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Rebecca Brown’s ‘The Gifts of the Body’

Since I’m not writing as much as I want to (and whose fault is that?), I read. And read. I can’t commit to one book, instead dipping into five or six books at once.

Eileen Tabios used to pose this great question to the Flips listserve: “What are you reading?” It was fascinating to hear about others’ bedside table and what they loved about them.

Here’s what’s currently beside my bed:brown.jpg

Rebecca Brown, The Gifts of the Body. Linked stories with a central narrator whose work is a home health care worker. Tender and fierce at the same time. Just incredible writing.

William T. Vollman, Rising Up and Rising Down, Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom, and Urgent Means. I’m impressed how Vollman makes nonfiction readable; not a memoir, but a personal essay that balances polemic and Montaigne’s personal.

Jonathan Lethem, The Fortress of Solitude. I love this story of Dylan Edbus (the name is telling), and its evocation of childhood in Brooklyn.

And also: Lydia Davis’ Varieties of Disturbance, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family, and Haruki Murakami’s After Dark (one of my faves of the past few months).

I wish we could survive on books instead of food.


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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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