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Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
China Miéville
Operation Greylord: The True Story of an Untrained Undercover Agent and America's Biggest Corruption Bust
Terrence Hake, Wayne Klatt
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Ted Kooser
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Francis Fukuyama
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Granta 124: Travel

Granta 124: Travel - John   Freeman, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Hari Kunzru, Miroslav Penkov, Haruki Murakami Like any compilation of writing, there's that which hits, and that which misses. The theme of this edition of Granta was that of travel; that's a theme I've always found to be problematic for this sort of thing, and this was no exception. There were stories and essays I wanted to enjoy but didn't, and those I was surprised by. The story by Siddhartha Mukherjee was excellent, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Dave Eggers. I felt the poetry was a little uneven, and suffered in comparison to some of the better efforts. Overall I did enjoy reading this, though I'm glad I did so in a library rather than paying for it; I'd have been a little disappointed to pay the asking price for it.