Litstack Recs: Life Would be Perfect if I Lived in That House & A Natural History of Dragons

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Life Would be Perfect if I Lived in That House, by Meghan Daum The moral of this story might run be careful what you wish for, especially if the house you get doesn’t live up to the fantasy you’ve been harboring. For Meghan Daum, novelist, essayist, L.A. Times columnist and extreme home aficiondo, the pursuit [….]

LitStack Rec: The Oysters of Locmariaquer & Thief’s Magic

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The Oysters of Locmariaquer, by Eleanor Clark Late in Eleanor Clark’s extraordinary book, she tells us the oyster needs the same landscape that a plein air painter does: a certain air, light, chemistry. “The explanation,” she writes, “might be quite simple, not esoteric at all—in some common equation of factors and atmospheres.” Only a writer [….]

LitstackRecs: The Best American Essays & World’s Collider

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The Best American Essays, 2013, edited by Cheryl Strayed The Best American series, which in 2014 featured editions of short stories, travel, mystery and sports writing, along with comics, infographics, nonrequired reading and other genres, has become an institution on its own. My introduction to Best American was through the short fiction series, and a [….]

Announcing the Finalists for the 2014 Kirkus Prize

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The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, non-fiction and young readers’ literature. It was created to celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large. Books that earned [….]

LitStack Review: Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar

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Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar Kelly Oxford itbooks – an imprint of HarperCollins ISBN: 978-0-06-210222-5 In this humorous memoir, comedienne Kelly Oxford writes chapter-long anecdotes from her own life, starting when she was six years old and attempted to direct the neighborhood kids in a Star Wars theater production and ending with her [….]