This collection of previously published essays gives insight into Oliver's way of seeing, her writing process, and the influences on them. If you're familiar with her poetry, this book is a gift. If you're hesitant about poetry, read Upstream. It will pique your interest in her other writing. -Tom
I've long been fascinated by quiet people who live as hermits or choose to live mostly in solitude. The plot seems straightforward - a young man, for no apparent reason, walks into the woods and lives there for over 25 years. Like any Maine story, the book is filled with unique characters. What follows had me asking questions about modern society and my own life. -Tom
From the author of Eileen, this collection of short stories address themes of alienation, longing, and love. I won't lie to you - this collection is dark. The characters are often physically unattractive, emotionally stuck, and desire to be somewhere else... yet - like Eileen - I couldn't put it down. -Tom
Prose opens with a simle setting - an off-off Broadway musical based on an old children's book.
A deeply moving book that speaks to love, longing and yearning. Prose shifts points of view to show how perceptions are not necessarily truths.
I cannot recommend it enough if you like a thoughtful narrative, or if you enjoy unpacking layers. Regardless, this novel should not be missed. -Tom
A highly regarded first novel that is extremely well-written and constructed. Moshfegh sucks you into Eileen's 1964 world. The novel builds in suspense with a surprising twist. I could not put Eileen down! -Tom
Do you miss eating steak, eggs, and bacon? Wonder if taking statins matter? This eye opening book on the matters of nutrition and politics of food science will make you salivate. -Tom
While the title says a personal topography, The Hour of Land expands on this premise to address what the National Park System means to all of us. If you enjoyed Ken Burns' PBS series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, you are sure to enjoy The Hour of Land -Tom
04/28/2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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The Hickory Stick's Not-So-Secret Reading Society Has a Mother-Daughter Book Club Meeting to Discuss The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick05/05/2017 - 5:00pm
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