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Author Sloane Crossley in her NYT review of this book calls it a "marvelously weird and fable- like mystery" with a "cantankerous narrator" who the locals describe as "an old woman, gone off her rocker living in the wilderness".
My kind of book!
Loved this. Her writing is crisp and precise. And beautiful.
Another quirky family (in this case, really quirky!) story that I tend to favor.
The Wandering Dark is a family operated house of horrors. The Turner family is plagued by something, each of them in a different way. Noah, the youngest, is often left to fend for himself when the rest of the family is off running the family business. But Noah is not allowed to help because it's too scary. By himself and lonely, he befriends the scary creature who scratches on his window nightly. His life is shaped by this strange friend until unanswered questions lead to tragedies and loss.
I'm not usually a fan of horror but this strangely tender book gives me a different impression of the genre.
A quietly powerful story of a Muslim American family's struggles to do what is expected of them and to figure out what they expect from themselves and each other. And which is more important.
I was very moved by this story.
Read this straight through. Devastating.
What a story. Put this on your "to read" list.
Bookseller by day, private investigator/vigilante by night Nikki Griffin is the bookselling pal we all want. She gives great reading recommendations and then teaches your abusive boyfriend a lesson he won't forget. Then she saves the world.
Wow. Read it!
A laugh out loud story of some pretty unloveable kids who finally find someone that loves them.
Loved this! Jake Baker is an un-cool kid who knows it and owns it. He spends a lot of time with his eccentric uncle Calvin who owns an "Occultorium Shop". Together with Billy Yellowbird, Jakes only friend, they explore local ghost legends. Over the course of one summer, the legends begin to hit close to home and things start to spin out of control. Wry humor, fantastic dialogue, and the fact that Davidson's storytelling totally nails what it's like to be on the verge of adulthood make this book one to savor.
I loved this book! It's a story about a young girl, Olympia, and her art and having to be the adult in her New York loft household while her mom suffers from severe depression. Ollie sees the world as an artist so this book is very visual and touching. It's as if you're seeing the world with fresh eyes. Olympia is a character I would like to see in more novels. Ms. Tucker, can we hope for another?
The setting of this novel is an isolated community on the east coast of Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula. In the first chapter two young girls - sisters, go missing. Each chapter after that is a short story about different women that may have connections to the missing girls. But how? The authors skillful telling of this year in the aftermath of the kidnapping ropes you into the very different lives these women lead. And through it all you are still wondering what happened to these girls. The way this novel is put together is so original and compelling I can't recommend it enough.
Funny and heartwarming. Guinevere St. Clair is a little like Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. A "leap before you look" kinda girl.
I tore through this. A fun read for your beach vacation.
A really interesting look at a murder/insurance scam case that Harper Lee spent years investigating and writing about. Author Casey Cep has done a wonderful job researching this case and then wrapping in what is known about Lee's research and time spent in the small Alabama towns where these crimes were committed.
Harper Lee's research and notes for In Cold Blood were copious so there must be volumes on these crimes as well.
We can only wonder about all the treasures buried in Harper Lee's vault.