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TREVOR TREVOR
Originally from Livermore, California, you will find Trevor writing at the nearest McDonald's or desperately trying to visit a place he's never been to before and then talking your ear off about it. He has been featured in many different periodicals and has a nasty tendency to collect mostly useless items including scarves, action figures and old comic books. Previously fascinated by critical writings and science fiction, he now looks towards poetry and literary prose that focuses on structure and experimentality. His other soft spots include foreign films (particularly samurai movies), european graphic novels, culture and man's relationship with nature. 
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Wrong Norma By Anne Carson Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811230346
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Published: New Directions - February 6th, 2024


Anne Carson is one of those rare writers who like to relish in all the opportunities she is given to do something different with written form, and let me tell you, Wrong Norma is unlike any other collection of literary work that you have read. Mostly comprised of lengthy, penetrating prose poems, Wrong Norma is a book for the art scholar, the greek translator, the historicist and those who appreciate more avant garde approaches to free form poetry. More a collection of personal essays than lyrical verse, Carson takes us on an experiential journey through her mind in what is possibly her most ambitious book to date.


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Kitaro By Shigeru Mizuki, Jocelyne Allen (Translated by), Zack Davisson (Appendix by) Cover Image
By Shigeru Mizuki, Jocelyne Allen (Translated by), Zack Davisson (Appendix by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770466364
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - February 21st, 2023

Don't let the eccentric cartoon style of Mizuki's pen fool you: some of the stories in this collection of early horror manga are as cerebrally haunting as they are goofy. Even though they were published in the sixties, the adventures of Kitaro are still epic, spooky, funny and beautifully illustrated. Truly a piece of cultural history to be enjoyed by any fan of comic history.


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I Am Kavi By Thushanthi Ponweera Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823453658
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Published: Holiday House - September 19th, 2023

For the more mature middle-grade reader, I am Kavi is a story about a young girl doing her best to maintain a sense of normalcy at school and home, while everything around her seemingly falls apart. Set during the Sri Lankan Civil War, Ponweera balances the simplicity of her lyricism with character development so well implemented that the people of Kavi's world seem to come to life. This book never pulls its punches with its subject matter, however readers will still find something to confide in with Kavi as a young girl, doing her best to endure her tumultuous situation with a kind of innocence.


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FANTASTIC FOUR BY RYAN NORTH VOL. 1: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE FANTASTIC FOUR? By Ryan North, Iban Coello (Illustrator), Ivan Fiorelli (Illustrator), Alex Ross (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By Ryan North, Iban Coello (Illustrator), Ivan Fiorelli (Illustrator), Alex Ross (Cover design or artwork by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781302932633
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Published: Marvel Universe - July 11th, 2023

I had never heard of Ryan North before he started writing for this book, but let me tell you; as a huge fan of Marvel's First Family, this is easily one of the best Fantastic Four runs to come around in years. Stripping the series down to its key players and sending them on a road trip to decompress from a seemingly tragic event, North perfects that balance of character writing and science fiction that is as exciting as it is dramatic, all the while keeping the overall book's unassuming iconic tone throughout.


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Desire Museum (American Poets Continuum #202) By Danielle Cadena Deulen Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781960145000
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Published: BOA Editions - October 10th, 2023

Desire Museum definitely lives up to its name. Despite the variety in structure and use of cadence, there is something sexy and alluring about Deulen's poetic voice and how the seemingly sapphic eros of her diction draws upon the carnal in a tasteful fashion. When the collection isn't pulling you away for a night of fun, it's indulging you with its unique sense of nostalgia with beautiful scenic landscapes and unique points of view that speak to broader sociological topics such as the environment and the Mexican border. This is the kind of book that you read with a tall glass of red wine nearby.


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The Diaspora Sonnets By Oliver de la Paz Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324092988
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Published: Liveright - July 18th, 2023

For any aspiring poets out there: if you want to experience a great example of a pantoum, pick up a copy of The Diaspora Sonnets, where you will be treated to three beautifully distinct pantoums amidst an otherwise picaresque collection of snapshots in De la Paz's immigrant history, with descriptive visuals that begin with a kind of familiar sensory element that eventually transform each sentence into something that has never before existed until now.


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Monica By Daniel Clowes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781683968825
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Published: Fantagraphics - October 3rd, 2023

Daniel Clowes is an artist who does not shy away from the influence of golden age genre storytelling and its basic sequential nature. Aesthetically, his style follows Charles Burns by way of EC comics, however the short stories in this latest endeavor, Monica, are anything but mere escapist fiction. This collection goes out of its way to break your heart and make you laugh at the same time; with characters so psychologically dense and art so colorful, this book continues to uphold Clowes' status as one of the most fascinating creators in the genre.


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Art Brut Volume 1: The Winking Woman By W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo (Artist), Mat Lopes (Artist) Cover Image
By W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo (Artist), Mat Lopes (Artist)
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ISBN: 9781534399808
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Published: Image Comics - August 29th, 2023

Before the genius of Ice Cream Man, W. Maxwell Prince and Martin Morazzo splashed onto the comic book scene with a small limited series about an eccentric artist capable of leaping through a dimension where all famous paintings are being altered by a serial killer, if not completely destroyed. Now it finally gets the attention it deserves with this hardcover collected edition. Colorful, violent and darkly hilarious, Art Brut is an ingenious foray through art history and a seminal early work from two masters of the craft.


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The Lights: Poems By Ben Lerner Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374279219
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2023

"See, I think Orpheus knew./Had always planned to turn back/and homegirl knew too." This tercet, taken from the poem "Rilke" best represents Megan Fernandes' writing style: the poems in this book are an equal marriage between classical poetics and modern aesthetics. Fernandes takes familiar--sometimes even academic--approaches to the writing process and makes them her own without any pretentiousness or simplification. I am particularly a fan of the middle section of sonnets that are brilliantly erasured by the author on the following page, along with her particular use of unrhymed triplets and couplets.


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I Do Everything I'm Told By Megan Fernandes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781953534880
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Published: Tin House Books - June 20th, 2023

"See, I think Orpheus knew./Had always planned to turn back/and homegirl knew too." This tercet, taken from the poem "Rilke" best represents Megan Fernandes' writing style: the poems in this book are an equal marriage between classical poetics and modern aesthetics. Fernandes takes familiar--sometimes even academic--approaches to the writing process and makes them her own without any pretentiousness or simplification. I am particularly a fan of the middle section of sonnets that are brilliantly erasured by the author on the following page, along with her particular use of unrhymed triplets and couplets.


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Sweet Movie: Poems (National Poetry Series #8) By Alisha Dietzman, Victoria Chang (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Alisha Dietzman, Victoria Chang (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780807013281
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Published: Beacon Press - October 17th, 2023

In a cross-blend of Margaret Christakos and Charles Baudelaire, each poem in this collection feels like an intricate portrait of the inner workings of Dietzman's mind. Utilizing experimental structures and methods, Sweet Movie covers topics ranging from fine art to the often permissive silence of the natural world. Religious motifs and sensual imagery bring a quasi-spiritual aspect to each poem where every sentence is like a philosophical doctrine to be studied and examined more than once, if not to simply impress the reader with its layers of meaning.


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The Last Action Heroes: The Triumphs, Flops, and Feuds of Hollywood's Kings of Carnage By Nick de Semlyen Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593238806
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Published: Crown - June 6th, 2023

Leave it to the editor of Empire Magazine to come up with the most informative--though throughly entertaining--study on the action stars that defined eighties and nineties cinema. Admittedly, the writing is very journalistic, but from the very first page you can tell how much De Semlyen truly loves film and how these larger than life heroes shaped society with their respective acting values and trademarks. Backed by an impressive bibliography of interviews and historical research, I recommend this for the reader who refuses to let go of the actors whom made their childhoods unforgettable with their brawn and their charm.


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Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry: Expanded Anniversary Edition By Ted Kooser, Jim Harrison, Naomi Shihab Nye (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556596797
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - August 15th, 2023

Ted Kooser is a genius. Jim Harrison is a genius. Through the basest forms of communication--including postcards and notes--both come up with some of the most tender and opportunistic bits of poetic writing ever written. Each thought comes and goes in (often) near-miss haikai, but beneath each poem you will find a snapshot of two good friends doing their best to help one another through this thing that we call life.


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Harold By Steven Wright Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668022696
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 16th, 2023

I've annoyed enough of my coworkers with my love of Steven Wright's brand of comedy that there was no way that I was going to pass this one up. Turns out, it's pretty good. Any fan of Wright's stand-up will find bits of his act peppered through Harold's expository comprehension of life's mundanity to make the sparse writing style fantastic and (of course) funny. For those fascinated by An Yu or any of the new-fabulists, this book will give you the nostalgia, humor and literary resonance that you're looking for.


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Seven Steeples: A Novel By Sara Baume Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063268685
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2023

There's something about this book, where everything feels like it's in its right place, but there's something just a little bit off. Baume's use of poetic narrative invites a kind of mystery that makes you wonder if Bell and Sigh are actively choosing their new hermetic lifestyle or if they are simply being ostracized for their unique dementia. If you get misty-eyed over the picaresque or visual poetry that leans into experimental fiction, then I cannot recommend this one enough.


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In Springtime (Wesleyan Poetry) By Sarah Blake, Nicky Arscott (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sarah Blake, Nicky Arscott (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780819500304
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - March 7th, 2023

Over the course of four days, the reader follows our unnamed subject through a kind of exile with only the ghost of a dead bird and a pregnant horse as their companion. This is the kind of book that shows how grand long-form narrative poetry can be. Things occur, but the poetry itself is built from the transience of the environment. By turns Grecian in its approach, but also exquisitely metaphysical, In Springtime is both a very magical but also very grounded experience that reminds us of nature's duality.


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The Art of the B Movie Poster By Adam Newell, Pete Tombs (Other) Cover Image
By Adam Newell, Pete Tombs (Other)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781584236221
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Published: Gingko Press - August 1st, 2016

Remember when movie posters were able to sell you a movie no matter how ludicrous the plot or how poor its presentation? Perhaps it is due to my overall love for trash cinema and foreign films, but there's something to be said about the effort behind the movie poster as it is represented in this book. Beautifully rendered (seriously, the transfers in this are gorgeous), Tombs and Newell take you on a journey through every movement and subgenre you could imagine. Here, you will be introduced to the glory of El Santo, the neon and grime of Giallo and the moronic creature feature before being thrown headlong into the adult section of the video store for you to peruse at your leisure. Four stars, check it out.


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Ode to a Nobody By Caroline Brooks DuBois Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780823456048
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Published: Holiday House - September 5th, 2023

The devastation of watching her family fall apart has materialized into a literal tornado as Quinn and her parents are met with a brutal storm that renders them essentially nomadic. DuBois does a great job making this narrative in verse lyrical but not flowery: rhymes will appear where they need to and the character writing is rounded beautifully without distracting too far from the main story.


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Plainchant By Eamon Grennan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781636280134
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Published: Red Hen Press - June 28th, 2022

Plainchant is--simply put--a series of boxes that hold Eamon Grennan's deep extrapolations of the natural world that occupies the Connemara coastlines. Though they are primarily narrative in nature, the collection sometimes diverges from the spirituality of the moment to reflect on the wordplay of Beckett or to give us a deeply suggestive encounter with a local woman and her--ahem--berries. Anyone who finds pleasure in Whitman-like dervishes will certainly fall in love with this book, but don't worry; Grennan makes this collection his own with a kind of energy that comes off as playful as it is insightful.


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My Trade Is Mystery: Seven Meditations from a Life in Writing By Carl Phillips Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300257878
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Published: Yale University Press - November 1st, 2022

Here we have poet Carl Phillips' Ars Poetica: a series of essays that examine the philosophical practice of poetry and what shapes the poet as an artist. Phillips' transparency never lets go in this book: this is not a guide on writing poetry or a book of literary criticism, but rather it is a deconstruction of the self; a study in how/why the poet chooses poetry and vice-versa. Easily one of the best books on writing that I've read in a long time.


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Disruptions: Stories By Steven Millhauser Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593535417
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Published: Knopf - August 1st, 2023

If you were to ask me what makes Steven Millhauser my favorite short story writer of all time, I would tell you to look no further than this--his first collection in over seven years. Disruptions perfectly embodies the genius of an author unafraid to accept the surreality of our existence. Here, a chase in the night becomes a Greek myth retold, suburban neighborhoods become the epicenter for nostalgic recollection, a lover's insecurities are so deep that she refuses to show her own face and the bloody revival of public execution is examined in idiosyncratic detail. Like a slipstream quilt sewn together by a ringmaster, Disruptions serves as a testament to Millhauser's ability as one of the great short-form craftsman still writing, today.


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The Acrobat By Edward J. Delaney Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781885983039
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Published: Turtle Point Press - November 1st, 2022

Before he was Cary Grant, he was Archie Leach, a man always searching for reinvention. This is his story told from a true fan of golden age cinema and vaudevillian Hollywood. Semi-biographical fiction is not my forte, but Delaney's nonlinear narrative approach and meticulous voice is so sincere that I almost feel like he knew Grant himself. Meanwhile, LSD-inspired asides invite a more fluid and modernist approach to one of film's most charismatic vagabonds.


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Chrome Valley: Poems By Mahogany L. Browne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324092278
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Published: Liveright - February 7th, 2023

Through her often violent, though also very innocent, colloquial recollection we find ourselves a part of Browne's universe in a way that is at once melancholic but also beautiful. Repeating descriptors follow the reader throughout the book on a lengthy journey through cul-de-sacs and streets paved with fear and anger. Mostly, the poems of Chrome Valley are oral expanses of the self, but every so often a villanelle or a palindrome will rear its head to remind us that deep inside of that seemingly turbulent history lies a poetic antithesis that is helplessly human.


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All Down Darkness Wide: A Memoir By Seán Hewitt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593300084
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Published: Penguin Press - July 12th, 2022

Hewitt's memoir--which depicts the sudden end of his relationship with his partner Elias--is like an old gothic novel, adorned with vast introspective forays of wet locales and recollections of ghosts in the blood of the author's history. Clearly influenced by poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, All Down Darkness Wide is a sad, but also beautiful reflection of lost love, queer identity and depression; a lovely kind of literary criticism that often breaks into dark visual purple prose that is both welcoming and meditative.


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Rogues By Joshua Williamson, Leomacs (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Joshua Williamson, Leomacs (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781779516855
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Published: DC Comics - December 20th, 2022

One of the most criminally overlooked villain teams in comics, Williamson and Leomacs give the color-coded Flash villains a hefty dose of realism and tragedy worthy of the Black Label moniker with this spinoff story seeped in neo-futurism and grimy family drama. The plot is a bare-boned heist set in the near future where Captain Cold and the remaining Rogues attempt to rob Gorilla Grodd in a wonky genre crossbreed of Suicide Squad, The Boys and Ocean's Eleven. Beautifully imperfect, Rogues goes out of its way to mirror its dysfunctional antagonist family of ne'er do wells with style and grace.


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The Reivers (Vintage International) By William Faulkner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679741923
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1992

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1962, The Reivers disregards Faulkner's typical modernist experimentalism (kinda) and recalls the exploits of Lucius Priest, Ned McCaslin and Boon Hogganbeck as they go on a joyride in Lucius' grandfather's car, deep into the heart of Memphis. Despite Lucius being the narrator, this novel belongs to Boon; one of Faulkner's most idiosyncratic and hilarious side characters. Even so, the granular quality of the prose and the more commercial approach to the overall narrative make this one of Faulkner's most exciting and entertaining novels.


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Uzumaki (3-in-1 Deluxe Edition) (Junji Ito) By Junji Ito Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781421561325
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - October 15th, 2013

If snails make you as uncomfortable as me and--like me--you enjoy feeling uncomfortable, then guess what? This is the manga you've been looking for. Regardless of your possible entomophobia, if you're unfamiliar with horror master Junji Ito's body of work, then be aware that Uzumaki is without a doubt his most fascinating and complete full-length narrative. Geometrically unsettling, the images employed in this series are some of Ito's most everlasting: bodies contort, grow horns in odd places and transform into completely different organisms altogether. Meanwhile one has to consider if there is a natural logic to this brand of horror or if it is simply imbued by the sublime, nightmarish artwork. By turns surreal but certifiably disturbing, Uzumaki is without a doubt one of my favorite manga ever and definitely one of Ito's best.


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Anam Cara [Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition]: A Book of Celtic Wisdom By John O'Donohue, Michael D. Higgins (Foreword by), Pat O'Donohue (Afterword by) Cover Image
By John O'Donohue, Michael D. Higgins (Foreword by), Pat O'Donohue (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780063270589
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 29th, 2022

One of the few books that changed my life (and I have to believe that it was intended to), Anam Cara is the late master John O'Donohue's brilliant extrapolation of celtic spiritualism and how we as humans can find divinity in everything we see and do, along with the people we share this earth with. With a voice that is sincere and approachable, O'Donohue takes the reader through a journey at the crossroads of the spiritual and the tactile, inviting a unique paradigm that marries the sacredness of pagan naturalism with theistic reverence.