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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


The Sensual Joy of Books

Books have entertained, and enriched the lives of, many people. Indeed, the tactile aspects of bound pages can be just as enjoyable as the stories themselves. Some of the great joys in life are touching, smelling, looking at and listening to books.

You go into a bookstore and you can feel the jacket covers, sometimes slippery and soft and sometimes gritty and rough, under your fingers as they protect the books as they silently sit there, waiting until you open that first page. The books call to you, telling you “buy me and you’ll find a magical world.”

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder - Book Review

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2017

An interesting read about a growing sub-culture of van and camper dwellers living in subsistence conditions. The author immersed herself in this culture over several years and it plainly shows in her candid but gentle treatment of her subjects-turned-friends. Her narrative draws you through the life stories of numerous people, forced mostly through job loss or retirement, into a low- or no-rent living alternative, supplementing their incomes through minimum-wage, seasonal jobs. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle


American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781631490514
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 11th, 2017

Hundreds of abandoned buildings pockmarked rural Accomack County, Virginia in 2012. Then, dozens were torched. A panicked community, the months-long search for the arsonist, his arrest, and his strange relationship with his girlfriend comprise a bizarre tale, which Hesse tells with fiery verve. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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