Matt is a young professional earning his Master's Degree in English Education from Buffalo State College. He enjoys mostly works of fiction and the way that the imagined can help us to shape our conception of the real. He is embarking on a quest to read once piece of literature from every country in the world (Master's literature classes have made it a slow start). Born and raised in Buffalo, NY.

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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

LGBTQ, Heartbreak/Love-story, Literary-minded

Greer introduces us to Arthur Less, failed author and ex-lover of a well known poetic genius; who decides to go on a bizarre European tour rather than attend his longtime lover’s wedding to another man. With this premise Greer paints a sad-yet-hysterical picture of a man bumbling through his middle-years. In this series of vignettes (based on each place visited by Arthur), Greer weaves a comedic, yet profound tale of self-discovery through escape.

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Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375701870
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

Introspective, African-American, Religious Themes

James Baldwin’s semi-autobiographical debut novel about growing up in the African-American evangelical community in NYC. The plot takes place over the period of one night, as all the characters pray fervently and meditate on their past and future troubles. Forces the reader to reflect on one’s own history and whether or not a person can be forgiven. Highly recommended for an intense and reflective experience.

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Elantris By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765350374
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Published: Tor Fantasy - May 30th, 2006

High Fantasy, Political Intregue, Action/Adventure

Sanderson’s debut novel that has his classic slow-burn of political intregue and magical-anthropological investigation, culminating in an intense and expertly depicted action-sequence. Sanderson’s stories are lengthy, but always worth the effort to delve into his vibrant and origional worlds.

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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel By George Saunders Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

It's a book!

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The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765365279
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Published: Tor Fantasy - May 24th, 2011

High Fantasy, Action / Adventure, Epic

The first entry of what Sanderson refers to as his "magnum opus". Each character is nuanced and develops with breathtaking realism as their story is told. The land of Roshar is a unique and exciting fantasy landscape that is home to many peoples and their unique cultures -- The Way of Kings is a true masterpiece of fantasy world-building. Join Kaladin, Shallan, and Dalinar as they face the Desolation that is rapidly approaching. With battles both intimate and grand, this is a series not to be missed by lovers of fantasy!