Lisa Peet

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Enchantments: Joseph Cornell and American Modernism

Possibly too academic for a popular collection, but will complement academic libraries or those with strong arts and social sciences collections. Readers interested in 20th-century culture who have some grounding in contemporary art theory will enjoy this beautifully produced book.
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Secrets of Happiness

Silber’s fans, and readers who enjoy smart, humane contemporary fiction that doesn’t talk down to them, will enjoy this work.
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I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories

These well-crafted and intelligent stories about the many ways a life can be haunted will gratify readers who enjoy perceptive, slightly gothic tales.

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The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks

An enjoyable overview of a bygone era for browsing or reading; a pleasing addition to art, maritime history, or environmental collections.
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Verge

A dark and often unsettling collection that some readers will find difficult but that will reward those seeking fierce, intimate writing. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/19.]
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Heathcliff Redux and Other Stories

This short collection takes a respectable look at the ways we evade our own truths but doesn’t engage as deeply as its subjects merit. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/19.]
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Grand Union: Stories

The caliber of these pieces varies, but Smith’s keen intellect shines through them all. Both her fans and readers who enjoy smart fiction with an up-to-the-minute sensibility, will find much to like. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]
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The Best American Essays 2019

A worthwhile series installment that should not only interest contemporary readers but also hold a place in the historical record.

Driving in Cars with Homeless Men

This dynamic--and often harrowing--collection beautifully spotlights lives that are rough around the edges; not standard fare but highly recommended.
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