May 29, 2013

Famous Drownings in Literary History by Kevin Haworth



Publisher: CCLaP Publishing

Description:

What exactly does it mean to be young, Jewish and creative in 21st-century America? How do you reconcile a quiet life in the Midwest with a parallel life in Israel? And how do you fit in a five-year-old son with an interest in frilly dresses? Ohio professor and celebrated cultural essayist Kevin Haworth answers these questions and more in this, his debut full-length essay collection; and the answers are part Sloane Crosley, part Philip Roth, with a dash of Malcolm Gladwell's intelligence and a pinch of Denis Johnson's poetic style. 

Already the winner of a pre-publication grant from the Ohio Arts Council, from a former winner of the Samuel Goldberg Prize for Jewish fiction, this will be right up the alley of those who enjoy "The Believer" and "This American Life," a charming but darkly tinged look at circumcision, terrorist bombers, the Catskills in the '70s, and all the other confusing things that make up the life of post-9/11 Jewish American parents and artists.

My Thoughts:

Another great offering from CCLaP!

I'm a curious girl. It's one of the reasons why I love to read. Information please! Besides the fact that this is wonderfully written it also satisfied my WANT TO KNOW ALL THE THINGS personality. 

When I find myself researching the topics brought up in a book I know it's a winner. While reading this I whipped out my phone and started hunting for more information about the Dreyfus Affair. Not long after that I was reading all that I could find on the Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster.

Famous Drawings in Literary History is intelligent, moving, and humorous. An admirable collection of essays, this is a book that I highly recommend.

Around the time of my near drowning I learned how to read. I read early and often and to the exclusion of most other normal childhood activities. I spread my books all over the floor like all children do and swam from one to the other in our small Brooklyn apartment. ~Kevin Haworth


Be sure to read this interview with the author 
Kevin Haworth's first novel, The Discontinuity of Small Things, was awarded the Samuel Goldberg Prize for best Jewish fiction by a writer under 40. It was also recognized as runner-up for the 2006 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His collection of non-fiction essays, Famous Drownings in Literary History, was released by CCLaP in 2012, and won Kevin a pre-publication grant from the Ohio Arts CouncilA two-time resident of the Vermont Studio Center, he is also a winner of the David Dornstein Prize for Young Jewish Writers and the Permafrost Fiction Prize. His fiction and nonfiction appear in Sentence, ACM, Poetica, Permafrost, and others. He lives in Athens, Ohio with his wife, Rabbi Danielle Leshaw, and their two children, Zev and Ruthie. He teaches writing and literature at Ohio University

Download this book for free here.

16 comments:

  1. Ohhh I'm intrigued. And I have GOT to check out CCLaP.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This is the 2nd book of theirs that I've reviewed. I've not been disappointed :) So yes, yes you do!

      Delete
  2. Fascinated by your review of this book! Downloaded it and can't wait to read.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much! I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

      Delete
  3. This sounds interesting! I'm off to check out CCLaP.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I definitely thought this was an interesting read. It was hard to describe, but I was exposed to a few new things.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm going to have to check out the thoughts of other bloggers on this tour. I was very pleased with this book. Smart and thoughtful :)

      Delete
  5. Sounds fascinating. I'd love to read this! But probably also really hard to read at times...

    ReplyDelete
  6. Yes! I read non-fiction because I want to know ALL THE THINGS too! Getting to read a lot of my job is also one of my favorite things about grad school :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay for nonfiction nerds! It's so gratifying to reach the end of the book and to know that you've learned a thing or two...or a dozen! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

      Delete
  7. Wow -- it sounds like you and I are very similar. I'm also very curious and once I want to know something, I want to know all of it. And thanks to the age of the Internet, I kind of can.

    Great recommendation, I just downloaded it and can't wait to get started.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you INTERNET!! I can't believe I went all through school without this tool. I give my kids grief all the time about how easy they have it ;)

      One of the best things about blogger events is meeting new like-minded readers! Thanks to the ABEA!

      I'm feeling very grateful today :)

      Delete
  8. I have this one and I need to read it, especially because it is so short and I could fly through it. Thanks for another great review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yea, you can zip through this one :) I really liked it

      Delete