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It’s always hard to read about a subject you’re not familiar with. Except with this book. David Foster Wallace is known for Infinite Jest, Oblivion, and other works of fiction; but this piece of non-fiction helps to blend philosophy, mathematics, and history into an easily readable text that gives insight into the foundation of our existence. I think it’s interesting. There are definitely some points where I had to reread a section, but Wallace makes it accessible and entertaining.
I would recommend carrying a small notebook around while reading this one, the pages are already packed.
Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Everything-More-Compact-History-Infinity/dp/0393339289
Definitely one of Albert Camus’ most famous novels, The Stranger is an amazing insight into humanity and the absurdness that surrounds us all. Don’t read this book at the beach. It’s best to be read in the dim light of your boarded room in the muggy nights of summer, wine nearby. It’s short enough to easily read twice, back-to-back, and I would recommend doing just that.
I would also recommend reading Camus’ L’Hôte first. The translation can be either ‘The Guest’ or ‘The Host’. It just depends on what you make of the story.
A family friend sent me this book right before leaving for college, I couldn’t have been more thankful. This book is amazing in its ability to show just how much is out of our control, and to learn to accept it. While it’s a non-fiction book, its style leans towards the narrative; creating a readable book in the scientific field.
I would recommend it to anyone about to make some sort of life change or who is in need for a bit of understanding.
1962 novel by Kōbō Abe.
The entire time I was reading this I was confused. When you finish it however, you come to a consensus that this is a powerful book. It holds a lot about what makes us humans and not bugs. (You’ll get that joke when you read it.)
This is something you’ll have to devote yourself to in order to understand it fully, but it’s absolutely worth it when you come to the climax and conclusion of the novel.
Ron Rash’s 2006 novel immerses the reader and let’s them know upfront what it means to be from Appalachia. The ties he holds dear are shattered when something out of the ordinary comes across Travis Shelton’s path. The consequences of learning what your family truly was causes Travis to reevaluate all that he has ever known.
A novel that is not for the faint of heart. It’s a moving book that I have to reread every chance I get.