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Mayakovsky's Revolver: Poems by Matthew Dickman
Mayakovsky's Revolver: Poems

Katsuya, December 27, 2012

Ok, maybe I'm biased, but I really thought this book was great. Matthew Dickman is one of my favorite poets but as with any author/band/artist/etc I was a little concerned that his sophomore effort would not live up to the love I have for his first book. This book is certainly different from "All-American Poem," but it shows maturity, depth, and Dickman's signature humor. This book deals a lot with the death of Dickman's brother, among other topics. So, it will probably depress you, but it's totally worth it.
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The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai
The Artist of Disappearance

Katsuya, December 27, 2012

Desai’s prose is both restrained and erotic at the same time. She has mastered the art of telling the profoundest of stories with the simplest of words. In the three stories, each of the main characters finds within themselves a vast sea of melancholy which warms one’s heart instead of breaking it. The situations may not be life-threatening but it makes them rise above their mediocrity. There are no crystal clear resolutions and that makes the stories more compelling. The themes of isolation, loss and art are handled with grace and sensitivity and I find the insights fascinating without being overbearing. I am looking forward to reading more of her work.
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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
A Reliable Wife

Katsuya, December 27, 2012

Goolrick has an almost poetic way with the language and builds suspense beautifully in this, his first, novel. It is a very gothic tale. As I was reading it, for some reason I kept thinking of Edgar Allan Poe, and the poem of his that came to mind was Annabel Lee. Not that the stories that the poem and this novel tell are particularly related but the cadence of the language and the use of repetition struck me as being similar. The book also reminded me of younger (much younger) days when I used to devour the novels of Daphne du Maurier and the Bronte' sisters. This book would be right at home on a shelf with those ladies' works.
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Katsuya, December 27, 2012

After so many books about how fun and easy writing can be, it's great to have a book that shows how painful and difficult it really is. Lamott puts a premium on discipline, the discipline of writing every day at a set time and trying hard to get the first draft out, no matter how bad it may be. This message may not be news to most, but along with the added info that neurosis and writing go hand in hand, Lamott is not here to inform, she's here to encourage. She's a real teacher, someone who isn't just trying to show you how to get to where you're going, but also to help you restart if you've missed a step. She's also very funny and a good writer to boot so the book was an absolute pleasure to read. Pick it up when you're feeling down
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The Listeners by Leni Zumas
The Listeners

Katsuya, December 27, 2012

Finally, some magic. I haven't read a book this magic since Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Leni Zumas' dream-like book is lucid enough to put you in the reality of her characters and plot, but with sentences and prose that glimmer in the subtle ways of our unconscious world. The Listeners tells the story of a tragedy of our tribes - family and friends - wrestling with demons imagined and real, and forging a path forward despite yourself and the obstacles of the past. This is a beautiful novel. Read it.
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