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The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard
The Book of Aron

Elliott, May 29, 2015

This unflinching novel starts with the lines, "My mother and father named me Aron, but my father said they should have named me What Have You Done, and my uncle told everyone they should have called me What Were You Thinking." Aron is a young boy in occupied Poland and his story unfolds without sentimentality and with no easy answers. Jim Shepard has created a character who is unforgettable in what could be an easily predictable book. It can be heartbreaking, darkly funny, and has a voice that will long be remembered after one has finished this novel.
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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Elliott, May 28, 2015

Like her photos, Sally Mann's writing is full of honest candor. She is insightful and intelligent. Her prose is engrossing and gives you real insight into an artist's process. Like her photographs, Mann deals with her art, her family, her life, and with death.
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Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Elliott, May 28, 2015

Like her photos, Sally Mann's writing is full of honest candor. She is insightful and intelligent. Her prose is engrossing and gives you real insight into an artist's process. Like her photographs, Mann deals with her art, her family, her life, and with death.
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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Buried Giant

Elliott, March 4, 2015

While I have loved many of his previous works, I must admit that I felt some trepidation about this book when I found out the subject matter and that he'd written a fantasy novel. Though the subject matter of this book may seem like a departure for Ishiguro, many of the themes are familiar, especially in regards to memory and loss. As he writes, “Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.” One of the characters even questions if God has suffered memory loss. As I read this latest novel, I was relieved to see that he had transcended the genre. As with other Ishiguro works, this one is quiet and restrained as it deals with loss and sadness. If you loved Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, then I highly recommend that you read this work as well.
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Honeydew: Stories by Edith Pearlman
Honeydew: Stories

Elliott, February 21, 2015

Once again, Pearlman shows her mastery over the short story. What amazes me about her glorious work is that so few readers know about her. I hope this book changes that. One cannot help but love the preciseness of her language, the complexity of her characters, and the surprising turns that can happen within these magnificent stories. Such richness can be found in her work that is so rare to uncover in literature now. Pearlman can deal deftly with solitude, disappointment, and, ultimately grace. If you have not read her before, please read her now. This book is an essential read for anyone who loves great writing.
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