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Martin Lost and Found
Martin Lost and Found
Price: $3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Charmer, April 14, 2013
I'd really enjoyed reading Katie Gates' first novel, The Somebody Who, so I was looking forward to her follow-up. Suffice to say, she handily beats the sophomore curse with this engaging character study. The author's compassion for the title character shines through on every page of Martin Lost and Found, which vividly captures life in a hipster Los Angeles neighborhood with wry good humor. As someone who just hit the big 5-0 himself, I identified with a lot of the angst and disappointment Martin is dealing with at mid-life. His gradual reawakening is touchingly handled and even brought a smile to this self-professed cynic's face. Thoughtful and sensitively rendered, Martin Lost and Found is a well worth a read.


BEST READS: Recommended Reading: A Guide to the Classics and Best Books (Fiction and Nonfiction) You Must Read from the Best Kindle Books to the All-time ... Book Club Sel (The Book of Books Series 1)
BEST READS: Recommended Reading: A Guide to the Classics and Best Books (Fiction and Nonfiction) You Must Read from the Best Kindle Books to the All-time ... Book Club Sel (The Book of Books Series 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and useful read for book lovers, April 13, 2013
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I'm addicted to reading; as soon as I finish one book, I like to dive into the next one or two. What I don't like to do is spend a lot of time looking for that next book. This fairly comprehensive reader's guide covers a lot of literary ground -- there's even a list of noteworthy books on Iraq (!). Yep,a lot of the usual suspects here -- Twain, Austen, Dickens -- but there are a lot of intriguing writers and books who are new to me. And I like that it's written in an engaging, down-to-earth style that never sounds overly academic, as if the writers were trying hard to impress you with their literary credentials. Some of the reviews are a little too succinct for my tastes, but that's a minor quibble. Good stuff!


Lessons from the Holy Wars: A Pakistani-American Odyssey
Lessons from the Holy Wars: A Pakistani-American Odyssey
by Rob Asghar
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommonly witty and perceptive, March 9, 2010
Lessons from the Holy Wars is laugh-out-loud funny, moving and provocative. Asghar writes with disarming honesty and self-deprecating wit about wrestling with questions of faith and cultural identity. He also shares his keen insights about the sociopolitical landscape of Pakistan in this entertaining and enlightening book that gives you ample food for thought. Highly recommended.


The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers
The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers
by Rick Nahmias
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.77
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important and timely book that should be required reading, September 1, 2008
Reminiscent of both Jacob Riis' How the Other Half Lives and James Agee and Walker Evans' Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Rick Nahmias' The Migrant Project is a revelatory and provocative book. Nahmias' black and white photographs of California migrant workers are haunting and starkly beautiful. The grinding poverty and arduous workplace conditions these people endure is heartbreaking and infuriating, yet their strength and dignity emerges in Nahmias' images and direct, unaffected prose. It's a deeply humanistic and necessary work of art that stays with you. Highly recommended!


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