The Chameleon Couch

9 best books like The Chameleon Couch (Yusef Komunyakaa): Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Loose Woman, Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew, American Primitive, Evidence: Poems, The Book of General Ignorance, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, A Study in Brimstone, Þýska húsið

Night Sky with Exit Wounds
AuthorOcean Vuong
The most beautiful part of your body
is where it's headed, & remember
loneliness is still time spent
with the world.

To read Ocean Vuong's Night Sky with Exit Wounds is to be dazzled by gorgeous lyricism. I picked this up as part of my exploration of contemporary poetry I have...
Loose Woman
AuthorSandra Cisneros
Of the poems in this collection, the ones I like the most come from the central section entitled "The Heart Rounds up the Usual Suspects": here is the poem of the same title:

I sleep with the cat
when no one will have me.
When I can't give it away
for love or money-

I telephone...
Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew
AuthorUrsula K. Le Guin
I'm pretty skeptical of books on writing, if only because everyone seems to have written one. And so many of them come at you with flashy promises: "Sell Your Novel In Thirty Days!"

Prior to having read LeGuin's "Steering the Craft," I relied on three books, more or less:

1. Strunk and...
American Primitive
AuthorMary Oliver
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Her most acclaimed volume of poetry, American Primitive contains fifty visionary poems about nature, the humanity in love, and the wilderness of America, both within our bodies and outside.

"American Primitive enchants me with the purity...
AuthorMary Oliver
Never afraid to shed the pretense of academic poetry, never shy of letting the power of an image lie in unadorned language, Mary Oliver offers us poems of arresting beauty that reflect on the power of love and the great gifts of the natural world. Inspired by the familiar lines from William Wordsworth,...
The Book of General Ignorance
AuthorJohn Lloyd
Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of reeducation based on the phenomenal British bestseller.

Challenging what most of us assume to be verifiable truths in areas like history, literature, science,...
Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
AuthorAdrienne Maree Brown
Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent...
A Study in Brimstone
AuthorG.S. Denning
Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes.

Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of...
Þýska húsið
AuthorArnaldur Indriðason
Þýska húsið gerist í hinni hersetnu Reykjavík árið 1941. Maður finnst myrtur í lítilli leiguíbúð en hann hefur verið skotinn í höfuðið. Grunur beinist strax að hermönnunum, en samskipti þeirra við Íslendinga eru litin hornauga af mörgum. Hér hittum við á ný lögreglumanninn...
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