I would not consider myself a horror fan, but I like creepy, and Stephen Graham Jones's writing hits the sweet spot for me. His writing is amazing, he hits on real and serious issues (he's Blackfeet, as are the characters in this book, and much of the story revolves around the idea of what it means to be Native American in the 21st century), and the creep factor is brilliantly done. The basic set up is four Blackfeet, ten years ago, went to a sacred place they weren't supposed to be, and shot an entire herd of elk. And the elk have not forgotten. I'll leave the rest for you to discover.
This is a searing epic of a novel (as you can tell if you just pick up the book!), but well worth the journey through. This is the story of the Civil War, told through the eyes of the four Hancock siblings who all see different sides of the lead up to war, the war itself, and the terrible aftermath, particularly on their family. Be forewarned, there are some difficult scenes in this book, but it all adds to the powerful story Gear tells.
I've heard from many bookseller friends that Edwidge Danticat is a brilliant writer, and after finally reading her, I can't agree more! This is a beautiful short story collection that largely focuses on the lives of Haitian immigrants. Each story is captivating and populated with compelling characters dealing with loss, grief, and ultimately hope. This is the sort of collection where, once you start a story, you can't stop reading until it finishes, and then you have to put the book down to absorb it.
This is a beautifully written and powerful memoir about the effects, both positive and negative, that your parents can have on your life, but also about taking personal responsibility. Mikel Jollett lays himself bare, putting out the details of his first years of life as a child born into a cult, then being raised by a narcissistic mother in poverty, his forays into alcohol and drugs, and finally discovering music and therapy. It's also a story about what family means, and what it means to be close to someone, and how a son can love his father without being just like his father. A very moving book!
It's the good boys from Breaking Cat News - Puck, Elvis, and Lupin - here to bring all of the most important news for cats (and those who love them)! This might be the final installment of the comics Georgia Dunn published online before BCN was made into a newspaper comic strip - and it has the most epic of Summer adventures that never ran in papers, featuring the new intern Beatrix!
If you love adorable animals, coffee, and heartwarming characters that will make you feel good, pick up Cat's Cafe! Cat owns a coffee shop, and they brew delicious coffee for a cast of animals who frequently need some help, including the caffeine-crazed Penguin, the anxiety-ridden Rabbit, and the knife wielding Kiwi. This is full-on feel good humor!
The good boys of Breaking Cat News are back, with all the reporting important to cats everywhere! If you love the Breaking Cat News comic strip in the paper, you NEED to get this book - this is a collection from Georgia Dunn's original online comic, and while many of the stories have been told in the newspaper version, this book as an AWESOME Halloween special that was never in papers!
This is the most Mary Roach-esq book I've ever read that isn’t by Mary Roach. Bianca Bosker set out to discover why wine snobs are obsessed with wine, and became obsessed herself. She writes about her insane year in blind-tasting groups, going to smelling conventions, and drinking all the wine in her quest to become a certified sommelier. This book will make you want to drink and analyze lots of wine.
Tin Man is in many ways a meditation on love, grief, and ultimately hope. This is one of those books that's not so much about the plot as it is about small details and carefully crafted images to paint a portrait of a relationship between two men in Oxford in the 70s and 80s. Sarah Winman has an amazing ability to open up a character with just a few well placed words and sentences.
It feels strange to say that a book about the apocalypse is delightful, but this really was a delightful read, largely because of the wonderful voice of the crow narrator, Shit Turd (or ST for short). His quest to find and save the humans (or mofos, as he calls them) is heartwarming, and his development throughout the novel is so fun to watch.
Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over cocktails—Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about Phenomenology. This meeting sparked a movement that swept through the cafes of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism. This book follows the existentialists story, from the first rebellious spark to its role today.
This was a fascinating look into the life of an amazing woman whom I had previously never heard of - and I'm so glad I know about Nur Jahan now! In a time when I certainly didn't expect it, Nur Jahan rose to be one of the most powerful people in her kingdom, and Ruby Lal sets out in this historical account to give as accurate a portrayal as possible of this woman who ruled a kingdom. I was captivated, well worth the read!
I of course loved Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and of course that will be the role that will always define her, but she most certainly deserves to be known for her writing as well. She's sharp, funny, and incredibly insightful, and this book is a great look at her time being space royalty both before and after fame, and at her affair with Harrison Ford.
Most of my nonfiction reading tends to focus on food writing, and Ryan Jacob's account of the crazy world of truffles did not disappoint! I had no idea that there was so much shadiness happening during pretty much every step between looking for, finding, selling, and getting truffles onto diner's plates. This is well-written and well-researched investigative journalism into a world I really knew nothing about. A fascinating read!
This is one of those memoirs that's easy to forget that it's not fiction - so many crazy things have happened to Chris Rush in just the first twenty years of his life that it's a miracle he lived through it all! Rush grew up during the 60s and 70s, discovering a love for art, other boys, and just about every drug you can imagine. The world he paints with words is bright and dark at the same time, and he brilliantly shows how the innocent pursuit of drugs in the 60s evolves into the addictions of the 70s. There is black magic in Rush's writing, and it's a thrill to experience!
This is a beautifully written and moving book about three very different, strong, flawed women set in Germany around World War II. The perspectives of Marianne, Benita, and Ania offer a glimpse into a time and place in history where people's morals seemed broken, and where forgiveness was desperately needed but hard to come by. I loved every moment of this heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful book!