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What I’ve had my Nose Buried In….

We Have to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver:

While this probably ranks up there in the top five WORST book titles EVER, it’s otherwise superb. The prose is exemplary, the innovative fashion the story is told (first person letters to the protagonist’s ex-husband), and the subject matter itself is breath-taking. So much has been made of high school shooters but no one has bothered to examine the topic from the mother’s perspective, and with such a truthful and open-ended voice. This is no “Movie of The Week” but a complex picture of a woman, of a family, and of a child that commits a truly heinous act.

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt:

This is another example of magnificent prose in contemporary literature. Recommended to me by another bibliophile, I dove into this monstrous creature with relish. Whether my state of mind, or the author’s sometimes over-extended descriptions, I just lost interest halfway through. I was invested in the story, I am curious how it all tied up at the end, but I simply became entangled in all the descriptions of Southern flora and fauna. The book was incredibly rich but moved a bit too slow for me, for some reason.

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress by Susan Jane Gilman:

A collection of anecdotes from the author’s childhood, adolescence and adulthood, I picked up this book because of Susan’s sarcastic yet insightful voice. Her tales of childhood persecution will ring true for any woman, as will her tales of conflicted identity formation, and the struggles to find independence and companionship without compromising your values.

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If you haven’t read them yet, check out ‘Running with Scissors’ and ‘Dry’ by Augusten Burroughs. Or ‘Fools Rush In’ by Bill Carter…. you’ll absolutely love them.

I have all intention of reading Burroughs, but just haven’t gotten there yet. The other I’ll add to my ‘reading list’ (Yes, I have such a creature). Since this post, I’ve poured through “Scar Tissue” by Anthony Keidis, “The Bitch Posse” by Martha O’Connor, “Rope Burns” aka “Million Dollar Baby” by FX Toole, and “Rage” by Jonathan Kellerman. Can you tell I’m hiding my writer’s block behind literature??

I’ve wanted to read Keidis’ bio for awhile now. I’ve heard that Dave Navarro’s is also pretty good too.

I’m now anxiously awaiting the new Nersesian novel that is supposed to be out in January.

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