Book Recommendation
By Adam Gnade
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Kind of stumbled onto this one. My friend Thad was going through his textbooks to sell back at the end of the semester and I picked The American Tradition in Literature (12th edition) out of the box. With all my books in storage I needed something heavy to keep me going for a couple months and, at more than 2,000 pages, this one’s my baby.

I’m not much of a textbook person but the editors, George and Barbara Perkins really nailed some magic. Sixty pages of Walt Whitman, a whole Kate Chopin novel (The Awakening), F. Scott, Hemingway, Woody Guthrie. There’s Faulkner’s “Barn Burning,” Steinbeck’s great “The Chrysanthemums,” William Stafford, Nabokov, Flannery O’Conner, Norman Mailer, a ton of Mark Twain. It’s even got the uncut version of Raymond Carver’s staggering “A Small, Good Thing.” It’s a monumental collection. So much history and so much America. I imagine you can find a good used copy and, if you do, by all means buy this book. It’ll pay off.

BIO: Adam Gnade's (guh nah dee) work is released as a series of books and records that share characters and themes; the fiction writing continuing plot-lines left open by the self-described "talking songs" in an attempt to compile a vast, detailed, interconnected, personal history of contemporary American life. Check out recent writing here and songs here. Contact: adam@asthmatickitty.com

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