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Geoff Dyer always dreamed of writing a definitive study of  D.H. Lawrence. But doing research felt like putting off writing, and he couldn’t write without doing sufficient research.  As Dyer endlessly circles his subject, procrastinates, dithers about, and goes off on red herrings, he takes his readers along for a ride, and the result is hilarious. In the end, he produces a marvelous portrait of Lawrence as well as a book on the agonies of writing. If you’re a serious reader and have put off reading it, take it with you to the beach this summer.
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ISBN: 9780312429461
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Published: Picador USA - November 10th, 2009

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This slender volume is quite a departure for Knausgaard, whose six-volume epic My Struggle centered on a difficult father-son relationship. Here, a devoted father describes everyday objects for his unborn daughter. In one, he writes of a family photograph, everything about their lives stripped away, so that what remains is “what we ourselves don’t see… that our lives are written in our faces and our bodies, but in a language so foreign we don’t even know it is a language.” Everything from buttons to fingers to rubber boots and oil tankers feels remarkable and strange.
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ISBN: 9780399563300
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Published: Penguin Press - August 22nd, 2017

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Many of us experience depression as a mood of joylessness, disconnection and boredom, which eventually passes. But what Daphne Merkin describes here is more akin to a permanent state of despair. From early childhood she experienced crying jags, feelings of abandonment and emotional impoverishment. She was later institutionalized. Many questions emerge. Why did her parents have so many children, when they clearly had little time for them? Why were the children put into the care of such a sadistic nanny? And where does depression take root in the psyche? This memoir is insightful, intelligent and ruthlessly honest.

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ISBN: 9780374140366
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 7th, 2017

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