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Non-Fiction Reviews: (View All)

  • Citizen: An American Lyric
  • Author: Claudia Rankine
  • User Rating: 5
  • Review: TCL Call number: 811.54 RANKINE C
    Marion’s rating: 5 stars


    Claudia Rankine’s fearless new book has achieved something almost unprecedented in contemporary literature: it makes racism relevant, even apparent, to those who do not experience it. She does so by relaying stories of everyday racism in otherwise unremarkable situations. Some happened to her, some to people she knows. But the text makes no distinction here as it employs the second person throughout, compelling readers to see each story as part of a continuous experience in which they are at once implicated and included. I find it striking that the stories focus on the lives of accomplished black professionals and academics in white circles, spaces often assumed to be free of racism. Rankine shows us that no American citizen is every truly free of race and racism. The book also challenges our notions of a poetic collection by flitting between prose poems, images, and essays. In this, it echoes the various mediums that racism pervades – news and ads, even our language. A historic first, the book was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle award in both poetry and criticism, and won the award for poetry. I am not the first person – nor will I be the last – to say that Citizen should be required reading for all Americans, if not humanity at large.
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  • Black Aperture
  • Author: Matt Rasmussen
  • User Rating: 5
  • Review: TCL Call Number: 811 RASMUSSEN M
    Marion’s rating: 5 stars

    Matt Rasmussen’s debut collection addresses the suicide of his brother in arresting and surprising poems. They resist the usual mourning pathos in favor of a more dynamic approach. While they do elegize and mourn, they also add lyric turns and comic twists that make reading about a devastating subject engaging, even enjoyable. The poems contain visceral meditations on leaves, fields, hands, and the act itself – all of which have take on an urgent clarity with his brother’s absence. Yet the poems also focus on the unobservable in surreal depictions of the way that, say, a light bulb planted in the ground will sprout a flower that grows towards his brother beneath. A few poems pose “what if” and “if only” hypotheticals, wondering what could have happened had life been different. The collection as a whole deftly tackles the complicated entanglement of grief, anger, relief, and humor that can accompany tragedy. In doing so, it offers a fresh perspective on the world, a world that his brother did not want and Rasmussen has decided to confront.
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Fiction Reviews:(View All)


  • Runaway
  • Author: Alice Munro
  • User Rating: 4
  • Review: Teton County Library Call Number: F MUNROE A

    Marisa's rating: 4 stars
    Alice Munro is my comfort food. I know that can sound strange -- many of her stories deal with loneliness, unfinished business, longing, and quiet moments of reflection. BUT -- I love how true to life they are. I think I find her comforting because she encapsulates a women's experience so beautifully. It is a rare gift to be able to describe the oddities and silence of life with such awe and respect. This is my fourth (at least?!) foray into her works and I am so happy to know there are more books out there for me to read!
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