It’s been two years, and it doesn’t feel weird anymore having Dad live somewhere else, especially since somewhere else is only five blocks away. Sometimes we even run into him at the grocery store, and even though he and Momma don’t hug or anything, they are polite and not screaming and throwing eggs like I heard Meg Kelly’s parents do.
—Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
Ten-year-old Naomi Marie and her four-year-old sister, Brianna, primarily live with ...
Regardless, nobody wants to linger on the details when it’s easier to move forward as if they’re rumors instead of memories. That’s how it’s always been here, I guess. So ever since I found Walter dead, I’ve been acting as if nothing happened, even though on the inside I’m beginning to unravel, slowly, like a thread being pulled painstakingly from its spool.
Something isn’t right in this house.
—The Women in the Walls, by Amy Lukavics
Lucy Acosta lives ...
“I feel like a lamb being led to the slaughter.”
She laughed. “You’re funny.”
She nodded. “You remember that thing Lord Summerisle says at the end of The Wicker Man?”
Arman shook his head. He had no idea what she was talking about. “That’s a movie, right? I never saw it. What does he say?”
Kira grinned her Cheshire grin again. “Reverence the sacrifice.”
—The Smaller Evil, by Stephanie Kuehn
17-year-old Arman’s ...
New month, new books! A few of the August titles I’m looking forward to picking up are:
Girl in Pieces, by Kathleen Glasgow
Don't You Trust Me?, by Patrice Kindl
These are the only two on this list that I’ve read as of yet. The first, I expected to be semi-lukewarm about, but ended up liking quite a lot. The second, vice-versa.
Girl in Pieces deals heavily with self-harm, about one girl’s journey towards healing through art and friendship ...
As my bio says below, I run a library in rural Maine. And by, “run a library in rural Maine,” I mean that I’m the only full-time employee, responsible for ordering materials and cataloging them and running the circulation desk and troubleshooting tech issues and answering reference questions AND planning and running programming for all ages.
For that reason, at the moment, we only have one ongoing book club—geared to adults, but open to anyone who wants to join—and ...
You know those Today in History lists? I love them, and I look at them almost every day. More often than not, they send me down some internet rabbithole about some historical event, figure, or oddity; sometimes they prompt me to start poking around, looking for fiction about the subject.
Which is how I found out that thirty-eight years ago today, Louise Brown was born, the first person known to have been conceived via in vitro fertilization. While there isn’t ...
We girls were sitting in the dark, watching an animated film of a gazillion sperm with dark crooked eyebrows and grimaces of effort and strain, snarled lips with teeth showing, all of them in a race of wriggling tails, trying to get to the egg, who was batting her long eyelashes, awaiting the lucky dude’s arrival.
Is that all they could have the egg do? Sit there and wait? Why wasn’t she charging around too, gnashing her teeth?
“They were cons long before they were parents. The next big job, and their self-preservation, has always come first. It always will.”
—Perfect Liars, Kimberly Reid
Andrea Faraday is in her junior year at the prestigious—and expensive—Woodruff School. She’s at the top of her class, known for her volunteerism and all-around Good Girl qualities, and her social status is helped by her family’s claim of distant royal connections on both sides: her mother, descended from a Nordic king ...