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They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch

  1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  2. Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  3. Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
  4. How To Love Your Wife by John Buri
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch
  7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

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They Cage the Animals at Night

The True Story of an Abandoned Child’s Struggle for Emotional Survival

 

by Jennings Michael Burch

 

 

They Cage the Animals at Night may be the first book that I literally could not put down. I read this in my early-teens. There were books before it that I couldn’t wait to pick up again and thought about every moment until I did, but I could not stop reading this book. I distinctly remember laying under my covers with a flashlight so as to not wake up my brother flipping page after page as the hours ticked by. Each chapter would end and each time I would tell myself, “Just one more chapter.” The next thing I knew, it was 5:30am in the morning and I had an hour before I had to wake up for school.

So, yeah, this is a Sticky Book… Unfortunately I could not find a copy to pull quotes from and there are very few online, so you’ll just have to trust me.  

 

JMB: “Sister, why do you do that?”
S: “Do what?”
JMB: “Cage the animals at night?”
S: “Well…” She looked up and out through the barred window before answering me.”We don’t want to, Jennings, but we have to. You see, the animals that are given to us we have to take care of. If we didn’t cage them up in one place, we might lose them, they might get hurt or damaged. It’s not the best thing, but it’s the only way we have to take care of them.”

JMB: “But if somebody loved one of them,” I asked, “wouldn’t it be a good idea to let them have one? To keep, I mean?”

S: “Yes, it would be. But not everyone would love them and take care of them as you would. I wish I could give them all away tomorrow.” She looked at me. There were tears in her eyes. “But I can’t. My heart would break if I saw just one of those animals lying by the wayside uncared for, unloved. No, Jennings. It’s better if we keep them together.”

 

“The table and chair legs were like bars of the cage around me. This time they weren’t keeping me in, they were keeping her out.”

 

“But sometimes lying’s better. It makes me feel good.” I said. “But only for a little while. When the lie has to stand up from the truth and doesn’t, it hurts twice as much.”

 

“It’s the words,” he said. “So many people think their love won’t be accepted or returned, so they don’t say it. They think by not saying it, they won’t be hurt. They’re wrong.”

 

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

  1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  2. Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  3. Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
  4. How To Love Your Wife by John Buri
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch
  7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

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A Tale of Two Cities

by Charles Dickens

 

There are some classics that you pick up and they just don’t do much for you. It doesn’t mean they’re not great or that they weren’t important for cultural reasons in the moment. It just means that you personally didn’t like it. D. H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” is that way for me, or at least it was when I read it 15 years ago. I just didn’t much care for it. 

“A Tale of Two Cities” is in no way that kind of book for me. I found it to be wonderful, and it has stuck with me still 20-some-odd years later. You don’t me to tell you that it’s a classic. The world also doesn’t need some long-winded essay about this Dickens’ masterpiece. I’ll spare you.

 

“Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.”

 

“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”

 

“There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.”

 

“A multitude of people and yet solitude.”

 

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”

 

“The cloud of caring for nothing, which overshadowed him with such a fatal darkness, was very rarely pierced by the light within him.”

 

“Death may beget life, but oppression can beget nothing other than itself.”

 

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.”

 

“Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.”

 

“Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; – the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!”

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

 

How To Love Your Wife by John Buri

  1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  2. Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  3. Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
  4. How To Love Your Wife by John Buri
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch
  7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

 How to Love Your Wife John Buri

How To Love Your Wife 

 

by John Buri

 

If you didn’t guess, this book is by father. My wonderful, amazing father is an Indie Author as well. He has written two books (and countless articles) in a completely different genre from what I write. I strongly encourage you to read his books.

Now I don’t recommend “How To Love Your Wife” as a Sticky Book because it’s my father’s book. I would like to think Sticky Books has more integrity than that! Admittedly, I likely would have never picked it up to read it if it wasn’t my father’s book, but that would have been my loss.

It is an excellent book.

As fortune would have it, it is also my father’s birthday today. We have a tradition in our family of honoring each other on our birthdays. As kids—imagine five young boys and one young girl going around the dinner table with my parents honoring each other—it was terrifying and wonderful to do honorings. When we were very young, it was always best to go first so your idea wasn’t stolen and you didn’t look like a copycat.

Well, now I’m married with two children and we carry on the tradition in our family. I just sent a video to my father wishing him Happy Birthday back in Minnesota. I honored him for two things that anyone who knows him will be able to recognize. My father likely has taught everyone who’s met him this, whether they have realized the lesson or not.

One, thank you Dad for teaching me to work harder than anyone else in the room. Two, thank you Dad for teaching me to always remember my faith.

All the color commentary from my video to my Dad? I’ll leave that between us.

Get this book, whether you’re married or not, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

“At the heart of intimacy is self-disclosure.”

 

“She is special…It is always delightful for me to hear such a response, for when a young man is able to speak so openly and so positively about the love of his life…I am certain he will decide to invest in their life together through the good times as well as through the bad times.”

 

“If she is special, show her!”

 

“People who understand that marriage entails a mutual responsibility for one another and for their life together can work through their disagreements—for such individuals, conflicts are not so much about what I want as they are about what we need.

 

“[This is] not very touchy-feely…When it comes to dealing with conflict in a healthy way in our marriages, for many of us what we need more than anything else is to grow up!”

 

“People do not ‘fall out of love’ with each other. When love begins to wane, it is because the marriage has taken a back seat on our list of priorities.”

 

“Make your marriage a high priority in your life. Let your wife know just how much you love her.”

 

“The fact of the matter is that ongoing meaningful expressions of affection are essential to the vitality of a marriage.”

 

“As you consider what it required of you to make your marriage a success, it is crucial that you overtly acknowledge the centrality of regular heartfelt expressions of affection.”

 

“Quite literally, if you want to experience the joy of lasting marital love with your wife, then you need to act more lovingly toward her. Just Do It! Be affectionate, even if you don’t feel like it.”

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.

Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty

  1. Endurance by Alfred Lansing
  2. Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  3. Heaven’s Coast by Mark Doty
  4. How To Love Your Wife by John Buri
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch
  7. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
  8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  9. Those Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

Heaven's Coast by Mark Doty

 

Heaven’s Coast: A Memoir  

 

by Mark Doty

 

I read this book nearly 20 years ago. I was a freshman at a Catholic college and it was selected as the required reading for all incoming freshmen. Heaven’s Coast is a memoir of Mark Doty’s experience learning his partner has tested positive for HIV and the slow, heartbreaking time leading to his partner’s death.

As you can probably imagine, there was considerable uproar from the local Catholic community that this book was selected as required reading. I like to think that Catholic’s in U.S. are more humble and open in the two decades since that freshman year, especially given the amount of pain and suffering some leaders in our communities have caused. I like to think that Jesus’ charge to give freely and to judge-not have created a more accepting Catholic community in recent years. I like to think that our ever-loving Pope Francis has become an emblematic figure for the acceptance that the Catholic faith calls us too. I like to think those things, but I’m also no fool.

I’m not sure if it was the raucous raised locally with the selection of this book as required reading or the beautifully poetic words that lie within Heaven’s Coast, but this book has stuck with me 20 years later. It’s high time I pick it up again.

 

 

“Being in grief, it turns out, is not unlike being in love. In both states, the imagination’s entirely occupied with one person. The beloved dwells at the heart of the world, and becomes a Rome: the roads of feeling all lead to him, all proceed from him. Everything that touches us seems to relate back to that center: there is no other emotional life, no place outside the universe of feeling centered on its pivotal figure.”

 

“Christmas Eve, I give him packages which I open for him, since the bows and paper represent more labor than he could manage: music videos by the Nashville singers he thinks particularly sexy, fleece-lined slippers decorated with images of bacon and eggs, and a book about breeds of dogs. He says he wishes he had something for me to open, but I don’t want anything except to have him here. There’s nothing more he could give me than his life, right now, his being with me.”

 

“I used to walk out, at night, to the breakwater which divides the end of the harbor from the broad moor of the salt marsh. There was nothing to block the wind that had picked up speed and vigor from its Atlantic crossing. I’d study the stars in their brilliant blazing, the diaphanous swath of the milk Way, the distant glow of Boston backlighting the clouds on the horizon as if they’d been drawn there in smudgy charcoal. I felt, perhaps for the first time, particularly American, embedded in American history, here at the nation’s slender tip. Here our westering impulse, having flooded the continent and turned back, finds itself face to face with the originating Atlantic, November’s chill, salt expanses, what Hart Crane called the “unfettered leewardings,” here at the end of the world.”

 

“Desire I think has less to do with possession than with participation, the will to involve oneself in the body of the world, in the principle of things expressing itself in splendid specificity, a handful of images: a lover’s irreplaceable body, the roil and shimmer of the sea overshot with sunlight, a handful of cherries, the texture and weight of a word. The word that seems most apt is partake… We can say we partake of something but we may just as accurately say we take part in something’ we are implicated in another being, which is always the beginning of wisdom, isn’t it- that involvement which enlarges us, which engages the heart, which takes out of the routine limitations of self?”

 

“After he died, there was a deep calm to his face; he seemed a kind of unfathomable, still well which opened on and down beneath the suddenly smooth surface of his skin…The heat in him lasted a long time. I loved that heat. I don’t know how long I held his face and his shoulders and stroked him; as he began to cool I kept my hands on his belly, where the last of his warmth seemed to pool and concentrate. Here the fire of the body came to rest, smoldering longest, down to the last embers.”

 

“I don’t know anything different about death than I ever have, but I feel differently. I inhabit this difference in feeling- or does it live in me?- at the same time as I’m sorrowing. The possibility of consolation, of joy even, does not dispel the sorrow. Sorrow is the cathedral, the immense architecture; in its interior there’s room for almost everything; for desire, for flashes of happiness, for making plans for the future…”

 

 

Sticky Books are those that you just can’t get out of your head. They stick with you long after you have put the book down and have moved on to something else. These are some of my Sticky Books. I don’t enjoy reviewing books myself. I find I am either full of far too much praise for the book because I know how difficult it can be to write a book, or I am far too negative about a book because, well, I guess I was just in a bad mood. So instead of reviews, I have pulled some of my favorite quotes from each Sticky Book.

 

Find more writing and publishing tips at Nothing Any Good.
 

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