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Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee I recently read the book Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. It’s a multigenerational story focusing on the life of a Korean woman, Sunja. Sunja grows up in the period of Japanese occupation in Korea and paints life in the time in great detail. It also talks about the lives of her …

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Why Fish Don’t Exist

Lulu Miller’s ‘Why Fish Don’t Exist’ is part memoir, part biography, and also social history. More importantly it’s a philosophical meditation on courage and perseverance in the face of the howling chaos of the universe and the human condition. Miller picks up the story of David Starr Jordan, a 19th century taxonomist obsessed with labeling …

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The First Sister

Like Red Rising meets The Handmaid’s Tale . . . that’s perhaps unfairly reductive, but in a good way! I’ve been chasing that mix of political intrigue and genetically enhanced super soldiers engaging in hand-to-hand combat for the dominion of a whole planet since Pierce Brown’s first book came out seven years ago, and this …

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