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Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her

I just finished reading Junot Diaz’s new book, This Is How You Lose Her. I read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. The stories basically all have the same plot–an incredibly sexy woman leaves an idiotic man (usually Yunior) who cheats on her–but Diaz’s language, especially his gift for dialogue and atmosphere, make them all riveting. It is not quite as good a book as his first one, Drown, but it is still a masterpiece. I don’t have much to say about it because there’s really nothing negative about it to nitpick, and its beauty is best experienced on one’s own rather than having a reviewer try to describe it secondhand.

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Books Acquired Recently

Child, Lydia Maria. Letters From New-York. 1843. Ed. Bruce Mills. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1998.

I picked this up from the “free book box” at school. I’ve never heard of Child, but I love books about New York City and I am also interested in the Abolitionist movement as an extension of my scholarship on African American literature (according to the blurb she was a prominent advocate for the cause), so the book sounds fascinating.

Diaz, Junot. This is How You Lose Her. New York: Riverhead, 2012.

I love Diaz’s previous short story collection, Drown, and have read a few of the stories in this new collection in the New Yorker and loved them, as well. So it was simply a question of when, not if, I would buy this book.

Bought on amazon.com (I tried to buy it at a local bookstore, but they were sold out).

Next week I’ll be at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference, where I will try not to go crazy buying books from the book fair. But I’m sure I’ll have at least a few acquisitions to report!


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