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books

Jun 01 2013

Succubus on Top

author: 
Mead, Richelle

Thanks to Alex Wrekk, I've been watching the Canadian supernatural procedural Lost Girl. The show is about a succubus, just like, you guessed it, this second installment of Mead's Georgina Kincaid series. For those you don't know, a succubus takes a partner's life force during sex.

reviewdate: 
Jun 1 2013
isn: 
978-0-8217-8078-7
Jun 01 2013

Bunheads

author: 
Flack, Sophie

This novel about 19-year-old corps de ballet dancer Hannah Ward reminded me a little of the nun memoir Through the Narrow Gate because it was about the protagonist's struggle with the sacrifices required to please her god, in this case the artistic director of the "Manhattan Ballet."

reviewdate: 
May 28 2013
isn: 
978-0-316-12653-3
Jun 01 2013

Frost Burned

author: 
Briggs, Patricia

I didn't sleep for even a minute on my cross-country flight, which left JFK at 9pm and landed at SFO more than six hours later at midnight and change. Most of the time I was too busy reading Frost Burned, the latest entry in the Mercy Thompson series. (Note to Loud Melissa: you really need to get started on these, now that you've caught up with The Hollows!)

reviewdate: 
May 27 2013
isn: 
978-0-441-02001-0
May 26 2013

Through the Narrow Gate

author: 
Armstrong, Karen

Against the wishes of her parents (but with their permission), Karen Armstrong entered a convent at 17. Her memoir reveals what being a nun was like in 1960s England--the spiritual, physical and emotional challenges, as well as the joy of feeling called and chosen to strive to be close to God.

reviewdate: 
May 25 2013
isn: 
0-312-11903-8
May 25 2013

32 Candles

author: 
Carter, Ernessa T.

Davidia, who doesn't speak for most of her Mississippi childhood after being beaten by her drunk of a mom, develops an insane crush on the BMOC at her school about ten years into her silence. Being a psychologically mute school weirdo without a single friend, that doesn't go particularly well for her.

reviewdate: 
May 22 2013
isn: 
978-0-06-200005-7
May 19 2013

Friends, the

author: 
Guy, Rosa

West Indian immigrant Phyllisia Cathy has been plopped down in Harlem with her proud, larger-than-life father, dying mother and pretty, compliant sister.

reviewdate: 
May 18 2013
May 19 2013

Pleasing Hour, the

author: 
King, Lily

Jeune fille is French for nanny. 19-year-old Rosie is spending a year in France escaping her life by taking care of three kids with an exacting mom and a physician dad on a houseboat in Paris. Ooh la la. While the storyline might make this book sound like chick lit, it's really not.

Quotations: 

Today I thought of the first time I realized you [older sister] were not me. I was five and you were setting that red alarm clock and I watched you and I knew that you weren't having the same thoughts. That you wouldn't dream the same thing that night. And that we would die at different times. And that you might die first. It was the first time I ever felt alone. I feel that all the time now.

Three rows down [at a bullfight in Spain], Americans were pushing their way through, boys in backwards baseball caps and T-shirts advertising universities or pubs in other countries. They were boys with wide shoulders and loud laughs, boys oblivious to their foreignness, their wealth, and their freedoms. I felt a sudden compassionate, maternal contempt for them.

reviewdate: 
May 15 2013
isn: 
0-87113-754-2
May 12 2013

What Night Brings

author: 
Trujillo, Carla

Marci Cruz has an abusive father, a mother who is blinded by love for her husband, and wants to be a boy so she can love girls. The story can be hard to read sometimes because Eddie Cruz really is a champion cabrón (there's a ton of Spanish in the book), but seeing 11-year-old Marci and her seven-year-old sister Corin fight back is satisfying.

reviewdate: 
May 11 2013
isn: 
978-188068494-8
May 12 2013

Someday, Someday, Maybe

author: 
Graham, Lauren

Like with First Spring Grass Fire, you wonder of Someday, Someday, Maybe how much of the story of a young aspiring actor in NYC written by a former young aspiring actor in NYC is autobiographical. While reading it I was thinking that it's possible that fictionalizing one's life might make it easier to tell the emotional truth.

Quotations: 

I grasp onto the nearby silver pole, steadying myself as the train lurches along, my hand slipping on the smooth surface, vying for a safe position along with half a dozen other hands. Today, everything about New York leaves me feeling like I'm competing for space, and just barely hanging on.

reviewdate: 
May 8 2013
isn: 
978-0-345-53274-9
May 12 2013

First Spring Grass Fire

author: 
Spoon, Rae

Spoon's book is listed as a novel but reads like a memoir, told in nonlinear episodes with the protagonist sharing the author's name. I suppose I shouldn't care about the distinction, but I can't help wanting to know what I'm reading. Regardless, one should treasure the rare opportunity to read about the real or fictionalized life of a genderqueer child growing up in a religious family in the Canadian prairies.

reviewdate: 
May 5 2013
isn: 
978-1-55152-480-1