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

Shadow Giller: Megan Gail Coles’ Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (2019)

2019-10-31T17:57:49-05:00

Despite the rather long title, the core idea of this novel is succinct: “Your truth is not more fucking true than my truth.” Megan Gail Coles situates her story around a downtown restaurant in St. John’s Newfoundland. There, a handful of characters, who are navigating the daily grind, present

Shadow Giller: Megan Gail Coles’ Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club (2019)2019-10-31T17:57:49-05:00

Tanya Tagaq’s Split Tooth (2018)

2019-10-22T12:24:10-05:00

In Short presents a 300-word and spoiler-free summary, intended to have a broad appeal; In Detail focuses on one aspect of the book which I found remarkable, which might interest those who have already read the book or those with an interest in the mechanics of writing; In Other

Tanya Tagaq’s Split Tooth (2018)2019-10-22T12:24:10-05:00

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