A gripping, twisting account of a small town set on fire by hatred, xenophobia, and ecological disaster—a story that weaves together corporate malfeasance, a battle over shrinking natural resources, a turning point in the modern white supremacist movement, and one woman’s relentless battle for environmental justice.
Sleepwalk is a high speed and darkly comic road trip through a near future America with a big-hearted mercenary, from beloved and acclaimed award-winning novelist Dan Chaon.
“[Chaon] does madcap well and likes his characters, even the killers—especially the killers.”—The New York Times Book Review
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Empire of Pain—a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions
A survival horror tale about a cat’s journey after society collapses.
The Kaiju Preservation Society is John Scalzi's first standalone adventure since the conclusion of his New York Times bestselling Interdependency trilogy.
"The buzz...is real. I've read it and was blown away. It's a true nerve-shredder that keeps its mind-blowing secrets to the very end." —Stephen King
Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Horror Novel!
A World Fantasy Award Finalist!
An Indie Next Pick! A LibraryReads Top 10 Pick!
“This is a book for every thinking person, the perfect antidote to today’s culture wars.”—Hope Jahren
The creators of An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments return with this desperately timely guide to how words can trick us.
Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize
"A hypnotic and electrifying Irish tale that transcends country, transcends time." --Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers
Dispatches from the front lines of American culture by the great humorist
New York Times Bestseller
A hilarious full-color guide to Midwestern culture, from comedian and journalist Charlie Berens, creator of the viral comedic series "The Manitowoc Minute"
Perfect for fans of Grumpy Monkey and The Bad Seed, this dynamic and hilarious picture book from an exciting new talent shows how feeling hangry can turn even the sweetest kid into a snarling, growling Wolfboy!
Wolfboy is hungry!
He's drooly and growly and fussy!
From the bestselling duo of Donaldson and Scheffler, Zog the dragon returns with a girl-power princess story about being true to yourself!Zog the dragon, Princess Pearl, and Sir Gadabout have taken to the skies! No sniffly lion or sunburned mermaid will go without care while the flying doctors are on duty.
I'm more of an independent sci-fi reader than superheros when it comes to comics, and this was AWESOME! Tom King tells us the story of Vision living in suburbia. (This is definitely NOT the tv series version that Marvel just released.) Vision and his family, which he basically created, are living in suburbia, and dealing with many things that non-Avenger kinds of folks deal with. Vision just wants to be a human (he is a synthezoid). So he whipped himself up a family with his superior intellect. They even have a dog. Everything is going swell until the deaths start happening. Then the kids seem to be having problems. Can Vision hold his family together?
Tom King is a heck of a story teller. This story is self-contained, so you don't need to read any other comics or books to understand what's going on in the story. We get to peek behind the curtain of what superheros do when they aren't being super. Tom keeps us on the edge of our seats as he slowly turns the tension up throughout the book. This is a book you will read in one sitting period. Don't get up; no food; keep your mind clear; and absorb the slow nightmare that is Vision's life. By the time you're done you will have experienced the range of human emotion from terrible to lovely. You will be a better human.
If you are looking for high brow literature then look no further. Attack of the Underwear Dragon makes you want to never give up. Cole wants to become a Knight of the round table. He decides to write Sir Percival a letter asking to train to become a Knight. Luckily, Percival became a Knight in a similar fashion, so he takes Cole under his wing. Pretty soon, Cole is learning what it really takes to be a Knight. This is all great until an Underwear Dragon comes to destroy the kingdom. Cole has to try and use all his skills to persevere against him. Will he do it? You will have to read to find out.
I love children's books that teach some kind of lesson. While I may look like a grown up, I am categorically not. Sometimes I need a good lesson to kick me in the pants, pump up my ambition, and keep me tooling down the right track. I think the lesson of perseverance is just right for me.
Lydia Millet has a knack for writing beautiful prose while dealing with ugly situations. I picked this up on a whim and fell head over heels for it. I like to try and read a couple of award-winners or runners-up every year. And along comes Lydia. Within the first two pages, I was impressed with her monster writing chops. She effortlessly captures the voice and perspective of children, while paying little attention to the adults' hedonistic actions. The children are a collage of different species: animal lovers, weirdos, rebellious teens, and other wonderful and strange characters. This group of 12 children is stuck at a vacation home left "to their own devices without any devices" (read: no wi-fi). The children find themselves thrust together after their parents' college friends decide to have one last hurrah before they are "too old for debauchery." Those last hurrahs include adventures, sacrificing tokens from the vacation home, or following their growing sex drives. I am going to go as far as saying this is going to be a new classic. I haven’t been impressed this quickly with a book in a long time. Read the first few pages and you will be transformed back into a version of your younger self, wondering, "Why are my parents so weird?"
This is such a wonderful little book. One of my favorite parts about children’s books is that there is almost always a lesson or moral. In Band Together we open on a young duck who likes to play music and keep to himself. Soon the duck runs into some other forest animals who want to be friends and play some music together. Being a loner, the duck is unsure. The band finally gets the chance to play in a show, but they are a man down! They reach out to duck, but he turns them down. As much as he would like to make some friends, he is unsure of himself. Plot twist! - Right before they are about to cancel the show, the duck gets the courage to play! Trying new things, overcoming anxiety and fear of acceptance, and allowing yourself to be cared for are the themes woven throughout this brightly illustrated book. It illustrates beautifully what many of us feel at different times throughout life. Sometimes we just need to go for it and embrace the music!
I loved this short little picture book. It's about a little girl who gets her first "No." She finds that her idea begins to change with the more and more "Nos" she gets. It's not necessarily bad that her idea is changing, it just becomes different. Soon she finds that she needs other people's help to handle all the "Nos" in her idea. By the time we get to the end of the story all those "Nos" have become something else entirely, a "Yes." I love that this story is open ended enough that we can interpret it in many different ways. I like thinking that without all these "Nos" she never would have gotten to the "Yes." There is a reward we get as we watch her problem solve throughout the story. I also really enjoy the relatively simple, mostly black-and-white illustrations throughout. It works very well using negative space as the story progresses, eventually culminating in full color. I think this would be a great story for any child to read with a parent and discuss what they think it means.
Willa is a pretty typical young lady who does well in school, the scouts, and playing the oboe. She has a secret though. She likes to go up on the roof and howl at nighttime. Her mother doesn't seem to care too much for that kind of thing. So Willa decides to go hang out in the forest where a bigfoot lives. The bigfoot attempts to scare Willa, but it's no use: Willa just roars back. Soon Buttercup the Bigfoot and Willa become great friends and learn things from each other. One day, Willa's mother shows up and brings Willa back to the city and won't take Buttercup with her. Willa is lonely when she gets back. It turns out Buttercup is lonely too. Soon Buttercup is going to school with Willa and really enjoys being just like any other little girl. Of course they still go up on the roof to howl in the evenings. I loved this story, because it is about finding common ground. The vivid illustrations leave me wanting to come back to this book again and again.
Joe has done it again this year with a Lansdale stand-alone novel. Instead of writing about our favorite private investigators Hap and Leonard, More Better Deals offers a wickedly funny thrill ride through Texas in 1960s through the eyes of a rough and tumble used car salesman who is always ends up scratching on the eightball. Ed trys to stay on the straight and narrow, but usually something drags him back down. It looks like this time it might be Nancy. Tasked with collecting on a red Cadillac whose owners decided they were done paying, Ed doesn't turn up the man on the bill of sale, but a lovely and dangerous gal instead. Unfortunately for Ed, it looks like Nancy might have some down right dirty tricks up her sleeve. As always, Landsdale's smooth-talking characters carry an air of danger, and with Nancy's husband back in town, she's talked Ed right into a dangerous situation. Every once in a while, I get a book that makes me feel like I'm in some black and white gangster flick. This would be the first one since Christopher Moore's Noir; also a really fun read. At any rate, anyone who wants to visit a time when you could rough someone up without the police getting involved, or smoke in a grocery store should pick up More Better Deals. You might even forget what's going on in the rest of the world for a moment. Wouldn't that be lovely?
James Veitch is something of a tech prankster. Have you ever wondered who all those scam emails are for? Apparently for James. Let's say someone emails you that they have a large amount of money in a box they would like to split with you. The one catch is that you need to give them your name, and address, as well as pay part of a fee to be able to get the said box of money. James relishes talking with these scammers. Sometimes he can string them along for days. While I do not know how I would make a living messing with various scammers, apparently James has. He has turned his stories into TED talks, comedy shows, and it has even driven him to the late night talk show circuit. All these tales are told through email and personal messages, which makes it what I call a fantastic chunk reader. A "chunk reader" is of course a book read in smaller doses. I like mine when I'm having a bad day and need a laugh to reset or first thing in the morning to get the day started off right. I implore you to take a wild ride through Veitch's hilarious true stories with a deadpan delivery. For fans of Chuck Klosterman, David Sedaris, and Alexandra Petrie.
"Nonsense!" is a fantastically wonderful book about an extremely smart, strangely silly, brilliant man who liked to scribble in black ink weaving brilliant views of fear, sometimes joy. We learn about all the things that went into making a man that no one could quite understand: he reveled in oxymorons, was reading by age 3, and often wrote stories with unfortunate endings. Many followed in his footsteps. He was maybe a bridge between the likes of Lewis Carrol and Mary Shelly to newcomers Lemony Snicket and Chris Riddell. "Nonsense!" gives young readers a glimpse into our sneaker-wearing, ring-jingling, fur-coat-grooving friend. Did I mention this guy had a lot of cats? He bought a boat captain's house to live in with all of his cats. What a wonderful fellow.
"The Cat Man of Aleppo" is a story told through the lense of war. This is a touching story, one that brings hope. Alaa was an ambulance driver when war came down on Allepo. Many fled but Alaa did not. Everyday he did his duty to help his fellow man. Many animals were left behind when people fled, and Alaa began to spend his leftover pay on food for the cats who were left behind. Soon more and more cats came out of the shadows. Could Alaa love them all? With the help of his fellow man they began building a sanctuary for these animals. Next, he began receiving donations. Alaa set out to use those funds to help the animals and people of his city feel more love. While finishing this book was a bit tough fighting through the tears, I think this is a perfect tale to bring us joy about our fellow humans and animals during these trying times.
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Long Bright River has a little bit for everyone: thrills, mystery, family drama, social issues, all coalescing around a scene where the actions of humans contribute to the situation at hand. This all takes place in Kensington, Pennsylvania: a city that seems to always be in shadow as the trains pass overhead. You will always see the same folks out on the street doing whatever it is they do that propels them through life. It could be drugs, prostitution, or running a shiny new establishment to help revitalize the area. Or is it to gentrify the area? Kensington seems to be a place where everyone has an idea about how it should grow. The black market would probably like to keep it as it. Many questions go unanswered or aren’t even asked. Kensington seems to be the most prominent character in this story. I think that’s what I love about it. You can smell the rain mix with the dirt and garbage as it hushes the streets with its weight. Just because it rains, doesn’t mean life slows down at all.
Kacey and Mickey are sisters who lost their parents at an early age. This is always just on the periphery of what is happening either to them or around them. Control can only take you so far. Kacey has always been the more responsible sister. The worrier. Mickey has always been a bit more cavalier; slightly dangerous. Kacey ends up becoming a cop, keeping the beat, while always keeping an eye out for Mickey. She’s out there somewhere. Mickey seemed destined for what she became the first time she overdosed. At the heart of Long Bright Line is a family struggle, and it's a struggle for survival. It seems that no matter how hard they paddle; the current is always going to win. This is a tale of a walk-in others' shoes. You may have worn them before; maybe you are wearing them now. At any rate you know someone with them. Come on down to Kensington and see where these shoes take you.
Judy Shachner has done it again. It seems to me every time she comes up with a new book it's even better than the last. Judy is probably most well known for her Skippyjon Jones books; I really like these new cats though. Obviously, Stretchy does a lot of ...stretching. Stretchy lives in a cardboard box with his siblings and always ends up at the bottom of the sleeping pile since he is so ...stretchy. One day he decides to take a little vacation has some adventures and meets a little girl named Beanie who also loves to ...stretch. Stretchy ends up having so much fun that he loses track of time, and his siblings come looking for him because they're worried. I won't give away the end, just know that all ends well.
I really like Stretchy as a children's book because of the way the pictures and text interact synergistically, bringing the story vividly to life. Fairly young readers will be able to identify with the picture where Stretchy wraps his arms around a tree, or when he is itching his fleas. It's nice to pause and have the child point out the action for what Stretchy, or one of the other characters, is doing. Stretchy scratches my itch for a new Judy Sachner book!
Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue is a super-fantastic early chapter book for ages 8-12 years old. Kitty’s mother has left for the night. She's on the prowl, being a superhero, and helping the people of the city with her "catty" superpowers. Kitty hears a knock at the window and meets a young cat in need of a superhero. Kitty must decide if she can be brave and go help somebody in need all by herself - without having powers. If someone is in trouble, she must at least try. On her adventure, Kitty makes some friends.
I loved this book; there is already a second book out in the series and a third landing in March. (full info. here) I really liked this book, because Kitty gathers up the courage and belief in herself to help out her new friends. You get to see her confidence grow throughout the story. Especially when one of her newfound friends is a little unsure of themselves. It gets the official #alexapproved.
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I loved Out from the first page. I believe a term like hidden gem, fits as the description of John Smolens’s writing. It is just wonderful. John has written one of my favorite kinds of stories, a blizzard story set in Marquette, MI. We follow a small cast of characters through the duration. We have Del, who you may be familiar with if you have read one of John’s previous books Cold. He is a retired widower, recovering from hip surgery, introvertedly passing the time. Next a pregnant physical therapist turns up to help Del out with some stretching and rehab named Marcia. We also have two young men, Barr and Connor, who have had some kind of altercation leading to one of them lying face down bleeding in the snow. They also have some kind of connection to our pregnant therapist. Out happens quickly. Each turn of the page may flip the situation on its head with a slow burn of suspense. I would compare this book to one of my other favorites Sweetgirl by Travis Mulhauser, or Steve Hamilton's books. If you need a new Michigan thriller or suspense, pick this up along with some of his others, many having a Michigan connection.
I read a lot of books on the opioid epidemic. Much of the time, I find I already know everything in a new book that comes out. Not this time. Fentanyl, INC. sheds light on the underground corners of the internet and history that have been covered in darkness. This book is much more than the tale of how America has a fentanyl problem. It is more about the actions that brought us here. What I found astounding, was that we probably wouldn’t have a heroin or fentanyl problem if we just let the people that want to get high with an approved medication approved by a doctor or a pharmacist get high. Then, people would know what they were putting in their bodies. Maybe we would not have as many people selling these drugs if we could get them decent jobs that payed a living wage. Possibly they might have an unresoved mental issue and if they were to get some treatment they wouldn’t be self-medicating the best way they know how. Also some people just wanna get high. We let them do it by drinking or smoking grass, maybe some people want to do it with narcotics. At any rate, users have a higher chance of dying because their drugs could be contaminated. Fentanyl has gotten more accesible, because it can be made in a lab. It is so potent, that a gram could potentially kill 300ish people. Reading books like this means we can make informed decisions about laws that we vote on. We can't arrest our way out of this situation. I mean, people can order this stuff right to their doorstep! I recommend this book for anyone that works around drugs, uses them, knows someone addicted, or lives in an area with a heroin/fentanyl problem. If we educate ourselves, we may be able to help those that need it.
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Bruno is a wonderful little story about being different, but that doesn’t matter if you're friends. Bruno may not do many of the normal cat things, but the things he does do are totally awesome just the same. I will only let you in on one of the special ways Bruno is different, because I don’t want to give it all away: Bruno does not catch mice, but he loves to chase them on his skateboard! What I love about Bruno is that he doesn’t really care what others think of him. He likes to do his own thing, and his friends love him for it.
I have been waiting forever for this book to get re-released. It’s finally here. First things first, Mark Alan Stamaty has drawn my favorite two children’s books, “Who Needs Donuts?” and “Small in the Saddle.” The later has been out of print for many years. Hopefully they re-release that one as well. Anyways “Yellow Yellow” is a simple book, but highly versatile. You can read it like a regular picture book and look at the pictures. You can spend hours pouring over every page, so you see everything each beautifully crafted page has to offer. My favorite is looking at everything and using it as a jumping off point for some of my own art. At “Yellow Yellow’s” heart I would say this is a story about living in a city and just enjoying life. This city’s characters and texture are amazingly inked by Stamaty. You might find a Grandmother unicycling, holding her cane, while wearing a hat that seems to be filled with a mailbox and clowns. Maybe you will come across full grown cowboy pulling a toy duck. One of my favorite things I saw was a man about a foottall riding a jumping frog in front of a cobbler fixing what appears to be a giant’s shoe.
A perfect family is shattered when their daughter goes missing in this "brilliantly executed" New York Times bestselling thriller from a "master storyteller" (Providence Sunday Journal).
You've lost your daughter. She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found.
Emily Tetri has written a lovely story to help us understand our imaginations. While some thoughts are scary, remember, they’re all in your head.
Everyday, Tiger gets home from school, eats dinner, then brings yummy food to the monster under her bed. They play some games, and then go to sleep. Monster showed up when Tiger was little,and thought it was not fair to scare someone so young. He decided to scare away Tiger’s nightmares instead. This worked great until there was a nightmare that would not listen to him. So, Tiger and Monster had a problem: no one was getting any sleep. They tried a few ways to stop it. Finally, Tiger decided since nightmares are all in her head, she would tell the nightmare it wasn’t real and it would finally go away. Which it did! Now they fight nightmares together, and they can both get some sleep. Tiger was able to think deeply about the problem, and fix it all by himself.
I loved this book. I think it’s quite applicable for grown ups as well. Irrational anxieties can be hard to deal with. So far, the best way I have found is to meditate until I’m inside my head, and then I tell my brain to chill out, the world isn’t ending, and all is going to be ok. I guess I'm just like Tiger! A kid who might need a little help calming themselves, might really enjoy the example set by Tiger and Monster.
I implore you to pick up this fun, quick read. Don’t wait. Scare away your nightmares with Tiger and Monster. Best for ages 7-10.
This book tastes like eating cornbread, chicken, and watermelon at a picnic in an ancient southern cemetery, and then enjoying a couple of cold beers just as dusk engulfs you. This is a fictitious story about a fictitious story. It's full of southern charm and wit. We get to see the best of people, the worst of people, and the weirdness of humanity.
The Vine that Ate the South tells the story of southern life through a hodgepodge of schizophrenic ramblings just coherent enough for us to be able to understand without some kind of debilitation or superpower; this is the reason I intensely relished this book.
J.D. Wilkes and his hillbilly sidekick Carver Canute are going on a epic journey of mythical proportions; at least in their own minds. They are going to experience "The Kudzu House of Horrors," a local legend. The map in the beginning of the book will give you an idea of what's in store for the two heroes. Everything seems to be exaggerated, or at least on the edge of believably in this book. There are stories of insane men of the cloth, tales of mad bands holed up in abandoned grain silos, empty Freemason lodges, broken down con men, remote control gun turrets, and an epic tale revolving around a dust devil whipping up more than a storm. All of these stories relating to the journey paint the picture of what our heroes have gone through to get to this point in their lives, and without them I don't think that these boys would have the strength to make it to the conclusion. Please pick this book up if you want a breath of a fresh story. The process of unpacking parts of this novel will inevitably leave your eyes opened a little wider to the world, and perhaps a bit more understanding of your fellow man, even if some of them are a little hard to believe. If I could, I would jump on a mountain bike with J.D. and Carver and not stop peddling 'til the dream is fulfilled.
“One of the most intriguing future cities in years.” —Charlie Jane Anders
“Simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder.” —Ann Leckie
A Best Book of the Month in
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“Absorbing . . . Though it's non-fiction, The Feather Thief contains many of the elements of a classic thriller.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
“One of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.” —Christian Science Monitor
From the late 1980s through the 1990s, crack was king of the streets and the project hallways of the Bronx. Crack was outselling heroin and in turn bringing a new kind of junkie to the street, as well as a new kind of dealer. There have always been gangs, but this new market gave way to a rise in violence never seen in this community. The dealers got younger, more violent, and ruthless in holding and gaining new territories. One minute someone was your brother and the next, they’re shooting you and taking the money out of your pocket.
“SMM” tells the true story of young men, their friends, and families who slogged through their lives hoping not to be murdered, to overdose, be robbed, or hear that another friend or family member needs to be buried. It also begs the question of why people have to worry about these things every day. How did we let government housing become what it is? Why are there so many guns in the urban centers, and why do minors have them? If people need help, why isn’t there somewhere they can go to get it? This book reminds us that we must stay humble and at the same time raise up our American brothers and sisters when they need help. The 1990s in the Bronx was a difficult time, and I believe it pays to remember our recent history and learn from it.
A daring, firsthand, and utterly-unscripted account of crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy's ranch to Donald Trump's unstoppable campaign for President--at every turn, Pulitzer-prize winner and bestselling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff was there
Christmastime has come. Unfortunately for Bruce the bear, he will not be sleeping through this year’s holiday season, because he is a mother to a family of goslings. While out shoveling snow, Bruce is mistaken for Santa Claus. He tries to hide inside, but soon everyone in the forest wants Bruce to listen to what they want for Christmas and hand out presents. Will Bruce keep his cool and not become a Scrooge? I suggest you come in quick and pick up a copy of Santa Bruce to find out.
If you have never read a Bruce book, I highly recommend all of them. I don’t know if I could say I like one more than any of the others, but whenever a new one comes out, I can’t wait to see what the world has instore for Bruce and his family. Bruce has starred in several of his own books. And, if you didn’t know, the mice from Hotel Bruce also appear in a picture book called Be Quiet after they discover they are not the best at hotel management.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo, a darkly comic short story about the unintended consequences unleashed by our quest to tame the natural world—featuring gorgeous black-and-white illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal.
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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires comes a hard-rocking, spine-tingling horror novel about a washed-up guitarist of a ’90s heavy metal band who embarks on an epic road-trip across America and deep into the web of a sinister conspiracy.
Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges, directed by Azazael Jacobs
A Recommended Read from:
Vanity Fair * Entertainment Weekly * Vulture * The Millions * Publishers Weekly * Esquire
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD WINNER • A wondrous and shattering novel that follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.
Awaiting Identification is a brilliant mystery/crime story taking place on the streets of Detroit on Devil’s Night or Angel’s Night depending on what side of the law you prefer to dance on. Immediately we are thrown into "NYC Girl’s" anxiety and worry about coming back to a place she never thought she would have to see again. With few options left, she is just aiming for survival. With child, NYC Girl has to be careful in this city that seems to always have the scent of fire on the wind. Should she haunt some of the old corners and clubs she used to frequent or should she try and see if her drug addicted mom will pity instead of spite her? Will "Leaf Man" the DJ finally make it out of his seedy underworld? Will the sonic waves of drum and bass be enough for him to finally retire? Or will he end up straying from his path, perhaps helping a young lady he meets on the train? The young man, "R.I.P.," has made some poor decisions as a defense mechanism to keep him one step ahead in a city that could eat him alive. He must keep coming up with ways help cover the huge cost of his father’s medication that his uninsured family, living in disarray, affords by breaking the law. Or will the nice samaritan with a suitcase full of vinyl be his savior? "The Cat Man" seems to be at peace with the world just trying to spread a little joy to the down and out in a town that seems to be rejecting the people trying to survive there. After all, who doesn’t like a homeless man, with a kitten in his pocket that just wants to make friends with his fellow travelers in the world. Then we have "the Zealot." He seems to be everywhere. Always warning people they must change their ways and get rid their sin. He offends everyone he meets. Why does he have those scars all over him?
I could not put this book down. Roaming all over Detroit with these poor souls knowing their fate before the story even gets started is an insane roller coaster ride. Each time you see an interaction through another character’s fate the story changes just a little more. I loved how you can love them when seen from one perspective, and how the next time you are disgusted with how the interaction turns out. It reminds me of watching a scary movie and when the music begins to jump I can’t help but yell at the players to not go in the basement. If you are looking for a great crime story set in the city of Detroit, please pick this one up. It will have you laughing, crying, and cursing before you close the last page.
With thrilling chills and crackling suspense, The Dead Run is an edgy novel set in the netherworld of the Mexican-American border from Adam Mansbach, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**ck to Sleep and Rage Is Back.
When Russell joins Black Arts games, brainchild of two visionary designers who were once his closest friends, he reunites with an eccentric crew of nerds hacking the frontiers of both technology and entertainment. In part, he's finally given up chasing the conventional path that has always seemed just out of reach.
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F*** to Sleep, “a rollicking, frenetic and hilarious jaunt” (San Francisco Chronicle) and an Amazon Best Book of the Month
From David Wong, the writer of the cult sensation John Dies at the End,omes another terrifying and hilarious tale of almost Armageddon at the hands of two hopeless heroes.
Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR.
Holy Ghost Girl appeared to me as some sort of realistic fiction. Upon further investigation it was clear that this book is, indeed, a memoir. Donna takes you on a journey through the south underneath a traveling revival tent from the 60's. Donna spent her early life bouncing around with the Terrellaties. Brother Terrell's following went from few to many in a matter of years thanks to his fighting of the KKK, healing of the sick, and prophesying of the end times. Donna and her brother bounce all over with Brother Terrell, her mom, and a host of different people that watch them for The older she gets the more she becomes torn on believing some holly roller doctrine and sinning with the worldly people. Over all Holy Ghost is a quick and exciting look into a different way of growing up for Donna.
For Fans of: the Glass Castle
Dora is a problematic teen. Her troubles happen in family, sexual, and therepeutic departments of her life. Dora's mother is heavily medicated while her father is out womanizing. For Dora to escape these problems she hangs out with “sexualy different” friends ranging from middle aged Marlene, the cross dresser, to her would be lesbian lover, Obsidian. Her psychiatrist, Sigmund Freud, is trying to tell Dora about her sexual problems when she knows everything already. She is continually plotting at these departments to make her life more tolerable.
Yukavitch's first novel will leave you spinning by the time you finish it. Dora has been refered to as a “chick's fight club.” The way this story is told keeps your eyes three lines ahead to see what's next. Her teen frustration and angst is so powerful it drives her to recording everything on tape. Her family, friends, and psychiatrist are all trying to save her from herself at all the wrong times. Dora is a roller coaster of weird.
For fans of Fight Club, Apathy, and Hairstyles of the Damned
Every year the Moses Clan has a family reunion. Unfortunate events soon unfold that brings the family closer together as well as more of their problems into the open. Willadee Moses and her children end up staying at her parents home until things can be straightened around and her husband Samuel Lake can get them back on their feet. Swan, Willadee's and Samuel's eleven year old acts so inquisitive that she almost falls in to snake holes all the time. Swan's preatcher father is having a hard time finding a congregation to take him in and settles at the Moses house. He developes an idea to have an oldfashioned tent sermon in the feild across from The moses house to help his self esteem and family out. A surprising person, rough edged uncle toy, comes to be a sort of hero for the children. Toy seems to always show up at the right time, and know just what to do. Over all this book touchs on so many subjects i couldn't say what kind of genre it is, other than it's a fantastic read. From begining to end you'll find that something you didn't expect is happening all the time. When you thought you had it figured out, you'll find Swan or Toy doing something to throw you off.
If you like this, you may like a story by Daniel Woodrell or Donald Ray Pollock, both are a little on the grittier side.
Mark Twain meets classic Stephen King -- a bold new direction for widely acclaimed Edgar Award winner Joe R. Lansdale.
May Lynn was once a pretty girl who dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star. Now she's dead, her body dredged up from the Sabine River.
Seth Weinstein always knew Tina was way, way, way out of his league. Which is why he’s still astonished that he’s on a plane heading for their wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse has already pulled an airport prank on him—and he’s survived! It should be easy going from now on.