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"I Am the Messenger" by Markus Zusak

I want to ask him about that girl and if he loved her and still misses her.
Nothing, however, exits my mouth. How well do we really let ourselves know each other?


I also fear that nothing really ends at the end. Things just keep going as long as memory can wield its ax, always finding a soft part in your mind to cut through and enter.

"A Million Little Pieces" Discussion

Have you guys read the controversial book "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey? What did you think of it?
I just finished it and I liked it. My copy has a letter from Frey in the beginning admitting that some of his book was fabricated. It didn't read like a memoir to me, it read more like a novel. Because of that, I wasn't distracted with the fabrications because it seemed like he was a character in it, not the person.

Looking up, I noticed that the tree I'd fallen beneath was practically bald. Only little bits of green here and there, and lots of gray moss dangling to the ground. Even in the dark I could see that it was dying, and doing it alone in the middle of all these unconcerned pines. That was the absolute way of things. Loss takes up inside of everything sooner or later and eats right through it.


People, in general, would rather die than forgive. It's that hard. If God said in plain language, "I'm giving you a choice, forgive or die," a lot of people would go ahead and order their coffin.


"And when you get down to it, Lily, that's the only purpose grand enough for a human life. Not just to live-- but to persist in love."

This book was so good!
Another collection of short stories. Really screwed-up protagonists. I feel like there's something perverse in the way this author sees the world. Good read.

"I wish I could, but I have to go home and get ready.

You look great.

But I have to wash my hair.

Your hair looks great.

I touched my wig and laughed, but she didn't smile.

Really, it looks great.

Our eyes locked, and an unfriendly feeling passed between us. Of course it was a wig-- I knew she knew this-- but she was suddenly determined to call my bluff. I imagined that we were dueling, delicate foils raised high."

"Because They Wanted to" by Mary Gaitskill

This is a collection of short stories... or, rather, snapshots of emotion and behavior and confused striving. Basically, it imparts the psychologies the character's are being driven by to the reader through their behaviors and conversations. Also, Gaitskill uses gorgeously descriptive, brutal language.

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"The Catcher In the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

Certain things they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone. I know that's impossible, but it's too bad anyway.

I just want to say, this was a good book and all. But I don't understand all the hubbub about it. I got done with it and I'm like, is this it? I spark noted it to make sure I read the right book. It's a good book, I just don't see it as this epic american classic, you know?
I remember going to sleep last night, and I realized something. Something that I think is important. I realized that throughout the course of the evening, I wasn't happy about Craig and Sam breaking up. Not at all.

I never once thought that it would mean Sam might start liking me. All I cared was the fact that Sam got really hurt. And I guess I realized at that moment that I really did love her. Because there was nothing to gain, and that didn't matter.

"Oranges" by John McPhee

In his "Maesta," the Sienese painter Duccio di Buoninsegna showed Jesus entereing Jerusalem through the streets of Siena, past orange trees in full fruit. Fra Angelico painted Jesus resting under an orange tree. It was almost unthinkable for a great master to do a "Flight into Egypt" without lining the route with orange trees. A "Last Supper" was incomplete without oranges on the table, although there is no mention of oranges in the Bible. Titian's "Last Supper," which hangs in the Escorial, shows oranges with fish. A Domenico Ghirlandaio "Last Supper" goes further: a mature orange grove is depicted in murals behind the Disciples. The deterioration of Leonardo's "Last Supper" has been too extensive for any oranges in it to be indentified, but in all likelihood, according to Tolkowsky, they were there.

"Caramelo" by Sandra Cisneros

-You all behave like ranch people, the Grandmother scolds after the birthday singing is done with. --Shame on you, she says to me.--Don't you think you're big enough to sleep alone now?

But who would want to sleep alone? Who on earth would ever want to sleep alone unless they had to, little or big?

What are you guys reading right now?

"The Joy Luck Club" by Amy Tan

"I discovered that maybe it was fate all along, that faith was just an illusion that somehow you're in control."