Literary Nonfiction. Women's Studies. THE BOOK OF JON is a saga of the rise and fall of family lines—a tale marked by bohemia, Greek poets, intellectuals, drugs and homelessness. It is the story of eccentrics and survivors, the strength of personal vision and the nature of addiction, and what it does to families. With a seamless weave of letters, reminiscences, poems and journal entries, Sikelianos creates a loving portrait—and an unblinking indictment—of her father. Jon, a multi-talented, eccentric visionary, emerges as a brilliant, charming, irresponsible, frustrating, and ultimiately tragic hero. An exquisitely rendered exploration of the harrowing and motivating forces of family, history, and individual choices.
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Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books of poetry, including three from Coffee HOuse Press, THE LOVING DETAIL OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD (2013), BODY CLOCK (2008), and THE CALIFORNIA POEM (2004); as well as a hybrid memoir, THE BOOK OF JON (City Lights Publishers, 2004); and most recently the book of literary nonfiction, YOU ANIMAL MACHINE (THE GOLDEN GREEK) (Coffee House Press, 2014). Sikelianos directs the creative writing program at the University of Denver.Author City: BOULDER, CO USA