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Nothing Holds Back the Night by Delphine de Vigan

Nothing Holds Back the Night is a memoir about a woman called Lucile, narrated by her daughter Delphine, who we learn early on is going to kill herself. This book has received great reviews and been declared “book of the year” in at least one newspaper, and everyone says the same: “hard to put down’’,… Keep Reading

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang revisited

This book is so weird – and not just for the story. The text continuously keeps contradicting itself throughout the book and once you see it, there’s no unseeing it. That said, I’d advise first-time readers to start with a fully stocked dopamine center, as this book might go through your brain like  Pac-man, snacking… Keep Reading

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Fantastic Book Podcasts and Where to Find Them

A select list of literary podcast to help maintain your sanity during the dark winter nights and the coming pilgrimages home to families who simply do not understand the point of the written, fictional word. THE NEW YORKER FICTION PODCAST The New Yorker Fiction podcast is my go-to on evenings where I simply want to… Keep Reading

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Review: The Aesthetics of Degradation by Adrian Nathan West

Custom dictates that in December one is to recommend books that have some, even oblique, connection to this festive period. This may be something of the joy of love and friendship or perhaps something to help with the kind of melancholic reflection common to the event that marks the end of another calendar year. The… Keep Reading

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The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink

The funniest book of 2016: Nell Zink’s first novel The Wallcreeper from 2014 is a witty, dark and sharp portrait of a marriage as perceived by Tiffany, our unsentimental, humorous and snappy heroine. There is no way to recap this book in a few lines without corrupting it by focusing on the plot and history –… Keep Reading

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang

I gave this book to my dad, saying it was about a woman who decided to become a vegetarian and the repercussions of this decision. I got it back from him with the note: “Not really.” So of course I had to read it. I also had to read it because it was the winner… Keep Reading

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Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’: A somehow disappointed review

Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is all-the-rage right now. ‘Short & sweet’, it takes a form of a memoir, but rather than dragging the reader through her first memories as a child or the reminiscences of her mother’s perfume, it tells the story of her relationship with her transgendered partner Harry and her following pregnancy/motherhood. But… Keep Reading

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Maggie Nelson’s ‘The Argonauts’: A heavily biased review

I began reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts four or five months ago. I say ‘began’ because I haven’t really stopped since. I pick it up several times a week to sink back into particularly beautiful passages, or plumb further her more layered and difficult observations. I have a slightly wary suspicion that I will be… Keep Reading

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“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara: A two-part book review

Masterpiece or soap opera? The aptly and yet ironically named novel A Little Life (it’s literally the size of a brick) has swept across the US and Europe with much fanfare, so much that its author, the otherwise unknown Hanya Yanagihara, appeared at this year’s Louisiana Literature. Here, two Arkers present you with each their own… Keep Reading

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