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Book Lust with Nancy Pearl: Marie-Helene Bertino
Book Lust with Nancy Pearl: Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino's "Beautyland" is based on the author's short story about "an unnamed alien faxing notes on human beings to who she believes are her superiors." Bertino based the story's structure on the lifespan of a star and lent much of her own story to her protagonist's "Earth life" and "magical vocation." She tells host Nancy Pearl she herself has a folder on her computer called "Notes on Human Beings," where she collects the baffling and charming idiosyncrasies of our kind which are not unlike the character's observations. In fact, that folder helped her write this novel, which, at its core, is an examination of "what it means to be a human on Earth."

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