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Quarrels by Eve Joseph
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These are prose poems and delightfully lyrical. There's a section on the photographs of Diane Arbus and a concluding 10 poems about the death of her father.

This won the Griffin Poetry Prize this year.
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Anniversaries by Uwe Johnson
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Where were you in 1967 and 1968? What were you doing? This is a novel that'll perhaps bring those days back to you. The novel's diary form and the ticking off of events causing an upsurge of memory makes this our story, but it's more specifically tha ...more
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Deer Life by Ron Sexsmith
"This little novella provided pleasant reading for me. Although this genre is not my usual preference, it is good to deviate for a brief period of entertainment. The writing is sprinkled with humor, some puns and whimsy throughout. Although it is c..." Read more of this review »
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Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope
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These are the poems of 50 years. They hum with Kinnell's large themes of a lifetime's work: friendship, family, myth, love and sexuality, and that delicate union of the natural world with the one in which we live and are constantly refining. Kinnell ...more
Nine Innings by Daniel Okrent
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Worm Fiddling Nocturne in the Key of a Broken Heart by Kimberly Lojewski
"I have to admit that while reading the beginnings of the first few of these stories, I felt they weren’t for me. But by the end of each, or even after the end of each, I realized I’d read something special. With the first few stories behind me, I..." Read more of this review »
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“The past is the one thing we are not prisoners of. We can do with the past exactly what we wish. What we can't do is to change its consequences.”
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“If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
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“Every second of every day, a man is the sum effect of every second that has touched him before; he routinely encounters influences that will produce changes and actions that he cannot begin to predict or understand. And yet to acknowledge the complexity of these causes and motives was not to disallow agency. In that, all men are equal, even the cloistered monk--equally innocent, equally guilty. A man is not wholly responsible for what he becomes, but he is absolutely accountable for who he is.”
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“I was moved, too, to see her excited as a child--but no, for there is no childhood excitement to equal the adult journey to the beloved.”
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