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David D's Reviews
The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism
by: Mark Zwonitzer
In his second book The Statesman and The Storyteller, Mark Zwonitzer (producer, director, stand-up guy) creates and engaging world rich with detail. His admiration for both Twain and Hay is infectious, while still allowing the reader the head space to form their own opinion on two American icons. An A+ pick up for any non-fiction reader.View In Store
Nobody is Ever Missing
by: Catherine Lacey
Catherine Lacey's melancholic debut novel tells the story of a woman who leaves behind her listless life and marriage to explore a much less predictable foreign countryside. Elyria is bored with stability when she books a one-way ticket to New Zealand, where she drifts from town to town motivated by nothing but the vague idea of seeking out new experiences.
Elyria's former life is never satisfyingly explored, but enough details are given to provide a framework for the internal exploration of a complex character. Lacey's style is composed of clever (sometimes too clever), circling interior monologues that, like Elyria, meander a little aimlessly. This is probably the point, but the style can sometimes come across as a dizzying gimmick.
Still, it doesn't take long to recognize Lacey's potential (the first sentence will probably entrance you), and while the book has it's faults, it's a quick, worthwhile read from a promising author.