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Here's Molly and the first chapter book she ever read by herself. It was some book!



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The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101873717
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Published: Vintage - August 9th, 2016

These stories will sneak up on you, invite you in, lead you on a chase, get you drunk, tear your heart out, and still keep you coming back for more. Joy Williams is masterful. Read this collection if you dare, and you should.

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Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933517575
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Published: Wave Books - August 7th, 2012

These "lectures" meander through subjects -- poets and the moon, the joys and sorrows of reading, fear, and irreverence, to name a few -- with a voice full of wonder, wit, and wisdom. Guaranteed to inspire any writer, dreamer, creative soul, or lover of words, Madness, Rack, and Honey is the book I always wish I were reading again for the first time.

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Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140255287
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Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 1997

Whether you're diving into the wondrous world of Angela Carter for the first time or your appetite for her work is already insatiable (there is no in between), this is a collection to treasure. It includes the re-worked fairy tales for which she is probably best known (The Bloody Chamber) and the hard to find and equally, if not more, amazing collections (Saints and Strangers and American Ghosts and Old World Wonders being my favorites).

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Signs Preceding the End of the World Cover Image
By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908276421
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Published: And Other Stories - March 10th, 2015

A quick and haunting read about crossing borders of all kinds: between the U.S and Mexico, and also across language, gender, and reality and other-worldliness.

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ISBN: 9780399174841
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 24th, 2016

Swimming Studies is a gorgeous love note to water and the practice of swimming. Meditate in this book's cool, chlorinated depths, and you'll see swimming differently when you come up for air.

Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home (LOA #315): Author's Expanded Edition (Library of America Ursula K. Le Guin Edition #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781598536034
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Published: Library of America - February 19th, 2019

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The Brothers K Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553378498
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - June 1st, 1996

All I can really say about this book, a big, beautiful novel that spans generations of an American family, is that every single person I know who has read it has loved it, and we all talk about the characters as if they're old friends. What makes a novel so beloved? It's hard to say, but this one just is.

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Another Country (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679744719
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Another Country pulls you into its big world and tugs your hear along with it. An unforgettable book that I think everyone should read.

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The Poetics of Space Cover Image
By Gaston Bachelard, Maria Jolas (Translated by), Mark Z. Danielewski (Foreword by), Richard Kearney (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143107521
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 30th, 2014

The Poetics of Space is a classic work of philosophy that reads like a familiar dream. Bachelard explains our attraction to certain homes, the satisfaction of a well-made box, the nest and shell as metaphor, and all that we hold dear about interior spaces. A dense read to be sure, but a stunning testament to our nostalgia for home. Reading it, to me, felt like arriving there.

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Short Talks: Brick Books Classics 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781771313421
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Published: Brick Books - January 15th, 2015

Anne Carson -- poet, classicist, novelist-in-verse -- seems to know something about everything. So she's uniquely qualified to write these perfect little prose pieces about, well, everything. On where to travel. On why some people find trains exciting. On Ovid. On trout. On rain. On hedonism. On who you are. These short talks are kind of indescribable and definitely brilliant.

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Rice: Poems Cover Image
By Nikky Finney, Kwame Dawes (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780810152328
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Published: Triquarterly - July 31st, 2013

This book is a haunting lullabye, a gale force wind, a nourishing meal.