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January 6, 2004

One Down, Fifty-One To Go

I finished my first book of the year (and inaugural tome in my 52 book project) today, From Beirut To Jerusalem, by Thomas Friedman. By far, it is the best book I've read on the dilemma in the Middle East, able to deftly shift perspective from local streets to the global repercussions of the conflict.

Next up is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami. This summer, my brother lent me two Murakami novels, The Wild Sheep Chase and Dance, Dance, Dance, after we discovered a mutual admiration for fellow Japanese novelist Banana Yoshimoto, and these offbeat novels made me a fan.

Thanks for the recommendations so far, I'll be updating my reading schedule as I finish each book. I noticed a recommendation for Maus and Maus II. Does any other favorite graphic novels? That is a genre I have sadly neglected,and this is an excellent opportunity to get my proverbial feet wet.


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