LitStack Recs: Wonderbook & Elsewhere, A Memoir

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Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction Jeff VanderMeer Here’s something new for me: recommending a book that I haven’t read yet. Jeff VanderMeer’s “Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction” just hit the shelves on October 15, 2013, and it’s already gotten a lot of buzz. I […]

LitStack Rec: A Distant Mirror: the Calamitous 14th Century and The Boys of My Youth

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The Boys of My Youth, by Jo Ann Beard When it was released in 1998, I somehow missed Jo Ann Beard’s debut collection of essays. How I managed that is baffling, but as luck would have it, I recently fell down an Internet rabbit hole and ended up here, at […]

LitStack Rec: The Goldfinch and Exposure

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The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt The reception Donna Tartt has garnered for her third novel, her first in twelve years, might be called a phenomenon. It’s a brilliant book, an enthralling story that centers on the childhood and youth of Theo Decker, an ordinary boy living in New York City with […]

LitStack Rec: Pictorial Cooking

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The Oxford-Duden Pictorial English Dictionary (Second Edition, Oxford University Press) This week’s recommendation is obviously not a book for reading, but it is a book every writer should have. The Oxford-Duden Pictorial English Dictionary is an essential reference that is indispensable for writers, a guide to the exact names of […]

LitStack Recs: Realms of This Boy’s Life

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This Boy’s Life: A Memoir, by Tobias  Wolff  (Grove Press, 1989) There is no doubt, that as a staple of the nonfiction genre, the memoir continues to boom. The “official” boom is said to have occurred between 1990 and 2010, launched almost single-handedly by the publication of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s […]

LitStack Rec: Un-Natural Hermits

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The Hermit in the Garden: From Imperial Rome to Ornamental Gnome, by Gordon Campbell You may not know it, but those winsome garden gnomes decorating the neighbor’s (or your own) lawn, have a distinguished parentage. And in Gordon Campbell’s latest book, he draws a clear line of descent. In a […]

LitStack Rec: Beautiful Science and the Chicago Coast

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We are proud to present our very first in a new feature on LitStack. In the LitStack Rec segment we will recommend to you readers some of our favorite books…books we believe are just too amazing to pass up. Sharon and Lauren have two great and unexpected recommendations for you […]