Our memories create the reality of our world. They are our cornerstones of our truth that we touch back upon as we grow and shape ourselves into the people we are. So, what happens when memories disappear? The Book of M by Peng Shepherd is a masterpiece and it’s a necessary book to add to … Continue reading Top Shelf for June: Book of M
Keija Parssinen, award-winning author of the novel Ruins of Us, is set to launch a brand new novel next month. The Unravling of Mercy Louis is set in southeast Texas and follows the life of the town's championship high school basketball player, Mercy Louis, as she confronts the consequences of family secrets scrutinized by a small town. Maggie … Continue reading Keija Parssinen Will Sign YOUR Book!
Top Shelf in February: Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link Reviewed by Ben It’s always hard to review a book that has been so lauded. Karen Russell, Neil Gaiman, Sarah Waters, Michael Chabon, Yiyun Li, Peter Straub kick off a list of those who have already demonstrated their esteem for Kelly Link’s work, so adding my … Continue reading Top Shelf in February: GET IN TROUBLE by Kelly Link
Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself Words by Walt Whitman. Illustrations by Allen Crawford. Forget the cute advice books. This is the gift every graduate wants. Or at least every English major. More about Whitman Illuminated. Get yourself a copy (before we buy them all ourselves).
Afterparty by Daryl Gregory Reviewed by Raul Gregory's exhilarating new book, Afterparty, draws you into an engaging story that plays on some powerful themes. The underlying idea of what people seek in religion is exactly what makes this story so powerful. Is God real or just a thought in our heads? Parables highlight the background of the characters and … Continue reading AFTERPARTY: Truly Mind-Bending Science Fiction
Guest Post by Duncan W. Alderson Author of Magnolia City This month marks the debut of my historical novel about Houston entitled Magnolia City. One of the first questions people always ask me is, “What inspired you to write this book?” The truth is close to what Flaubert said: “We do not choose our subjects. They … Continue reading Guest Post: Dottie May’s MAGNOLIA CITY
~post by Carolyn You can't go wrong with Willy Vlautin. His knack for speaking plainly about hard truths earns comparisons to John Steinbeck and Raymond Carver. (In fact it was a Carver story, Too Much Water So Close to Home, that inspired Vlautin to begin writing stories for the page.) This guy writes with a big heart. … Continue reading Willy Vlautin: A Writer With A Big Heart (and a new book)
Top Shelf in January: The Last Days of California by Mary Miller Reviewed by Arian Within the first few pages of reading The Last Days of California, and without reading her bio, it became very clear to me that Mary Miller has spent time in the South. Her debut novel about two sisters on a road trip … Continue reading Top Shelf in January: THE LAST DAYS OF CALIFORNIA