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Lauren McDowell

Lauren McDowell is a self-described armchair traveler with a penchant for books about far-flung destinations and people. An English and Public Relations graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, she is currently enjoying planning her next escape and reading some long-neglected works of literature. Although her literary interests range from Great Britain and American classics, she also enjoys satirical and modern works from the 21st century.

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"The Book of Salt" by Monique Truong

Isolation is a topic that spans lifetimes and generations, an identifiable feeling that crosses cultures and continents. Monique Truong’s The Book of Salt is an effort to capture this feeling and describe it with a story. Truong’s novel follows the tumultuous life of Binh, a Vietnamese man who is ousted from his home country and … Continue reading .

"Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi

Though many who participate in the study of literature scoff at the literary merit of graphic novels, Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, offers a fresh and unique perspective on an historical subject. Chronicling her young life in Iran during the turbulent first years of the Islamic Revolution, Satrapi literally illustrates her … Continue reading .

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