The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

3.5ish stars. An enjoyable family saga/character study with the tiniest dash of magical realism, but it’s missing something. Without the something, it’s unmemorable and unremarkable. The kids of the Gold family have a gypsy psychic tell them the dates of their deaths, which is sort of used as the premise of the book. Mostly it’s […]

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

3ish stars. The movie adaptation is one of my all-time faves. Of course, while this book is an unnecessarily expanded version of what was originally an article written by Krakauer, the movie turns it into an epic, dramatized, stranger-than-fiction, based-on-a -true-story biopic of Christopher McCandless. McCandless in the book is still an enigmatic, magnetic, fascinating […]

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