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You Should Read This: The End of Eve by Ariel Gore

June 10, 2014 | Susie | 5 Comments

Book: The End of Eve by Ariel Gore Rating: 5/5 girlfriends secretly having affairs with mimes while you take care of your dying mother Recommended if you like: Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton (though this is not food-based) or Running With Scissors by […]

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You Should Read This: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

May 12, 2014 | Susie | 6 Comments

Book: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay Rating: 4.75/5 times that you couldn’t stay quiet when you were being threatened Recommended if you like: Books with tough-as-nails female main characters; stories that take you out of a cozy white bread life and show you things that […]

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Review, IB Favorites Edition: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

April 28, 2014 | Sarah | 19 Comments

Book: Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson Rating: 5/5 metaphorical oranges Recommended if you like: LGBTQ novels, coming of age stories, unconventional storytelling, religious metaphors that aren’t out to convert you to religion First lines: “Like most people I lived for a long time with […]

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You Should Read This: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

March 14, 2014 | Bridget | 33 Comments

Book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Rating: 5/5 evil supernatural nannies from another dimension Recommended if you like: Coming of age tales; surreal, fairy tale-type stories; really really vivid prose First Lines: “It was only a duck pond, out […]

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You Should Read This: Alice Fantastic by Maggie Estep

January 23, 2014 | Meghan | 14 Comments

Book: Alice Fantastic Author: Maggie Estep Published: May 2009 by Akashic Books First lines: “I’d been trying to get rid of the big oaf for seventeen weeks but he just kept coming around.” Genre/rating: Literary fiction, 4.5/5 three-legged hounds named Ira Recommended if you like: Books […]

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Review: Beethoven: The Man Revealed, by John Suchet

December 12, 2013 | kateofmind | 7 Comments

Book: Beethoven: The Man Revealed Author: John Suchet Published: American edition, December 2013 by Grove/Atlantic; UK edition October 2012 by Elliot & Thompson First Line: “Thousands of people flocked towards the Altes Schwarzspanierhaus, as word spread across Vienna that Beethoven had died.” Genre/Rating: Biography, 5/5 […]

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Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

October 8, 2013 | lucysfootball | 16 Comments

Book: Doctor Sleep Author: Stephen King Published: September 2013 by Scribner, 544 pages First Line: “On the second day of December in a year when a Georgia peanut farmer was doing business in the White House, one of Colorado’s great resort hotels burned to the ground.” Genre/Rating: Horror; 5/5 women […]

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Review: Safe as Houses by Marie-Helene Bertino

September 7, 2013 | lucysfootball | 11 Comments

Book: Safe as Houses Author: Marie-Helene Bertino Published: October 2012 by University of Iowa Press, 164 pages First Line: “Growing up, I have dreams that my father sets our house on fire.” Genre/Rating: Short stories; 5/5 little boys lugubriously printing the names of his classmates on their valentines, only to […]

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The Booksluts Discuss: Spoonful by Chris Mendius

July 12, 2013 | Susie | 3 Comments

Book: Spoonful Author: Chris Mendius Published: February 8th 2012 by Anything Goes Publishing; 332 pages First line: “Nobody ever says, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a junkie.’” Susie’s rating: 4/5 paintings in your collection that were purchased by rock stars Rob’s rating: […]

Review: Double Feature by Owen King

April 26, 2013 | lucysfootball | 9 Comments

Book: Double Feature Author: Owen King Published: March 2013 by Scribner, 419 pages Date Read: April 2013 First Line: “The steel-on-steel whisk of the curtain rings scraping along the rod seemed to come from the sky, and for the last seven or eight seconds of his dream, Sam Dolan found […]