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Bel Canto

This oddly structured pageturner from Nashvillian Ann Patchett fuses opera and a hostage crisis–and surprisingly, it works. Japanese businessman and opera buff Katsumi Hosokawa is celebrating his birthday in an unnamed South American country, in the company of diplomats, government officials, and bu

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100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

this book is going on my recommendation list to a lot of people. and i sincerely loved it until the very last chapter, and then it disappointed me so much. but she writes SO well, and the characters are SO rich. it's still worth the read.


“It was too much work to remember things you might not have again, and so one by one they opened up their hands and let them go.”


This book is about a group of terrorists who hold high executives and people of high political standing hostage. It explores how the terrorists and hostages cope with living in a house together for several months.[4] Many of the characters form unbreakable bonds of friendship, while some fall in love.


Maria Callas: was an American-born Greek soprano and one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. She combined an impressive bel canto technique, a wide-ranging voice and great dramatic gifts..