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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.


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.


Ordinary Wolves

 Seth Kantner

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



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.


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


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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Ursula Hegi

Very poetic and connected to the family condition.

Stones from the River

Floating in My Mother’s Palm

Salt Dancers



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,

  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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