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The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal, by Yann Martel

I rarely give a book five stars, but this one, The High Mountains of Portugal, deserves five, and maybe six, or even seven. It’s an allegory, so expect to be challenged. But read it, and you’ll walk away with images that will make you think as you’ve never thought before, laugh your deepest belly laugh, […]

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Little Paris Bookshop, Nina George

This book is absolutely unique: Just imagine a man who sells books from a floating barge in the Seine. And not just books, but specific books that will heal the afflicted, soothe a broken heart, point to a path through hardship. Yet Jean Perdu, a “literary apothecary,” is unable to prescribe for himself. The sorrow […]

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Leviathan

Leviathan

Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly not happy about this movie. He does not like it that Leviathan depicts a corrupt government, a system of law that rewards the powerful and crushes those who stand in its way. Leviathan is the dramatic story of an auto mechanic, Kolya, who lives in a fishing village on […]

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Water Pipe

Milk House Water

The road split our farm in half, house on one side, barn on the other. Crossing was a dangerous game. Lying in our beds at night, we would often hear the thump of body against machine, soft tissue crushed beneath hard rubber, and we knew some animal had passed to the other side […]

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