The Book (Hardcover)

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The Book (Hardcover)

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What a funny little treasure! Mary Ruefle's got cult appeal and her new book is just as much of a joy as the weird little projects that made us fall in love in the first place. This is *the* stop to hit for your book nerds, poetry lovers and big dreamers.

— From Booksmith's 2023 Holiday Catalog

Following the acclaimed Dunce, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes Mary Ruefle's latest prose publication The Book.True to its bold title, The Book affirms Mary Ruefle's legacy as (dubbed by Publishers Weekly) "the patron saint of childhood and the everyday." With the same curiosity found in Madness, Rack, and Honey and My Private Property, Ruefle's prose here feels both omniscient and especially intimate. "It seems I believe in a bygone world though I no longer live there," she writes. "Will I continue to read about all that is dusty?" In the spirit of friendship, Ruefle generously invites us to query ourselves as readers and thinkers in a world that will eventually endure without us.
Mary Ruefle is the author of many books, including Dunce (Wave Books, 2019), which was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize, longlisted for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics' Circle Award, as well as a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. She is also the author of My Private Property (Wave Books, 2016), Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013), Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has also published a comic book, Go Home and Go to Bed! (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007), and is an erasure artist, whose treatments of nineteenth century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries and published in A Little White Shadow (Wave Books, 2006). Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Robert Creeley Award, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont, where she serves as the state's poet laureate.
Product Details ISBN: 9781950268849
ISBN-10: 1950268845
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication Date: September 5th, 2023
Pages: 96
Language: English