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Original Essays | August 21, 2014

Richard Bausch: IMG Why Literature Can Save Us



Our title is, of course, a problem. "Why Literature Can Save Us." And of course the problem is one of definition: what those words mean. What is... Continue »
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    Before, During, After

    Richard Bausch 9780307266262

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Cockeyed by Ryan Knighton
Cockeyed

Neo Englander, October 7, 2006

I quite enjoyed Ryan Knighton's cockeyed account of his evolution into a man of blindness. You will laugh with guilty pleasure and relief as he he recounts cringeworthy moments of painful slapstick--and you will want to weep as he shares moments of raw pain and vulnerability. He isn't pitiful or noble but he is very honest as he taps his way through his teens (drivers ed!), adulthood (relationships! summer camp!), Korea, and IKEA. I love the way he writes and his insights about being/going blind in a sighted world.
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One Small Boat: The Story of a Little Girl, Lost Then Found by Kathy Harrison
One Small Boat: The Story of a Little Girl, Lost Then Found

Neo Englander, August 31, 2006

Yikes I just devoured this book in 4 hours. It isn't a funny book and it isn't a fun book but it is definitely a good book. Kathy Harrison writes about her experiences as a foster parent. She gives us the good, the bad, and the ugly which is as it should be. She then shares the story of their encounter with a very special child. Harrison isn't sticky sweet, overly sentimental, or melodramatic but you will cry buckets.
She shares some very stark and ugly truths about parenting and yet nuggets of goodness and light. Although I consider myself something of a cynic--I am not so hardened that this story didn't touch me and give me some hope
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A Family Daughter: A Novel by Maile Meloy
A Family Daughter: A Novel

Neo Englander, August 31, 2006

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are very engaging, the storyline is engrossing, and Meloy's storytelling is very compelling. Nothing spectacularly horrific or dramatic happens but you will find yourself wanting to keep going home with the Santerres as they find themselves moving so far away from home that they circle back without realizing it. Apparently the characters are based on those in Meloy's first novel, "Liars and Saints"--I am definitely going to be looking that book up--it has been several days since I finished the story--and I still miss them....
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