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Still Waters - Ash Parsons

It's out today. Here's what I said about it. 


"STILL WATERS is the story of a young man trapped in a life governed by deprivation, manipulation and violence. Ash Parsons has created a world where everyone is a potential enemy and the easiest solutions are delivered by a clenched fist. You will root for Jason, you will ache for his choices, and you will not be able to put this book down until the very last page. A captivating debut.”


Cut Both Ways now available on Edelweiss!

Cut Both Ways - Carrie Mesrobian

So, you know. Just putting that out there...


Infandous (Fiction - Young Adult) - Elana K. Arnold

INFANDOUS by @ElanaKArnold ! Oh my dear god was this good! 


Elana Arnold writes so gorgeously. A mix of fairy tales retold and contemporary YA that is such a juicy combination.


Pair it RAW BLUE by Kirsty Eagar for additional surfing goodness...

A Book I Needed & Hoped For

There Was and There Was Not: Turkey, the Armenians, and the Story of a Never-Ending History - Meline Toumani

As a first-generation half-Armenian, this author's experiences are resonating with me very intensely.



Gabi, A Girl in Pieces

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces - Isabel Quintero Flores

2015 Morris Finalist. 


This book sings and soars and makes you laugh. The diction is PERFECT; we're in Gabi's head the entire time, whether she's writing poetry, chatting w/ her friends, or just rehashing life in her journal. 


Glad to own this. You'll want a copy too.


The Carnival at Bray - Jessie Ann Foley

Wow. Beautiful book. 

Reading progress update: I've read 151 out of 235 pages.

The Carnival at Bray - Jessie Ann Foley

Oh my god, this book! So damn juicy! @JAFoleyNWside 

Fiction I Liked In 2014 (non-adjectivally-qualified edition)

Dare Me - Megan Abbott Love Me Back: A Novel - Merritt Tierce Man V. Nature: Stories - Diane Cook Sweetness #9: A Novel - Stephan Eirik Clark Portrait of a Young Man Drowning: A Novel - Charles Perry Arcadia - Lauren Groff The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt Candy - Luke Davies Redeployment - Phil Klay

Nonfiction I Liked in 2014

Fire Shut Up in My Bones - Charles Blow Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?( A Memoir)[CANT WE TALK ABT SOMETHING MOR][Hardcover] - RozChast When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 - Ronald C. Rosbottom The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business - Charles Duhigg What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami Ways of Seeing - John Berger Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint - Nadia Bolz-Weber Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality - Jacob Tomsky Men We Reaped: A Memoir - Jesmyn Ward

Thin Space = Go Read This Right Now

Thin Space - Jody Casella

Unbelievable voice. So absolutely gripping. Highly recommend.


A story about grief and death and identity. Boy narrator. Delicious. Completely delicious and genre-defying. 


The Summer I Wasn't Me - Jessica Verdi I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson Life by Committee - Corey Ann Haydu For Real - Alison Cherry Perfectly Good White Boy - Carrie Mesrobian Bleed Like Me - Christa Desir Complicit - Stephanie Kuehn My Best Friend, Maybe - Caela Carter

Excellent book.

No Parking at the End Times - Bryan Bliss

A lot here to think about when it comes to parents, privilege & religion.

On Young Men, Virginity, and Fiction

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir - Roz Chast

Saw this on display at my library and grabbed it for my sister, who loves comics and nonfiction. She read it while I was in Wisconsin and I just finished it.


Outstanding book. Funny and sad and dear god, are all immigrant parents the alike in the same depressing ways?


Also, the title is a line my mother is FAMOUS for saying. Especially when my dad and I would debate politics at the dinner table. 

Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark

Sweetness #9: A Novel - Stephan Eirik Clark

This book is delightful and witty and funny and will make going to the supermarket a fraught experience.


I recommend whole-heartedly. 

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