Dreadfully Ever After Sale
 
 

Find Books


Read the City


Win Free Books!


PowellsBooks.news


Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing



On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »

spacer

Customer Comments

SmoveTipp has commented on (1) product.

Logan Topographies (07 Edition) by Alena Hairston
Logan Topographies (07 Edition)

SmoveTipp, July 25, 2012

I didn't know what to expect when my copy of The Logan Topographies came. I had ordered it originally because a dear friend specifically recommended the book to me. However it is a genre which, frankly, I know next to nothing about. But I trusted my friend and as it turns out, well... Please read on.

I am not at all gifted in writing, however I do have the ability to recognize merit in things usually before others do. So it's ironic that a non-writer is writing the first review here of a book which was clearly written by an exceptionally gifted one! My background is acting, and of studying the human condition in general. Rarely am I afforded the privilege to experience such genuine, touching material. I can't call it a narrative, because it's poetry. Yet it paints a relatively cohesive picture. I'm at a loss to properly express the fact that this book touched my soul. Chalk it up to my writing shortcomings.

I found myself empathizing with the prose in an odd way--because my life experience is quite different from that reflected in the book, and that did not create a buffer or any defensiveness. I was just hooked and on a journey. I gained insight and felt things which are indescribable, but I know are wholly valid. In a similar way, I can tell when a script has a soul. I can't explain exactly how, but I know. Well, without doubt this book has that very same effect. Great literature--great art does that. It reaches right to one's heart.

This book is precious. It is modest in size, stature, and style, but it is powerful. I truly hope that the author, Alena Hairston, continues to share her gift with the world. Humanity needs it. I recommend this book most highly, but I don't think I'll ever part with my own copy. Somehow that's a contradiction, but that's part of being human, right?
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No



spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.