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What a story. Put this on your "to read" list.
A gem of a book that shows we can all go a little crazy and come through. Each paragraph is like a tiny short story. Jenny Offill is the coolest kid on the block.
Chanel Miller is a voice in the dark pulling you towards the light. She is fierce, eloquent, and funny as hell.
Her book should be required reading. For everyone.
I haven't read a novel like this is a long time. Rich, dense, intense, gripping. Everything you want in a book and then some. Not that it matters but I sure felt like I had read a BOOK when I was done.
A claw, a splotch, a jaw, a contusion - what? why? who cares? Trust me. You will. This slice of 1980's high school shenanigans will have you squirting wine cooler out your nose. There's a field hockey team itching to be the best and they turn to the dark side to get there. It doesn't hurt that they live in Danvers, Massachusetts where the original witch trials were held. After signing their Book of Shadows (which happens to have a picture of Emilio Estevez on the cover) things start looking up. They tie strips of a blue tube sock around their arms. They light candles. They make sacrifices. But Emilio demands more. It takes teamwork to keep Emilio satisfied.
WE RIDE UPON STICKS AND ARE THERE PRESENTLY is the funniest, wittiest, gnarliest book I've read in a long time. Maybe since 1989.
A laugh out loud story of some pretty unloveable kids who finally find someone that loves them.
This sweet novel is a little work of art. It is tender and true to the feelings of a young girl. Highly recommend
to lovers of words.
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.
Read this straight through. Devastating.
Wow. Read it!
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.