LitPicks Book Reviews—July 2008

 
Labels: A Lighter Touch

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Blink
Malcolm Gladwell, 2005
265 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
July 2008

We're smarter than we know, according to this engaging book. In his second non-fiction book, Gladwell (The Tipping Point) writes about the part of our brains that lets us know things without knowing how we know.

It turns out our intuitive hunches—or rapid cognition—can be more dependable than the high-powered reasoning part of our brains.
 

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The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold, 2003
368 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
July 2008

Someone gave me this book when it came out in 2003. It's been five years, but I'm only now getting around to it.

The reason (I suspect for others, too) is that the subject was just too gruesome: the murder of a 14-year-old girl. Also, in 2003 my daughter was the very age as the murdered Suzie. I just couldn't get past the opening lines.
 
Labels: Great Works

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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck, 1939
446 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
July 2008

It's hard to imagine that a book set during the dust-bowl and great-depression, about a migrant farm family beset with poverty and tragedy (grim subjects at best) would have much appeal.

But The Grapes of Wrath is one of America's most beloved works—and a perennial book club favorite. It's simply a beautiful book.
 

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