Benjamin Alire Sáenz aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe book review
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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: Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman ****

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds;… Continue reading Book Review: Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman ****

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Book Review: Circe – Madeline Miller *****

But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me. Circe is the daughter of Helios, the sun god, and Perse, a beautiful naiad. Yet from the moment of her birth, she is an outsider… Continue reading Book Review: Circe – Madeline Miller *****

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Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders *****

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of… Continue reading Book Review: Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders *****