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The Keep
My review of this book will sound like it deserves more stars than I've given it, because overall, I only found one flaw in this fine homage to ghost...more
Mar 2008
Mar 13, 2008
O Pioneers!
"A pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves (27)," Willa Cather writes in her most...more
May 2008
Mar 25, 2008
Fires: Essays, Poems, Stories
In many ways, this selection of Raymond Carver’s essays, poems and stories is the perfect introduction to this iconic literary figure. Unlike other co...more
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Mar 05, 2008
The Virgin Suicides
I read Mr. Eugenides' Middlesex before this first novel, and it was very interesting to see some of the seeds for that longer, more engrossing and ex...more
Jul 2008
Jul 01, 2008
In the Surgical Theatre
Although I find it a great luxury, and feel so fortunate, to be inundated with poetry, one unfortunate side effect is that it’s now rarer for a poem...more
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Mar 05, 2008
All My Pretty Ones
What I love most about Anne Sexton’s poetry is the rambunctious voice she constructs that gives the reader an unsteady feeling while reading her work...more
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Mar 06, 2008
What the Living Do: Poems
In Ms. Howe’s second collection of poems, she continues to mine the minutiae of daily life to create deep ruminations on mortality and the struggle t...more
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Mar 05, 2008
Ninety-two in the Shade
As a former Key West resident and book store worker, this book was recommended to me countless times, and the fact that I hadn't read was often regard...more
Apr 29, 2012
Apr 13, 2012
The Book of Nightmares
In this ambitious work, Galway Kinnell creates a narrator who, in the face of becoming a parent, confronts the nightmares of his culture and his pers...more
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Mar 05, 2008
Emerald City
With every book I read of Jennifer Egan's, I become a bigger and bigger fan. The one flaw that plagued some of her novels was clumsy plotting, but the...more
Mar 2012
Mar 20, 2012
The Round House
With this book, you get the best of many worlds: a wonderful mystery that unfolds with page-turning twists, a literary character study about adolescen...more
Dec 27, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
The Circle
Eggers is a gifted writer, especially when it comes to harnessing big ideas within a context that is relatable and entertaining. This talent is on sho...more
Jul 2014
May 31, 2014
In my extensive reading of poetry, I have studied no other poet as much as I have Mark Doty. With each book of his I read, I am able to more quickly n...more
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Mar 05, 2008
The Country Between Us
The central metaphor in Ms. Forché’s second volume of poetry, captured in its title, “the country between us” (44), represents distance in its physic...more
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Mar 05, 2008
Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction
This is an excellent collection of essays, for both writers and readers of literary fiction. The essays are written from a teacher's perspective (Baxt...more
Jun 2008
Mar 25, 2008
The Wild Iris
In a perfect marriage of concept and craft, this book is a powerful study of how much can be said while paying close attention to the economy of word...more
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Mar 05, 2008
The Country Without a Post Office
Among the grave subjects traveled through in this collection of Mr. Ali’s poems, which all stem from the political wars in his homeland of Kashmir, t...more
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Mar 05, 2008
The Charge
In this first collection by Patrick Donnelly, readers are expected to follow this poet’s spiritual journey as he struggles to find comfort in the trad...more
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Mar 06, 2008
Trilogy: The Walls Do Not Fall / Tribute to the Angels / The Flowering of the Rod
In this collection of three book-length poems, exploring the search for spirituality amidst the confusion of war and its aftermath, I was most impress...more
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Mar 05, 2008
Book of My Nights
In his third collection of poems, Li-Young Lee delves into the world of an insomniac who spends his sleepless nights ruminating on generational divid...more
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Mar 05, 2008
The Tormented Mirror
In this collection of prose poems, Mr. Edson gives the reader excellent examples of all the manifestations this modern form has taken. He uses their m...more
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Mar 05, 2008
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
After hearing so much hype around this young writer (her first novel, Swamplandia, earned her a Pulitzer nomination), I had high expectations for this...more
Sep 2013
Oct 11, 2013
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
This is an enlightening book about the myriad of issues oppressing women in today's societies, mostly in the developing world, though it reads more l...more
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
Play It as It Lays
i just re-read this book and it still bowls me over every time. I've been wanting to revisit it since the premiere of the AMC show "Mad Men", as there...more
Jul 2012
Jul 22, 2012
Robinson culls another beautiful meditation on identity, faith and family from the town of Gilead, the setting of her previous Pulitzer Prize winning...more
Aug 2009
Aug 05, 2009
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
This controversial memoir has a lot more bark than bite. Chua chronicles how her Chinese heritage affects the raising of two daughters in America, and...more
Aug 2012
Aug 28, 2012
Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self
Robinson dazzles me again with her non-fiction, this a somewhat continuation of what she explored in "The Death of Adam," that is the lack of intellec...more
Sep 2010
Sep 23, 2010
A Visit from the Goon Squad
A true masterpiece, this year's Pulitzer Prize winner is a stunning achievement from one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Egan. She's always created a...more
Jun 06, 2011
May 31, 2011
A Single Man
**spoiler alert** After seeing Tom Ford's film adaptation of this book, with its too slick surface often obscuring the devastatingly human performance...more
Feb 08, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
Gone Girl
I'm not usually a mystery/thriller reader these days, so this book was a nice change of pace. The first half is really well done, avoiding the usual f...more
Dec 2012
Nov 26, 2012
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