LitStack Review: The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville

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The Last Days of New Paris China Miéville Del Rey Release Date:  August 9, 2016 ISBN 978-0-34554-399-8 I adore China Miéville’s writing; it delights and confounds me in equal measure. For some reason, he can get away with making me feel absolutely lost and yet firmly tucked into wherever he […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Je Suis Charlie

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“…I’d rather die standing up than live on my knees.” Those words, spoken in 2012 by Stéphane Charbonnier, lead editor of the satirical French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, echo tragically as I write this, one day after  he and 11 others were murdered in an attack on the magazine’s Paris […]

LitStack Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Scribner Release Date:  May 6, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4767-4658-6 In 1934, six-year -old Marie-Laure’s eyesight fails due to congenital cataracts and she becomes completely blind.  At the time she is living in Paris with her father, who is the principal locksmith for the […]

LitStack Review: That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay

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That Part Was True Deborah McKinlay Grand Central Publishing Release Date:  February 4, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4555-7365-3 You know, I wasn’t going to finish reading Deborah McKinlay’s new novel, That Part Was True, after the first fifty pages or so.  It wasn’t that it wasn’t well written – except for a […]

LitStack Review: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini Riverhead Books First Edition:  May 21, 2013 ISBN 978-1-59463-176-4 When I read Qais Akbar Omar’s harrowing yet touching memoir of growing up in war-torn Afghanistan, A Fort of Nine Towers, as well as his account of bringing the Bard to that Middle-Eastern country in […]

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

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The Perfume Collector Kathleen Tessaro HarperCollins Publishers First Edition:  May 14, 2013 ISBN 978-0-06-225783-3 It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book in its entirety in a single day, but last week it happened with Kathleen Tessaro‘s marvelous new novel The Perfume Collector.  It’s not that I was […]