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The Bookshelf: The Yoga of Max’s Discontent

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Eva Pace, Arts Editor @espcourant A book with a title as complex as this can without a doubt be off putting. But never fear! The Yoga of Max’s Discontent by Karan Bajaj is a novel that amazingly conveys a man’s journey to finding his inner yogi after spending all his life in the hustle and bustle of New York City. “So if there is birth, age, suffering, sorrow and death, then there must be something that is unborn, un-aging, un-ailing, sorrow-less and deathless, immortal as it were,” (Bajaj 250). This concept is the driving spiritual agency that is portrayed throughout…

“Sad Cypress” by Agatha Christie

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Leigh Charlton, News Editor @leighcourant A short preview: Sad Cypress is one of Christie’s many classic Hercule Poirot mysteries. A young couple, engaged to be married, appear to be set for life as they stand poised to inherit an elderly aunt’s fortune. However, things go awry when they receive an anonymous letter warning the pair of a young woman named Mary who appears to be worming her way into Aunt Laura’s will. Concerned, Elinor and Roddy travel immediately to Laura’s estate, whereupon Roddy immediately falls in love with the beautiful Mary. Although Roddy’s betrayal breaks her heart, Elinor honors her…

The Bookshelf: Christmas Edition

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Eva Pace, Arts & Technology Editor @espcourant As you are surely aware, we have officially reached the Christmas season. Elm St. has been garnished with Christmas lights, the Holiday Stroll was a booming success, and your car stereos have probably played more than their fair share of Mariah Carey’s Christmas tunes. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year, and for us students, holiday break provides us with some much needed time to relax before jumping back into midterms. So whether you’re on a plane to some exotic beach, or lounging on your couch eating leftover Christmas cookies, here…

“The Martian” by Andy Weir

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Leigh Charlton, News Editor @leighcourant “LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.” -Andy Weir, The Martian Those are the thoughts you have when you’re stranded, alone, on a planet millions of miles from human civilization, like Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir. In case you’ve been living under a rock, The Martian has been one of the hottest science-fiction novels, and more recently, movies, of the past few years. The book centers around a mission to Mars taking place a few years into the future. Six astronauts make the journey…

“Barkskins” by Annie Proulx

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Leigh Charlton, News Editor @leighcourant Nowhere is the tragedy that is the loss of the New World’s vast swathes of forest more evident than in Barkskins, Annie Proulx’s fifth novel. This 713-page-book follows two French indentured servants and their descendants as they explore the forests of the American colonies and beyond. The two servants are brought over from France by the same man and put to work logging in wild territory. One of the two, the wily Charles Duquet, escapes the harsh labor at his first opportunity. Having witnessed how quickly the beaver population, and by extension the fur trade,…

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