Things That Are

Things That Are


eBook - 2012
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The debut collection of a writer whose accolades precede her: a Whiting Award, a Rona Jaffe Award, a Best American Essays selection, and a Pushcart Prize, all received before her first book-length publication. This book represents a major break-out of an entirely new brand of nonfiction writer, in a mode like that of Ander Monson, John D'Agata, and Eula Biss, but a new sort of beast entirely its own. Things That Are takes jellyfish, fainting goats, and imperturbable caterpillars as just a few of its many inspirations. In a series of essays that progress from the tiniest earth dwellers to the mo.
Publisher: New York : Milkweed Editions, 2012
ISBN: 9781571318640
Branch Call Number: Downloadable eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 185 p.) : ill


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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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