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Four Books Abandoned Recently (+ One I SHOULD Have)

I’d like to think I’ve gotten better at choosing books that are sure to suit me, but sometimes it’s still a matter of ditching the duds when it becomes clear they’re not working. 790 more words

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Ron Rash

And afterward:

as the storm moves on
                                 rain trickles off
                                                       the leaves
                                                                  like an afterthought

—Ron Rash, from Above the Waterfall: A Novel (Ecco, 2015)


Poems (New and Selected) by Ron Rash

I’m a huge fan of Ron Rash’s books and short stories.  When his book titled Poems (New and Selected) arrived at the library, I was thrilled.   287 more words



Water has its own archaeology, not a layering but a leveling, and thus is truer to our sense of the past, because what is memory but near and far events spread and smoothed beneath the present’s surface.

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Book Review: Serena

Ron Rash’s Serena artfully captures the beauty and brutality of life in the Smoky Mountains in the early 1930s. The novel provides historical perspective on the clash between business interests and environmentalism that still runs hot today. 342 more words


The Worst Books to Read on Valentine's Day

Happy relationships don’t make for good fiction. Shakespeare knew this. Tolstoy knew this. In fact, other than a few Romantics between 1800 and 1850, writers are particularly well-versed in how quickly love can turn to mutual assured destruction. 616 more words


Four Books that Lasted All of 2015: #1

With this four-part post (one per day for the rest of this week) I think I will finally have caught up on the 2015 reads I needed to review. 654 more words

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