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Show Don't Tell: A Writer's Guide (Classic Wisdom on Writing)
William Noble
Wittgenstein
William Child
The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Larissa Volokhonsky, Richard Pevear
The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself
Susan Bell
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
Karen Russell
Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Karen Karbiener, Walt Whitman
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog
Dylan Thomas
A Bit on the Side
William Trevor
Io e te
Niccolò Ammaniti
The Teleportation Accident
Ned Beauman

A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan I was really surprised by this book. Egan used the techniques well, without falling into post-modernist cliches. The interweaving of the characters and events really worked. Like the goopy, thick brushstrokes of an impressionist painter, we somehow see the subjects better through this type of lens.

Rather than a standard, linear storyline, Egan provides the reader with a cognitive pop as we recognize a familiar character from a previous (or future) time. The reader takes a secret pleasure in knowing something about that those in the chapter don't. This technique produces more visceral impact than I would have believed.

A hip, intelligent read.