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January 30, 2011

3 Down, 49 To Go "The Imperfectionists" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

When a book garners nearly universal critical acclaim, I am always skeptical. That's why it took me so long to read Tom Rachman's debut novel The Imperfectionists.

Rachman creates engaging and realistic characters in this novel of intertwined stories. Set in a struggling international newspaper in Rome, the book is as much about the current state of the newspaper industry as it is their denizens. Rachman's depiction of generations in the life of the newspaper is crisp, honest, and often funny, and his dialogue always rings true. Most amazing is the flow between these stories, how seamlessly they connect to form the whole of the novel.

My next book is Isa Chandra Moskowitz's new cookbook Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes.

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Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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