J.P.

J.P.

JP Kemmick joined the Third Place Ravenna team in November 2016, fulfilling a lifelong dream of getting paid to hang out in a bookstore. He has twice biked across the country and once down the west coast. He is a long time comic book reader, an ardent music appreciator and a writer of strange tales.

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Pulphead Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374532901
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 25th, 2011

Do you care about Axl Rose? I do not. Yet somehow, John Jeremiah Sullivan, in his brilliant essay, The Final Comeback of Axl Rose, made the beleaguered Guns n Roses frontman seem like the most fascinating character of all time. He did the same for Michael Jackson, an overly considered icon that Sullivan still somehow found a new angle on. But what really drew me in was the opening essay on Sullivan's trip to Creation Fest, a massive Christian music festival, which I myself attended as a teen. Sullivan avoids the low hanging fruit and comes away with a new appreciation for the Christian fanboys he meets. This is an essay collection not to be missed.


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The Hidden Letters of Velta B. Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780544253216
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - July 26th, 2016

This beautifully written book is a multi-generational epic. It's full of Latvian folklore, magical thinking, eels and plenty of heartbreak. It's set in the modern era but has the feel of a lost folktale. Ochsner is an Oregon native, but she spent years traveling to and from Latvia to get this story just right.


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Citrus County Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781936365098
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Published: McSweeney's - June 7th, 2011

This quietly devastating book tries to answer the question of why good people do bad things. It is also a teen love story, a mystery and a love song to the strange swamps of Florida, which have infiltrated more than just the setting of this beautifully sad book.