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Sleep in Me by Jon Pineda
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Mar 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012-books, non-fiction
Read from March 18 to 25, 2012

A beautiful memoir about his teenage years and the injury, and eventual loss, of his older sister to a car accident. While the book reads as a whole, and is chronologically arranged over the span of about 8 years, each "chapter" works more like a stand-alone essay, connected to the whole, but also standing on its own. Jon Pineda is a poet, and that background is obvious in so many of the essays, in the word choice, the development of metaphor, and his comfort in trusting the power of an image to convey meaning. So many of these essays read like poems in which the boundaries of form were removed, letting the writer spill over the margins to include everything that he wanted to say.

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