February 18, 2009

Book: Reports

Short reviews of recent releases

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry
(By Leanne Shapton. Sarah Crichton Books; 129 pgs., $18.)

This is not your typical romance novel.

Although it relays an everyday tale about the rise and fall of a relationship, the method used to tell this story is extraordinary. In compelling detail, Leanne Shapton chronicles the failed love affair of a fictitious couple in the form of an auction catalog.

Rather than recount the course of the relationship in narrative form, Shapton paints a vivid picture using photographs of the pair and their possessions — some valuable (a vintage leather chair, an Hermes wristwatch), some worthless (half a wishbone, a stack of hotel key cards) and some utterly bizarre (a pair of dachshund salt-and-pepper shakers).

The book begins with Lenore Doolan and Harold “Hal” Morris meeting for the first time at the Halloween party of a mutual friend. One of the first items up for auction is a photograph of the soon-to-be couple taken at the party, with Lenore dressed as a blood-spattered Lizzie Borden and Hal as Harry Houdini.

A passionate romance blossoms, beginning with the usual courtship rituals: making mix CDs, exchanging flirtatious e-mails, loaning favorite books with notes scribbled on the inside cover, all of which are among the items to be sold at a Valentine’s Day auction.

Perhaps most remarkable is the author’s use of intricacies, such as listing the exact contents of Lenore’s cosmetics case and displaying Hal’s extensive T-shirt collection, which includes one the couple dubbed “the sex T-shirt,” as wearing it indicated a desire for sex.

After the first few pages I was hooked, engrossed in the lives of Lenore, a New York Times food columnist, and Hal, a roving photographer. This catalog of possessions reveals quirky, charming and ultimately heartbreaking things about the couple’s four-year relationship as it slowly unravels. —Sarah Kelley


Those Who Went Remain There Still
(By Cherie Priest. Subterranean; 176 pgs., $24.)

What an odd little book. Priest often writes modern takes on Southern Gothic. She’s previously done well (in “Four and Twenty Blackbirds”) with conflicted heroines and people who see ghosts. There’s some ghost-watching in this short novel as well, but at heart it’s more like historical fiction met up with a dark, fantastic quest novel.

The historical fiction here shifts between the cutting of the Wilderness Road by Daniel Boone’s party in 1775 and the close of the 19th century, when feuding sides of an extended family are called upon to combat something mysterious deep down in a Kentucky limestone cavern.

It’s no spoiler to point out that a monster interrupts the quest. This beast, of unknown origin, acts as the 600-pound (feathered) gorilla in the middle of the room, so the author can work magic around the edges — with metaphors involving cul-de-sacs and dead air in caves or ricocheting bullets that don’t care whose cousin becomes collateral damage.

The story is solid and economically told, except for some overdrawn action and thrills. No characters are simple black-or-white, even when they’re little more than chum for the winged menace. Boone (who apparently pops up in the author’s family saga, providing the genesis for this work) wears no halo but shows fortitude and a sense of responsibility for those around him. Those same traits lead to the happiest moments of the conclusion — which is spelled out quickly, leaving pieces to be sifted once the book is closed. I wish more authors would similarly trust their readers, but I wish this author didn’t also tilt sympathies toward characters who worked their way out of Kentucky. —T.E. Lyons

Thanks for sharing! that is

By forex
Thanks for sharing! that is really interesting! Time Timezone widget lost people fail at options because foreign exchange transaction they allow their emotions to run their trading. Unit Converter unit conversion widget Here is how to take your emotions out of the equation and increase your profit margin Currency Exchange Rate widget Free Download software version currency converter widget With the explosion of the Internet in recent years Countdown Timer Counter widget a number of small and cheap brokerages have popped up which Wechselkurs are called discount brokers. A discount broker offers Weather Forecast widgeta full suite of trading options without the research and advice of broker who hosts web hosting widget Equity trading market is a lucrative field for investors. It generally refers to the universe of stock and option Forex Quotes widget in public market which empowers the traders’ investments needs and can be gainful expensive and enjoyable. The key to enjoy this business Mortgage Calculator widget is doing proper homework and know what sources to believe. If you are Canadian Mortgage Calculator looking forward getting into the equity trading field then you need to have a good knowledge of the basics of equity trading Bible Quotes These days virtually nothing comes cheap especially not ownership of companies through shares of stock Forex Price widget - Taux de change|CONVERTISSEUR MONETAIRE There is plenty of money to be made on the Forex market and whatever restrictions and inertia that might have calculatrice hypothecaire been bogging you down when it was in the exclusive arena of the offline world should Gold Price widget Buy Gold Sell Gold be wiped clean because if you didn’t already know online trading in 黃金價格查詢 the Forex capital markets has been given the green light and now anyone can be an investor from the comforts of their own home 住宅ローンの計算、ローン計算 This article discusses the differences between the online futures trading market and the FX market 房貸房屋貸款計算 While it might be a perspective from the left field there are plenty of reasons why 房贷房屋贷款计算 online futures trading cannot compare with Forex trading in terms of liquidity and profitability 外汇交易外汇报价 It would be hard to fathom that the old exchange rate calculator 汇率换算汇率查询 has been responsible for making plenty 外国為替 of people some good profits over the past 30 years or so but for the uninitiated to the Forex market Weight Loss Diet this is a truth you must all learn Exchange rates are the basic principle in which the Forex market is built on DIY Solar Power but of course this is a simplistic way to describe a market which is laden with so many factors to consider and a wealth of information to traverse global stock index There are some advantages of Forex trading over stock investing and in these bearish of market times Forex Trading Signal Forex Trading System Software Tools it would be pertinent to know about them This article will list 3 main advantages of the paper trade 外匯交易外匯報價 and might help you make your decision to either invest in it or give it a miss 汇率换算汇率查询 In recent times many people have started investing in the forex and stock market and have earned big profits 為替レート The forex or fx market may be new to the average person but slowly and gradually 匯率換算匯率查詢it has gained more popularity among retail investors as well. Although there are various similarities between both markets investments 全球股市报价 but there are also some basic differences between them. While foreign exchange or forex market is 24-hours open 匯率查詢匯率換算 which offers the wider scope for trading where time doesnot matter. As a result of this a forex trader can 股票財報分析 trade at any time during the day or night. Nevertheless in comparison to the forex market the stock market 股票投資網站 is open to business during day hours. Adding to this - Tipo de Cambioe Investing in conservative blue chip stocks may not have the allure Le temps du monde| fuseau horaire| horloge| convertisseur a hot high-tech investment, but it can be highly rewarding Weltzeit, Zeitzone, Clock, Converter nonetheless, as good quality stocks have outperformed other El tiempo del mundo, zona horaria, Reloj, Convertidor investment classes over the long term Prévision Météo & Température Describes how to start investing if you are a newbie to the investment game Pronóstico del Tiempo & Temperatura With our declining economy, worthless retirements, rampant foreclosures and high unemployment Americans Convertidor de Unidades are trying alternate methods for investments. Many are wanting to invest in penny stock, since they really donot have a lot to invest in to Conversion Unités Nobody has said it in so numerous words, but we are at the closing stages of the downturn Einheiten umrechnen In a time when the market is going to rise and fall as it stabilizes, it is central to be familiar with when a stock is about to weaken. Convertidor de Unidades There is an overwhelming amount of information on many stocks that it can overload even taxa de câmbio, moeda corrente, forex the best investors in the world. But there are ways to streamline the approach tasso di cambio, valuta, forex and to practice to figure what works and what you can ignore. обменный курс иностранной валюты, валюты, форекс Everybody starts out in CFD Trading wanting to make money but a whopping 95% of Traders lose, which leaves 5% winners. So what is it that the 5% of CFD Traders conversão de unidades are doing to make them win in CFD Trading. What are the mistakes Unità di conversione Successful stock market trading begins with a winning trading plan. Its as simple as that Конвертор величин If you develop a well-conceived trading plan to guide your actions tempo, fuso horário, relógio, conversor in the stock market you will already have the advantage over most tempo, fuso orario, orologio, convertitore to win over the long haul when trading the stock market or forex market время, часовой пояс, часы, конвертер of your market competition. Put simply, it gives you the edge you need forex, moeda contract between the trader and a CFD provider, who will at the close of the contract, exchange forex, valuta Stock Market Trading- Are you ready to become a millionaire. Here are 3 proven strategies Forex, валюта to make you become a more successful trader and increase your wealth Previsão do Tempo e Temperatura FOREX is the Foreign Exchange market also known as FX. All three of these means Previsioni Meteo temperatura the same thing, which is the trade of trading between different banks Прогноз погоды & температуры Losing money on an investment may not be the result of a mistake, and not all mistakes calcular hipoteca, calcular empréstimo result in monetary losses. Your own misconceptions about calcolo mutuo, calcolo prestito how securities react to varying economic, political, and hysterical расчет ипотечного кредита, расчет кредита circumstances are your most vicious enemy. Step away from calendar year countdown,timer,contador market value thinking. Avoid these ten common errors to improve your performance conto alla rovescia,timer,counter lower portfolio market values Обратный отсчет,таймера who misguidedly depend on capital gains for their spending money - currency widget This technical indicator is underused in the currency markets currency converter widget After the Plaza Accord, the U.S. dollar continuously declined unit converter widget The Smithsonian Agreement hurt the U.S. in the short-term Mortgage widget Learn how investments in foreign currencies can diversify your portfolio Time widget Make more educated trading decisions by identifying major turning points Weather widget Learn to cut out losses quickly, leaving profits room to grow Countdown widget Many spot currency cross pairs are not traded against each other directly Forex widget Three empirical findings on futures data can help currency traders determine buy