Posted by: shorelineclusterpoets | January 29, 2011

So, read any good books lately?

Since it’s been such a wild, messy winter, I bet a lot of you have been trapped inside lately. Perhaps some would say help captive. Either way, I’m sure some of you have been reading interesting books this season.  Anyone care to make a recommendation or put a little review on our radar?



  1. currently reading The Bridge by Remnick, about Obama, really good in depth wide scope of his life… well written,

    also reading Travels in Siberia ( wrong season to be reading this since it looks like siberia out my window, but oh well) by Frasier, also, really good in depth, historical, social and geological book about the author’s travels in Siberia, really well written.

  2. Nine Horses, by Billy Collins. I love the straightforwardness of his poetry.

    And an old favorite, Stirring the Mud by Barbara Hurd. About swamps and bogs and creativity. Hard to describe but a very prosaic read. Can’t put my finger on what the exact quality is, but I think if you like Annie Dillard you would like Barbar Hurd, too.

  3. At Peggy’s suggestion, I just read The Journals of Silvia Plath; there must be a less painful and less self-absorbed way to write.

  4. At Peggy Sawyer’s suggestion, I just finished The Journals of Sylvia Plath. There’s got to be a less painful and less self-absorbed way to write. What a downer!

  5. Tracy Kidder – Strength In What Remains
    I kept thinking of this book when we had the homelessness discussion last week.
    It is biography of a refugee from Burundi, Deo, who survives civil war and genocide in his country and escapes to NYC with $200, no contacts, no English, and no green card, passport or visa. In Burundi he was in med. school. In NYC he eventually gets an under the counter job delivering groceries.
    He lives in Central Park.
    After reading about his life I will never look at a homeless person the same way.
    Not all of these people are the diaspora of mental wards, as someone suggested. But the challenges attitudes and indifference they face on the street can certainly erode their sense of self and reality.
    I think it is remarkable to see how Deo is eventually helped by caring people he met in random encounters, and eventually is able to attend Columbia Medical school with their persistent intervention and his own inner strength.
    I think anyone considering writing about homelessness should read this true account first.

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