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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

We don’t know much about our narrator when the story starts – not her name, nor where she lives, nor much about her background. One of the first concrete things we learn is that she is a Handmaiden, and that this defines her place in society. It dictates how she dresses, where she goes, to… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Feather Crowns by Bobbie Ann Mason

Christie Wheeler is carrying quintuplets, only she doesn’t know it. It’s the turn of the last century and medical science isn’t exactly sophisticated enough for an ultrasound yet. All she knows is there’s something inside her – maybe a monster, or a demon, but definitely not a baby. But after she miraculously gives birth to… Continue reading Feather Crowns by Bobbie Ann Mason

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World War Z by Max Brooks

Like every good zombie story, World War Z is not about the zombies. Sure, they’re there, and they’re certainly an important plot device, but they’re not what the book is about. Instead, World War Z is a global look at the political, social, and psychological effects of reaching the breaking point. This book’s unusual format… Continue reading World War Z by Max Brooks

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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

I think of The Last Unicorn as a grown-up fairy tale. Not because it has sex, violence, or unnecessary grit, but because of its delicious self-awareness and wittiness. The main plot is, perhaps predictably, about a unicorn discovering she may be the last of her kind and setting out to find the rest of the… Continue reading The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

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Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker

BA5799 is a British soldier fighting a war in an ambiguously Middle Eastern country. The narrative jumps between his time before, during, and after his service, as well as the backstories of some of the people he encounters while abroad. The catch is, this isn’t just his story told by him – it’s told by… Continue reading Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker