ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Late Stories by Stephen Dixon

The interlinked tales in this collection detail the excursions of an aging narrator navigating the amorphous landscape of grief in a series of tender and often waggishly elliptical digressions. Described by Jonathan Lethem as “one of the great secret masters” of contemporary American literature, Stephen Dixon is at the height of his form in these uncanny and virtuoso fictions.

What People Are Saying about Late Stories

“Masterful. [Dixon] considers his health, his sociability, his children, and his career in the fading light of his wife’s memory.” —Foreword Reviews

“Why isn’t Dixon a household name? […] His writing, which is plainspoken and deceptively straightforward, is the sort that sticks with you, because it cuts to the uncertainty of life […] Dixon is a master of the minor moments, the dreams and the disappointments, that transfigure every one of us.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Late Stories is a fantastic mourning, fantastically written.” —The Paris Review

Publisher’s Information

  • PUBLISHER: Curbside Splendor
  • ISBN: 978-1940430874
  • DIMENSIONS: 5.5×8.5
  • PAGES: 250]
  • PRICE: $9.99
  • RELEASE DATE: 09/01/2016

About Stephen Dixon

Stephen Dixon is the author of several books, including Frog and Interstate, which were nominated for the National Book Award. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, the O. Henry Award, and a Pushcart Prize.

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ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | For the Woman Alone by Ashley Inguanta

Ashley Inguanta’s second collection is a collage of loss and healing, photography and poetry, memory and hope. Arranged around the author’s own photography, Inguanta’s sincere and passionate poetry holds moments in time and releases them with compassion.

What People Are Saying about For the Woman Alone

"This is a love letter this is a lost journal this is a found journal this is an artifact a record a trace an accident a secret a promise. This is a finger across the skin, for a moment, and then gone." – Stephen Graham Jones, The Least of My Scars

"For the Woman Alone is more than a book, it is an experience–it is the moment carefully carved out from the haunting past and daunting future. This collection reminds us that the moment is all that can truly belong to us–and the best of us is only found when we surrender it to another. These poems perpetually carry the scent of blueberries on a lover's breath and softly places us in the ocean. If you have ever wondered where to locate love, it resides within these pages." – Nicelle Davis, Becoming Judas

"For the Woman Alone is a raw and tender offering. Eat from its garden these words "soft as a cardinal," then swim dreamlike through "the open window" of each image unfolding "the layers of your life" and blooming like "a hymn in the sky." – Molly Gaudry, We Take Me Apart

Publisher’s Information

<li><b>PUBLISHER:</b> Ampersand Books</li>
<li><b>ISBN:</b> 978-0988732896</li>
<li><b>DIMENSIONS:</b> 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches</li>
<li><b>PAGES:</b> 48]</li>
<li><b>PRICE:</b> $24.95</li>
<li><b>RELEASE DATE:</b> 06/08/2014</li>
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The Walled Wife by Nicelle Davis

Nicelle Davis's The Walled Wife unearths from the long-standing text "The Ballad of the Walled-up Wife," a host of issues that continue to plague women in the contemporary world: the woman's body as sacrifice; the woman's body as tender or currency; the woman's body as disposable; the woman's body as property; the woman's body as aesthetic object; the woman's body unsafe in the world she must inhabit, and in the hands of the people she loves. READ MORE

Open Letter to Quiet Light by Francesca Lia Block

Open Letter to Quiet Light will make readers feel as if they are peering at secret writings meant for the eyes of a lover alone, but these carefully crafted lines somehow transcend the personal to touch everyone who has experienced this kind of consuming, wrenching love.

In these fiercely passionate, devastatingly revealing, sometimes spiritual, and often painful poems, Francesca Lia Block describes in fiery detail the rise and demise of a year-long love affair. Her rich use of language infused with the power of sex and spirit finally paint a transcendent, almost mythic portrait of the way two wounded people—both searching for connection—find each other, collide, and eventually separate. The words seem to bleed onto the page and even the most graphic moments have a devotional quality filled with nuanced expression and unbridled intimacy. READ MORE

Discussion Questions for For the Woman Alone

  1. In For the Woman Alone, the speaker honors the one she loves through poems and art. Throughout your life, who have you loved? How can you continue to honor them, or begin to honor them?

About Ashley Inguanta

Ashley Inguanta is a Florida-based writer and artist who is driven by landscape, place. She is the author of three collections: The Way Home (Dancing Girl Press), For the Woman Alone (Ampersand Books), and Bomb (Ampersand Books). Ashley has also served as the Art Director of SmokeLong Quarterly for the past five years. In 2013, she was named as “one of the six Central Florida poets you should know” by Orlando Arts Magazine, and in 2015 she was named Best Poet in Orlando by The Orlando Weekly.

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Ashley Inguanta’s second collection is a collage of loss and healing, photography and poetry, memory and hope. Arranged around the author’s own photography, Inguanta’s sincere and passionate poetry holds moments in time and releases them with compassion.

ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | What We’ve Lost Is Nothing by Rachel Louise Snyder

From an NPR contributor, investigative journalist, and one of Library Journal’s “outstanding new voices,” a striking debut novel that chronicles the first twenty-four hours after a mass burglary in a suburban Chicago neighborhood and the suspicions, secrets, and prejudices that surface in its wake.

One of’s “Ten Best Suspense Books”

In her striking debut novel, Rachel Louise Snyder chronicles the twenty-four hours following a mass burglary in a Chicago suburb and the suspicions, secrets, and prejudices that surface in its wake.

Nestled on the edge of Chicago’s gritty west side, Oak Park is a suburb in flux. To the west, theaters and shops frame posh houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. To the east lies a neighborhood still recovering from urban decline. In the center of the community sits Ilios Lane, a pristine cul-de-sac dotted with quiet homes that bridge the surrounding extremes of wealth and poverty.

On the first warm day in April, Mary Elizabeth McPherson, a lifelong resident of Ilios Lane, skips school with her friend Sofia. As the two experiment with a heavy dose of ecstasy in Mary Elizabeth’s dining room, a series of home invasions rocks their neighborhood. At first the community is determined to band together, but rising suspicions soon threaten to destroy the world they were attempting to create. Filtered through a vibrant pinwheel of characters, Snyder’s tour de force evokes the heightened tension of a community on edge as it builds toward one of the most explosive conclusions in recent fiction. Incisive and panoramic, What We’ve Lost is Nothing illuminates the evolving relationship between American cities and their suburbs, the hidden prejudices that can threaten a way of life, and the redemptive power of tolerance in a community torn asunder.

What People Are Saying about What We’ve Lost Is Nothing

“Veteran journalist Snyder crafts a muscular and fearless debut novel that boldly tackles the heady themes of prejudice, self-preservation, poverty and privilege. Deftly underscored by a steady drumbeat of denial and discontent, Snyder’s drama provocatively reveals the escalating tensions of a community about to implode.” — Booklist

“Snyder’s debut is smooth and engaging, and reads like the work of a veteran novelist.” — Publishers Weekly

“Rachel Louise Snyder writes with the rigorous scrutiny of an investigative journalist and the deep and roving empathy of a natural-born novelist; the result is a bold and mesmerizing exploration of daily truths we don’t talk about nearly enough: class prejudice and racism; the chasm between newly arrived immigrants and those of us who’ve been here for generations; the painful division between husbands and wives and the children they’ve made; and that razored air between what we believe and what is. What We’ve Lost is Nothing is a stellar debut by an important and necessary new voice among us.” — Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie

Publisher’s Information

  • PUBLISHER: Scribner
  • ISBN: 978-1476725178
  • DIMENSIONS: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • PAGES: 320]
  • PRICE: $16.00
  • RELEASE DATE: 01/21/2014

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Discussion Questions for What We’ve Lost Is Nothing

1. 1. The novel opens with Caz and Mary walking to Mary’s home, but only picks up the second half of their story at almost the very end of the book. How does this technique influence your reading of the rest of the novel, and your perception of the characters, especially Caz? How does this flash-forward serve to make the rest of Mary’s story all the more surprising?

2. 2. Between the novel’s epigram, the blog post comment on page 203, and the name Ilios Lane itself, the Homeric references are clearly no accident. What effect do these references have on your understanding of the story, either on the level of plot or theme?

3. 3. Contrary to most of the adults in the novel, Mary seems to think of the burglaries primarily as an opportunity, specifically to boost her “standing in the high school caste system”(p. 2). Are there other examples of opportunity arising out of loss? Do you see this phenomenon in the real world as well?

About Rachel Louise Snyder

Rachel Louise Snyder is a writer, radio commentator, and professor of creative writing at American University. The author of Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade, she has contributed regularly to NPR’s All Things Considered and she hosted the public radio series, Global Guru and Latitudes. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Salon, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the New Republic. Originally from Chicago, she has lived in Boston, London, and Phnom Penh, and currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and daughter.

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