Homage to Catalonia -- George Orwell

Staff Pick

Before he was George Orwell of literary fame he was Eric Blair, a largely unknown Englishman who arrived in Barcelona in 1936 to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell, with a touch of sadness and humor as well as a refreshingly modest humanity, thoughtfully conveys the story of his involvement in this enigmatic conflict. This isn't a story of someone who had a profound impact on the war. Rather it's the story of someone who experienced the profound impacts of war in all its glory, horror, and absurdity. Glimmers of the writer he was to become lie within. 

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ISBN: 9780544382046
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - May 19th, 2015

Daemon Voices -- Philip Pullman

Staff Pick

From the master storyteller of His Dark Materials trilogy, comes a collection of essays and lectures on the art and power of storytelling. Pullman shares personal theories, curiosities and passions on themes ranging from the practice of writing to the connections between science and stories. I found the “topic finder” at the beginning of the book to be extremely helpful. Read freely. The more exploratory you are, the more you tend to gain from Pullman’s wisdom, as he aptly says by borrowing from Muhammad Ali’s famous quote, “read like a butterfly, write like a bee.” Start fluttering about!


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ISBN: 9780525521174
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Published: Knopf - September 18th, 2018

To Float in the Space Between -- Terrance Hayes

Staff Pick

This is the kind of book I want to read and write: a meditation on poetics of person, ancestry and place; Hayes opens the world of Etheridge Knight, a "black poet, ex con, conman, teacher, junkie, son” who influenced and was influenced by Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Robert Bly, Claudia Rankine, and Terrance Hayes, among others. This is a book where if you did not know who Etheridge Knight was, you want to read him. And if you did, you want to re-read him, and those who are his contemporaries. Hayes gifts us a homage and a master class on poetry of the soul and the flesh; a collection of essays as “motley, adrift” as a poet's life can be. 

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ISBN: 9781940696614
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Published: Wave Books - September 4th, 2018