November 22, 2014

‘Miracle Girls’ by MB Caschetta

Posted on November 18, 2014 by in Fiction, Reviews

Welcome to Romeville, NY, hometown to the Order of Christ’s Most Precious Wounds and Cee-Cee Bianco, protagonist of MB Caschetta’s compulsively readable first novel, Miracle Girls. It’s 1973, and teenage girls are going missing in record numbers, and ten-year-old Cee-Cee (named after Saint Cecilia) is having visions of the missing girls. (more…)

Watch the Book Trailer for Shelly Oria’s ‘New York 1, Tel Aviv 0′

Posted on November 16, 2014 by in Videos & Trailers

Love in the modern age is anything but easy.

In her new short story collection New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, author Shelly Oria deftly explores both the joys and pitfalls of contemporary relationships. (more…)

MB Caschetta: On Her New Novel ‘Miracle Girls,’ Being an Early Member of ACT UP, and Writing as Redemption

Posted on November 16, 2014 by in Interviews

MB Caschetta’s new novel Miracle Girls is a book about missing girls, faith and God, and “God’s chosen people,” she says, “who are, of course, the gays.” (more…)

‘Blue Horses’ by Mary Oliver

Posted on November 12, 2014 by in Poetry, Reviews

Continuing an artistic renaissance that began with A Thousand Mornings (2012), Mary Oliver’s latest poetry collection, Blue Horses, finds her exploring a new home and rediscovering love. Oliver has long been America’s bestselling poet, and these latest conversational poems show why you can find her work on shelves across the United States. (more…)

‘The Woman Who Borrowed Memories’ by Tove Jansson

Posted on November 11, 2014 by in Features, Fiction

Eccentric and precise, The Woman Who Borrowed Memories (NYRB Classics) assembles twenty six stories from Finnish artist and writer Tove Jansson, presenting a mix of unique landscapes, eerie tensions, and an old world perfectly preserved. While Jansson was best known for her tubby Moomin cartoons, her fiction for adults creates a nuanced reality that reflects the pleasure of solitude, the passions of the artist, dark tensions, and the wit of what it means to be human. (more…)

‘Spheres of Disturbance’ by Amy Schutzer

Posted on November 9, 2014 by in Fiction, Reviews

For the past several days, I’ve been reading the world as a pig might, low and loud, in Amy Schutzer’s Spheres of Disturbance. I’ve waited for my breakfast behind the garage door—looking up so hopefully at the handle; I’ve listened, bewildered, at humans exchanging paper for cloth and other paper— Charlotta, the very pregnant pot bellied pig, is one of the characters with other rotating voices, human voices, in Spheres of Disturbance. Her voice lends levity (and a different, sensory gravity) to a book exploring the decisions families and the ailing make about death–how much agency we each have and should have at the end of our lives, who cares for us and at what price. (more…)

‘Deep Merge’ by Linda North

Posted on November 6, 2014 by in Speculative

In the compelling opening of Deep Merge, we meet Kaesah and Atimki, and events rapidly unfold to find Kaesah cradling her beloved partner as she dies. Both women are from the planet NaQwi. They were living on earth Earth doing clandestine research; however, with Atimki’s passing, Kaesah is conflicted about the action she must take in order to fulfill her duty to her beloved and their home planet. The women were on a mission related to genetics and discover that a second alien race has infiltrated Earth and is manipulating its inhabitants for their own devices. Now Kaesah must find a human capable of performing Deep Merge so she can return home to report the nefarious interference from the Phlurx along with her research results. (more…)

‘The Lightkeeper’s Wife’ by Sarah Anne Johnson

Posted on November 2, 2014 by in Fiction, Reviews

Mid-19th century Cape Cod is no place for a woman alone. But Hannah Snow has no choice. When her husband, John, vanishes without a trace, she bravely steps into the role of lightkeeper, which includes attempting to rescue shipwreck survivors. When weeks go by and John’s horse is found without him, she takes on Billy Pike, one of her rescues, to help with the grueling responsibilities. But Billy has secrets that, once revealed, will shake Hannah’s confidence. Will Hannah learn to accept Billy for who he really is? Sarah Anne Johnson’s The Lightkeeper’s Wife is a compelling tale from beginning to end. (more…)

‘Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel’ by Sara Farizan

Posted on November 2, 2014 by in Reviews, Young Adult

When I brought home Sara Farizan’s debut teen novel If You Could Be Mine, I peeked at the first sentence and got sucked in to the end. An hour after that first sentence, I lay on my belly in bed like a tween, my heart racing for the fate of my new best friend Sahar. An hour after that, I’d finished the book and fallen into a book hangover that lasted over two weeks. Other books seemed dull by comparison. My reading was suddenly limited to Sara Farizan’s Algonquin Young Adult Authors page. Life after If You Could Be Mine was as gut-wrenching as learning my new crush had switched schools. (more…)

In Remembrance: Cate Culpepper

Posted on October 30, 2014 by in Remembrances

Some people are funny. Most people are not. Those of us who are, and who find humor essential to managing life’s many hills and valleys appreciate other funny people. A lot. Humor breathes life into our days, whether we realize it or not. (more…)