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Book Goodies

The act of writing always creates something of value. When I'm reading, it is the various manifestations of that inherent and powerful value that I'm looking to capture and share with my fellow book lovers.  

 

 

From humble days as a bookseller in Colorado, I now live in NYC and work for one of the big publishing houses. I'm always reading a huge variety of books, but you're bound to find more reviews on titles that might not be on every bookstore's shelf quite yet! 

 

And I must also say that it is immensely important to support independent bookstores. Definitely consider shopping with your local bookshop if you don't already!  

If you're looking for one then check out the great store I used to work at:

oldfirehousebooks.com

We lost her far too soon.

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories - Marina Keegan, Anne Fadiman

Marina Keeegan was a gift to this world. She remains a gift through her writing today. A great friend of mine sent this book to me in the mail. I know! Mail! Anyway, I thought it was an interesting choice at first. I'd heard Marina's story. The short version went something like: Talented writer and Yale graduate headed to The New Yorker dies in a car crash one week after graduation. Really a bare bones explanation, but for the sake of a quick review it'll do. So as I open this book I discover a note. Upon reading it, I learned that my friend knew her. They spent summers together at camp year after year. He remembers the song she sang at every talent show, and he remembers how excited she was when the final Harry Potter book finally came out. It then so clearly made sense why he sent me this book. I cried constantly through these stories and esssays. The non-fiction touched me most deeply, from the details of Marina's gluten intolerance to her day with an exterminator. She worked hard to hone her writing, and it shows so clearly in these pages. I recommend this book as highly as I can. We are lucky to have this collection from her, and I wish we could have seen her continue to create beautiful works. Go pick this one up. Now. Really. You won't regret it.