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My Antonia by Willa Cather - Book Review

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By Willa Cather, Joseph Murphy (Introduction by), W. T. Benda (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140187649
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 1st, 1994

One of my most beloved books. Friendship, memory, and growing up on the frontier - a beautifully told story. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor

Homesick for Another World: Stories by Ottessa Moshfegh - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399562884
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Published: Penguin Press - January 17th, 2017

A collection of short stories as sinister, lonely, and weirdly funny as any you'll read all year. With desires both fantastic and unsettlingly familiar, this book's narrators speak to how alienating, disappointing, and thrilling being human can seem. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802125392
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

The women of Gay's short story collection are, unsurprisingly, difficult--at least by the standards of a culture that demands docility, modesty, and prettiness. To the rest of us, they're just uncompromisingly human: messy, angry, funny, self-possessed, unafraid to take up space. A fascinating, page-turning exploration of modern womanhood. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor

The North Water by Ian McGuire - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781627795944
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 15th, 2016

Visceral and violently beautiful, brimming with blood and guts, this book about an ill-fated whaling expedition covers some pretty cosmic struggles: man against beast, fate versus will, thought opposing action. It settled in me like a deep, hard freeze. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor

Four Reincarnations by Max Rivko - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781571314901
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 4th, 2016

The work of artists who’ve died young--Keats, Plath, Shelly--has always had a strong pull on our imaginations. Rivko, who died from Ewing's sarcoma at age twenty-five, resists such romanticization. Though death is the dark vein running through his poems--and anger, confusion, fear all surface--there is also lightness, humor, marrow deep love, and an insistent yearning to make sense of himself and his surroundings through language. The result is a poetry collection charged with curiosity, a willingness to be both hurt and awed by the world. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor

Envelope Poems by Emily Dickinson - Book Review

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By Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin (Editor), Marta Werner (Editor)
ISBN: 9780811225823
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Published: New Directions - October 4th, 2016

A slim, beautiful collection pairing full-color reproductions of envelopes bearing Dickinson’s handwritten poems with their transcriptions. Fans and non-poetry readers alike will find pleasure in these pages, so intimate and visually arresting they feel as though Dickinson were writing across time, directly to you. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


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