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The Collected Stories
John McGahern
Middlemarch
George Eliot
Omensetter's Luck
William H. Gass
Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
A Naked Singularity (Paper)
Sergio De La Pava
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
Geoff Dyer
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Claire Tomalin
Maps and Legends
Michael Chabon
The Vagrants: A Novel - Yiyun Li 5 stars! A stunning novel. Takes place in China in the late 1970s. A young woman is to be executed for her ideologic opposition to the oppressive cultural revolution. It is about humans being human — what people do and say to protect their own interests — but they all believe in different ways to accomplish this. Some believe it is best to go along with whatever they’re told, to be obedient at all costs. But even this is not a sureproof method. Others believe they must stand up to oppression, to speak out against. Others try to manipulate the system, and their fellow citizens. They are all powerless and yet all wield a segment of the power. Their actions are part of the web.