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Reviews of JosiahBancroft's books, not including JosiahBancroft's
About meI'm a reader and writer who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and teaches in North East, Maryland.
About my libraryI like reading fiction and poetry mostly, though I occasionally read non-fiction as well. I'm a sucker for magical realism and space operas, and I grew up devouring the fantasy books of Terry Brooks and Terry Pratchett. I'd like to be Vladimir Nabokov, but I'd like to have a drink with Thomas Hardy. I prefer poetry that has heart (Keats and Lorca), purpose (Auden and Espada), and humor (Larkin and Edson). I get Vonnegut. I don't get Salinger. If I could own a first edition of any book, it would probably be The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. I'm a serial book abandoner. If I don't think the last twenty pages are going to go my way, I will let the book rot on my bedside table for months. I'm a book pusher. I give books away in the hopes that they will be read and enjoyed. Ovid's Metamorphosis should be taught in high schools. Ovid's The Art of Love should be taught in college. Invitation to a Beheading has my favorite ending of a book, though Midnight's Children, and the Stranger are up there, too. Sartre's Nausea and Hesse's Steppenwolf are my kind of insufferable. James Joyce and DeLillo are not. If I was shipwrecked with only one book, it would be Moby Dick.