Several Short Sentences About Writing - Verlyn Klinkenborg

Trying to write something and can’t get started? Started, but stuck? Verlyn Klinkenborg, New York Times editorial board member and author of the beautiful column and book, The Rural Life, has been there. Many times. His Several Short Sentences about Writing (Vintage, $15) is an eminently sensible guide for helping writers—the novice as well as the practiced—steer around the blockages and back to that elusive, flowing prose (but remember, flow “doesn’t describe the act of writing. It describes the effect of writing”).This practical and inspiring distillation of a master wordsmith’s experience with prose is also a fascinating dip-into miscellany for anyone interested in language and thinking. As valuable for what it says as for how it says it, Klinkenborg’s compendium of brief, axiomatic statements is unfailingly lucid, eloquent, wise, and useful, starting with the Prologue’s reminder that in this craft, “there are no rules, only experiments.”
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ISBN: 9780307279415
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2013

The Wet Collection: A Field Guide to Iridescence and Memory - Joni Tevis

The Wet Collection (Milkweed, $16), by Joni Tevis, is a sprawling, wandering, tale through American places—Appalachia, Ohio farmland, Eastern Oregon’s high desert, the Gulf Coast—and through histories as far ranging as those of ancient Egypt and Central Oregon’s Jefferson County, circa 1911. Tevis takes it all and combines it in remarkable essays offering fragments of poetic lyricism imbued with a naturalist’s precision; this writer has a curiosity for all things, living and dead. The true beauty of this collection is Tevis’s ability to present a diverse selection of thoughts, stories, and facts within a complementary exploration of what it is to be (past, present, and future). She’s come up with a dazzling and mind-spinning collection.
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ISBN: 9781571313164
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 2nd, 2012

You Are One of Them - Elliott Holt

In You Are One of Them (Penguin Press, $26.95), debut novelist Elliott Holt wastes no words and pulls no tricks, presenting two friends pulled apart by the immense forces of the Cold War and oncoming adulthood. Jennifer, popular, and with a seemingly idyllic family, simply glides through life. For Sarah, though, things are difficult; terrorized by an abusive home, she tends to try to lie low. Holt gives honesty and elegance to the lasting effects of childhood friendships as well as early trauma, and to the specific haunting of the atomic age, which seems like a nightmare come to life when Jennifer disappears in Russia and Sarah follows her there in the 1990s. While Holt’s book comes to a well crafted ending, the story will leave you considering its ramifications for some time.

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ISBN: 9780143125440
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Published: Penguin Books - April 29th, 2014