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Signs Preceding the End of the World
Signs Preceding the End of the World | Yuri Herrera
Signs Preceding the End of the World is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when theres no going back. Traversing this lonely territory is Makina, a young woman who knows only too well how to survive in a violent, macho world. Leaving behind her life in Mexico to search for her brother, she is smuggled into the USA carrying a pair of secret messages - one from her mother and one from the Mexican underworld. In this grippingly original novel Yuri Herrera explores the actual and psychological crossings and translations people make--with their feet, in their minds, and in their language as they move from one country to another, especially when there's no going back. Born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970,Yuri Herrera studied in Mexico and El Paso and took his PhD at Berkeley.Signs Preceding the End of the World (Seales que precedern al fin del mundo) was shortlisted for the Rmulo Gallegos Prize and is being published in several languages. After publishingSigns Preceding the End of the World, And Other Stories will publish his two other novels in English, starting withThe Transmigration of Bodies (La transmigracin de los cuerpos) in 2016. He is currently teaching at the University of Tulane, in New Orleans. Lisa Dillman is based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she translates Spanish, Catalan and Latin American writers and teaches at Emory University. Her recent translations includeThe Frost on His Shoulders by Lorenzo Mediano,Op Oloop by Juan Filloy (longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award),Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World by Sabina Berman andRain Over Madrid by Andrs Barba. She is obsessed with words, running, cooking and her dog, Maya.
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Carolyn11215
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@rachelm your package arrived today!! Thanks for the yummy chocolate!!

rachelm You‘re welcome! Enjoy the book (and the chocolate!!) 2w
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rachelm
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Finished and heading your way @Carolyn11215 ! I liked this a lot but starting with the translator‘s note definitely helped.

Carolyn11215 Thanks for the heads up! Looking forward to this one... 3w
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rachelm
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Yay! Got my book for #lmpbc #groupl today. Thanks @lele1432 ! I look forward to digging in.

lele1432 Yay!! I hope you like it! I wanted to hurry up and get it out to you, but I'm going to be sending an extra package your way lol. I wanted to add a couple of things. 😊 1mo
rachelm @lele1432 you‘re too sweet!! 1mo
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lele1432
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Missed the post office yesterday before leaving town, so this will be sent to @rachelm first thing in the morning!

Wholly different from what I was expecting, this short novel proved to be an important work in its own right. Its strength was the use of surrealism to convey the truths & nuances of present-day issues on the topic of immigration; bridging cultures & languages. The translator's note was very informative! 4⭐️s #LMPBC #Round7 #GroupI

Carolyn11215 Sounds amazing! Can‘t wait to read it! 2mo
lele1432 @Carolyn11215 I hope you enjoy it! It took some getting used to, and as the translator notes at the end, it's non-standard and colloquial. And just a heads up, there are no quotations used. But there came a point when everything "clicked" and I was like, okay, I get what the author's doing with this and the themes he's conveying. Can't wait to hear your thoughts! 2mo
rachelm Exciting! I‘ll keep my eyes open for it! 2mo
lele1432 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2019 #Pop19 Zodiac Sign or Astrology Term in Title 2mo
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Bertha_Mason

"To hell with it all, she thought, to hell with this guy and that one, to hell with all this shit, I‘m going to hang myself from a lamppost and let the wind whip me around like an old rag; I‘m going to start crying and then I‘m going to go to hell too."
Mood.

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Bertha_Mason

"Signs prohibiting things thronged the streets, leading citizens to see themselves as ever protected, safe, friendly, innocent, proud, and intermittently bewildered, blithe, and buoyant; salt of the only earth worth knowing."

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Bertha_Mason

"I‘m dead, Makina said to herself when everything lurched: a man with a cane was crossing the street, a dull groan suddenly surged through the asphalt, the man stood still as if waiting for someone to repeat the question and then the earth opened up beneath his feet: it swallowed the man, and with him a car and a dog, all the oxygen around and even the screams of passers-by."
Today in notable first sentences.

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lele1432
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Okay#LMPBC #Round7 #GroupI today was crazy so I'm just now able to post my choices. I'll tag them in the comments as well. 4 contemporary and 2 classics. I'm kind of leaning towards the tagged book, Signs Preceding the End of the World, but let me know what you all prefer!

lele1432 Mexican literature. A young woman must traverse the Mexican-US border to find her brother. (edited) 3mo
lele1432 German literature. I was first introduced to Stefan Zweig through another #NYRB title I read for the #NYRBBookClub, Chess Story. I absolutely loved it. My only 5 star read so far this year. So I've been wanting to try another one of his works. 3mo
lele1432 Hebrew literature. This one is a mystery concerning a hit-and-run. 3mo
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lele1432 Another Spanish translation. We decided not to do The Shape of Ruins due to length, but I actually have a copy of this shorter title by the same author. It's intriguing as it deals with a political cartoonist who could ruin politicians' careers with his art. 3mo
lele1432 Classic Indian literature. Described as three stories of forbidden love. Tagore received the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Asian Nobel Laureate according to Amazon. He was also a poet. 3mo
lele1432 I've been interested in this title for a while now, but it borders on Argentinian folklore/gothic horror, so probably not for the faint of heart. 3mo
Carolyn11215 I‘d love to read Signs Preceding...but would be happy with any of these! 3mo
lele1432 @Carolyn11215 okay great! If @rachelm and @aeeklund don't object, I'll go with that one! (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB I bought The Post Office Girl Too because of the #NYRBBookClub! 3mo
lele1432 @BarbaraBB I also want Beware of Pity lol. 😊 He was an excellent author. (edited) 3mo
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Lola
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This week‘s NYT By the Book interview is with the legendary Patti Smith. I LOVE Yuri Herrera and love that she talks about Kingdom Cons, which she read and loved, and the blurbed book, that she is taking on tour with her. I am going to see her next week-ah, how I wish we could discuss these books together! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/books/review/patti-smith...

Lola A quote from the piece: “...I only finish books I love. I don‘t date. I can pretty much tell right away if I‘m going to commit.” ❤️ 4mo
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AshleyC816
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Loved this one! Very short, it only took me about 1.5 hours to read. The story of a woman who travels up to the US to find her brother. Beautifully written!

wanderinglynn It looks like someone wants attention! 😂 ❤️🐶 9mo
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nudibranch
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I dont think I know enough about Yuri Herrera's Mexico to understand what he was doing here. Embarrassing, but I suppose it just means I need to get educated on immigration and all the socio psychological elements that go along with it. Any recommendations to help me get started? #readdiversebooks

ohyeahthatgirl The best recent book I've read on immigration is 12mo
nudibranch Thanks! Adding it to my list. 👍 12mo
nudibranch Also, apologies; this is my "new to you" author choice as well for #booked2019, @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft ...how do you tag someone outside of the text box on litsy?? 12mo
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#24B429 update. I got 13.5 hours of reading in . I finished If On a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yri Herrera, got started on Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling and continued listening to Crown of Swords book7 of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Best of all I surpassed my Goodreads goal by 2 books!

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myellenbee
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#24B42019 This is likely more than I will finish but it's worth a try📚

Andrew65 Good luck with it. 😊👍 13mo
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BakingAndBooks
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This was a lyrical, short novella that was beautifully written and translated. It is especially relevant given the challenges that immigrants face when they arrive in the US. The translator's note in the back discusses the obstacles she faced trying to translated a dialect of Spanish that is spoken on the US/Mexican border. I found that part incredibly interesting.

Trashcanman Bueno, mi nombre es George. Donde está la biblioteca? 1y
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wanderlustforwords
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3.25 ⭐️
Inside the story of a girl taking a note to her brother, Herrera exposes the problems facing Mexican immigrants to, and emigrants in the US; Underlying the sisters journey are the topics of the underworld of smuggling humans, cultural clashes, profiling, and linguistic issues. It‘s not a blow your socks off book but I enjoyed the surface story, and I appreciate that the subject is current and important in the U.S..

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JulietteGF
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It's a short book that makes you cross a border. What becomes of you once you crossed that border? I think it's a book that is open to interpretation.
Here is mine: when you immigrate in a new country, your old self dies a little. The world in which you used to evolve goes on without you, and you do not evolve with it.
If you've read this book, what is your interpretation???

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Anna40
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I loved the story and the main character but I had such a hard time understanding "the language". Most parts feel like reading poetry and I just didn't understand the images, the metaphors and symbols. I did not understand the ending. I'm very much looking forward to discussing this book.

Anna40 This quote for example. What does it mean? 2y
Izai.Amorim No idea 🤷‍♂️ 2y
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim 😊that is a relief! Was a bit frustrated not getting parts of this book... How are you? Still swamped with work? 2y
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Izai.Amorim @Anna40 Yes, but taking time off and going to Berlin tomorrow until Saturday to check a few things out. Really considering moving in the summer of 2019 after son finishes school. Might get some reading done on the road. What about yourself? 2y
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim sounds good! Berlin is an awesome city! Doing well. Looking forward to the Xmas break. Haven't had time off since April - except the Thanksgiving weekend but I got sick 😣 ... have a safe trip! 2y
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 Thanks! 2y
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Anna40
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@Faibka and @Lola all the books I ordered arrived today! I started with Yuri Herrera and love the first pages!

Faibka That‘s great! 🙌 2y
Lola Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 2y
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BooksForYears
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#uncannyoctober day 4 - Moon

I love how the publisher used the moon design on the cover to highlight the book‘s title! 🌙

SuperPunkNinja That looks awesome! 2y
batsy It's a great cover. 2y
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nanoauthor
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Settling in at my library carrel with some of my thesis reading for this semester. (Ancillary Justice and After the Quake are for this week) #college #writing #libraries

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Rudis
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#fallintobooks #southamericanwriters Had to fall back on Google for this one, but this book about a young girl's journey to find her brother in the US is one I'm intrigued by.

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Lacythebookworm
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#spinepoetry #24in48

Signs preceding the end of the world
Boundless
Anything is possible
Too much and not the mood
Becoming wise

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haileybean
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Read on my kindle: Yuri Herrera novels are quickly becoming favorites. I have Kingdom Cons, but I almost don't want to read it because then I will be out of Yuri Herrera novels.

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Dorianna
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My latest #bookmail

I keep buying Jeff Vandermeer's books but I haven't read one yet. I should probably fix that soon.

ReadingEnvy I have a vandermeer shelf at my house, between Jeff and Ann, but I did finally read Area X 3y
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bookwrm526
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Catching up on my photo challenges! I took this photo in Mexico when I was there for an archaeological dig several years ago. The only books I have read recently by #mexicanauthors are this one and Like Water for Chocolate, but I have several more on my TBR! It was such a beautiful place and I want to go back. #maybookflowers

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readtheworld
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“Their gestures and tastes reveal both ancient memory and the wonderment of new people. And then they speak. They speak an intermediary tongue that Makina instantly warms to because it‘s like her: malleable, erasable, permeable; a hinge pivoting between two like but distant souls, and then two more, and then two more, never exactly the same ones; something that serves as a link.”

ohyeahthatgirl Just finished this one! I feel I would get a lot out of a reread. 3y
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ohyeahthatgirl
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"...We, the dark, the short, the greasy, the shifty, the fat, the anemic. We the barbarians."

Mic drop.

#readharder #immigrantstory

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Iindseyo
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The style of this best translated fiction award winner was a bit of a challenge and I think some of the allusions and metaphors were over my head but, at just over 100 pages, its not too overwhelming. I actually think my favorite part was the translator's note at the end about her approach and method. So fascinating! #translatedbooks #booksintranslation

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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The style made this hard to get through, but I liked the story and really admired the main character. I think I lost a bit of the formatting due to reading the ebook version, unfortunately.

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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Some Markiplier and a new read. I really haven't been enjoying my last few books, but I've heard good things about this novella and I have high hopes! This fulfills the author of colour category for my Around the Year in 52 Books challenge on Goodreads.
#markiplier #kobo #latinxauthors #youtube #aroundtheyearin52books

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rjsthumbelina
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Not as impressed as I wanted to be by this. I liked the lyrical nature of the writing, and liked the main character quite a bit. the parallel to the idea of journeying to the underworld was kind of cool, and I thought it did a good job of introducing the concept of being an other. But, it fell a bit flat for me. Storywise, there just wasn't as much as I wanted there to be.

MrBook 😻😻😻 3y
ReadingEnvy Plus one star for a cool cover? 🌠 3y
rjsthumbelina Lol. Yeah, it is one of the better covers I've read so far this year. So points for that! 3y
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rjsthumbelina
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(This is the moment where an illegal immigrant from Mexico sees same sex marriages.) I like these thoughts - very true reasons behind why some get married

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bookwrm526
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These are some of the #LatinxAuthors I have read in the past year. I enjoyed all of these books, but I struggled with Distant Star. #feistyfeb

CocoReads Burn Baby Burn was great! 3y
RealLifeReading Adding to my TBR list!! 3y
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57thStreetBooks
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#readingiscritical 3: Kevin's critical reads. As he puts it: "Now is a time to rethink borders...national borders, political borders, the borders between us and the "other," and the borders of our tolerances, morality, and ideologies."
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#reading #books #amreading #bibliophile #booklover #bookstore #bookstagram #book #literature #readradical

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brookelee
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Such a great book about a girl crossing the border into the US to find her brother. Yuri Herrera is a Mexican treasure and Lisa Dillman is an amazing translator. So happy to get my copy back in the mail today. Contemplating a re-read.

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Devonhdunn
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Trying to decide my next read...

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tmmahaffey
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Finished my first full read for the #24in48 readathon this morning, and really enjoyed it. Although I think I could definitely benefit from a reread on this one, I feel like I missed a lot by reading it too quickly, but still found it incredibly written & moving. And now, on to the next read!

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sisilia
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I'd love to read the original work if I could read Spanish. Border crossings between Mexico and the USA are always full of dramatic stories; this is one of them.

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sisilia
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A book recommendation from a friend, and a lovely bookmark from another friend who just came back from a vacation in China ❤️

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Imbookenit
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I read this fairly quickly and I think I missed a lot of its beauty, like why it's structured and the composed the way it is.

This books is a story of an extraordinarily strong woman who crosses to the U.S to find her brother and bring him home.

It reads like poetry and is very dark and almost morbid. I really liked it 4.5/5📖

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ThursdayN
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What a brilliant little book! Despite being only 119 pages it contains so much. Loved it! 📖📖📖📖📖

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8little_paws
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this small, poignant book is my choice for political fiction #photoadaynov16 it's about a woman who entered the US from Mexico to search for her brother. plus I think the title is an accurate slogan for today.

outis Amazing book! 3y
Bette Sure seems like it. 3y
Kimzey The title does seem to resonate at the moment. 3y
Lola CPS ordered this one for me and I'm so happy that it's going to be in circulation now 3y
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cari_luna
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Coffee with Yuri Herrera #fridayreads

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Zoe_reads_books
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I absolutely loved this book! It's easily one of the best books I've read this year!

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Very rarely do I get blown away by a book. There are books I really enjoy for many different reasons. However, only once in a while do I deem a book one of my favorites of all time. Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera and translated by Lisa Dillman is one of those books. The entire experience was a ‘one in one hundred books‘ type of experience. I was enamored by the story and the prose. See full review: http://bit.ly/2dkDanB

WOCreads It sounds sooo good and I got access on Scribd🙌 3y
gaming4justice Yes!!! I can't wait to hear your thoughts! 3y
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This book is only 107 pages, but I'm trying to make those 107 pages last as long as possible.

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TarynUpBooks
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September Wrap Up!
Favorite - Signs Preceding the End of the World - a quick story that packs a lot into it with beautiful language and prose
Least Favorite - The Vegetarian - this may be from all the hype but the book fell a little flat to me and I didn't find the language as beautiful as everyone else

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Chelsea
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This book is very short, but packs a punch. It is a story of a woman who travels across the border. I highly recommend it.

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