In The Required Reading Revisited Book Club we focus on books considered “Required Reading” by most educational institutions, i.e. books you read (or were supposed to read) in school – either high school or university. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith Our September required reading book was Betty Smith's 1943 debut novel about an aspirational … Continue reading Required Reading Revisited Book Club – October
STACI Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen "It's about a girl named Sydney who has always been somewhat invisible - her older brother was always the charismatic popular one. At the onset of the story, her brother has just been arrested for a DWI and leaving the scene of the accident and suddenly Sydney is the center … Continue reading What We’re Reading This Week
New in Hardcover Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel by Claire Vaye Watkins We’ve been eagerly anticipating this novel since we first sped through Watkins’s multi-award winning, highly acclaimed first collection of stories, Battleborn. In a surreal, phantasmagoric version of southern California – ravaged by drought, its aquifers drained, facing the spread of an unrelenting desert … Continue reading New Books! 9/29/15
Adam Resnick's extemporaneous bile and deep, existential paranoia throttle any hint of superficial, saccharine wonder out of the childhood stories that constitute the seething, autobiographical essays of Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation. Hilarious despite itself, this comic memoir betrays the mania that boils just beneath the surface of Resnick's furrowed brow. … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Confirms Attendance After Reading WILL NOT ATTEND!
BOSCO Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt by Kristin Hirsh "This is the story of the musical partnership and friendship between Vic Chestnutt and Kristin Hersh. Her writing style is beautiful, poetic, and really unique; there is no one else out there writing like her. The story is crushingly sad in its exploration of … Continue reading What We’re Reading This Week: Weekend Edition
My Bliss, by Bonnie Jo Campbell, explores marriage. Or, marrying things and not marrying things. It is a short short story, and very strange. Here's a line: "How foolish, my marrying the truck, the shovel, the hair, the hope, the broom, the mail—oh, waiting and waiting for the mail to come!" From Pank. From LitHub, Eileen Myles in … Continue reading weekend reading
Once in a while you run across a book that is different enough to warrant closer investigation, something out of the ordinary or on the edge. Many of these experimental books are visually enticing, but, at least for me, that is not enough. It takes more than a pretty book to get me drawn in. … Continue reading TOP SHELF IN OCTOBER: Bats of the Republic: An Illuminated Novel