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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
4.21
when i finished my undergrad, i received 5 copies of this book.
I eventually sold them all for swill.
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Dec 15, 2007
 
Actual Air
4.28
I don't care what aging stigma of indie rock journalism has you paralyzed, as a book of poems Actual Air stands alone.
not set
Oct 12, 2007
 
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
3.88
I got this in the mail yesterday. Tao's poetry worked a little more for me than his fiction. I'm not a big fan of his style, yet I read the whole thin ...more
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Apr 22, 2008
 
The Motel Life
3.88
This is one of the best novels I read this year, and one of the best I've read in a long time. It brought me back to the days of harder fictions from ...more
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Dec 11, 2007
 
Unending Blues
3.74
Brian has found a new favorite. For years I have been hearing about the talents of Simic, but havent seen it - with the most recently published works, ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 13, 2007
 
Maggie Cassidy
3.63
Joe recommended me or bought me this, I can't remember, but its part of the reason i trust his sensibilities more than my family's. Young, New England ...more
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Oct 13, 2007
 
Hammer of the Gods
3.82
Kind of a let down. Mostly about banging groupies & drinking fizzy tide. I wanted to hear about mysticism and black majik.

Why does no one every ta
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Oct 16, 2007
 
The Abstinence Teacher
3.23
ive never read Perrotta, and find this middling in between mildly entertaining and bland as a piece of construction paper.
Oct 2007
Oct 12, 2007
 
The Tunnel: Selected Poems
4.32
Emily's mom loves this book and showed it to her as a kid.
I like to think about kids reading this.
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Oct 16, 2007
 
The Partial Autobiography of Jane Doe
4.78
Bountiful imagery and words that snap and shake. i will be stealing from this.
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Jan 15, 2008
 
Norwegian Wood
4.02
this was a lifeless love story to me. Im incredulous at the praise.
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Nov 19, 2007
 
The Drug of Art: Selected Poems
4.10
The forewards to this book are incredibly romantic.
A somewhat known poet becomes an exile, goes crazy and is nuthoused, caretaker realizes in his oct
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Oct 2007
Oct 13, 2007
 
Indignation
3.65
This was the first book of Roth's I actually enjoyed. And I enjoyed it a lot. It has a driving story the chugged along marvelously. The slow burn show ...more
Sep 19, 2008
Sep 17, 2008
 
The Reserve
2.96
I was reading a collection of short stories by a relatively young writer when I decided to preview Banks' new book. While I like the collection of sto ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 15, 2008
 
The Scented Fox
4.27
The language is mythic Victorian, known in academic circles as awesome. The Flora and Fauna, whose presence is usually all too boring for my motor min ...more
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Nov 14, 2007
 
Museum Armor
5.00
best book I bought at AWP 2010.
not set
May 15, 2010
 
Wrecking Crew
4.10
This needs to be reissued.
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Dec 08, 2009
 
Bluets
4.30
very impressive
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Feb 16, 2010
 
The Odd Sea
3.80
Rick was a writing teacher of mine at Emerson. He wasn't particularly great, but i wasn't writing anything particularly exciting either. I read this o ...more
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Nov 16, 2007
 
Why I Am White
4.50
I'd been waiting weeks for this, and when it came last night in the mail, I read the whole thing while the sausage thawed in the pan.
It may only be pr
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Oct 31, 2007
 
Maine: Poems
4.17
I had to go to City Lights in San Francisco to find this. NO I WILL NOT ORDER FROM AMAZON!

Some of the pieces in this are just stunning. Winter's conve
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Jul 2007
Oct 12, 2007
 
Selfish, Little: The Annotated Lesley Ann Downey
3.82
this is my membership card into the worst of all people club.
You don't read this book, you wade in it.
It is so heavily disturbed and disturbing, you
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not set
Oct 27, 2007
 
The Kept Man
3.28
Jami's knack for compelling storytelling nourished by her characters fresh vitality makes this auspicious novel a welcome winner. I don't think there ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 07, 2007
 
God Jr.
3.48
The first thing I read by Cooper. It's his latest novel, and far more accomodating to the mainstrea. It reads more like a Douglas Coupland than anythi ...more
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Oct 13, 2007
 
Factotum
3.97
I read this under the flourescent highway lights in Florida. Those things can kill your cat and make you vomit.
I enjoyed the repetition [vomit] of thi
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Oct 27, 2007
 
Home Land
3.63
A sharp lyrical stick of a novel. I dont think i've ever encountered such a consistently magnetic and originally crafted voice within an entirety of a ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 24, 2007
 
Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992
4.43
This was my introdcution into Dennis Cooper, David Trinidad, and all the other incredible writers who make dirt seem absolutely romantic.
I recommend t
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Oct 13, 2007
 
The Sluts
3.88
This is my favorite Cooper novel. I love the nature of this book, and they way the voices. A fantastic similation of subtle modern technology to a rea ...more
not set
Oct 13, 2007
 
Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream
3.83
At one point he goes into a nightclub with a bag of lye over his shoulder. When asked to leave for one reason or another he takes the bag of lye "by t ...more
not set
Oct 27, 2007
 
Chilly Scenes of Winter
3.92
this was lying around, in the mass market stacks. it has a pretty 70's illustrated cover. I like Beattie's early short stories. This book was idle, wh ...more
Jan 2006
Oct 12, 2007
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