"In these ten glittering stories, Karen Russell takes us to the ghostly and magical swamps of the Florida Everglades. Here ghostly girls are reformed by nuns, a family makes their living wrestling alligators in a theme park, and little girls sail away on crab shells. Filled with inventiveness and heart, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves introduces a radiant new writer.”
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell is one of those few fantasy books that takes us to a place so inventive, so out of the ordinary, that we can’t help but get sucked in. The worlds that Russell shares with us could only be created with ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking. I loved all ten stories, though Z.Z’s Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers was perhaps my favorite. My recommends are high, and this isn’t just because the author got her MFA from my college.
Larissa briefly introduced me (thanks for that, dear), but I’d just like to say a quick hello.
My name is Kaylie, in case you didn’t catch that. It is true; I’m an avid reader and an aspiring writer. I’ll admit, my reviews sometimes lean on the girlier side of the fiction genre, because I’m a sucker for a good romance. I appreciate all good literature, however, so who knows? Maybe I’ll spring some Bukowski on you and shake things up.
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"This is the second volume of the Revolution On Canvas series. It is a collection of original poetry, fiction, and other types of writing from modern musicians across the country.
Since its publication in 2004, the first volume of Revolution on Canvas has found its way into the hands of readers, kids, and music fans alike. Revolution on Canvas, Volume Two features submissions from a larger swath of musicians than the first book, mapping a broader section of landscaping of independent music with a palette of colors louder, brighter, and more vibrant than before.”
Now, normally I’m a prose girl, but every once in a while a poetry book comes along that knocks me out of my chair. Revolution on Canvas, Vol. Two is composed of some of the most intense poetry that I’ve ever read, including those written by members of Emanuel, Chiodos, Straylight Run, and Motion City Soundtrack. All of the poems are written with a raw honesty that can’t be matched, and the words leave such an impact that they’ll be lingering around in your brain, even days after you set the book down.
I like to read everything. I mostly enjoy modern things. I like fantasy. But most of all I like books about life with a good message, even if the message is a metaphor that isn’t quite so obvious.
As for my favorite authors I am faithful to Rowling and always intrigued by Picoult’s work. I have also really enjoyed Sedaris and Klosterman. Thanks so much for asking!
"Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey."
Another book has never made me feel so much more alive as this one. I’m sorry this isn’t 250 words on why I am recommending this. If it has to take that much to convince you, I’m sorry. I never made a good lawyer. This book has saved my life and has placed a perhaps in me. I carry it around with me everywhere I go and read passages to friends and family and even strangers.
Moderator Note: It is often the books we can’t find the words to describe that are the ones we need people to read most to understand. If a book has left you speechless with awe, we want to know about it.
"Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right college to get the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.”
Many attempts have been made to show what the inside of a mental hospital is like, and very few have succeeded. However, Ned Vizzini, who has spent some time in a mental hospital himself, hits it right on the mark. Craig’s problems are ones that almost every teenager can relate to - the pressure of “doing well” in life. Eventually, everyone breaks down. Craig’s breakdown is documented fantastically, with a type of realism that very few authors can achieve. A book about depression that isn’t necessarily cry-worthy - Vizzini uses wit and humor to drag you in. An authentic, important book.
Strongly suggested for people who liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower
"In a snug New England fishing village, Charlie St. Cloud tends the lawns and monuments of an ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. After surviving the car accident that claimed his brother’s life, Charlie is graced with an extraordinary gift: He can see, talk to, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. Into this magical world comes Tess Carroll, a captivating woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that propels her into Charlie’s life. Their beautiful and uncommon connection leads to a race against time and a choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go—and the discovery that miracles can happen if we simply open our hearts."
I just finished this book last night and it was phenomenal. Charlie St. Cloud is a character that I will remember for the rest of my days. Charlie can only be described as devoted and I was a devoted reader until the very last page. This is no book about romance. This is a book about love, romantic and brotherly.
The film adaptation of this book stars Zac Efron and was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before or after seeing the movie, I urge you to read the book. It is more in depth, more captivating and something more tangible than any film could be. Thank you, Ben Sherwood, for writing a novel that has filled my heart with hope.