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The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
The Small Backs of Children

LFG, July 7, 2015

This book is a heart bleeder. It is sensual, exhilarating, cataclysmic. It is a novel as ars poetica. Lidia Yuknavitch merges every genre of art into this book: it's a alchemical, it grows stronger with readership, art feeding art ad infinitum. Yuknavitch has the courage and artistry to write about the tragedies inflicted by war and violence and to do something transformative with that enormous force of power that most of us are too scared to touch. Whatever you are doing--stop, and get this book. This is the kind of art that changes you. This is the new landscape of literature. This is the new wave now.
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Call Me Home by Megan Kruse
Call Me Home

LFG, June 7, 2015

Megan Kruse’s debut novel is a litany of three voices from one family as they move across the country searching for home and finding it ultimately in one another. Through the perspectives of Amy, and her children, Jackson and Lydia, Kruse crafts a lyric novel that echoes with a haunting sense of place, from the dripping forests of the northwest to the wide flat plains of Texas, she charts these territories her characters get lost in, this world of danger and startling beauty. Her sentences are embedded with diamond bright metaphors and deep internal dialogue:

"The highway pulled us forward like a long rope. When the sun spilled over I was always awake. I watched the gray fields and the shuttered towns. When we stopped I tried to look at no one, as if I had been made new, and if I were careful the regular world would not settle on me yet."

Kruse is no stranger to introspection and not afraid to write about it. The emotions her characters feel are ragged and true. Their questions run around our own minds. Where do I belong? who defines me? how far can love carry you?

Even while I was still reading this book I was hungry to read it again. That doesn't happen very often. I had to binge and savor this one. For as much as I wanted to get to the ending, I didn't want the story to end. I was not ready to let go of these characters, these places, and Kruse's voice.
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Trash by Dorothy Allison

LFG, April 24, 2015

If you love Dorothy Allison, you need to eat this book alive. This is Allison at her best. This book makes you taste butter and grease. It makes everything around you melt into a Southern drawl. This collection of stories is filled with heartache, loneliness, stubborn belligerence, and sex... soooo much hot lesbian sex. Rarely have I seen erotica interlaced with literary brilliance in this way. Some of these stories are incomparably amazing: Mama, Monkeybites, Don't Tell Me You Don't Know, Demon Lover, and Her Thighs. These are stories I'll come back to again and again.
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Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Everything Is Illuminated

LFG, April 24, 2015

Impossibly imaginative and brilliant!
Jonathan Safran Foer writes a caricature of himself into this work, flirting with the fiction/nonfiction divide, weaving the whole thing together with the threads of memory and lineage and imagined versions of ourselves. If only the war hadn't happened, Jonathan might have been Alexi. It's a fascinating, mesmerizing kaleidoscopic book full of Yiddish folklore and unapologetic hyperbole. A must read for visual-linguistic creative thinkers who like non-conformist writing.
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Enormous Smallness: A Story of e. e. cummings by Matthew Burgess
Enormous Smallness: A Story of e. e. cummings

LFG, April 17, 2015

This gorgeously illustrated children's book illuminates the magical life of e.e.cummings, inspiring people of all ages to embrace and engage in poetry! The illustrations are brimming with a love of language: words piled into the texture of trees and reflected in puddles, and small details that evoke the flavor of life in New England and New York City in the early 1900s. Children and adults alike will be captivated by the story of a whimsical child (and his first poems at the age of three!) who was nurtured by a supportive and special family and community, and grew into a courageous artist committed to the "new and true" forms of art. The book includes many original e.e.cummings poems and many wonderful historical facts (the poet's beloved eighth grade English teacher was also the first African-American female principal in New England). The author's note of how he came to write this book is a bonus in the back! This beautiful book is sure to be loved and remembered by many.
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