Something for Every Summer Reading Mood (including the new Katrina Onstad)

2020-07-09T13:59:58-05:00

I’m even more likely to pick up dark and disturbing stories when the sun is beating down. This stems to my “discovery” of Stephen King in a teenaged summer, beginning with Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. There I was: lying on my back in the grass behind the rented

Something for Every Summer Reading Mood (including the new Katrina Onstad)2020-07-09T13:59:58-05:00

Two Summer Debuts: Swimming and Malt Shops

2020-07-08T12:54:58-05:00

When variations on the 30-something-°-day populate the ten-day forecast, summer reading is ON. (That’s 80s and 90s, for those of us who still get hotter in °F.) Books like Deven McQueen’s The Invincible Summer of Juniper Jones and Taylor Hale’s The Summer I Drowned rise to the top of

Two Summer Debuts: Swimming and Malt Shops2020-07-08T12:54:58-05:00

Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean (2019) #ReadtheChange

2020-02-05T17:30:42-05:00

The library classification data for The Outlaw Ocean suggests categories like Fisheries-Corrupt practices, Travel, Special interest, Adventure, True Crime. All of these seem correct and yet none of them seems right. This is just over 400 pages long – with another hundred pages of notes (sources, readings, digressions)

Ian Urbina’s The Outlaw Ocean (2019) #ReadtheChange2020-02-05T17:30:42-05:00

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012)

2018-06-20T17:21:57-05:00

“Those assholes again? Nah, he said. So I knew his aunt or Elwin had done it.” Violence permeates Joe’s life. It simmers beneath the surface of every single day. But in The Round House it erupts, nearly eclipses every other aspect of life for awhile. Something happens to his

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012)2018-06-20T17:21:57-05:00

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017)

2017-11-17T17:23:26-05:00

Boundaries and borders, between countries and between stages of life: Andrée A. Michaud's Boundary darts across the dotted lines, back and forth, sedately in one moment and chillingly the next. Because the story revolves around the murders of two young women in the small community of Bondrée, questions of

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017)2017-11-17T17:23:26-05:00