Monday, June 18, 2018

Marisha Pessl's 6 favorite stories of suspense

Marisha Pessl's new novel is Neverworld Wake. One of her six favorite stories of suspense, as shared at The Week magazine:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I love how Tartt runs the mystery of a stolen 16th-century goldfinch painting through her sprawling narrative like a gleaming thread of gold as she explores life, death, art, the isolation of modern existence, and everything in between. The novel is a grand, roaring orchestra with a little haunting theme running throughout. Just beautiful.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Goldfinch is one of Sophie Ward's six best books.

--Marshal Zeringue

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Eight crime novels of women starting over

Jennifer Hillier's new novel is Jar of Hearts. At CrimeReads she tagged eight psychological thrillers of women starting over, including:
The Last Mrs. Parrish, Liv Constantine

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine tackles this topic, too, but from the other side. If you’ve ever been “the third party” in someone’s relationship, you might feel guilty pangs of familiarity while reading this novel about Amber, who covertly goes after her new friend Daphne’s husband by transforming herself into someone he’s convinced is better for him. However, Daphne isn’t the clueless wife Amber assumes she is, and the ending is satisfying in all the ways these real-life situations never are.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Last Mrs. Parrish.

--Marshal Zeringue

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Antony Beevor's 6 best books

The military historian Antony Beevor has written both novels and non-fiction. His latest book is Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944. One of his six best books, as shared at the Daily Express:
YOUR FACE TOMORROW by Javier Marías

Marías's novel in three volumes constitutes one of the greatest works in modern European literature. His protagonist works for a secret department whose task is to attempt to predict people's future actions.

Twisting like the double helix of human DNA, it is an unashamed novel of ideas.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Five books about magical apocalypses

Peng Shepherd was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet. She earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from New York University, and has lived in Beijing, London, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.

The Book of M is her first novel.

One of Shepherd's five favorite books about magical apocalypses, as shared at Tor.com:
Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse

This YA debut seamlessly weaves together the magic of fantasy and the technology of sci-fi into something completely its own. When a portal to another world suddenly opens, our own is irrevocably changed. But even as things on our side of the divide begin to take a turn for the worse, with rising inflation, uncontrollable global warming, and insidious new technologies, the mystical tether refuses to let go—and perhaps is not as benevolent as it first had seemed. The story has a fascinating structure; it’s told through the eyes of a series of linked protagonists, each several decades ahead of the previous. The potential futures Peevyhouse imagines in this book are at once bizarre, a little terrifying, and most of all, hauntingly possible.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, June 15, 2018

Eleven books to help children cope with the loss of a parent

The B&N Editors pulled together a list of eleven books to help children cope with the loss of a parent, including:
The Goodbye Book, by Todd Parr

When a fish loses its green fish-companion in their fishbowl, “It’s hard to say goodbye to someone.”

Todd Parr, one of our family’s favorite picture book authors, wrote and illustrated this book on grief and loss without mentioning the word “death.” Because this story is told through the voice of a fish, it might be the perfect way for young children to relate to losing someone. Say, a father who moves out of the home during a divorce. Or, a mother who recently died.

In the end, Parr comforts his readers with the reminder that “there will always be someone to love you and hold you tight.”
Read about the other titles on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Ten books about contemporary queer life in America

Michelle Tea's new book is Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms. One of ten books about contemporary queer life in America she tagged at Publishers Weekly:
Harmless Medicine by Justin Chin

We lost the prolific, punk poet Justin Chin in 2015, to complications of HIV+ status. Justin wrote copiously about living with AIDs, as well as family, love and heartbreak, poverty, illegal drugs and transgressive sex, immigration and ethnicity. If this sounds dour, prepare to have your mind blown by the humor packed into every piece, shoulder to shoulder with real angst and political outrage. Justin Chin was a Queen, and his shrewd humor is a defining characteristic of his singular voice. Any of his works is a great place to start but I’m selecting Harmless Medicine for its nine-part "Imagining America," which calls out to Ginsberg’s "America"–I create my culture everyday. / I write a bible of diaspora. / I piss in the embrace of men. / I bruise the broken speech.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Top ten lost women's classics

Caroline O'Donoghue's debut novel is Promising Young Women. One of her top ten lost women's classics, as shared at the Guardian:
Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin

I have limited interest in adjectives, and food writing is full of them. Even good food writing I find hard going. Or at least, I did, until someone gifted me this slim little paperback. It’s full of gross references to 80s food, such as creamed spinach. Regardless, it’s a tragicomic exploration of life and friendship through food, something every food writer wants to achieve, but Colwin truly pulled out of the bag.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Five of the best books about soccer

Richard Williams, author of The Perfect 10, tagged his five favorite books about soccer at the Guardian. One title on the list:
The World Cup is football’s biggest money geyser – the organisers declared a profit of $2.6bn on revenues of $4.8bn from the 2014 edition, held in Brazil –and the tawdry consequences are analysed in David Conn’s The Fall of the House of Fifa. Readers of this newspaper will note the author’s identity and be prepared for a forensic account of 20 years of murky dealings among the leaders of the world governing body, its controlled anger infused with a fan’s sorrow.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Twelve great fantasy heist novels

At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Meghan Ball tagged twelve great fantasy heist stories, including:
The Legend of Eli Monpress, by Rachel Aaron

Maybe you like your thieves to be a little magical as well? In that case, Eli Monpress has you covered. Eli’s goal is to become the most wanted, most infamous thief in all the land. His strong magic, which allows him to do things like charm locks to open, helps him pull of incredible feats of thievery. Joined by a famed swordsman and a girl burdened by demons, he risks everything to be the best criminal he can be. His first heist? Stealing a king! This series is a joy, and a bargain: three books are included in this hefty omnibus edition.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Spirit Thief (Book One in The Legend of Eli Monpress).

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, June 11, 2018

Five memorable houses in fiction

Louise Candlish's latest novel is Our House. One of five memorable houses in fiction she tagged at the Waterstones blog:
Howard’s End by EM Forster

The passionate attachment Ruth Wilcox has to her house feels as relevant today as it must have done when Forster was writing, during a period of great societal and cultural tension. Finding a home, a place of true belonging, is crucial to his characters’ emotional well being. After Mrs Wilcox’s death, Howard’s End is the source of ethical dilemma and the setting of terrible tragedy, but it also, in the end, is a place of reunion and healing. I love the line when Margeret Schlegel asks Mr Wilcox, ‘Aren’t you ever amused at the solemnity with which we middle classes approach the subject of houses?’

Oh yes.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Howards End is among Fiona Stafford's ten top books about trees and John Mullan's ten best concerts in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Six queer historical YA romances

At the BN Teen Blog, Nicole Brinkley tagged six top queer historical YA romances, including:
Honey Girl, by Lisa Freeman

Picture a queer romance set on the beach. In 1972. With surfing, an intense Mean Girls vibe, and mentions of star signs on every page. Sound up your alley? Congratulations: you need Honey Girl! After her father dies and her mother uproots and moves them to Santa Monica, Nani’s only wish is to follow her own set of rules, an unspoken list that turned her into queen of the beach when she lived in Hawaii. But with secrets of her own piling up alongside a growing affection for Rox, the current queen supreme, becoming head of this beach might be more difficult than she anticipated.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Five books to understand Marxism

Aaron Bastani is co-founder and senior editor at Novara Media. He holds a PhD from the New Political Communication Unit, University of London, examining social movements in the digital environment which fail to correspond to the traditional logic of collective action. His research interests include new media, social movements, asymmetric strategies and post-scarcity political economy. His new book is Fully Automated Luxury Communism.

One of Bastani's five books to better understand Marxism, as shared at the Guardian:
If [David Harvey’s Companion to Marx’s Capital] is a good way to become acquainted with Marxist economics, Francis Wheen’s Karl Marx allows the reader to situate his output within the context of 19th-century Europe. While far from politically sympathetic, the biography is informative and light, humanising a figure diminished for much of the last 100 years.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue