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Shelf Favs

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John Irving

If you haven’t read A Prayer for Own Meany, it should be on your immediate priority list. Here are some of my other favorites:

150 Pound Marriage

The Water Method Man

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

I love his love for the memoir as well as his candid dedication to the human condition.

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Henry Rollins in California

Henry Rollins in California

Henry Rollins

I’ve been listening to his spoken word since my early college years and I’ve seen him live many times-one time in Alaska!

He also writes and some of it is pretty good, such as Black Coffee Blues.

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Louis CK, Clean!

Say what you will about Louis! Not very many clean sets mind you, but his take on racial slurs, and societal “norms” is right. on.

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Ordinary Wolves

 Seth Kantner

Ordinary Wolves is hands down, my favorite on aspects of Alaskan culture. Beautifully written.

 

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The Big Lebowski

This movie is for sure in my top 5 of all time! More importantly, it has loads of wordplay in it, and the plot is entirely focused on a case of wrong identity, based on names.

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The One and Only Coelho

My latest read from him, Down by the River Piedra, I sat Down and Wept, proved to be yet another success. He is soulful, philosophical, and makes you question your life.

Other suggestions include:
The Alchemist
Eleven Minutes
Veronika Decides to Die
Aleph

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Khaled Hosseini

This guy blows me away with his balance to emotional character development, striking imagery, and word choice. I especially love his connection to the female condition, especially for the fact that he isn’t one! His intensity is so fierce that I usually can only read for a bit before I have to stop to process.

The Kite Runner

                                      A Thousand Splendid Suns

                                     And the Mountains Echoed

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courtesy of albany.edu

 

Ursula Hegi

Very poetic and connected to the family condition.

Stones from the River

Floating in My Mother’s Palm

Salt Dancers

 

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Leonard Cohen live-New York, 2012

Leonard Cohen live-New York, 2012

Leonard Cohen

I don’t know how to write about my love for this man. I began my career reading his poetry back in my early college days, when I was into poetry readings and that revived coffee shop culture. This led me to his music, and it has been growing every since. I still enjoy his older stuff the best, but he is touring at the age of 73 and I finally got to see him live last year! I haven’t read all of his books yet, but I’m getting through them one by one. I could ramble on and on about him, but instead, I’ll just stop with a quote.

 

“Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.” -Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen,

2 Comments
  1. Ordinary Wolves- Indeed, beautifully written. I saw that and wanted to add all my Alaskan favorites but, then again, not one of them is beautifully written. Kanter weaved quite a tale.

  2. Laura Hilger permalink

    Exactly-It’s epic. I still need to read Shopping for Porcupine-heard it is just as good.

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