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HollyQ

HollyQ

Joined February 2016

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Oy. The things we don‘t talk about are harrowing and searing in their truth. A great collection of essays. Each more well-written than the last. All brilliant. This book will stay with me.

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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro

Halfway through this book after reading all the raves. Does this thing EVER pick up?

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Purge | Sofi Oksanen
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Somehow my original post disappeared! This is one of the best books I've read -- the two women are unforgettable and it provides an eye-opening look at a piece of history I never knew about (and does it without feeling like homework). If you generally avoid books about WWII, try this one. Also a great choice if you want to increase your repertoire of books in translation. Trigger warning for sexual abuse.

Martta You should try her other books also. "When the doves disappeared" is set in Estonia and in the same time period as Purge but (in my opinion) it's not quite as good as Purge. If you get a hold of "Norma" that's my favourite book by Oksanen. It's a strange combination of fairytale and real life. It's set in present day Finland (mostly). She has this amazing way of addressing tough subjects and that seems to be the connecting factor in all her works. 3y
HollyQ I have "When the Doves Disappeared". I think I'll move it up on the list. Purge is a book I can't stop thinking about. 3y
Martta @HollyQ I know the feeling. I read Purge back in 2008 and I still remember the story vividly. 3y
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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Two chapters in and so far it's great.

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Quiet American | Graham Greene
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Such a great book. Evocative, emotional, and smart. The movie does it justice, too. One of Michael Caine's finest performances. Read it. It's great.

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Just heard the author interviewed on a BBC podcast. This book sounds fascinating. Women in the early 20th century who worked painting dials with radium literally glowed. It was considered glamorous work. They would paint their nails with it for fun! Little did they know their jobs were deadly.

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I Remember You: A Ghost Story | Yrsa Sigurdardottir
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Because Liberty said it's really good and really scary.

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