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The Wet Collection

The Wet Collection Joni Tevis s concern is with the precise relationship of components in the world how one element in an environment interacts with others How does the antique taxidermy in a natural science museum rela

  • Title: The Wet Collection
  • Author: Joni Tevis
  • ISBN: 9781571313034
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Joni Tevis s concern is with the precise relationship of components in the world how one element in an environment interacts with others How does the antique taxidermy in a natural science museum relate to the living birds outside the window How do the opals found by campers, stored in mineral oil to conserve the water trapped inside, relate to the water table My pracJoni Tevis s concern is with the precise relationship of components in the world how one element in an environment interacts with others How does the antique taxidermy in a natural science museum relate to the living birds outside the window How do the opals found by campers, stored in mineral oil to conserve the water trapped inside, relate to the water table My practice is observation How do relationships illuminate Using such models as Joseph Cornell s box constructions, crazy quilts, and specimen displays, Tevis places fragments in relationship to each other in order to puzzle out lost histories, particularly those of women Throughout The Wet Collection, the narrator navigates the peril and excitement of an outward journey complicated by an inward longing for home.

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    1. These are not essays exactly, but not short stories either. I think I would call them imagined non-fictions. Tevis has worked as a park ranger, selling cemetery plots, and as a factory worker. She brings her experiences into these pieces. If I read that kind of summary on a book blurb, I would expect this to read more like the "journalist needs a paycheck so her publisher pays for her to have an adventure" type of book that I hate. That isn't what this is at all. These are heartfelt, connected t [...]

    2. The books we read for book club are always high-caliber, so aside from not knowing what to expect from a book such as this, I had the highest of expectations. It suffices to say, then, that The Wet Collection more than exceeded my expectations. Infused with rich language, personal stories, family stories, histories real and imagined, Biblical references, Southern references, historical and natural references - this collection of essays covers a large portion of my favorite things. How could I no [...]

    3. Thank you, Colleen, for lending me this book (and being so patient as I read it at the last possible minute before returning it to you). Colleen read this book for the Short Forms class this past spring semester, a class I wish I could have taken, but my non-fiction seminar met in the same time slot, and I wanted to work with this particular professor. This book is lovely--writing in ways I admire. I love the ways in which the book crosses genres--some pieces feel like a string of prose poems, o [...]

    4. This book came so highly recommended to me that it would have had to have been magical to satisfy my expectations. It wasn't (so often true of books by Milkweed--they are adjacent to great, but not great). It was very good in many places, and mediocre in equally many others. I was even bored occasionally. But it was different enough from the standard that I'm giving it 4 stars for the high points.

    5. This was also assigned for a class. Read quite a few select passages. I'd say at least half the book. Some time I'd like to come back and read it with more time and patience to get a better feel and understanding rather than being rushed though. I didn't really care for all of the Christian undertone comments. Perhaps because I'm not strongly religious and I don't feel like I was getting the full meaning of the book. Either way, it was an interesting read.

    6. Lyrical essays and short prose pieces with exquisite language and syntax. A rich collection of nonfiction rooted in the natural world. Beautiful imagined histories as well. There were times I got lost in the language and couldn't find my way out. The first half of the book is very good. Interesting structures for her essays. The collection is loosely linked.

    7. This collection of essays varies quite widely in style and form--some essays are in short sections, some are autobiographical. Tevis has an excellent command of language, and has had a crazily wide array of jobs.

    8. I enjoyed most of the essays in this book, although there were a few that didn't quite hold my attention. Still, I think it was full of interesting pieces, and displayed, for me, another way of looking at the world.

    9. Brilliant. The Wet Collection is one of the best works of creative non-fiction that I have led all year. I loved its meditative quality and style. I can certainly see myself using some of these essays with students in the future.

    10. "Going home is traveling in time to a life I once had; it should be impossible, wrought by spell casting if at all, to visit these places I see in dreams."Good stuff.

    11. This collection is a bit uneven -- in some cases a little too oblique -- but the good stuff is really good. I envy Tevis her sense memory and descriptive eloquence.

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