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The Fixer
Bernard Malamud, Jonathan Safran Foer
The Wayward Bus
John Steinbeck

The Namesake (movie tie-in edition)

The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri 4.5 stars. this book very nearly cracked me open. the writing is wonderful and it is just filled with feeling, overflowing with emotion. this book is not about the story (which is why i can't imagine how they made a movie of it) but is about so much more than the mundane events of daily life that it chronicles. the idea of names - what they mean, where they come from, how they're changed over time or different for certain people - is really powerful and such an effective foundation for the novel.