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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
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The Wisdom Of The Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life
Luc Ferry

Cannery Row: (Centennial Edition)

Cannery Row - John Steinbeck A beautiful novel in which the author had just the right amount of affection for his characters. This wasn't an adventure story with a single protagonist trying to attain a goal, blocked by a series of frustration, rather it was a description of a certain time, a certain place, and the community that evolved from those conditions. I especially liked that Steinbeck never shoved his morality in the reader's face. The authorial voice did have certain opinions and preferences, but allowed the actions of the characters to portray those opinions and preferences instead of preaching about the way things should or should not be.