Category Archives: A Book Stream Review

Travels in Siberia

Ian Frazier Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010 Frazier admits to “Russia love,” which by his description is comparable to the passion of ardent Francophiles or civil war re-enactors. Caught up in a love of country that is not his own, … Continue reading

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Passing

Nella Larsen Rutgers University Press, 1986 Oh, so many things our little brains think about. There are endless ways to justify our actions, question another’s, and paint our memories. The pitiable protagonist, though she wants to be noble, is Irene … Continue reading

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God’s Middle Finger, Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre

Richard Grant Free Press, 2008 For a certain sort of adventuring gringo Mexico has a hypnotic effect. He can be told a hundred times that Mexico is dangerous in its remote mountains, pressing, airless jungles, and haunting deserts, but that … Continue reading

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Beautiful Ruins

Jess Walter Harper Perennial, 2012 Jess Walter has managed to show the too often dreary literary novel and the fun but clueless bestseller can overlap. Both sides have an argument that this novel doesn’t belong in either category, and they … Continue reading

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