32 books
  • Shattered Sonnets, Love Cards, and Other Off and Back Handed Importunities

    Olena Kalytiak Davis

    More challenging than And Her Soul Out of Nothing but very alive.

    small quilled poem with no taste for spring
    In spring all the poems that need
    to be written

    Have. You are neither dejected
    nor relieved.

  • Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World

    Haruki Murakami

    I love novels with multilinear narratives that reinforce each other as they develop. As well as novels that include maps in the beginning (and it’s a very attractive map). The melancholy moments of being outside of the regular world seemed especially insightful. This might be my favorite Murakami book, it’s possible.


  • The Bluest Eye

    Toni Morrison

    After struggling through the last book I read, it was lucky for me that I had been looking at a list of “top 100 American novels of the 20th century” recently. Cranky at the old literature canon and noticing what important American writers were so obviously absent, I decided to...more

  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities

    Jane Jacobs

    It’s been a year and a half since I read the first two parts of this book — when I unpacked my books, I put the ones I hadn’t read on the top shelf so I would remember to read or finish them.

    While some chapters are a bit dry for casual...more

  • The Dove’s Nest and other stories

    Katherine Mansfield

    This probably wasn’t the best book of Mansfield’s to get, as only the first group of stories are “finished” and the rest of the book is just fragments put together after she died suddenly. The stories are very short and concise, which was an interesting contrast to the Munro stories. But I’m not really into...more

  • Runaway

    Alice Munro

    For the most part I felt disappointed with Munro’s new collection, though there are a few stories that I liked a lot. I’d read the title story in the New Yorker a few months ago, so perhaps that one just wasn’t as fresh in a re-reading. The trio of stories involving Juliet were pretty good as a set, but I felt that none of...more

  • Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

    Nick Flynn

    A bristling memoir about Flynn growing up in Scituate, MA, his mother struggling to keep it all together and his father acting as a heavy, yet absent, presence. Like both his parents, Flynn learns to cope with substances and he stays in Boston, where he knows his father is or tends to return, even though he desires no...more

  • Cloud Atlas

    David Mitchell

    “The novel as series of nested dolls”: it starts with a journal from colonial times, moves on to a series of letters from the 1930s, a mystery from the 1970s, a British comedy script idea placed contemporary time, a science fiction story in the form of an interview, and then a post-apocalyptic oral narrative — after which it retreats back...more

  • Everyday Matters

    Danny Gregory

    Having fell into the habit of stopping by Danny Gregory’s site over the past year after first hearing about this book, it seemed time to check out the book. Part sketchbook and part memoir, the book explores the aftermath of his wife’s subway accident that left her paralyzed...more

  • Journal of a Solitude

    May Sarton

    I got this from the library after Keri Smith made reference to it a few times. I thought maybe it would help me figure out how to start writing in my journal more consistently again, to remind me how to think on a page, and so far it seems to be working. Also it has been...more