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The Whistlers' Room: Stories and Essays

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Richard Selzer traded in his scalpel for a pen over fifteen years ago, but the precision and exacting intellect of his medical background carried over into his prose, giving us stories and essays devoid of sentimentality, marked by careful attention to detail, and suffused with awe for the mysteries of the human body.
Selzer turns those talents to the book's title essay, a
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by Counterpoint (first published 2004)
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Apr 09, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
This is a grab-bag of essays, stories, a translation/adaptation, lectures, and diaries. Selzer's prose is always both graceful and candid; to read anything he's written is to feel less alone in the world, because he is both generous in revealing his flawed human self and gentle in asking us to confront it. Although he is a completely different kind of writer and thinker than David Foster Wallace, I feel similarly close to him, as though he were a lifelong friend of my mind. In this collection, a ...more
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Another Selzer book, which I approach like I do fine wine or dessert!
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