Are You a Romantic? Friday Book Club Round-Up

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Roxane Gay examines Lidia Yuknavitch‘s Chronology of Water, the current Rumpus Book Club selection. Her review is organized into handy sections, and she ends with an affirmative: “I will just say I fucking loved this book and I strongly encourage anyone reading this to buy the book immediately and then keep it beneath your pillow or shove it down your pants or crack open your rib cage and hold the book next to your heart.” If you join The Rumpus Book Club you can still receive a copy. Huzzah!

Rumpus Book Club member, Anna Newbold, shares her thoughts about last month’s Book Club selection, Jim Shepard’s You Think That’s Bad, ruminating on the book’s familial relationships and rivalries.

Bomb magazine’s Christie Hodgen interviews Shepard about his historical protagonists, the unity of a short-story collection, and the intersection of his short fiction and film.

Largehearted Boy posts a musical playlist for Roy Kesey’s Pacazo, created by Kesey himself; among the songs compiled, “Complemento,” by an amazing Colombian rock group, Aterciopelados.

Guernica interviews Timothy Donnelly about The Cloud Corporation. “Do you see a Romantic influence playing out in your work at all? Are you a Romantic?” asks writer Sean Patrick Hill.

Shane Book’s poem “Almost Spain”  has made the shortlist for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Centre) Literacy Awards. His collection Ceiling of Sticks also won a Prairie Schooner Book Prize.


Maddie Oatman has interviewed musicians and writers for The Rumpus. She's the research editor at Mother Jones, where she also writes. A Boulder transplant, she can often be found on her bike, skis, or cooking with vegetables, and she wrote her English thesis on a gay red-winged monster and Billy the Kid. Follow her on Twitter or read occasional musings on her blog Oats. More from this author →