Read: Reread Barrage

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Okay, I did a book slam here over the past few days. Just get it done. I love to reread good books. Each time is a lesson in nuance and missed opportunity. Not to mention it reminds me of where my reading retention is really at. (Can be sobering.)

This John Irving book, “In One Person” came out of right field. No idea where this book came from but I read his book list and was blown away so I went for it. A story outside the bounds of my normal material but brilliant use of cover art. I don’t want to give away too much.

Next up was one of my favorites from one of my favorites. “No Country for Old Men” is not my favorite McCarthy book but it’s damn good, as is the movie. His style and use of regional vocabulary are top-notch.

Ya, I read it again. I can’t help it. It takes about two hours total but “Never Cry Wolf,” is SO good and reminds me of a place I truly love; wild Canada. (Their cities are great too.) This is a science book wrapped in a comedy. Watch the film too.

Finally, get anything Gretel Ehrlich does. She is so good I remember precisely where I was when I first heard her name, thank you very much Michael, and she has had an impact on my life ever since. This book happens to be about getting hit by lightning, something that almost happened to me in just about the same place it did happen to her. Wyoming. “Match to the Heart” is beautiful as are all her other books.

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  1. Cormac McCarthy is one of my favorites, Suttree, being at the top of the list for me. Reading an interesting George Saunders book right now, Lincoln in the Bardo, being his prior book, a great and unusual novel. He mostly writes short stories and teaches at Syracuse. This book is basically his MFA class on the Russian short story contained in book form. Seven short stories, Kafka and others, and then discussion and analysis following. It sounds dry as hell, but I am finding it quite fascinating. It’s called, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, in Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life.

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