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The American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to Le Guin

Because of the esoteric nature of this book, it is primarily geared toward collections with Bloom’s other works and his most ardent readers.

Gertrude Stein Has Arrived: The Homecoming of a Literary Legend

Accessible and engaging, this fresh look at Stein’s life is especially recommended for those interested in modernist literature.

Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers

It’s not hard to imagine this work as a staple of creative writing course syllabi for years to come. A must for any library.


Why I Like This Story

Overall, insightful and personal (but not academic), these essays should be warmly welcomed by any fan of short fiction.

Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella

It will be a long time before this volume is surpassed as the definitive Kinsella biography. Recommended for all literature collections.

After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet

The biographical material related to Emily Dickinson's legacy is the work's driving force, but Dobrow's skillful account of Mabel's and Millicent's lives makes this page-turner a must-read for the poet's most ardent fans.

Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices

Essential for fans of GBV, lovers of 90s indie rock, and proud Ohioans.

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded

Fans of popular music and sf alike will thoroughly enjoy this journey through the center of the 1970s. Recommended for all libraries.

Phil Gernhard, Record Man

A testament to longevity in a notoriously tenuous profession where fame is often fleeting, Gernhard was not a legend. DeYoung's page-turner will convince readers he should be.

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