"The book I'm looking for,' says the blurred figure, who holds out a volume similar to yours, 'is the one that gives the sense of the world after the end of the world, the sense that the world is the end of everything that there is in the world, that the only thing there is in the world is the end of the world."
- Italo Calvino, If on a winter's night a traveler

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ten Word Book Reviews

Useless Landscape or A Guide for Boys: Poems by D.A. Powell

Well crafted, but distant. Surprisingly sexual, given the cover art!

The Vintage Collection of American Short Stories Ed. Tobias Wolff

Predictable selections, but these bad boys aint famous for nothin. 

The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant

Logging history, island ecology, american Indians, and environmentalism. True story!

Suddenly a Knock at the Door by Etgar Keret

Just listen to the best ones on This American Life.

The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever

Chummy novel about WASPs of bygone days. Lots of boats!

Pastoralia by George Saunders

Off-kilter stories about looking for happiness in the wrong places.

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