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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

By Jonas Jonasson, An Unconventional and Cheeky Romp Through Modern History

– It really is you…Yury finally managed to exclaim. But…You speak Russian? – Yes, I went on a five-year course in your country’s language shortly after we last met, said Allan. The school was called Gulag. What about that vodka? The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassen is kind …

                          

A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini, A Moving, Heart-breaking, Powerful Story of Survival

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of two Afghan women whose lives are molded and refracted in the tumult of events in recent Afghan history — the Soviet invasion beginning in 1979, the Civil War, the reign of the Taliban, and the beginnings of the Karzai administration. It’s a powerful, moving, …

                 

Shakespeare: The World as Stage

By Bill Bryson, A Concise and Well-Researched Biography

Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as Stage is a short and well-researched biography on the famous Bard, with some background on Elizabethan England thrown in for good measure. I’ve been meaning to read something of Bryson’s for a long time and thought this might make a good introduction, especially since I did a lengthy project …

                    

Assassination Vacation

By Sarah Vowell, An Irreverent Road Trip Through Presidential Assassinations

“Going to Ford’s Theater to watch the play is like going to Hooters for the food,” writes Sarah Vowell in Assassination Vacation. But that’s where Vowell was, ironically watching Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins! And that’s where she begins her irreverent road trip, visiting the places where three American presidents have been assasinated over the years. …