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 goes. I am constantly running [….]

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 office. The attack was apparently [….]

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 National Museum of Natural History.  [….]

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 few beginning passages where I [….]

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 Shakespeare in Kabul, I was [….]

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 curled up in a chair, [….]