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Our Bookish Lives

3 small press books you need to buy

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Books published by independent publishers are fairly popular right now. I think some of it is due to the "buy local" movement, but a lot of it is because people are realising a lot of the cool, edgy books currently being published are from independent publishers like Raw Dog Screaming Press and Lanternfish Press. Here are three of my favourites. I'd heard about Reactive Attachment Disorder, which the main characters, but didn't really know much about it before reading The Quelling, by Barbara Barrow. Dorian and Addie have been in a locked psychiatric ward for most of their lives after...

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5 books about the immigrant experience

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Immigrants, and immigration in general, are topics near and dear to my heart: I grew up around immigrants, and as a kid, some of my good friends were from immigrant families. I've lost touch with some of those friends, but I've since made new ones that immigrated to America. I've also known for awhile that some of my not-so-distant ancestors immigrated here, and probably faced problems similar to what modern immigrants face. Since immigration is important to me, I like reading stories about the immigrant experience. Here are some of the ones I've read.Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by...

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4 bookish books

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

“Bookish” books are all the rage right now. By bookish books, I mean ones where books, bookstores, libraries, and/or writers play a key role. Here are some of the fun ones we have in stock. My Salinger Year, by Joanna Rakoff, is the true story a young, aspiring poet who got a job at J.D. Salinger’s literary agency. Joanna Rakoff spent her days in a wood-paneled office and surrounded by Dictaphones, answering Salinger's fanmail. Wigtown, Scotland could be described as a bookworm’s paradise because they have the most bookstores of any town. Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown’s largest used...

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Reading Roundup: January 2018

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

I read a couple new books and reread a couple old ones this month. Here are my favourites. I reread The Summer The World Ended, by Matthew S. Cox. I liked the book because, despite its serious nature, it's still kind of funny: the main character, 14-year-old Riley, has to deal with her dad shoving condoms in her coat pocket when she's not looking and then the condoms falling out at the worst possible time and embarrassing her. Riley has to move cross country to live with her estranged dad after her mom dies suddenly, and bombs fall unexpectedly soon...

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Teen Voices: Lily, by Michael Thomas Ford

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Lily by Michael Thomas Ford is not branded specifically as a horror story, and for good reason. Despite the haunting illustrations and the entire premise of the novel (Lily, the titular character, sees how people will die when she touches them), Lily is not exclusively fear-based.  To be sure, it is rather dark, with constant threat of death and a rather creepy religion.  Above all else, though, it’s a story of loss and love, and how to pick yourself back up after the world has turned its back on you.  It’s funny, whole-hearted, and surprisingly self-aware. That’s not to discount...

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