RIP Ned Vizzini.
RIP Ned Vizzini.
If your local library closed, what impact would it have on your family and your community?
BRAND NEW REPORT out today finds thatAmericans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life.54% of Americans have used a public library in the past year, and 72% live in a “library household.”
EVERYONE NEEDS AND DESERVES GREAT LIBRARIES!!!
A FREE preview edition of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (containing the first eight chapters) will be released for Kindle on August 6th, but you can “buy” it whenever you want (now, for instance) and it will auto-deliver on that date.
If you’re interested, please do get it before…
Read this! I read an ARC and it was FANTASTIC
Lee Mellon may be the direct descendent of the only Confederate General from Big Sur. Or maybe not. Whether or not that is true, Lee Mellon is certainly a character. He lives in Big Sur in what can only just be called a cabin. It has only one wood wall and the ceiling is 5’1”. He built it after finishing off three bottles of gin. Outside of the cabin, there is an abundance of frogs, so Lee buys an alligator to take care of them. Similar ideas are common to Lee Mellon.
While A Confederate General is not (in my opinion) Brautigan’s best work, it is a great depiction of the 60s in Big Sur, California. This book is about on par with one of Kerouac’s lesser works, where the ideas are there but not brought completely to fruition. Read this book if you like odd characters and want a quick book to read
These two books are quite an interesting pair. Jonathan Safran Foer has said that Street of Crocodiles is one of his favorite books ever, so he created Tree of Codes as a sort of homage to it. Tree of Codes takes the exact text of Street of Crocodiles and cuts out certain words to create a whole new story. While it may not be the most fantastic story ever, Tree of Codes definitely makes the reader think about books as sculpture. With eBooks becoming more and more prevalent (I will admit to having read a few myself), some book publishers and authors have become in creating a demand for physical copies of books. Tree of Codes is a book that has to be touched to be enjoyed. The creation of this book was no easy matter. Each page had to be thick enough to be able to hold together with words taken out. On top of this, the book had to be strong enough to not collapse.
Street of Crocodiles is a much more traditional book. It takes place in a small town in Poland and is roughly a retelling of Schulz’s childhood. Do not think of this as a memoir, however. This book often crosses the line into the fantastical, especially in the narrator’s stories about his father. Street of Crocodiles is not the easiest book to read, but is definitely worth the effort. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who is a fan of Kafka or Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (whose short story collection, Memories of the Future I am currently reading).
I am sure many of you have seen the beloved movie, The Princess Bride, but did you know that it was a book first? The book and the movie are very similar, considering William Goldman wrote both, but there are some differences. Personally, I find the book even funnier than the movie. William Goldman includes a narrative about giving this book (the S. Morgenstern edition) to his overweight son (not quite Fred Savage) and realizing that he was only read parts of the story as a child. Because the real version is SO long, Goldman creates “the good parts edition,” which cuts out hundreds of pages of satire. William Goldman is hilarious, and really creates a fantastic story that you may know already but is worth reading.