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Turtleface and Beyond by Arthur Bradford

Arthur Bradford’s Turtleface and Beyond is one of my favorite collections of short stories, mostly because of the consistent narrative voice in our narrator, Georgie. Bradford creates for a bizarre, but believable cast of characters and the even more bizarre situations they find themselves. Most of the narrators tell their stories in such sincere ways that they… Continue reading Turtleface and Beyond by Arthur Bradford

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The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston’s book, The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts proves just how creative the nonfiction genre can be. She weaves family stories told to her by her mother into her own experiences as a girl growing up in a Chinese-American household. Kingston pushes the boundaries of memoire by describing how she thinks… Continue reading The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

If you’ve seen the film Practical Magic and always wanted to know more about the Owens women, perhaps consider checking out the book, especially since the author, Alice Hoffman just released a prequel, The Rules of Magic, about the aunts learning magic in the 1960’s that provides more details about the Owens family history. So if you’d… Continue reading Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Before Stephen King, there was Shirley Jackson. Since it’s October and our Halloween Display is up, I thought I’d choose a classic thriller, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Written in the 1950’s, the novel became one of the most influential books in the horror genre. This psychological thriller will make your hair… Continue reading The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson