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Ceremony
Ceremony
by Leslie Marmon Silko
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Ceremony cast a spell on me; I read it over the course of a day, reluctantly putting it down only to eat and walk with the dog. It is the story of Tayo, whose soul has been horribly broken, and of his perilous journey back to wholeness. How rare it is... (read more)

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Wake Up, Sir!: A Novel
Wake Up, Sir!: A Novel
by Jonathan Ames
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Wake Up, Sir! is a brilliant work of fiction that just happens to be laugh-out-loud funny, to boot (though it also has a stirring underlying sadness). Jonathan Ames is a daring and deeply honest writer whose work abounds with tender and heartbreaking... (read more)

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Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems
Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems
by Robinson Jeffers
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I foist this little book on folks every chance I get. Anyone who is concerned with the fate of both the natural world and of a humanity hell-bent on destroying it needs an introduction to Jeffers.... (read more)

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Notes of a Native Son
Notes of a Native Son
by James Baldwin
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These brilliant essays, which ultimately form a profound meditation on what it means to be "native" to this complex and brutal country we call America, were originally published in the 1940s and 1950s. Sadly, it came as no surprise to me how timely and... (read more)

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The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (Harvest in Translation)
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (Harvest in Translation)
by Jose Saramago
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"The great difference between poets and madmen is the destiny of the madness that possesses them" — thus muses Ricardo Reis in this captivatingly dense yet engagingly accessible stream-of-consciousness novel. I would recommend this book to anyone... (read more)

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The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951-1993
The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951-1993
by Charles Bukowski
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Though some may find Bukowski's poetry on the pedestrian side, I actually like it for being filled with direct, astute, and often persnickety observations about the world unfolding and evolving around him. Check out this practitioner of "dirty realism... (read more)

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My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up
My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up
by Stephen Elliott
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Yes, this collection of stories is sexually explicit. Yet, what I actually find most stunning and stimulating about it is Elliott's ability to bravely suffuse his writing with a raw and tender emotional explicitness. I believe humanity to be at a... (read more)

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A Good Day to Die
A Good Day to Die
by Jim Harrison
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Though the wild ride of A Good Day to Die may strike one as a bit over-the-top, the characters are expertly drawn — so believable. Harrison instills in the reader a sense of how it is that where the protagonists come from illuminates (in ways both... (read more)

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The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (Harvest in Translation)
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (Harvest in Translation)
by Jose Saramago
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I have always been fascinated by the infinite variety of theological expression. Though no monotheist myself, an early thrill for me was to discover the Gnostics and their non-literal take on Scripture. My favorite saying of Jesus comes from the Gospel... (read more)

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Diary of a Bad Year
Diary of a Bad Year
by J M Coetzee
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Coetzee creates characters by starting with the dark ways in which the world has wounded them. He dissects human nature, showing just how ugly it appears to have become in this modern age, a time when people are more personally disconnected from one... (read more)

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Man Who Was Thursday : a Nightmare (86 Edition)
Man Who Was Thursday : a Nightmare (86 Edition)
by G. K. Chesterton
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The Man Who Was Thursday is a compellingly suspenseful, somewhat melodramatic, oftentimes surreal fairytale for adults. Some characters intrigue more than others, but the real characters are ideas — Chesterton's philosophical musings on how the... (read more)

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Happy Baby
Happy Baby
by Stephen Elliott
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I momentarily resisted reading Happy Baby simply (unreasonably) because of the J. T. LeRoy epigraph. LeRoy has since been outed as a particularly egregious literary fraud, and yet LeRoy's observation resonates deeply with me — was it Picasso who... (read more)

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