Outsider: Noun. A person who does not belong to a particular group The iconic outsiders represented in this curated selection of e-books could teach us all about hope and overwhelming kindness, beauty and grace, tolerance and love…all in the face of adversity… IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz WELCOME […]
Happy Monday, all!
- Congratulations to Charles Cumming who won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for his thriller A FOREIGN COUNTRY! The judges said that A FOREIGN COUNTRY has "a gripping premise, expertly sustained, lots of believable spycraft and memorable supporting characters." Beautifully done, Charles! Read more here.
- Author Jami Attenberg made a posted her list of the most dysfunctional families in literature. Topping the list is The Lambert family from Jonathan Franzen's THE CORRECTIONS. See the rest of Jami's list on PublishersWeekly.com.
- Oh! And here's Talia with some goats:
Forty or so years in the future the once-great city of Bohane on the west coast of Ireland is on its knees, infested by vice and split along tribal lines...
"In prose that is both dense and flowing, Barry takes us on a roaring journey, among human beings who are trapped in life its own damned self. Nostalgia grips many of them, even when they slash angrily at sentimentality. None of it is real, yet all of it feels true. This powerful, exuberant fiction is as true as the Macondo of Gabriel García Márquez, the Yoknapatawpha County of William Faulkner and, in a different way, even the Broadway of Damon Runyon." -The New York Times Book Review
"What strange and dangerous glamor first-time novelist Barry of Dublin conjures on the rough streets of the city of Bohane[...] Although Barry has set this bewitching, stylized noir pageant of underworld dynastic upheaval in the grim near-future, it has a timeless air, with spookily beautiful evocations of ancient Irish mythology." -Booklist (starred review)
Welcome back, Monday!
- Library Journal's Douglas Lord strikes again with another round of bada** books for dude-identified readers. He said there has been "mucho good new reading around BFD HQ lately," including two of our books:
On CITY OF BOHANE by Kevin Barry he said, "It’s elegiac, lyrical, rollicking fun that mixes Brian Friel with A CLOCKWORK ORANGE." And he recommends that you try it "if you are tired of the same old crap."
On THE FOREST LAIRD: A Tale of William Wallace by Jack Whyte he said, "There’s brotherhood, patriotism, and political intrigue. And archery."
See all of the good Lord's recommendations in "The Good Guys, the Bad Guys, and the Ugly Guys in Six Suspenseful New Novels."
- Flavorwire took a liking to this year's Debut with the Best Library-Themed Cover (according to us), GIRLCHILD! They said, "The book is an inventive, electric story of youth and survival, as smart, Girl Scout-obsessed Rory, refusing to accept her fate as one of the 'third-generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom,' navigates her world." Earn your literary girl survivalism badge by reading your way through Hassman's book list (link).
- Following up on my #FridayReads: I finished the curious debut SHINE SHINE SHINE this weekend... no thanks to this mischievous feline! Nice try, cat, but you can't sabotage my weekend reading that easily!
- Also check out my paperback book club picks!