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September 29th, 2013
thesmithian

…a portrait of midcentury, Mexican American California and the cultural divide that defined the state then but that was only hinted at in its literature.

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…a portrait of midcentury, Mexican American California and the cultural divide that defined the state then but that was only hinted at in its literature.

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September 27th, 2013
thesmithian

"Even when a conspiracy theory says absolutely nothing true about the object of the theory, if it catches on it says something true about the anxieties and the experiences about the people who believe it."

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"Even when a conspiracy theory says absolutely nothing true about the object of the theory, if it catches on it says something true about the anxieties and the experiences about the people who believe it."

more, plus a vid interview with the author, here.

September 22nd, 2013
thesmithian

uses the lives of…choreographer/dancer Pearl Primus, writer Ann Petry and composer/pianist Mary Lou Williams—as signposts through an era, in a work that paints the “greatest generation” in a much less flattering light than do the usual jingoistic accounts.

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September 20th, 2013
thesmithian

Though Summer’s brother has been diagnosed with a number of disorders, she prefers to think of him as simply “intense,” and, like most siblings, is alternately protective of and annoyed by his idiosyncrasies.

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September 20th, 2013
thesmithian

Teeming with complex adult problems—infidelity, marital collapse, the death of a child—this thought-provoking coming-of-age story requires that readers be at least as mature as Mila as she confronts unpleasant truths.

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September 14th, 2013
thesmithian

Overflowing toilets and the stench of decomposition made the hot air practically unbreathable. Communication with the outside world was sparse and rescue efforts sporadic. The sound of gunshots from the darkened streets and the swirling rumors of martial law and bands of looters made the staff question whether anyone would leave the hospital alive. What they did next forms the basis of…“Five Days at Memorial,” a gripping, comprehensive account of the desperate times and difficult decisions of the beleaguered hospital’s staff. Fink’s exhaustively researched book is a triumph of journalism, based on six years of dogged reporting that earned her remarkable access to the patients and staff who endured the ordeal, and to the investigators and attorneys who questioned their actions after the waters receded and order resumed.

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September 14th, 2013
thesmithian

…sheds some light on a lesser-known period of Chinese-American history. [Some] readers will be surprised to learn about the extent of the prejudices and pressures for William and Willow—coming from both outside and…within their community.

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September 14th, 2013
thesmithian

Jhumpa Lahiri shows…a twist can be even more devastating when you’ve been afraid that it might happen all along.

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Jhumpa Lahiri shows…a twist can be even more devastating when you’ve been afraid that it might happen all along.

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August 25th, 2013
thesmithian

“Remember that love is like kerosene…The more you have, the more you burn.” The question that follows is: Does the burning illuminate or consume? In this novel, both…

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August 12th, 2013
thesmithian

The book’s title misleads, since he forcefully argues that no single known gene is sufficient to ensure athletic success. His answer to the question “Nature or nurture?” is both. If that sounds like a hedge, it isn’t: instead, it’s a testament to the author’s close attention to nuance. He approaches his subject like a scientist, stopping to examine the uncertainties and taking care not to overgeneralize.

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August 12th, 2013
thesmithian

…explores 26 different women’s entries to, immersions in and exits from communities where religion permeates all aspects of life.

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August 12th, 2013
thesmithian

"Whenever anyone calls me the new JK Rowling I think, ‘What’s wrong with the old one?’ And anyway, I think that anyone who reads my book will see that it is totally different."

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"Whenever anyone calls me the new JK Rowling I think, ‘What’s wrong with the old one?’ And anyway, I think that anyone who reads my book will see that it is totally different."

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