Shelf Check: For Your Consideration.

TFP asked and you answered. Here’s another edition of Shelf Check. If you’d like your recent reads to be included, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.


The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

 “Some decent writing advice, but I found her suggestions in terms of structure somewhat unimaginative. An excellent and tempting list of must-read memoirs at the back…”

Theo | Newport, Rhode Island

The Burning Ground by Adam O’Riordan

“Well written. Very precious.”

Max | Edinburgh, Scotland

The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell  

“Seen as pretentious and overwritten by some, Durrell takes the reader to the heart of Alexandria, Egypt prior to WWII. The language is gorgeous, the various definitions are thoughtful and exhaustive. The third novel brings geopolitics into the lives of the group of expatriates.”

Alan | Houston, Texas


Hinge & Sign: Poems, 1968-1993 by Heather McHugh

“Stunning and restrained, explaining beauty and loss and tragedy and glorious human beingness with a gentle touch that softens the hammer blow.”

 Keith | Rotoma, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

“I wanted to reread the story to inspire me for drafting a new story. I’d forgotten just how technically masterful it is!”

Liz | Nottingham, New Hampshire