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Wade in the Water: Poems by Tracy K. Smith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781555978136
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 3rd, 2018

What is history to us? Smith asks, through a myriad of voices, sloshing through pain and time. A beautiful and poignant way to speak about the present by talking about the past, and discovering similarities between time to uncover truth. Smith is never too far away from sublime in her work, sharing her experiences falling in love, becoming a mother, and seeing the history she will pass on to her child. All the while guiding us through pain, and leaving us all with a little hope. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962 - 1972 by Alejandra Pizarnik - Book Review

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By Alejandra Pizarnik, Yvette Siegert (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811223966
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2016

Pure emotion. Her poetry reads like an eerie stroll through fog laden marshlands where the mind naturally catches itself among a feast of morbid musings most of us tend to veer away from. Between quick verses and longer prose poems Pizarnik presents herself to us as a reflective investigator more sensitive to what is not being said in a poem than what we expect to be. Knowing now about her pains and struggles leading to her suicide one can see the inner turmoil in some of these lines, her focus on loneliness, wandering, and even obsessively contemplating her own death. And you can feel that ache from the skin down to the bone. Superb. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel by Stephen King - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501160448
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Published: Pocket Books - June 27th, 2017

A riveting tale of wrongful imprisonment, dark struggles, and sacrifice. A Death Row inmate shares his mysterious gift with the guards meant to oversee his eventual execution. King weaves a tale of characters in constant struggle with themselves, as well as madness, and the evil that men do to each other. One of my favorite Stephen King stories. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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

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ISBN: 9781524733513
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


Death's Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us about Life and Living by Brandy Schillace - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681773247
Published: Pegasus Books - February 14th, 2017

When it comes to living with death we have it all wrong here in the west (specifically the U.S. and the U.K.). We live with it everyday, share the same air and yet we ignore and push it aside like some evil obnoxious step-child we'd prefer never existed. And that is what makes life much harder for us whenever death decides to come to dinner. Schillace addresses this conflict and explores other cultures and newly emerging practices to pose new ideas and new means of accepting and celebrating this fundamental aspect of existence in our lives. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Different Seasons: Four Novellas by Stephen King - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501143489
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Published: Scribner - March 29th, 2016

Four novellas containing some of King's finest work—Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and The Body (aka Stand By Me), boasting deep and engrossing tales which stray away from King's horror roots and off into a variety of literary fields such as coming-of-age, thriller and crime fiction. Some relay characters who reach a sort of breaking point, some end well while others, well—don't. Some are peculiar and a little surreal, but never overstepping. Each story feels deep and personal with subtle moments where characters get in touch with themselves and the strange journeys they're on. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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