Things That Are

Things That Are


Book - 2012
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Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781571313348
Branch Call Number: 508 L465T 2012
Characteristics: xiii, 185 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Christopherson, Nate - Illustrator


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May 10, 2017

I tried reading this book on a recommendation. That's the last time I take a recommendation from that person. I rarely put down a book without finishing it; this was an exception. Whimsical to the point of being annoying. How many words can you use describing the life and purpose of a beaver? You'll find the answer in this book and lament that you did.

LaughingOne Jul 16, 2013

Whimsical is the kindest thing I can say about this book. The author has an MFA in creative non-fiction. I was expecting essays with a naturalist perspective. Instead, I saw pieces in which animals and plant life were anthropomorphized to a degree that I found annoying. One comment on the back cover likened this writing to Lewis Carroll. There are definitely made-up words and discombobulated sentences and paragraphs. The overall effect on me is that I don't want to finish the book, nor do I want to read anything else by Amy Leach.


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