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Dan’s Book Club

Book club took a break because, after years of doing this column, I ran out of books to review. Turns out I can only read so many books between homework and projects. Book club is back now and ready to go with some classic literature fanfiction. No, not Fifty Shades of Grey. Twilight does not […]

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Daniel’s Book Club

“Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.” -David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas This issue we’re going to talk about a kind of strange book, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Why do I call it a weird book? Well, it comes in eleven parts, each written in its own style, […]

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Book Club: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Daniel Renkert Arts & Culture Editor   I really enjoy Tom Stoppard as a playwright. His works tend to ask existential questions with clever dialogue and unique premises. This week I’d like to recommend three somewhat related works of writing to read. The first being the titular piece of this article, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. […]

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Daniel’s Book Club: The Sparrow

Starting a new book has a sense of beginning a new journey where you don’t know the trail. You get to explore a new place, a new story, and meet new people. Better yet, you can do it all from your house, curled up with a blanket and a cup of tea (I’d recommend a […]

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Misfits and Mondays: Eleanor and Park Book Review

Eleanor has a mop of flaming red hair, wears boys’ clothes, and is the very best at reading aloud in her English class. Park is half-Korean, loves reading comic books, and can never quite seem to win the approval of his military father. Neither quite fits into their high school class, but throughout the course […]

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Unforgettably Unique: Every Day Book Review

The continuity of a life, while boring at times, is essentially the crux of human existence. People develop unique likes and dislikes, make meaningful connections with family and friends, and often define themselves by religion, occupation, or skillset. So regular is this concept that it is often impossible to imagine yourself as anyone but…yourself. In […]

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Think Like a Freak Book Review

What is the correlation between a person’s name and their success? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? Is there a relationship between abortion and crime rates? Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s popular Freakonomics and Super Freakonomics are literary masterpieces, applying economic concepts to everyday life to reach amazing conclusions. Unfortunately, the newest […]

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A Trail of Greatness: Wild Movie Review

“I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprisingly of all, that I could carry it.”—Cheryl Strayed in Wild. Armed with only a backpack full of camping supplies and her own determination, Cheryl Strayed embarked upon a 1,100-mile solo journey on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) […]

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Hope Between the Lines: Salvage the Bones Book Review

Combining a hopeful teenage girl, a prize-winning pitbull, and the hurricane of a lifetime, Jesmyn Ward weaves an unforgettable tale in her heart-wrenching novel “Salvage the Bones.” The story of 15 year-old Esch’s journey to womanhood through the dirt and despair of her Louisiana home, this National Award Winning book will keep readers emotionally hooked […]

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Book Review: “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson is about as quirky as the title suggests. The title may be a bit long, and perhaps a bit strange, but the book itself is definitely worth the read. It was originally published in Sweden in 2009. It was translated from Swedish […]