Louisville Magazine

JAN 2017

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.16 47 Nonfiction e Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson "A page-turning blend of memoir, 'auto-theory' and meditations on sexuality, desire and art." Local e 6.5 Practices of Moderately Successful Poets, by Jeffrey Skinner "Funny, wise. And how can you get more local? He's sitting in the room with me." Classic Tender Is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald "Better than Gatsby. Turquoise, if you are synesthetic." Ian Stansel, author of the story collection Everybody's Irish and assistant professor of English at U of L Fiction Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain "I hesitate slightly to name this book because the recent film version means it likely won't need the extra exposure of this little recommendation, but it really is a wonderful novel. A highly compassionate social/political novel, it never veers into satire or mocking; rather, in the bombast of uber- American pageantry, it remains focused on a complex young protagonist, caught up in the winds of national pride." Nonfiction Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, by Megan Marshall "When we talk about the Transcendentalists we most often talk about Emerson and oreau. Margaret Fuller's name is too often left out of the conversation. As central a figure in the Transcendentalist movement as anybody, Fuller was the original editor for e Dial, the primary outlet for Transcendentalist thought, and she was an intellectual confidant for Emerson. Fuller finally gets her due in this exquisitely written biography." Local Second Life, by Paul Griner "2015 welcomed two books from my colleague Paul Griner. His fantastic story collection Hurry Please I Want to Know got a good deal of press, and deservedly so, but I suppose one of the downsides of publishing two books in one year would be that one of those books will probably get a little less attention. His novel Second Life is a wonderfully noir- ish tale of the dark sides (the really dark sides) of the medical profession. Plus it gets bonus points for having characters knock back a few drinks in NuLu." Classics Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë "I wouldn't say I have a favorite novel. ere are too many novels and I have too many interests and moods and my tastes change too drastically from day to day and year to year, and to say this or that is the one novel that stands above all others is, for me, downright absurd. But if I did have a favorite novel it would be Jane Eyre." True Grit, by Charles Portis "is Western from 1968 has been made into a film twice now, but even if you've seen both, I recommend sitting down for an evening or two and falling into the novel. Full of adventure and humor and heartbreak, it does what a great book of this genre can do: simultaneously celebrating and kicking the legs out from under the great American archetypes of the West." Poetry e Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, by Maggie Smith "I had the pleasure of seeing Maggie Smith read her work at a recent InKY Reading at the Bard's Town, and I still have a hard time recalling a more pleasurable literary event. Smith has more recently gotten a good bit of attention for her poem 'Good Bones,' which made rounds on the internet during the election cycle and which seems to speak to the difficult combination of hope and dread so many of us are feeling these days. is book likewise carries on the dance of realism and resilience, with lines like, 'Little Pink Apple, life does not taste as good as it should. / After all, there is always something better.'" Judy Fout, owner, A Reader's Corner Bookstore (on Frankfort Avenue) Fiction Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro "A thought- provoking novel that forces us to examine how advancements in saving some lives can lead to the debasement of others." Nonfiction Isaac's Storm, by Erik Larson "A look at how a combination of hubris, ignorance and naive optimism led to untold loss in one of the greatest natural disasters in U.S. history." Local Carriage Houses of Louisville, by Steve Wiser "Some of the most beautiful historical houses in our treasure of a city." Classics Silas Marner, by George Eliot "A moving tale of redemption as a bitter man's life is changed by caring for a lost child." e Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde "For those who appreciate dry, witty humor, this classic is a treasure."

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