Tag: paperback

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment

Added on October 5, 2016

Life Shrinkage, The New Guy, Odette’s Appointment James P. Reynolds Crack the Spine Literary Journal, U.S.A. August 2012 Inner Voices, Outer Lives, New York, 2014 Having so far written over 300 posts about other people’s fiction, I am now going to showcase a little of my own.  Life Shrinkage, one of my flash fiction stories, [...]

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The Catcher in the Rye – Reading copy

Added on August 29, 2016

The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger Little, Brown and Company, U.S.A. 1991 I want to juxtapose a collectible book and a reading copy, and since I have posted a couple of very collectible Catcher editions, I want to talk about my often re-read, 44th (note the 44 on the number line) printing of the 1991 Little, [...]

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Brokeback Mountain

Added on August 9, 2016

Brokeback Mountain Annie Proulx Fourth Estate, U.K. 1998 This Fourth Estate edition came out in 1998, less than a year after the story first appeared in the New Yorker magazine. In 1999 it was included in Proulx’s short story collection Close Range – Wyoming Stories. Brokeback Mountainwon an O. Henry Award and a National Magazine [...]

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I Refuse

Added on April 26, 2016

I Refuse Per Petterson Harvill Secker, London, 2014 Here is another masterful work by Norwegian author Per Petterson. I Refuse came out to rave reviews. Here are a few: “Petterson’s signature technique lies in drawing the most zigzag line imaginable through narrative chronology but the effect is not of confusion, rather of a dense, layered [...]

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Nora Webster

Added on February 18, 2016

Nora Webster Colm Toibin Scribner, New York, 2014 In his newest work of fiction, Colm Toibin gives us the gift of this beautifully nuanced and layered story of a woman coming to terms with the death of her spouse amid the turmoil of the Catholic struggle for human rights in Ireland. “Nora Webster is an [...]

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Us Conductors

Added on September 11, 2015

Us Conductors Sean Michaels Random House, Canada, 2014 Us Conductors, winner of the 2014 Giller Prize, is a fictional account of the life of Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Termen, known as Leon Theremin in the United States, was a Russian engineer and inventor of the theremin, an unusual musical instrument that uses electrical current to create [...]

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True History of the Kelly Gang

Added on January 15, 2015

True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey University of Queensland Press, Australia, 2000 True History of the Kelly Gang, despite its title, is a fictionalized account of the life of infamous Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly. It won the Booker Prize, making Carey one of only two writers to win the prize twice. It also [...]

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Necessary Errors

Added on December 22, 2014

Necessary Errors Caleb Crain Penguin, New York, 2013 Necessary Errors is Crain’s first work of fiction. It is set in Prague one year after Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution. A young, gay Harvard graduate navigates a city undergoing a unique moment in cultural history. Having just come out in America, he feels uncomfortable, at first, opening up [...]

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Diary of a Bad Year – ARC

Added on October 28, 2014

Diary of a Bad Year – Advance Readers Copy J.M. Coetzee Text, Australia, 2007 This brilliant book combines essays on a wide range of topics with diary entries about the relationship the aging essayist develops with his young typist. The essays, written by Coetzee’s protagonist, Señor C, are for a fictional publication entitled Strong Opinions. The essays [...]

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How the Light Gets In — true first

Added on October 19, 2014

How the Light Gets In — true first M.J. Hyland Penguin, Australia, 2003 This paperback is the very rare true first edition of Hyland’s incredible debut novel. I had been looking on-line for a copy of this edition for years. The price for this copy was reasonable, probably because it is a basic Penguin trade [...]

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