Books so strange they just beg to be read. Read voraciously.
"We don't really know what we're dealing with," she murmured to her brother. "But it's something, isn't it?" Vincent said. "Something inside of us. I know our mother wants us to pretend we're like everyone else, but you know that we're not." In the long-awaiting prequel to Practical Magic, Alice Hoffman tells the story of … Continue reading Book Review: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Here is a list of historical fiction novels based on true stories. Read voraciously.
Anna watched the sea. There was a feeling she had, standing at its edge: an electric mix of attraction and dread. What would be exposed if all the water should suddenly vanish? A landscape of lost objects: sunken ships, hidden treasure, gold and gems and the charm bracelet that had fallen from her wrist into … Continue reading Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
It was already plain to me that Mr. Shue was the spitting image of trouble, and that my girl would likely come to regret becoming wife number three. Expertly researched and richly crafted, The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb imagines the story behind The Greenbriar Ghost—one of the American South's most chilling and perplexing murder … Continue reading Book Review: The Unquiet Grave by Sharyn McCrumb
He picked up the penny, squeezed his eyes shut as hard as he could, and wished Dad was gone. Just like that. When he opened his fist, the penny was still in his hand. He heard the distant rumble of thunder in the San Gabriel Mountains. It would rain soon. Max suddenly felt bad. He … Continue reading Book Review: The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann
Belief, memory, fear— these things hold you back, weigh you down, stop you moving. And I need to get moving. I need to stop thinking about this stuff. That’s what Harvey would say— stop thinking, keep moving. But it’s hard to stop thinking when there’s nobody else but you and a candle and an old … Continue reading Book Review: The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker