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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

kyenne, June 15, 2014

If you like essays, read this book. I love essays the way other people love short stories (and likely for the same reason), and the more I read, the choosier I get. This is a great collection. Whether she's writing about starting an independent bookstore (yay) in Nashville, or her dog, or yes, her marriage, I can't wait to turn the page, and I don't want the story to end. My favorite piece is about writing, and while she's speaking to her livelihood, the thoughtfulness and advice apply to life in general. When I finally put the book down, I marveled most at how very very good her writing is, and how easy she makes it look.
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I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 by Annabelle Gurwitch
I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

kyenne, April 20, 2014

No effort required at all. Delightful, funny and true. The pages seemed to turn themselves, I kept laughing (and occasionally groaning in recognition) and I didn't stop until I was done!
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Thirty Girls by Susan Minot
Thirty Girls

kyenne, April 19, 2014

There are some things I am convinced that I don't want to read about. The Lord's Resistance Army is one of those things. And yet I was transfixed by this novel from the moment I picked it up. I read it all weekend, both to "find out what happens" and because the language matched the landscape. I couldn't put it down, or leave the characters until the road ran out beneath my feet. The quiet steady thrum of the language captured my imagination, allowed me to feel and smell and picture the story without overwhelming me with the gruesomeness of what occurred. It's a story that will stay with me a long time.
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May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes
May We Be Forgiven

Kyenne, January 2, 2013

This was the oddest novel I read this year. Stylistically, it engaged me immediately and kept me reading despite a couple of occasions where I put it down for a few days. To be honest, it wasn't the absolute best writing I came across in 2012; it was the amazing combination of characters, plot and perspective that made me laugh and kept me curious to find out what was going to happen next. Any novel where the protagonist is a Nixon scholar has to have a sense of humor and yest as outlandish as the story was at times, it was never unbelievable. What I loved best was the author's compassion for her characters,for families in their many permutations, and for all the ways we struggle to be human.
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Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps by Emmett Grogan
Ringolevio: A Life Played for Keeps

kyenne, July 23, 2012

I was still in high school when this book was published and I first read it in 1972 (which might explain most, if not everything). Now a lifetime older, yet every time I come across my worn original paperback copy, it's with a smile as well as a shake of the head. What a crock, and oh, what a time he had (assuming even half of it is true). Emmett Grogan was the rock star of anarchists, and ignited dreams of revolution in my head as I read how he ran guns for the IRA, was a jewel thief and heroin addict, and then started the Diggers in San Francisco, all before the '60's crashed and burned. Read it and understand why despite all the bullshit and disappointment, the Sixties were radical, magical and fun.
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