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Nothing Right: Short Stories by Antonya Nelson
Nothing Right: Short Stories

M Kassapa, November 8, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I heard Antonya Nelson read, her words like sweet desserts dreamily oozing luscious lip-smacking creamy fillings. I am reading NOTHING RIGHT, a book of short stories. Some stories are too rich even to be written on a page, her language so seductively creating images you can’t get out of your head that days later, a line or a phrase or a scene comes out of its hiding place and tries to insinuate itself into conversation as if you were speaking from personal experience rather than bowing before the altar of imprinted memory. I dare anyone to read this book and try to erase it from your memory or conversation.
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The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
The Forgotten Waltz

M Kassapa, March 14, 2012

Anne Enright, Irish author of The Forgotten Waltz, writes about a love affair. It's a book with thick pages, literally heavy, weighted paper. The print is big, almost like you could walk between the spaces of the words or in a tight squeeze you could slip between the letters of the words. Roughly 260 pages. It seems like I should have finished the book in a few hours but it's taking longer. The sentences and style are very simple, almost like a childhood primer. Anne is expressive, articulate, and yet the story dawdles. Is this intentional? Is this love affair written in such a way that one can't hurry through it without feeling its sleight of hand beginnings, its evolution, and its consequences? I have considered abandoning it at times, as if the story was moving too slowly, and I couldn't get through the doorway into the next room of the next paragraph on the next page into the next chapter. Now, with less than a third of the book to go, I am invested in finishing it, in finding out what happens, in figuring out how she writes with a thickness, thicker than weighted paper, that keeps me slogging through each doorway into the next room and into the next scene to feel my life, as I feel the lives of the characters.
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Everyday People by Albert Goldbarth
Everyday People

M Kassapa, February 2, 2012

If you are not familiar with the poetry of Albert Goldbarth, you are in for a treat. In Everyday People, his newest volume of poetry, each poem is a swirling concoction of tangling the past, present, and future into a tasty brew. The poems here are shorter than in other volumes, the longest only being a few pages, whereas in previous volumes a poem may seem like a never-ending carnival ride. Either way, his poetry is accessible with a bit of humor, history, philosophy, and humanity in every poem. The mundane married to the sublime ending in a smile. It is a book not to be missed.
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A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates
A Widow's Story: A Memoir

M Kassapa, January 20, 2012

You've read memoirs but never a book this intimate. Death denial is so widespread that you'd never imagine that a woman who has written nearly a hundred books (including many plays and novels), who is happily married to a man she has spent nearly every day of the last forty-seven years, could live in a world where she thought this would never happen to her. This book is intimate in ways that it's hard to talk about. So well written, so honest, not only do you feel like you're right there with her, you feel as if you are her. No separation. I lingered with every word, every emotion I felt. Her life will never be the same and neither will mine for having read her book.
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A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates
A Widow's Story: A Memoir

M Kassapa, December 1, 2011

In contrast to Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, Joyce Carol Oates' memoir about the death of her husband explores every avenue of grief. Her style is so intimate that you feel right there in the room with her, right in her heart and mind as she explores loss. How well did she really know her husband? Do the cats really hold her accountable for his death? She explores every aspect of both knowing her husband and knowing herself as a widow. It is a courageous book that will touch your heart.
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