Essays

Little Weirds

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ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

 

This should be titled Little Wonderfuls instead of Little Weirds! But weird and wonderful it is. Jenny Slate does more than bare her soul - she removes her brain from her skull and allows the reader to poke around in there and find the interesting details that make her human and inspire her creativity. I recommend the audio book too, from Libro.fm! 

Heather


Virga & Bone

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ISBN: 9781948814188
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Published: Torrey House Press - October 1st, 2019

 

Few books capture the spirit of the desert southwest--my homeland!--quite like this collection of essays from Craig Childs. His prose finds both the stillness & the shimmer of heat rising over stone. If you're cold, restless, or longing for summer days under the sun & stars, pick this one up. It'll stick in your soul long after you read it, like the red dust of the canyonlands.

Kate


THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US

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By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

 

Like the music he writes about, Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection is by turns novel and nostalgic, euphoric and poignant, contemplative and raw. A moving examination of the way pop culture ties into the current state of our nation--and how it affects us on a personal level.

Kate


Winter

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ISBN: 9780399563331
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Published: Penguin Press - January 23rd, 2018

 

Winter, the second book in the Seasons Quartet, continues in the same vein as Autumn with vignettes about items, events, and people Knausgaard encounters in the season. I found the essays in turns funny, endearing, and haunting. A few of my favorite essays are "Winter Sounds", "Guests", and "Winter Boots".

Heather


They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

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By Hanif Abdurraqib, Eve L. Ewing (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781937512651
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

Like the music he writes about, Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection is by turns novel and nostalgic, euphoric and poignant, contemplative and raw. A moving examination of the way pop culture ties into the current state of our nation--and how it affects us on a personal level.

 

Kate


The Hour Of Land

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ISBN: 9781250132147
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Published: Picador - July 3rd, 2017

Tempest Williams is one of my favorite writers (and a fellow Utahn!), and she's at her finest in this collection of essays on America's National Parks. They are personal and political, informative and immediate, a reflection on our messy relationship with wild spaces that's by turns heartbreaking and uplifting. If you're looking for a book to inspire you to get outside this summer, this is the one!


A Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause

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ISBN: 9781941411483
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Published: Sarabande Books - July 11th, 2017

I’m going to say something and you’ll think I’m making this up by I assure you I’m not. Ready? If you read this book you will be moved by descriptions of Marcel Marceau’s acts. Part meditation, part lyrical interpretation, part biography, Wan’s extended consideration of the world’s greatest mime is beautiful weird, like a photograph of a really leggy insect on a sharply outlined twig against a crisp woodland backdrop.


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