir, Brother One Cell, is a thriller about an American college graduate, nicknamed the Jolly Marauder, who grew up on Long Island dreaming about pirates, adventure, and becoming a storyteller someday. Armed with an English major and big plans, Cullen took a job teaching English to school children in South Korea, quickly realizing that it was an insufferable grind. So he came up with a new plan: smuggling hashish into the country from Malaysia to finance a proper tour of the world. A friend had done it successfully, but Cullen got caught while collecting his contraband in the post office and was sent to prison for three and a half years. I've always been drawn to prison and war memoirs because they are like life only intensified, so you read looking for lessons about survival. Brother One Cell could be dark, but it is full of humor, poetry, and philosophy. From his cell window, Cullen could see a tree in the courtyard where he played basketball with murderers, thieves, drug dealers, and human traffickers. The tree kept getting cut down and down and down, but never lost its grace and dignity.


The Hearts of Darkness: How White Writers Created the Racist Image of Africa
The Hearts of Darkness: How White Writers Created the Racist Image of Africa
by Milton Allimadi
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating, September 15, 2011
This is a powerful analysis of news coverage of Africa, uncovering how racism shaped stories. One of the most enduring memories of this book is how the conflict in Rwanda was reduced to a "beauty contest."


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