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Top Ten: De Profundis

De Profundis; Oscar Wilde “[Christ] does not really teach one anything, but by being brought into his presence one becomes something. And everybody is predestined to his presence.” Welcome to our final discussion of the top ten, and the one … Continue reading

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Top Ten: Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina; Leo Tolstoy “There are no conditions to which a person cannot grow accustomed, especially if he sees that everyone around him lives in the same way.” I don’t pretend to be a master of Russian literature. In fact, … Continue reading

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Top Ten: Everything is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated; Jonathan Safran Foer “I am doing something I hate for you. This is what it means to be in love.” We have another brief review by myself for this book, as I oh-so-eloquently penned in 2008: He … Continue reading

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Top Ten: She’s Come Undone

She’s Come Undone; Wally Lamb “I think . . . the secret is to just settle for the shape of your life takes . . . Instead of, you know, always waiting and wishing for what might make you happy.” … Continue reading

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Top Ten: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game; Orson Scott Card “I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly—I’ll beat you unfairly first.” It’s … Continue reading

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Top Ten: Middlesex

Middlesex; Jeffrey Eugenides “Everyone struggles against despair, but it always wins in the end. It has to. It’s the thing that lets us say goodbye.” Middlesex is one of the most recently-published on my top ten list, from 2002, and … Continue reading

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Top Ten: The World According to Garp

The World According to Garp; John Irving “They were involved in that awkward procedure of getting to unknow each other.” It’s a strict process for an author to become one of my favorites. It’s not based on just one book; … Continue reading

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Top Ten: Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged; Ayn Rand “I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” It’s no secret that I prefer books … Continue reading

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Top Ten: On the Road

On the Road; Jack Kerouac “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” After reading Kerouac, you fall into one of two categories: You either hate him completely, or he changes your life. I, … Continue reading

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Top Ten: Moby Dick

Since I’m in the midst of reading War & Peace, I will obviously have no other upcoming reviews and probably not a whole lot of time to pay attention to the world of books. So for the next two weeks, … Continue reading

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