Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What is Amy Ellis Nutt reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Amy Ellis Nutt, author of Shadows Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man's Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph.

Her entry begins:
Because I have such a short span of attention, I’m usually juggling two or three books at once. Often one of them is poetry, my first love. Right now I’m re-reading Late for Work by David Tucker. He’s actually one of my editors at The Star-Ledger and his lyricism always inspires me. From “Detective Story”:

A breeze smelling of the river enters the room though

no river is near; the house is quiet and calm for no reason;

the search does end, the detective finally does sleep, far away

from anything he imagined, his dusty shoes still on.

Two friends recently...[read on]
Among the early praise for Shadows Bright As Glass:
"Shadows Bright As Glass is a fascinating glimpse into the mysteries of the mind, brain and creativity. Jon Sarkin wrestles with the great questions of the search for self, questions that concern us all."
--Alice Flaherty, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

"Fascinating… A mind-bending and inspiring book."
--Kirkus (starred review)

"Nutt exquisitely twins the inspirational and vexing story of Jon Sarkin, brain-damaged chiropractor turned renowned artist, with an account of humankind's eternal pursuit of the soul… Nutt's compelling narrative makes this is a real page-turner."
--Booklist (starred review)
Learn more about the book and author at Amy Ellis Nutt's website.

Amy Ellis Nutt has been a staff writer at The Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, NJ since November 1997. She was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for her story “The Wreck of the Lady Mary,” which ran as a 20-page special section of The Star-Ledger in November 2010.

The Page 99 Test: Shadows Bright as Glass.

Writers Read: Amy Ellis Nutt.

--Marshal Zeringue