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Book review: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz ***

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the… Continue reading Book review: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz ***

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Book Review: Maus – Art Spiegelman *****

“No, darling! To die it's easy... But you have to stuggle for life!” Maus is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Art Spiegelman, serialized from 1980 to 1991. It depicts Spiegelman interviewing his father about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. The work employs postmodernisttechniques and represents Jews as mice, Germans as cats, and Poles as pigs. Critics have classified Maus as memoir,… Continue reading Book Review: Maus – Art Spiegelman *****

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Book review: The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella

“Don't beat yourself up for not knowing the answers. You don't always have to know who you are. You don't have to have the big picture, or know where you're heading. Sometimes, it's enough just to know what you're going to do next.”  Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a… Continue reading Book review: The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella

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Book review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell ****

In 1799, Jacob de Zoet disembarks on the tiny island of Dejima, the Dutch East India Company’s remotest trading post in a Japan otherwise closed to the outside world. A junior clerk, his task is to uncover evidence of the previous Chief Resident’s corruption. Cold-shouldered by his compatriots, Jacob earns the trust of a local… Continue reading Book review: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell ****