What I’m Reading. . .

Am I the only one who didn’t know about this little gem?  My friend, Rachel, sent this to me a few weeks ago (remember her from here?)  It’s just so stunning I can’t believe I missed it when it came out (April 2000).  Though sometimes the right book comes along at just the right time. This book has been like that for me.  Have you ever been holding a book in your hands, incredulous, slightly envious, because it’s a book you wish you had written?  *sigh*

Is it poetry?  Is it prose?  I love that hybrid kind of writing.  It’s what I’m drawn to and also the style I lean towards when I’m writing writing.  Which is, like, close to never these days.  (*sigh*, again). But I am reading, which is a part of writing, after all.  Writing’s dreamy, faithful twin.

Stark, wise, poetic, the chapters are most often only a paragraph, never more than a page and a half.  Most of them, in my opinion, stand on their own.

Here, let me show you:

page 9

See what I mean?

Here’s one more:

page 54

If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend adding it to your line up.  And if you already knew about it and hadn’t mentioned it, why were you holding out on me?

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You can buy this book here.

To learn more about Abigail Thomas, go here.

And, as always, I’d love to hear what you’re reading.  Do tell. (In the comment section)  I’ll need a new book to love soon.

6 thoughts on “What I’m Reading. . .

  1. count of monte cristo… I like the idea of triumph in the face of ultimate adversity. Oh, and the boys read when I read, peace even moments at a time.

  2. I think you have made me realize that this poetry/prose style is a favorite of mine too. I’ve been walking around my house saying “apple cake” all morning.

  3. Erin, I LOVE books like this, too–nonlinear, quietly dazzling…. Her new memoir looks amazing.

    Have you read Joann Beard, Boys of My Youth?

    • I did read some of Boys of My Youth and thought it was pretty amazing. I didn’t finish it though for whatever reason, so I think I will go back to it.

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