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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 - 2001-05-04 (first published in 1989)
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Discover the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains through the eyes of Ian Frazier. In this national bestseller, Frazier takes readers on a 25,000-mile journey filled with intrepidity, humor, and wonder. The book is part travelogue, part scholarship, and part western adventure, exploring sites like Sitting Bull's cabin, an abandoned house once terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde, and the scene of the murders chronicled in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Great Plains is an expedition that reveals the heart of the American West.
Susan Orlean
@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 - 2019-01-01
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A captivating novel that explores the power of friendship and the darkest corners of Istanbul's sex trafficking industry. After being murdered and left in a dumpster, Tequila Leila's consciousness continues for 10 minutes 38 seconds, during which she reflects on her life, including her escape from a polygamous family and her journey into the sordid world of sex trafficking. But through it all, she finds solace in the bonds of friendship. Through Tequila Leila's memories, readers are taken on a journey through modern Istanbul, painting a vivid picture of its secrets and wonders. A breathtaking, moving conclusion awaits readers as her chosen family brings her story to a close.
Susan Orlean
Wonderful book!      source
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News of the World
Paulette Jiles - 2016-10-04
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This historical fiction novel is set in the aftermath of the Civil War and follows an itinerant news reader who agrees to escort a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people. The journey is dangerous, and the two must learn to trust each other as they navigate through unsettled territory. However, the reunion with the young girl's family is not what they expect, leading to a difficult decision for the captain. This beautifully rendered novel explores themes of family, responsibility, honor, and trust in a morally complex, multilayered story.
Susan Orlean
@jaikil @literati Oh!!!! Isn’t it gorgeous? And it's such a great book...      source
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We Were the Mulvaneys
Joyce Carol Oates - 1997-09-01 (first published in 1996)
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This novel follows the heartbreaking downfall of the privileged and charismatic Mulvaney family of High Point Farm, New York. Through the eyes of the youngest son, Judd, we witness their tragic descent from happiness and success to loneliness and exile. Judd seeks to unravel the mystery of their undoing and bring his family back together in the healing power of love.
Susan Orlean
@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 - 2013-09-10
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This book by physician and reporter Sheri Fink explores the five days at Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina, where exhausted caregivers designated certain patients last for rescue. Months later, health professionals faced criminal allegations for injecting patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Through six years of reporting, Fink uncovers the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals America's ill-preparedness for large-scale disasters. Engrossing and thought-provoking, Five Days at Memorial offers a unique perspective on human nature in crisis.
Susan Orlean
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 - 2016-03-22
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The Association of Small Bombs tells the story of a small bomb that explodes in Delhi, India, killing two schoolboys and affecting the lives of everyone around them. This book is a National Book Award semifinalist and an excellent choice for those interested in exploring the themes of grief, death, violence, and terrorism. The author, Karan Mahajan, has been praised for his brilliant writing and unique perspective, making this novel a must-read for fans of Mohsin Hamid, Dave Eggers, Arundhati Roy, and Teju Cole.
Susan Orlean
Whoa. Association of Small Bombs is an amazing book.      source