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Riverine by Angela Palm
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Oct 22, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: memoirs, nature, reviewed-bookbrowse, true-crime, essays
Recommended for: Readers of Leslie Jamison, Eula Biss, Joni Tevis and Rebecca Solnit

Riverine has a strong sense of place, revealing how traces of the past are still visible in the landscape and how our environment shapes who we are. Palm reflects on the winding course of her life and the people who meant most to her along the way, including Corey, an older neighbor boy she had a crush on. Although he and the author drifted apart, she was devastated to learn that he had been sentenced to life in prison for murdering their elderly neighbors. Reconnecting with Corey in her thirties is one of the book’s highlights. In keeping with the fluid water imagery, there is sometimes a stream-of-consciousness element to Palm’s writing. That plus the occasional commentary on quotations from writers like Annie Dillard and Joan Didion can somewhat break up the narrative. Even if I might have preferred a more straightforward chronological account, I admired Palm’s experimentation with form.
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Reading Progress

October 22, 2015 – Shelved
October 22, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
July 8, 2016 – Shelved as: memoirs
July 8, 2016 – Shelved as: nature
July 8, 2016 – Shelved as: reviewed-bookbrowse
August 22, 2016 – Started Reading
August 23, 2016 – Shelved as: true-crime
August 23, 2016 – Finished Reading
September 21, 2016 – Shelved as: essays

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message 1: by Rae (new) - added it

Rae Meadows Great review, Rebecca. I'm interested in how she plays with form. Adding it!


Rebecca Foster It's a very 'writerly' book -- I think you'll enjoy it.


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Paul Just added this too Rebecca


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