Martine H

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Martine migrated to New York from a Dallas suburb in 2010. She splits her time between slowly chipping away at a largely useless liberal arts degree and watching older episodes of Louie on stolen wifi. Her hobbies include:

  • making grandiose assumptions about the inner lives of strangers
  • imagining her life as the adolescent daughter of lower nobles in medieval England
  • lamenting the existence of the man bun
  • insisting that “Netflix & chill” can still be interpreted platonically
  • bar trivia
  • playing “hot or not” with images of history's lesser-known dictators
  • being upset about Jonathan Franzen
  • making passionate overtures about bad sci-fi/fantasy to uninterested patrons

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Martine H's Reviews

We Need to Talk About Kevin

by: Lionel Shriver

Shriver takes the widespread, senseless trend of violence found in contemporary American culture and brings it down to a personal level. Confusing, tender, at times alarming, and altogether identifiable. Introspective, startling and beautiful.

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  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    By David Bayles

    Our Price: $11.65
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780961454739
    • Publisher: The Image Continuum Press
    • Published: April 2001
    "This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren't any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius."—-from the IntroductionArt & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves.This is not your typical self-help book. This is a book written by artists, for artists -— it's about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. First published in 1994, Art & Fear quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone—now enhanced by internet posting—has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally.Art & Fear has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from beginning to accomplished artists in every medium, and including an exceptional concentration among students and teachers. The original Capra Press edition of Art & Fear sold 80,000 copies.An excerpt:Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. On so many different fronts. For so little external reward. Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues. You have to find your work...
  • Collected Poems

    By Jack Gilbert

    Our Price: $23.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375711763
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: September 2014
    Publisher description: Gathered in this volume readers will find more than fifty years of poems by the incomparable Jack Gilbert, from his Yale Younger Poets prize-winning volume to glorious late poems, including a section of previously uncollected work.There is no one quite like Jack Gilbert in postwar American poetry. After garnering early acclaim with Views of Jeopardy (1962), he escaped to Europe and lived apart from the literary establishment, honing his uniquely fierce, declarative style, with itssurprising abundance of feeling. He reappeared in our midst with Monolithos (1982) and then went underground again until The Great Fires (1994), which was eventually followed by Refusing Heaven (2005), a prizewinning volume of surpassing joy and sorrow, and the elegiac The Dance Most of All (2009). Whether his subject is his boyhood in working-class Pittsburgh, the women he has loved throughout his life, or the bittersweet losses we all face, Gilbert is by turns subtle and majestic: he steals up on the odd moment of grace; he rises to crescendos of emotion. At every turn, he illuminates the basic joys of everyday experience. Now, for the first time, we have all of Jack Gilbert's work in one essential volume: testament to a stunning career and to his place at the forefront of poetic achievement in our time.
  • Daughter of Fortune

    By Isabel Allende

    Our Price: $7.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780060194918
    • Publisher: Harpercollins
    • Published: October 1999
    Orphaned at birth, Eliza Sommers is raised in the British colony of Valparaiso, Chile, by a well-intentioned Victorian spinster, Miss Rose, and her brother Jeremy. Just as she meets and falls in love with the highly unsuitable Joaquin Andieta, a lowly clerk who works for Jeremy, gold is discovered in the hills of northern California. By 1849, Chileans everywhere have fallen prey to feverish dreams of wealth. Joaquin takes off forSan Francisco to seek his fortune and Eliza, pregnant with his child, decides to follow him. 399p.
  • Demian

    By Hermann Hesse

    Our Price: $13.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060931919
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    • Published: June 1999
    (HarperPerennial Classics Series). The dramatic story of young, docile Emil Sinclair's descent led by precocious schoolmate Max Demian - into a secret & dangerous world of petty crime & revolt against convention and eventual awakening to selfhood. Thomas Mann wrote, 'The electrifying influence exercised on a whole generation just after the First World War by 'Demian'...is unforgettable. 149p.
  • Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

    By S. C. Gwynne

    Our Price: $7.95 - $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781416591061
    • Publisher: Scribner
    • Published: May 2011
    EMPIRE OF THE SUMER MOON spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by Comanches as a nine-year-old girl, and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne’s exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, the arrival of the railroads, and the amazing story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah – a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being. Notes, Bibliography, Index. Illus. 367p.
  • Here

    By Wislawa Szymborska

    Our Price: $6.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780547592091
    • Publisher: Mariner Books
    • Published: August 2012
    A new collection of poems covering aspects of life as varied as Vermeer's "Milkmaid," miniseries, and the apocalypse.
  • Invitation to a Beheading (Penguin Hardback Classics)

    By Vladimir Nabokov

    Our Price: $4.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780141196978
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: 2012
    Takes us into the prison-world of Cincinnatus, a man condemned to death and spending his last days in prison not quite knowing when the end will come.
  • Paul Celan: 70 Poems

    By Paul Celan

    Our Price: $10.80
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780892554249
    • Publisher: Persea
    • Published: March 2013
    "Hamburger's starkly graceful selected translations [of Celan]...remain the best available."—Publishers Weekly
  • Rebecca

    By Daphne Du Maurier

    Our Price: $6.95 - $8.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780380730407
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: September 2006
    With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walks in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor. Includes selections from The Rebecca Notebook and Other Memories. 410p.
  • Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality

    By Anne Fausto-Sterling

    Our Price: $21.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780465077144
    • Publisher: Basic Books
    • Published: November 2000
    Discusses the causes and determining factors of gender behavior differences and sexual identity, particularly biology and societal expectations, and argues that differences between male and female are not always distinct.
  • The Faerie Queene

    By Edmund Spenser

    Our Price: $22.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780140422078
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: July 1988
    Recounts the quests of certain knights as they struggled to achieve specific virtues, including stories that involve dragons, witches, and enchanted mirrors, in a work that was dedicated to Elizabeth I.
  • The Haunting of Hill House

    By Shirley Jackson

    Our Price: $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039983
    • Publisher: Penguin Books
    • Published: November 2006
    First published in 1959, this work of unnerving terrors tells the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a 'haunting'; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers - and soon it will choose one of them to make its own. 272p.
  • The Left Hand of Darkness

    By Ursula Le Guin

    Our Price: $8.95
    • Format: Mass Market
    • ISBN-13: 9780441478125
    • Publisher: BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUP
    • Published: January 1991
    The Ekumen of Known Worlds has sent an ethnologist to study the inhabitants of the planet Winter, a forbidding, ice-bound world in which there is no gender. At first he finds his subjects difficult and offputting, with their elaborate social systems and alien minds. But in the course of a long journey across the ice he reaches an understanding with one of the Gethenians - perhaps, a kind of love. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. 304p. Pap.
  • We Have Always Lived In the Castle

    By Shirley Jackson

    Our Price: $15.30
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143039976
    • Publisher: Penguin USA
    • Published: October 2006
    The inhabitants of the Rochester house wield a strange power over their neighbors.
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    By Lionel Shriver

    Our Price: $15.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780061124297
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: July 2006
    Eva Khatchadourian writes to her estranged husband Frank, trying to solve what went wrong in raising their son Kevin after he kills seven classmates and a teacher in his high school in upstate New York.

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