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If I could could rip the stars off the 1- and 2-star books in my life this last year and pile them on this book, I'd do it in a heartbeat. This book was made for Goodreads 10.0--the version where you can ratchet up the star rating to "Milky Way."
But don't let me raise your expectations too high. I'm a firm believer in going into experiences with low expectations. Many a perfectly delightful book, movie, TV show, joke, or trip to the ice cream shop has been ruined for me by holding on to absurdly high expectations.
Suffice to say, it's my NEW! FAVORITE! SO-GLAD-I-READ-IT! book of 2017. I feel a mad desire to call up new and old friends and press them into committing to reading it at the soonest opportunity. Slip copies onto library shelves. Stand around with it displayed in my hands so I can casually use it as a conversation piece when people walk by. Mania turns people off, though, so I'm going to try and tamp down my eagerness with a dose of controlled and approachable restraint.
Believe the good reviews. Read the book. I think you'll like it.
- Also, check out this awesome interview for more Derek B. Miller goodness.
- Also, also . . . nice cover, don't you think? Excellent font, great colors, simple and classic.
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I was not at all sure that I would like this book when I started it. But I stayed with it and I encourage you to do the same. It is a well-told story with characters who offer us insight into the complexities of modern Iraqi and Middle Eastern life and conflict and how we from the West do our best to help. I am a better man for having read this book.
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