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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Annie Dillard
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
Karen Russell
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Claire North
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
Joshua Greene
The Wisdom Of The Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life
Luc Ferry

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Modern Library Classics)

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde, Jeffrey Eugenides At first I thought the Cartesian dualism of the book, dividing body and soul, was really going to bug me. But then I was intrigued by how the premise was actually a fascinating exploration the mind-body connection. Wilde did a great job of upping the stakes, upping the tension, upping the misery for the protagonist as the story continued. Unfortunately I felt like the story completely wimped out at the end. Things could have turned out so much worse for the protagonist, I was disappointed by how easily his escalating degradation was resolved. I was also deeply intrigued by the character of Henry, and expected much more out of him at the end of the story than was actually delivered.