Enemies of Reading: A personal journey through ‘redneck noir’ concludes
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"American Salvage," by Bonnie Jo Campbell, is one of Gilmore's favorite redneck noir novels.
by Hugh Gilmore
When you search for books online, either to purchase or simply to research an author, you inevitably run into the “lumping” problem. Yahoo, Google, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other Internet giants use sophisticated computer programs to say, in effect, “If you liked that book, you’ll probably also like this one too.” They’re suggesting that these other books are substantially similar to what you sought.
I must admit these suggestions are often useful and lead me to authors I’d not known about – but sometimes the similarity they cite is superficial and misleading. That’s “the lumping problem.”
For example, after I read my first Chris Offutt book (“Kentucky Straight”), I started looking for more titles by him. That was easy enough. He’s published five books since 1992, a small enough output to track them all down easily. When I finished reading all of him, I wished th
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