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December 13, 2009

43 Down, 9 To Go "One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing " (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Katherine Dunn's novels always impress me, but I had no idea she was a boxing fan. One Ring Circus: Dispatches from the World of Boxing collects her boxing essays written over the past 25 years, and is not only well-written and informative, but also a time capsule of the sport itself.

Dunn's enthusiasm and respect for the sport is evident as she profiles boxers and their environments. Both world champions and local fighters are showcased in the collection, but the highlights are the local Portland boxers Dunn portrays. Punchers with promise and those just trying to make a living are gracefully painted by her words. Katherine Dunn is a woman not afraid to give us the whole picture, both bood and bad, while never losing empathy for her subjects.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is People First Economics: Making a Clean Start for Jobs, Justice and Climate, edited by David Ranson & Vanessa Baird.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2009 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)


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