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oriana oriana said: "So The Silent History is by one of the former heads of McSweeney's, along with some other brilliant folks, and when I heard about it back in 2012 it was a novel-by-way-of-app, or a traveling interactive book-experience, or some kind of very ambitious...more "

The Flamethrowers
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oriana oriana said: "I bought this in London at the stunning little London Review of Books shop. Books really look different in the UK! It's so strange thinking of how marketing works; I pulled several books off the shelf whose covers made me think I would love them—only...more "

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oriana oriana said: "September 2013
Keith: there's a book that, like, i really fucking insist you read
me: ok what is it?
Keith: http://www.drawnandquarterly.com/shop...
me: whoa, that looks great
i will put it on my to-read-eventually list
Keith: ugh you and your lists
me: wel...more


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The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers by Vendela Vida
" Despite the usual McSweeney’s fondness for writers of lyrical soap operas, New Yorker fictions, or navelgazing American writers, and the predictable reference points—Hemingway, Carver, Updike—this bumper crop of writers talking to writers is pleas... " Read more of this review »
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That's Not a Feeling by Dan Josefson
That's Not a Feeling
by Dan Josefson
read in April, 2014
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Here's a review from Word Bookstore that made me want to read this book so bad:

Dan Josefson's debut novel is subtle, hilarious, heart-wrenching, cute, dark, and intelligent. That's Not a Feeling is like Ben Stiller and Co. in the film Heavyweights......more
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Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
Cutting Teeth
by Julia Fierro (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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Full disclosure: I think Julia is just wonderful. I know her glancingly; we interact on the various social medias and have met a couple of times. She's an amazing literary force in Brooklyn, and I was just giddy to get my hands on this book.

In fact...more
oriana and 3 other people liked Larry Hoffer's review of Cutting Teeth:
Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro
" I'd rate this 3.5 stars.

Full disclosure: I received an advance readers copy of this book from NetGalleys in exchange for an unbiased review.

It takes a talented author to keep you reading a book in which you're not very fond of many of the characte... " Read more of this review »
The Weirdness by Jeremy Bushnell
" Jeremy P. Bushnell, The Weirdness (Melville House, 2014)

Full disclosure: I have known Jeremy IRL since the early nineties.

When I started reading The Weirdness—and I have to admit, I was planning on finishing the novel I was in the middle of before... " Read more of this review »
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The Weirdness by Jeremy Bushnell
The Weirdness: A Novel
by Jeremy Bushnell
read in February, 2014
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**Oh get this: Melville House is partnering with Brooklyn Roasting Co to offer a limited-edition coffee blend inspired by this book. Their publicity dept is so so smart.**

Anyway, on to the book. If you, like me, are someone who spends all your time e...more
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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
The Encyclopedia of Early Earth: A Novel
by Isabel Greenberg (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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I'm so confused about how everyone is drooling all over this book. I thought it was so boring! Or, no, not exactly boring; I think more that the book doesn't quite know what it wants to be, and so is halfway a lot of things but not really committed t...more
oriana and 2 other people liked Hannah Messler's review of That's Not a Feeling:
That's Not a Feeling by Dan Josefson
" This. Was. So. Good. I don't even want to talk about it, it's so perfect. Don't read any of the reviews they all miss the point. Just get a copy, if you're a good reader who loves books and/or is aggravated that so much contemporary stuff is silly... " Read more of this review »
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