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Black Elephants: A Memoir
I just finished it on Monday!
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May 11, 2011
Bad Marie
A hard-drinking ex-convict fresh out of prison, Marie takes a job as a nanny and soon runs off to Paris with the little girl and the French husband, w ...more
Jul 13, 2010
May 24, 2010
China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight
As the granddaughter of a World War II Hump pilot, China's Wings was a fascinating read. I grew up admiring my grandfather's adventures, flying men an ...more
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Mar 21, 2012
Enduring Patagonia
Gregory Crouch is more than an adventure writer; he is a nature poet, chronicling his climbs in the Patagonian Andes--the near vertical faces of Cerro ...more
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May 06, 2009
The Midnight Guardian (Millennial #1)
This is a riveting tale of millennial vampires who try to destroy the Nazis, a story that is full of fascinating historical detail such as the Viking ...more
Feb 15, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Lies My Mother Never Told Me: A Memoir
Kaylie Jones's chapter, City of Lights, an excerpt of her memoir published in Epiphany, was named a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2010. It ...more
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Jul 29, 2010
Someplace Like America: Tales from the New Great Depression
Dale Maharidge was my spring seminar professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He had won a Pulitzer in Nonfiction the year ...more
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Jan 19, 2012
Bone Worship
Bone Worship follows Jasmine, a college dropout whose parents are determined to find a husband for her. She has no intention of going through with thi ...more
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Jun 09, 2011
Sleep, Creep, Leap: The First Three Years of a Nebraska Garden
I discovered this poetic gardening memoir after Benjamin Vogt began following me on Twitter. I bought it on an impulse after he tweeted a link to the ...more
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
Epiphany A Literary Journal Winter/Spring 2007 08
Winter/Spring 2007/2008
New Pages Review by Camilla S. Medders:

Derek Walcott provides the centerpiece of the Winter/Spring issue of ep;phany wi
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Jun 09, 2010
Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement
This is a history book that reads as gracefully as The Best American Essays about the genesis of the American environmental movement. A favorite chapt ...more
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May 06, 2009
Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy
This memoir had me laughing and crying, a coming-of-age story about blowing the whistle on corruption in the United Nations oil-for-food program. The ...more
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May 06, 2009
The Moonlight Brigade (Millennial #2)
I am a third of the way through this book, and the style is seamless, muscular, provocative, and funny. I had a hard time with the opening chapter bec ...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe
Douglas Rogers's memoir is brilliant, moving, and hilarious--the story of his parents' struggle to hold onto their game lodge and farm in eastern Zimb ...more
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May 06, 2009
Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons
Cullen Thomas's memoir, Brother One Cell, is a thriller about an American college graduate, nicknamed the Jolly Marauder, who grew up on Long Island d ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
The writing is exquisite in Roberto Bolano's 2666, convincing me from the first few pages that he was as good as my friends had said. Each chapter is ...more
Jun 13, 2010
Jan 05, 2010
The Hipster Handbook
I was given a copy of The Hipster Handbook by a former writing student who was bartending at the Knitting Factory for the book release party. I'd show ...more
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Mar 16, 2010
The Gangster We Are All Looking For
I discovered an excerpt of this in Best American Essays 1997, one of my favorite editions, but the book released as a novel. It's a spare and poetic s ...more
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Sep 20, 2010
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
He mind-read my diary, nailing the psychology of running and writing. I especially loved the early chapters--first printed in the New Yorker--about qu ...more
Jul 24, 2010
Jul 14, 2010
Scar Vegas: And Other Stories
One of my favorite short story collections. Lean and powerful and insightful work, turning current affairs (modern war, the environment, corporate Ame ...more
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Jul 12, 2010
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright won the Pulitzer for this book, recommended to me before that happened. It is the best book about September 11 and a ...more
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Jul 12, 2010
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Oscar is a New Jersey sci-fi geek who writes novels and can't get laid, and he's suffering from the family fuku--a Dominican curse that began with his ...more
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Sep 14, 2009
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning
Powerful book. It is a war correspondent's memoir about the addictive nature of covering violence. True words.
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Jul 29, 2010
An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's OddestTown
This is a funny, charming travel memoir about the search for Jesus's foreskin, the "missing relic," in a remote Italian village that's full of eccentr ...more
Jul 05, 2010
May 24, 2010
Poetry in Person: Twenty-five Years of Conversation with America's Poets
This is a lyrical, sensitive, and eye-opening book that provides a window into the poetic process of some of the best modern poets. Each discusses a w ...more
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Jul 29, 2011
A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World
This is a powerful memoir by Marcia Tucker, who founded the New Museum. Much of the book is about her struggle to promote avant-garde art, but my favo ...more
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May 06, 2009
Hide and Seek: A Wartime Childhood
This is a moving story about a young Jewish girl, hidden in a convent during the Holocaust who has to keep her identity secret during the war. Her par ...more
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May 06, 2009
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
This is a page turner full of historical context woven seamlessly into the story about the brutal reality of horse racing, while focusing on Seabiscui ...more
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Jul 12, 2010
The Rowing Lesson
This novel is full of poetry and spunk, as the narrator imagines her father's life in South Africa after she returns, married and pregnant, from her l ...more
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Apr 13, 2009
The Hearts of Darkness: How White Writers Created the Racist Image of Africa
This is a powerful analysis of news coverage of Africa, uncovering how racism shaped stories. One of the most enduring memories of this book is how th ...more
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May 06, 2009
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