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    Les Particules élémentaires (Translated as Atomised) by Michel Houellebecq. Lent to me by a friend who described him as France's Bret Easton Ellis. Not an inaccurate description. A lot of the references might not land for those who do not or have not lived in Southern Europe, but the content is similarly dystopian and misanthropic as Bret Easton Ellis if you're into that sort of thing.

    Also just finished Food: A Culinary History from Antiquity to the Present (European Perspectives) by Jean-Louis Flandrin which as a really interesting history of trade routes, technique dispersion, and the general history of how we got to the current state of food. It's quite anglo-centric, and left me wanting for more, but was a really cool read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogrange View Post
    (fiction) The Book of Ebenezer Le Page - G.B. Edwards - A slow burn biography of a fictional character, not sure how to put my finger on it, but the most affecting fiction I have read in may years. Also, evocative of a particular place (Guernsey) in an incredibly memorable way.

    (nonfiction) Grant - Ron Chernow - Mass-market biography of Ulysses Grant. Didn't know a lot about Grant other than High School history stuff, but this is a real page turner and there are so many surprising things about Grant to discover, particularly, his savant-like military genius contrasted with his utter incapability to tell when he was being cheated.
    You might read Grant's autobiography next. I read it a long time ago but remember it as very interesting. He wrote it while living on 66th St just off 5th Ave.
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    Dave Eggers, The Parade
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