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The Complete Stories

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By Flannery O'Connor, Robert Giroux (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780374515362
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 1st, 1971

There is no such thing as having too much Flannery O'Connor in your life or on your shelf. Whether you've never read her work before, or you've written a dissertation on it, O'Connor's stories are always worth reading. Whenever I read her, I walk away not knowing how I feel, but certain I've been changed.

Matthew


Silence

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By Shusaku Endo, William Johnston (Translated by), Martin Scorsese (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781250082244
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Published: Picador Modern Classics - January 5th, 2016

Silence is one of those books that grabs your soul and squeezes. In it, Endo explores the depths of human spirituality and psychology, both in their strengths and utter weaknesses. Producing a different response every time I revisit it, this book deserves to be read and reread. I will continue to be moved by it for years to come.

Matthew


Against Everything

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ISBN: 9781101871157
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Published: Pantheon - September 6th, 2016

I seldom encounter academic cultural criticism. If the purpose of cultural criticism is inform/outrage/irritate/excite us, and academia's function too often seems to bewilder one with jargon, the two are uneasily conflated. Greif resists such a division, and his essays give us the rare treat of clear writing--a sign of clear thinking--probing deeply into issues about which there is much talk, but rarely enough thought. Clever, articulate, and insightful: the kind of voice you wish appeared in every social conversation.

Matthew


Ava's Man

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ISBN: 9780375724442
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Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2002

Rick Bragg masterfully weaves together anecdotes about a true Southern legend—his grandfather. Capturing both the trials and the joys of his grandfather’s life, Bragg illumines the backwoods of north Georgia & Alabama during the Great Depression. Brawler, moonshiner, roofer, & lover, Charlie Bundrum was larger than life, adored by many & feared by most. It’s a gritty story, but also one of devotion & tenderness.

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