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Aggie

Aggie was born in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia, and she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. Her top 10 favorite books are (in no particular order):

  1. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  2. The Lives of Girls and Women, by Alice Munro
  3. They Came Like Swallows, by William Maxwell
  4. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  6. Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson
  7. Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee
  8. Letters of E.B. White, by E.B. White
  9. Independent People, by Halldor Laxness
  10. As the Birds Bring Forth the Sun, by Alistair MacLeod
Favorite Genres: 
Fiction
Memoirs
Mystery
Book Recommendations: 
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Inland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812992861
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Published: Random House - August 13th, 2019

Great books make us create our own mythology and embark on a journey to ancestral lands that may have never existed. As I was reading Inland by Tea Obreht, I marveled at the beauty of her prose, the exquisite density and luminosity of her sentences. I dare to say, no other book since Beloved by the incomparable Toni Morrison, made me feel such awe at what books can do. You’ll want to reread this spectacular historical novel of the American West over and over again. --Aggie


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Where Reasons End: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781984817372
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Published: Random House - February 5th, 2019

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The Tiger's Wife: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385343848
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 2011

From the very first pages of Tea Obreht's novel The Tiger’s Wife, I
felt as if I had just entered a temple, and all of my prayers were
answered, at once. This is not an ordinary book; it’s one of those
sacred books that brings miracles into people’s lives, page after page
bringing me to tears...A passage such as, “and a hazy yellow moon was
climbing along the curve of the old basilica on the hill. As it rose,
it seemed to be gathering the silence up around it like a net,” feels
as if it has been ripped straight from my heart.  Tea’s writing is so
evocative, every character, every place that she describes, becomes or
already is part of my life. A young doctor Natalia is on a quest to
unravel the mystery of her grandfather's sudden departure and his
abrupt death not long after he left home (reminiscence of Tolstoy's
last days). Read to find out why he went to search for a deathless man
(local legend), and what the love story between a young peasant girl
and a wild tiger had to do with his disappearance? With her magical
storytelling, Tea's resurrecting a whole lost world, a place and a
country no longer on the map.

--Aggie


As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316384131
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Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - November 2016

Last Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525558101
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Published: Viking - May 15th, 2018

West: A Novel Cover Image
$24.20
ISBN: 9781501179341
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Published: Scribner - April 24th, 2018

Other People's Love Affairs: Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616207052
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 21st, 2018

A Lucky Man: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781555978051
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 2018

The Winter Soldier Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316477604
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 11th, 2018

All the Lives We Never Lived: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982100513
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Published: Atria Books - November 27th, 2018

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Swamplandia! (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307276681
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Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2011

Reading "Swamplandia," by Karen Russell, is to enter a world of such an exquisite and terrifying beauty, where deep, deep in Florida's Everglades, on a remote island, swamp orchids, live oaks and mangroves, lives 13-year-old alligator wrestler Ava with her sister Ossie and brother Kiwi. Their mother had just died, Ossie eloped with her ghost lover, their father Chief Bigtree is away on a business trip, and brother Kiwi is working as a teen janitor for a theme park called the World of Darkness. This is a story about Ava's journey in a fourteen-foot long skiff, with a ghastly Bird Man, looking for her sister through a 1,000,000 acres of wilderness, braving love sickness and ghosts, guided by the terrible longing for her mother and the memory of their love.

--Aggie