Julieta - Alice Munro

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This slim volume is a triptych of stories from Munro's collection Runaway that has been adapted by Pedro Almodovar into the movie Julieta. Though Almodovar's adaptation is a feat of cinema, it can be said that, in this particular case, the adage "the book is better than the movie" rings true. Despite Almodovar's formidable skill as a filmmaker, he can never expect to match Munro's ability to write about the peculiarities of human connection and the sadness when those connections are severed. It seems that there is no human experience that Munro cannot write about, from death to love, and in these three stories her unparalleled ability is on full display.

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ISBN: 9780525434252
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Vintage - December 13th, 2016

Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges

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Borges occupies an almost mythic place in the literary world. He possesses a special kind of prowess that allows him to combine esoteric philosophy and varied references to different cultures and literature with deft plotting. Who else writes about an encyclopedia with an obscure reference to a country that does not exist? Or about a man who sets out to re-create Don Quixote by living as Cervantes did in 17th-century Spain? Only Borges does, and he does so with such ingenuity and skill that all writers who follow in his footsteps will seem like weak echoes.

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By Jorge Luis Borges, Donald A. Yates (Editor), James E. Irby (Editor), William Gibson (Introduction by), André Maurois
ISBN: 9780811216999
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2007

In Persuasion Nation - George Saunders

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George Saunders is the writer that we need right now in the age of corporate greed and rising fascism. In what I opine to be Saunders' best collection, he imagines the world as a place of unfettered capitalism where the avoidance of watching commercials is punishable by law and where the biggest celebrities are the ones who test products made for the most marketable demographic. It is a world where going against the majority can literally result in your non-existence. Saunders' words have the tune of prophecy in them, and it seems that in reading his words, there is hope for us yet to avoid the troubling world he so eloquently writes about.

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ISBN: 9781594482427
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2007