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Book Review | All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I think I must be the last person I know to read All the Light We Cannot See, and I admit I'm kicking myself that I took so long. It's easily one of the most moving books I've read in recent memory. That said, I feel like … [Read More...]

Book Review | Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest by Bryan Hurt

Around the time that I read the Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer, I came across this article that he wrote about various ideas that informed the trilogy: The Slow Apocalypse and Fiction I offset the link to … [Read More...]

Book Review | Zero to One by Peter Thiel

One of the most fascinating books I have read in recent months is Peter Thiel's Zero to One. I am not a tech entrepreneur or even starting a new business. But I found Zero to One so thought provoking and interesting, that I … [Read More...]

Book Review | Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

While studying English in college I was once (let's be honest this happened pretty regularly) challenged about the usefulness of my degree. I recall one conversation when I was studying mythology of some kind where I was … [Read More...]

Book Review | The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Meh. I will now write a soap-boxy rant review about this book; that I imagine almost no one will read, but it will at least make myself feel better. This book has over 700 pages. I've read a good armful of 600+ paged … [Read More...]

Book Review | Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Several years ago I went on a trip to Hawaii. For my beach reading, I brought along Alan Greenspan's autobiography, Age of Turbulence. It was a giant book. It wasn't light reading, and I think I spent the whole trip reading … [Read More...]

Book Review | H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Beauty and tragedy and death and renewal and nature... H is for Hawk is a beautiful memoir by naturalist Helen Macdonald. Ten points to Benjamin, who recommended it to me. I read it as part of my UK reading challenge, and … [Read More...]

Book Review | The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin (Hainish Cycle #4)

I take a certain delight in reading the books that define, change, or readjust not only an entire genre but a generation, as well. Generally, we call them “classics” and there’s something almost archeological about losing … [Read More...]

Brief Thoughts | Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates

Recently, I finished reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It's a short book and reads fast. A letter to his son, Coates' voice is intense and direct. I'm still processing Coates' message. I admit that I … [Read More...]

Book Review | Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez

Have you ever bought a book from a Facebook ad? I can now say that I have. For a period of time shortly after its release, I noticed a regularly placed ad in my Facebook news feed for Antonio Garcia Martinez's exposé on … [Read More...]

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Adult Fiction

Short Book Review | The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
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Young Adult Fiction

Review | Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Review | The Naturals (The Naturals #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Review | Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
Book Review | The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Review | Dodger by Terry Pratchett
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Utah (local) Authors

Review | Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
Review | The Allow of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Review | Nightingale by David Farland
Review | On My Way to Paradise by Dave Wolverton
Review | Variant by Robison Wells
A Rarefied View at Dawn by David Farland: Holding Up A Mirror

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Non-Fiction Books

Author Feature | Mitchell Zuckoff
Book Review | Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
Review | Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray
Book Review | Mormon Rivals: The Romneys, the Huntsmans and the Pursuit of Power by Matt Canham and Thomas Burr
Book Review | Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown by Wiedemer, Wiedemer, and Spitzer
Review | The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law by Mark Herrmann

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Picture Books

Review | More by I.C. Springman and Brian Lies
Review | Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
Review | Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora
Review | How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
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Geisel Award Winners 2013

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