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The Red Wheelbarrow & Other Poems by William Carlos Williams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780811227889
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 29th, 2018

This slim collection features a handful of Williams’ most well-known works, including the sparse, elegant title poem and, my favorite of his, “This is Just to Say.” A perfect, pocket-sized gift for anyone who loves poetry. Try his Selected Poems for a more thorough compilation. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780871401540
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - August 17th, 2007

My introduction to Cummings’ signature style was the poem “r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r,” a rearrangement of the letters in the word “grasshopper,” and if you look for it, you can actually see the shape of a grasshopper in the arrangement of the words and letters jumping across the page. Cummings was a master of form subversion, fracturing and scattering what should be together and marrying what traditionally should not; some of his poems are as simple as a leaf falling, some as confounding as the inner workings of an engine. This collection is a perfect introduction to his greatest works. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375703768
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Published: Pantheon - March 7th, 2000

Danielewski is not one for simplicity—certain segments require you to actually flip this book upside-down in order to read it—but it’s worth the effort! This is a novel within a novel: A troubled man finds a manuscript in a dead man’s apartment, reading it along with you and commenting on it in the footnotes. The manuscript is the story of a semi-retired photographer who, in documenting his family as they move into their new house, discovers that the house is slightly bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. And then it keeps growing... ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts With Epilogue by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Book Review

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By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374528379
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 14th, 2002

A tome of importance, but very entertaining nonetheless. Dostoevsky’s divided selves abound. The Karamazovs’ personalities are as varied as their nicknames. Both philosophical and eloquent, this giant novel is a murder mystery at its heart, with stylistically quirky touches of narration that only Dostoevsky could pull off. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Likeness: A Novel by Tana French - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780143115625
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2009

My favorite of French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. It is modeled after Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. The murder occurs among an inseparable clique of well-read college students living together in a large, old house, but it flips Tartt’s whydunnit concept back to the genre’s traditional whodunnit format. This novel requires a simple leap in believability: that the detective assigned to investigate this murder is a near doppelganger of the victim. Well-paced, thoroughly tense, and more fun than its inspiration. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) by Donna Tartt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

Tartt flips the traditional mystery format on its head. Instead of a whodunnit, she has written a whydunnit. The narrator and his friends, a tightly knit group of classics majors at an elite Vermont college, have killed one of their own. This novel explores why they did it, and what happened afterward. Manic guilt and suspicious paranoia abound; this is a book full of secrets, lies, betrayal, and a mounting rage. For extra credit, read Tana French’s The Likeness after you’re done! ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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