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Susan Orlean is a journalist and bestselling author of The Orchid Thief and The Library Book. She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992, and has contributed articles to many magazines including Vogue, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Outside.
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Great Plains
Ian Frazier - May 04, 2001 (first published in 1989)
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National BestsellerWith his unique blend of intrepidity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25,000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. A travelogue, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bull's cabin, ...
Susan Orlean
Apr 02, 2021
@erinoverbey @NewYorker This piece (and book) influenced me more than almost anything else I've ever read. I'm so glad you're shining a light on it!      source
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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
Elif Shafak - Oct 13, 2020
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Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize Named a Best Book of the Year by Bookpage, NPR, Washington Post, and The EconomistA moving novel on the power of friendship in our darkest times, from internationally renowned writer and speaker Elif Shafak.In the pulsating moments after she has been murdered and left in a dumpster outside Istanbul, Tequila Lei...
Susan Orlean
Dec 16, 2020
Wonderful book!      source
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Nicola Sturgeon
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News of the World
Paulette Jiles - Jun 20, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil...
Susan Orlean
Dec 06, 2020
@jaikil @literati Oh!!!! Isn’t it gorgeous? And it's such a great book...      source
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Kurt Busiek
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We Were the Mulvaneys
Joyce Carol Oates - Sep 01, 1997 (first published in 1996)
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The Mulvaneys of High Point Farm in Mt. Ephraim, New York, are a large and fortunate clan, blessed with good looks, abundant charisma, and boundless promise. But over the twenty-five year span of this ambitious novel, the Mulvaneys will slide, almost imperceptibly at first, from the pinnacle of happiness, transformed by the vagaries of fate into a ...
Susan Orlean
Jun 07, 2020
@EmilyRNunn I loved that book so much.      source
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Five Days at Memorial
Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Sheri Fink - Jan 26, 2016
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In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregi...
Susan Orlean
May 19, 2020
Just finished the astonishing book FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL, which shows people at their best and worst during catastrophe (in this case, Katrina). My takeaway: Nurses are heroes, corporate ownership of hospitals is horrible.      source
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The Association of Small Bombs
A Novel
Karan Mahajan - Oct 18, 2016
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Longlisted for the National Book Award & the FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices AwardA New York Times Editors ChoiceNamed a Best Book of 2016 by: Esquire, Time magazine, "Wonderful. . . . Smart, devastating, unpredictable, and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout. If you enjoy novels that happily disrupt traditional nar...
Susan Orlean
May 18, 2020
Whoa. Association of Small Bombs is an amazing book.      source