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A Common Pornography by Kevin Sampsell
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Mar 04, 2010

it was amazing
Read in March, 2010

This book takes what was a really solid little zine style book and turns into a fully fleshed memoir. This is perhaps the best book about Kennewick, WA that has ever and probably will ever be written. My grandmother lived in Ephrata, and the desolation and disconnected world of Eastern Washington it captured very well in Sampsell's short pieces about the house, and for some time basement, where his family lived while he grew up. The form of the book is really great. It directly addresses the ambivelence I think many fiction writers feel about "nonfiction," and in the end it doesn't really matter a great deal if the pieces are fiction or "all the better because they are true." The book feels very true; and this is something very few "nonfiction" memoirs manage to pull off.
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