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2 Sentence Reviews: Buffalo Soldiers

March 26, 2010
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2 Sentence Reviews: Buffalo Soldiers

You don’t often see a book written in the second person outside of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series, which most people have outgrown by the time they’re 20 13, but this one flawlessly drops you into heroin-dealing hot spots that are going to feel a little prickly.  O’Connor grabs you by the back of...
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2 Sentence Review: Septa (Market El)

March 25, 2010
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2 Sentence Review: Septa (Market El)

When you take a ride on the crazy wagon, expect the young to fight with the old, people with bloody wounds to refuse treatment, and breaks slamming like another train cut your train off. Maybe just maybe the conductor will say, “You looook goood!” when they roll up at your station.
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2 Sentence Review: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

March 24, 2010
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2 Sentence Review: Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

A must read about one New Orleans family’s struggles before, during and after Katrina. One of those rare instances in which an author’s narrative and not his or her polemics allows the reader to feel deeply about the effects on individuals of injustice, hope and religion. Buy Zeitoun on Amazon or download audiobook from...
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2 Sentence Review: Hamlet (BBC, 2009)

March 23, 2010
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2 Sentence Review: Hamlet (BBC, 2009)

A plethora of stars in a Shakespearean classic. It’s Hamlet gone dark.
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2 Sentence Review: Spaceman Blues

March 22, 2010
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2 Sentence Review: Spaceman Blues

Spaceman Blues by Brian Francis Slattery With an orgy of adjectives and one billion different characters, Slattery’s love/superhero/survivalist novel about a man searching for his lost lover in a colorfully futuristic New York will set your hair on fire with the sheer volume of verbiage.  Not often does an author fail to repeat themselves...
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2 Sentence Review: Blankets by Craig Thompson

March 19, 2010
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2 Sentence Review: Blankets by Craig Thompson

Craig Thompson’s Blankets depicts the wonderful confusion of falling in love for the first time.  Awkward and romantic, his writing and artwork both enchant.
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2 Sentence Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran-Foer

March 18, 2010
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2 Sentence Review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran-Foer

After Oskar Schell walked me around New York City, I closed my copy of Jonathan Safran-Foer’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and wrote this note on the inside cover, “a must read.” Idiosyncratic characters, multiple perspectives, drawings, colored mark-up, quirky dialogue, an honest reaction to a catastrophic event (9/11), what more could you want...
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2 Sentence Review: Free-Range Chickens by Simon Rich

March 17, 2010
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2 Sentence Review: Free-Range Chickens by Simon Rich

Free-Range Chickens by Simon Rich The youngest writer in SNL history puts together a collection of 1-2 page skits (“What I imagined the people around me were saying when I was 13,” and “What I want my tombstone to say when I die of encephalitis next week”) that he thought would be funny.  They are.
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