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Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America by Chris Arnade - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525534730
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Published: Sentinel - June 4th, 2019

Empathetic and deeply troubling exploration of America's "back row," Culled from years of travels to impoverished, violent, drug-saturated neighborhoods, and enhanced by photographs reminiscent of Dorothea Lange, Arnade gives his subjects individuality, honor, and dignity. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Three Women by Lisa Taddeo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

Captivating from the very first chapter, this journalistic endeavor follows three women as they reflect upon their sexual experiences over time. The author creates a descriptive and nonjudgmental atmosphere that allows the reader to view the world from overlooked and commonly misunderstood female perspectives. I believe that this is best nonfiction novel debut I think I have ever read! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781619028258
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 13th, 2016

Part memoir, part history, Lauret Savoy is a Geology Professor who writes beautifully using palimpsest as a leitmotif, peeling back the layers of history written on the landscape--what gets remembered, what gets forgotten, and how if affects us all. ~ Reviewed by Percy Sutton


The Adding Machine by William S. Burroughs - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802121950
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Published: Grove Press - October 22nd, 2013

One of my favorite essay collections. Burroughs zips between topics like the speed junky he was known to be. Whether discussing linguistics and social issues or space travel and mind control, Hemingway and Fitzgerald or Beckett and Proust, he approached the page with a zany, freakish exuberance that both reflects and, paradoxically, sets him apart from the rest of the Beat Generation authors with whom he’s so commonly lumped. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Winter Journal by Paul Auster - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250009098
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Published: Picador - December 17th, 2013

Paul Auster lays all of his cards on the table in this tortuous memoir. Every pain he felt, every personal shame and regret are described in shocking detail. Written in the second person, as a reader you really feel an intimate connection with Auster -- even when he is losing his virginity at sixteen to a cheap prostitute in a sketchy dive in the Upper West Side, NYC. Certain passages can be offputting. They can make you feel uncomfortable. However, Auster exposes himself like only the bravest authors can do, and for this I love him. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton


The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life by Richard Russo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524733513
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Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2018

This is such a fascinating collection of essays that touch upon important moments—of different sizes—that help illustrate Russo's points on his life and career throughout the years. Down-to-earth and unassuming—like his fiction—I loved every page. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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