Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Lyrical Love Story Across Decades and Continents

Off the Shelf
By Taylor Noel    |   Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Being raised in a family of readers, I was quick to absorb every book my parents put in my hands. By fourth grade, I was filching my parents’ books off nightstands, coffee tables, and deliberately high shelves. I still remember the look of terror on my dad’s face when he discovered his eleven-year-old daughter reading Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth at two in the morning. Needless to say, my parents and I had a chat about “age-appropriate books.” While I have moved past the times of censored library privileges, my parents and I still don’t always agree on books. With Jan-Philipp Sendker’s debut novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, though, there is no debate. It is unanimously one of the best books we have ever had the immense pleasure of reading. READ MORE

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