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Ghost Pine: All Stories True

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Ghost Pine: All Stories True offers thirteen years worth of sparkling true stories from the life of author Jeff Miller, compiling the best of his long-running zine. From his youth in suburban Ottawa in the late 1990s, to travels across Canada and North America and his current home in Montreal, Miller's stories are equal measures funny and sad, nostalgic and unsentimental, ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published 2010 by Invisible Publishing
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Vicki
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Are there names we hold sacred in the CanLit canon, that must always stand alone? With all genuine and due respect, would it be profane to, say, utter anyone's name in the same breath as the name of Alice Munro ... especially if that writer has "punk" and "zine" in his literary curriculum vitae? If it is, what follows is a profane review ...

Ghost Pine: All Stories True offers up "all stories true" from the life of author Jeff Miller, covering 13 years from the 1990s to almost the present. The st
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Marta
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Crisp, clean and honest writing, reflecting and recording experiences from angry adolescence to young adulthood, in many familiar Canadian settings. Collected from 13 years of writing his zine, I appreciated Miller's choice to not put the stories together chronologically, but rather group them by theme or feeling.

( I saw Jeff Miller read at This Ain't the Rosedale Library, one of Toronto's best and now gone indie bookstores. The store had already been locked out by the rent-raising landlords, b
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Doug
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found out about Ghost Pine back when it was still called Otaku because it was recommended by a pen pal I met via zine trades. She makes an appearance in this book, which I just read in her hometown. That's the sort of closing the circle, small world experience that I've always loved about zines.

Jeff Miller always had a way of making the stories of his life, his city, and his family seem more meaningful than just some things that happened to one person among many. He has a knack for finding com
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Julian
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's weird to write about someone's book who's a decent friend of yours. This book brought back memories of reading Jeff's zine at various life stages in the past 10 years, so it was pretty intense to read. I think Jeff is a great writer and he brings to life the world around him so well. I could go on forever about this book, but I'll leave it at that for the internet. ...more
Jess Gro
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
read it in one day at the cottage. easy to slurp up but more fun to read as zines.
the reviews are in the vein of hornby in the believer. satisfying review reading.
also like the social justice club triology.
Nicole
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
This made me want to dredge up memories of my own awkward teen and idealistic early twenties. I wish I could write about them with the same fondness and humour Jeff Miller brings to the stories in Ghost Pine.
Nicole
Dec 05, 2010 marked it as to-read
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