January Book Review0
Still behind. But read in January:
Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear by Kate Carroll de Gutes; 5 stars (out of 5)
I hesitate to give 5 stars because that’s just not something I usually do, but I can’t think of anything wrong with this book. (Ok, I’m not excited about the title. There.) Nothing that fell flat, not one essay that didn’t live up to the rest, no mistakes, nothing missing. Not even a typo. And it’s not like there just “wasn’t something missing”; it’s also full. These essays are so well done. The language, the content, the lyricism, the overarching story. This book is fantastic. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. (Even the title, which I don’t love, is right for the book.)
I could pull a quote or two from each essay, minimum, so instead will just note that “Can You Hear Me In That Closet You’re In” is probably my favorite essay, although it’s hard to say for sure since all of them are so good. It was like I was at a poetry reading, reading this book – after every essay I made that appreciative sigh, because each of these essays does just exactly what it needs to do, and flawlessly.