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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 Big Sleep

The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler The Big Sleep was a splendid foundational example of its genre. Sometimes when I read books that defined a genre long ago, I have to keep reminding myself that the book isn't cliche, it invented the cliche. In the case of The Big Sleep I never once felt like anything was cliche- a foundation for the conventions of its genre, sure. It had all the conventions I was expecting. But the character of Marlowe and all the other characters in the book kept everything fresh and exciting. And the gritty realism mixed with Marlowe's sarcastic personal philosophy was just too cool and fun.