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Haruki Murakami

Murakami: Putting Normal Characters in Weird Situations

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I first heard of Haruki Murakami a decade ago and instantly knew we had a connection. It was while reading the first pages of his tome 1Q84, in which a young woman riding a taxi on an elevated expressway in bumper-to-bumper traffic realizes she is going to miss an important meeting, grabs her shoulder bag, steps out of the cab, and negotiates the fully jammed expressway by foot until she can make her way to the nearest ramp. I try to picture someone doing this on the Long Island Expressway. What a concept, my kind of weirdness — and I had 1,174 pages to go! That book – and many others by Murakami– should have prepared me for Killing Commendatore…

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Books That Go Great with Barbecue on Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, and it’s officially time to decide what you’re going to buy the men in your life. Whether it’s your own father, your partner, or even a friend, this is the time of year to celebrate everything that dads do for us. From raising cool kids to always knowing the weather, fathers definitely deserve to be recognized and appreciated. But as much as we want to give them the world, it doesn’t help that they can be notoriously hard to buy for. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. After all, everyone loves a good book, right? This Father’s Day, why not treat the dads in your life to the always-awesome gift of reading? Here are four…

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A Reading List for Every Singleton Out There

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It stinks to be singled out, but it certainly doesn’t stink to be single. If you want some distraction from your crippling loneliness — erm, we mean independence, check out the six books we picked below! Matt’s Picks: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, Allie Brosh (Touchstone Books, 2013) I had an awkward childhood, but who didn’t? I’m also a 20-something college grad who doesn’t have a clue. Allie Brosh’s book features her favorite stories from the cult blog of the same name accompanied with silly Microsoft Paint drawings that are the epitome of derp. She recounts hilarious anecdotes from her youth and throughout her 20s. I can relate. So much so that…

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SUMMER READS 2014: Literary classics in the making

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What is it about summer that makes us want to lose ourselves in the pages of the newest novel? Fans of literary fiction looking for the books that will transport them to other lands, or introduce them to intricate characters and complex relationships, should look no further than this list of new books hitting stores—and the beach—this summer.   Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo (Houghton Mifflin Harcout, May 6) D’Erasmo’s newest novel is narrated by musician Anna Brundage, who at 44 is launching a comeback, returning to her music and her life on tour one more time to try to salvage the career she struggled so hard to achieve. During her European tour, Anna revisits scenes from her bohemian childhood, in…

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