John's Staff Picks

ISBN: 9780393338720
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 9th, 2010

So, you say you want to be a Read this book. Many times! The Triggering Town is one of the best writings-on-writing books I'll ever come across. Richard Hugo's advice is bold, hilarious, and completely sound: "To write a poem you must have a streak of arrogance—not in real life I hope. In real life try to be nice." With countless unabashed gems such as these, this book will leave you leafing through its pages, hunting for that one line that had you in stitches or made you cry. The only complaint I have about it is that it's too short! Once you read one essay, you'll barrel through the rest at a dangerous speed, then you'll read them out of order, backwards, on your head, ah! Hugo remains quotable, delectable, and completely irresistible.

ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 3rd, 2006

If you like the Metamorphosis. If you like beaches. If you like rain. If you like raining fish. If you like raining leeches. If you like bibliophiles (or are one). If you like telepathic dogs and garrulous cats. If you like Jonnie Walker and Colonel Sanders. If you like hallucinations. If you like it when people don't explain things to you. If you like whodunits. If you like novels told from the first, second, and third person. If you like Beethoven's Archduke Trio. If you like alternate universes and interweaving plotlines. If you like Oedipus complexes. If you like the woods. If you like painting. If you like retrograde amnesia. If you like crows. If you'd like a good read...

ISBN: 9780743270472
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 24th, 2007

Includes a new story, "Body Language"!

Now in paperback, Eric Puchner's celebrated debut collection, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award, established him as one of our most brilliant and promising new literary voices.