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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach
Stories: All-New Tales
Lawrence Block, Richard Adams, Roddy Doyle, Jeffery Deaver, Chuck Palahniuk, Joyce Carol Oates, Diana Wynne Jones, Peter Straub, Michael Marshall Smith, Michael Swanwick, Tim Powers, Joanne Harris, Gene Wolfe, Michael Moorcock, Stewart O'Nan, Jeffrey Ford, Walter Mosley,
Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente Such a beautifully written book about the growing up of a girl into a woman and her journey through life and marriage. So many great nuggets of wisdom really blew me away, especially coming from such a young voice. Since I've been wanting to read a Valente novel, something Russian, and a fairytale, this was all-encompassing for me. Very poetic, sad at times, and was a book that I savored slowly. Wanted to read it all the time, but it actually took me something like six days because it was something that needed to be extra thoughtfully read. This book raises the bar on the rest of my summer reading. Main themes were futility, balance of power in relationships, human suffering, forgiveness, and self-awareness. 5+ stars...