30 by Stephen Dixon

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The two-time National Book Award finalist delivers his most engaging and poignant book yet.

A new book by Stephen Dixon is always a cause for attention and celebration. Known to many as one of America's most talented and original writers, Dixon has delivered a major new novel that is full of charm, wit, and humanity.

In 30 Dixon presents us with life according to Gould, his brilliant fictional narrator who shares with us his thoroughly examined life from start to several finishes, encompassing his real past, imagined future, mundane present, and a full range of regrets, lapses, misjudgments, feelings, and the whole set of human emotions. All of Gould's foibles-his lusts and obsessions, fears and anxieties-are conveyed with such candor and lack of pretension that we can't help but be seduced into recognizing a little bit of Gould in us or perhaps a lot of us in Gould. For Gould is indeed an Everyman for the end of themillennium, a good man trying to live an honest life without compromise and without losing his mind.


About Stephen Dixon

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Stephen Dixon is the author of 26 books of fiction, including National Book Award-nominations for FROG and INTERSTATE. His short fiction has won every major literary award, as well as honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University.
Published May 1, 1999 by Henry Holt & Company. 656 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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30 takes its name from its 30 ""episodes,"" all surrounding Dixon's alter ego, Gould Bookbinder, like Dixon a New York writer with two daughters, who teaches at a college in Baltimore.

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Maybe Ruben Fleischer’s follow-up to the wonderfully entertaining “Zombieland” would have seemed funnier if this sort of thing hadn’t actually happened to an actual pizza delivery man, but whether you know that story or not, this action comedy isn't especially exciting or funny.

Aug 12 2011 | Read Full Review of 30

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Crumb Episodes of the Crumb family’s life in west Yolo, both from Crumb’s and Kominsky-Crumb’s perspective, can be found in old issues of Weirdo magazine, and later in volumes of the Fantagraphics Books anthology The Complete Crumb Comics.

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