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1Q4 by Haruki Murakami

Monday Night Book Club: 1Q84

by Abigail Fisher If the title 1Q84 doesn’t already have you intrigued, there is something wrong with you. Is it just a mash of unrelated characters, a name or a code with much deeper meaning? I’m not going to tell you what 1Q84 means. If you’re really that anxious to know, you can go look […]

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A People's History of the United States

Monday Night Book Club: A People’s History of the United States

By Abigail Fisher If you’ve been following the Monday Night Book Club column, you have probably noticed that nonfiction books really haven’t been getting the attention they deserve. It’s not that I dislike nonfiction. Reading nonfiction books recreationally is a great way to tailor your education to your particular interests and I often work nonfiction […]

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The Devil in the White City

Monday Night Book Club: The Devil in the White City

By Abigail Fisher In honor of the pilot episode of the already highly acclaimed Hannibal (on NBC Thursday’s 10/9c), I thought it only apropos to review one of my favorite novels, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that changed America by Erik Larson. The Devil in the White […]

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Vampires in the Lemon Grove

Monday Night Book Club: Vampires in the Lemon Grove

By Abigail Fisher Human silkworms, a vampire’s midlife crisis and horse presidents shouldn’t have anything to do with reality, but somehow author Karen Russell meshes otherworldly narratives with relatable characterization and emotion in her latest book Vampires in the Lemon Grove. This collection of short stories maintains an aura of fantasy throughout each vignette, managing […]

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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Monday Night Book Club: Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

By Abigail Fisher In the midst of midterms and UW Fashion Week, you may think that reading for pleasure is an unfeasible luxury better saved for spring break. To this I say nay! Fellow readers, there is always time for a secret nip of literature. If you can make time for Netflix, you can make […]

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Monday Night Book Club: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By Abigail Fisher I’m never able to resist a book about a girl who loves books. This is mostly due to the fact that I, myself, am a girl who loves books. No matter the plot or the heroine’s background, I can’t help but identify with a character who has a love for thick novels. […]

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Monday Night Book Club: The Sirens of Titan

By Abigail Fisher  Sometimes it’s difficult to find a happy medium between a book that makes you think and one that’s philosophical mush. In my humble attempts to become well-read, I try to challenge myself with books that boast academic tones. Unfortunately, I almost always end up feeling unfulfilled as I turn the last page. […]

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Monday Night Book Club: Love in the Time of Cholera

By Abby Fisher I’ve been cold the last three months. This cruel Wisconsin winter has bested every one of my attempts at warmth. No matter how many cups of coffee I drink or how many sweaters I layer, heat evades me. I have resigned myself to a semi-frozen state until spring. To be clear, my […]

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Monday Night Book Club: Gone With the Wind

by Abigail Fisher During Thanksgiving break, a treat more delicious than turkey was AMC’s 24-hour Gone with the Wind marathon. I watched snippets from all six showings of the film, which I count as at least one full viewing. Watching Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh’s enthralling performances helped me to remember the first time I […]

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Monday Night Book Club: The Virgin Suicides

by Abigail Fisher One of author Jeffery Eugenides most appealing qualities is his versatile yet consistent writing style. The themes and characters of his novels vary across the human experience, but always come across as honest. The Virgin Suicides, Eugenides’ first book, is no exception and remains one of my favorite novels of all time. Written […]

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