Green Books Campaign: American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Posted in Review at 1:00 pm by Amber

Title: American Salvage
Author: Bonnie Jo Campbell
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Printed on: Alkaline paper

This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.

 The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on “green” books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.

American Salvage

American Salvageis a short story collection by Bonnie Jo Campbell set in rural Michigan. The people are (mostly) scrappy. They’re either trying to make their lives better or escaping from the harsh realties of their lives. I can’t relate to the circumstances and situations of the characters but it’s easy to empathize with their feelings.

Each story is unique.  The point of view varies which helps to keep the reader interested and makes one story not blend in with the other.  Several of the stories resonant weeks later.

One of my favorites is “Boar Taint”. It features a newlywed wife, named Jill, who is married to a farmer ten years her senior.  The farming lifestyle would drive any city person crazy but she enjoys it.  Jill fully embraces her new life and wants to add to the family income by raising hogs for hog roasts.  She answers an ad for a $25 boar hog.  The boar is less than she expects and so much more.

About The Author
Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of a collection of stories, Women & Other Animals, and a novel, Q Road. She is the winner of a Pushcart prize, the AWP Award for Short Fiction, and Southern Review’s2008 Eudora Welty Prize for “The Inventor, 1972,” which is included in this collection. Her work has appeared in Southern Review, Kenyon Review, and Ontario Review.

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  1. Hilcia said,

    November 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    This sounds like an interesting book and one I would read. Thanks for the review.
    Hilcia´s last blog post ..Green Books Campaign- Havana and Other Missing Fathers by Mia Leonin

  2. Serena said,

    November 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I haven’t read too many short story collections about Michigan. Wow, sounds like something to broaden one’s horizons with. This green books campaign has some good selections this year.
    Serena´s last blog post ..2010 Green Books Campaign- Crazy Love by Pamela Uschuk

  3. avisannschild said,

    November 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Although I’m not generally a short story fan, this collection sounds intriguing. It’s fun to see what everyone’s read for the Green Books Campaign!
    avisannschild´s last blog post ..Green Books Campaign Review- The Find by Kathy Page

  4. Janelle said,

    November 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Sounds like a great Midwest book. Portraits of rural life are interesting to read.
    Janelle´s last blog post ..Green Books Campaign- All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant- illustrated by Nikki McClure – Book Review

  5. Crafty Green Poet said,

    November 11, 2010 at 2:57 am

    This sounds excellent, I love short stories!
    Crafty Green Poet´s last blog post ..Green Books Campaign- A Year in the Woods

  6. bermudaonion said,

    November 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Sounds like a great story collection!
    bermudaonion´s last blog post ..Review- After the Falls

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