Archive for August, 2011

John Donne Poems

Added on August 27, 2011

John Donne Poems John Donne Franklin Press, New York, 1982 This beautifully-bound complete collection of John Donne’s poems was left in the recycling room of my building. People often leave things in there that they no longer want, but that are too good to throw away. Lucky me! It is bound in maroon leather and [...]

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Added on August 18, 2011

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers Simon and Schuster, New York, 2000 Dave Eggers’ stellar debut book, a fresh and liberal take on the memoir genre, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. It also made the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list and was named [...]

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Malcolm Lowry: A Biography

Added on August 11, 2011

Malcolm Lowry: A Biography Douglas Day Oxford University Press, New York, 1973 Although Douglas Day uses outdated psychiatric models to dissect the life of Malcolm Lowry in this National Book Award winning biography, it is still a fascinating read. Lowry, a genius writer and an alcoholic with some profound psychological problems, overdosed on pills at age [...]

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2666 – 3 Volume Slipcased Edition

Added on August 4, 2011

2666 Roberto Bolano Farrar, Straus and Giroux, U.S.A. 2008 As I have said before, I haven’t been as excited about a writer in a long time as I am about Roberto Bolano. What an original voice! 2666 is touted as his masterpiece, but his previous tour de force The Savage Detectives, to me, is equally brilliant. [...]

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Last Evenings on Earth

Added on August 1, 2011

Last Evenings on Earth Roberto Bolano New Directions, New York, 2006 Last Evenings on Earth was Bolano’s first collection of short fiction to be translated into English. Here’s a great description of this book from Wikipedia: “Set amid the diaspora of Chilean exiles in Latin America and Europe, the fourteen stories in Last Evenings on Earth [...]

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