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Beauty in Suffering by Cindy Hulsey

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by first time novelist Ayana Mathis is a powerful novel full of suffering and beauty. After turning the last page the characters, their difficult lives, and Mathis’s mellifluous language continue to haunt me.

A Wolf in sheep's Clothing: John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van by Nick Abrahamson

For anyone familiar with John Darnielle, the charismatic, hyper-literate force behind the charismatic, hyper-literate indie band the Mountain Goats probably already has a pulse on happenings in book and publishing circles.

Caveat Emptor by Will Thomas

I have heard it said that there are two types of people in the world: those that divide society into two types, and those that don’t. Yes, it’s an old joke, but it illustrates my point. Life is always more complicated than we assume, and never more so than when we discuss books versus e-books. Let’s wade into this topic for a moment, shall we?

Common As a Penny by Rebecca Howard

Many of the books that I read are about common things—marriage, family, career—the stuff of everyday life. Often these types of books are unfairly categorized as women’s fiction, but I think taking our cue from the Young Adult genre, we should describe them as realistic fiction. There are no dystopian societies, serial killers, bank heists, spaceships, or demon overlords in these novels-- just mothers, daughters, sons, brothers, spouses, and partners. These novels mine the fields of ordinary for stories, showing us how the ordinary can be artful.

The Thrill of It All by Cindy Hulsey

There is nothing more thrilling than discovering a new author.  As a librarian I’m exposed to numerous new authors and titles, and it can be daunting to sift through all of them to find the gems.

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