Heather G is native of Pittsburgh, Pa and will gush over her hometown to anyone who asks her. She has been a bookworm for as long as she can remember, in fact she still has most of her childhood books. Her heart belongs to Neil Gaiman, Sherlock Holmes, Harriet the spy, faeries, riot grrls, poetry and Wild Things! When she's not at the store you can find her on the stage pretending to be different people or shopping for records.
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If you were a fan of Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book you will love this book. It is the backstory of Lady Cottington, her brother Quentin and their home Cottington Hall. Their lives are rediscovered by their descendant Maddi who travels to the remains of Cottington Hall after a fight with her family. Maddi also has the ability to see faeries. If you are a Froud fan this is a must have book!
I cannot say enough good things about this series! It's powerful, moving, engaging, makes you feel as if you reliving history as you read the series. John Lewis is a true hero. He proves that one person can make a huge difference in this world. There were so many times while reading that I caught myself saying I can't believe that this only just took place in the 1960's. I can't believe people acted this way. Can't they see we're all the same? We're all people. It doesn't matter what color we are, we're all people. The courage of everyone involved in their movement to me is one of the most amazing things in our history. We must always learn from history and carry with us the lessons it teaches us. Everyone needs to read March given our current political environment. We can't go back, we must always move forward.
Admit it we're all a bit nebby. Don't you get curious about what's in people's huge bags that they carry? Really what would Oprah carry? Thanks to the imagination of Abbi Jacobson, star of Broad City, we can now have a glimpse in to bags of the likes of Martha Stewart, Banksy, Janis Joplin, and even Santa. I really enjoyed giggling my way through this book. I liked her view on what celebs and fictional characters may carry with them. What we carry with us really does say a lot about who we are and what we are planning or hoping to accomplish that day. If you like Broad City or are just feeling a little nebby give this book a once over.
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Thank you to NPR for introducing me to this book. When I read the interview with the author I found the story of George and Willie Muse fascinating. The Muse brothers were albino African American sons of a poor sharecropper named Harriet Muse who were kidnapped and placed in the circus freak show. I found the most amazing part of their story was their mother Harriet Muse. She never gave up searching for her sons and she did find them. She also took on Ringling Brothers circus for the boys back pay and won! The story of the Muse family takes many twists and turns but while I was reading this book my heart went out to George, Willie and Harriet. I couldn't help but want them to be reunited and to succeed. I wanted them to not feel the pain of living in Jim Crow south since they had already been through so much in their life. I feel this is a book you have to read to truly understand the scope of their lives and it is worth the read.
If a book involves Sherlock Holmes I have to read it. Lock and Key is the story of young James Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes and James sister Moria. Moria tells us the story of what James was like before he became the criminal mastermind we all know. I enjoyed this book because in the Holmes stories we don't really know how Moriarty became that man. The story moves along at a great pace that keeps you entertained and wanting to know what happens next. Moria was my favorite character, and a great narrator. Getting to meet young Moriarty and young Holmes is a treat for any Holmes fan.
These women are indeed rad. I love learning about women who make a difference and this book introduced me to even more women who made a difference in not just their country but the world at large. Featuring women from ancient history to today there is someone in here for everyone. This is a book for both the women and men, girls and boys in your life. Take this opportunity to learn more about womens' history and these truly radical women!
THIS BOOK IS SO COOL!!!!!!!!! It's my dream to travel the world and see as much as I possibly can and the weirder the better! The Capuchin Catacombs, bone churches, Poveglia (Plague Island), the House on the Rock (for the American Gods fans out there) but there is one thing I want to see more than anything else. The Baby Jumping Festival in Castrillo De Murcia Castile and Leon Spain!!!!!! That's right Baby Jumping Festival. Men dressed as devils leap over mattresses with rows of babies on them. They are not dressed as traditional devils but do wear devilish masks. Who lets people do this, it's nuts?!?! My hometown is also featured twice in the book so yeah Pittsburgh and your weirdness. All the strange stuff I like and want to see is now in one book of awesomeness! Who could ask for anything more!
This is the first book that I have read by Raina Relgemeier and I really enjoyed it. It's the story of Catrina and her younger sister Maya, who has cystic fibrosis, and their family's movie to Northern California to help with Maya's health. The town of Bahia de la Luna is alive with more than just it's current residents, it is also filled with ghosts! I love that the author brings in Dia De Los Muertos and explained the celebration. I also enjoyed the book because I could relate to Maya, as a child I spent a lot of time in hospitals with lung problems. I feel Raina's story is beautiful and recommend it to all age groups!
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If you are a fan of the early LA punk scene then this is your book. Written by John Doe, founding member of X, and Tom Desavia, Head of Creative Services at SONGS Music Publishing. The book is told through personal essays of the people who were there when the scene was beginning. Writers include, Exene Cervenka (X), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey (Go-Go’s), Robert Lopez (The Zeros, El Vez), journalists Pleasant Gehman and Kristine McKenna. Kick back, put on your favorite records and enjoy a taste of LA music history.
This book is pretty awesome. It's bite-sized nuggets of women's history that everyone can enjoy. There is a wide variety of ladies to choose from, like Tomoe Gozen to Grace Slick to Marie Laveau to Malala Yousafzal. Women are featured from all over the world and throughout time. I feel this is a great book to give the feminist in your life, a history lover or the graphic novel collector. These ladies didn't take no for an answer and refused to fit in society's model of how they should be, and we are better because of it!
I became a fan of Sarah's through her Tumblr so needless to say I was very excited to find out to she had a book published. I really enjoy her sense of humor and view of the world. She is an introverted bookworm with her pet bunny who tries to make it through everyday life. She tries to take on relationships, standards of beauty and the joys being a girl. Give a try, you won't be disappointed.
MUST RECOMMEND BOOK!! A section of this book was recommended to me when I was going through a tough time in my life and reading her writing made me feel like I wasn't the only person that felt the way I was feeling. Allie's writing is humorous and down to earth. I love the way she describes the world around her and the people in it. When I look at her drawings, they give me hope that my bad stick people really aren't that bad after all. I recommend this book to anyone who going through a rough time or anyone who just wants to have a laugh. It's great!
If you are a fan of Agatha Christie this graphic novel is for you. One of the greatest mysteries about Agatha Christie is what happened during a 10 day period when she went missing & that is where this graphic novel starts. I really enjoyed reading this because it was a cleverly told biography that brings her to life and also her most famous characters. One certain Belgium detective is very chatty to say the least. The novel moves quickly and I wished it was longer because I highly enjoyed this look into Dame Christie's long and interesting life.
This cute series is a dog named Buddy & his hedgehog friend Earl who live together in the same house. Dogs & hedgehogs are two of my favorite animals so I was sold on this series right away. In this book the pair go on some late night exploring in their family's kitchen and make quite a mess in the process. Earl sees ordinary things like mom's hairbrush as his hedgehog lady love and Buddy's water dish as a silvery lake. This is a great book for anyone with an active imagination.
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"Reader, I murdered him." Welcome to Jane Steele. Jane Steele is a reimagining of Jane Eyre. Jane is smart, strong and also a murderess. She takes Jane Eyre as idol and their stories have similar paths except our Jane "takes care of" all the people you wish Jane Eyre would have been able to in her story. I like books where the female has a strong individual voice and this book gives me exactly that. I found Lyndsay Faye through the Baker Street Babes, an all female Sherlock Holmes podcast. If you like this book give me mysteries a try!
Do we ever really grow out our love of scratch and sniff things? I say no. This book is both fun and informative. Whiskey is my beverage of choice and now I know what it is that I like about whiskey. The book shows the process of how whiskey is made and what makes whiskey from different countries taste they way that they do. This book is a great gift for any whiskey lover or someone for just starting to enjoy this wonderful adult beverage.
Part mystery/part fantasy/part love story, Griffin and Sabine has a little bit of something for everyone. Griffin Moss receives a postcard from a woman he has never met called Sabine Strohem requesting a certain postcard he made and telling Griffin he was correct in in making his final edit to the image & their correspondence begins from there. My favorite thing about the book is that it has letters that you can take out of the book & read so it feels like you are really part of their story. As the reader you become engrossed in their lives & want their story to continue once the book has finished.
This is the first book in a long time that I want to put in the hands of my female friends. Rupi's writing is raw, honest, brutal and powerful. She says things that I have felt or thought & lays them out of the page. I devoured this in one sitting. The book is a journey that takes you through the stages of a relationship. She also writes of her relationship with her father. There were several times I cried while reading this. When you find something that rings true to your being you want to share it with the world.
I played roller derby for 4 years (Hi Hellbent Heather here) & I loved this book because it was true to the experience of just starting out. Astrid discovers roller derby at the time when she & her childhood best friend are drifting apart. The story shows that you have to put in the work & practice if you want to play roller derby. Astrid falls a lot, get bruises but she doesn't quit. She finds friendship within her teammates & her "warface." This is a great book for any young girl who is curious about roller derby or any roller derby player out, current or retired, as a look into the life of a roller derby player.
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As a former Girl Scout camp counselor I'm always drawn to books about camp and this little cutie won me over. Who wouldn't want to go camping with T. Rex and his friends?! Just make sure you have your wilderness guidebook for the dos and don'ts of the forest. Grab a bag of marshmallows and enjoy camping with Rex and friends!
What would you do for your family or what wouldn't you do for your family? This is the story of two sisters, a family killed by arsenic poisoning, a greedy cousin and the hatred of a small town. By the time you reach the end truths come out as does mob mentality of a small town. Shirley Jackson delivers a powerful story that will stick with you once you have read it, plus it's one of Neil Gaiman's favorite books!
My first introduction to Mr Gibran was through the TV show History Detectives. The more they revealed about him the more I wanted to read his works. I fell in love with The Prophet from the minute I read it. Our narrator, Almustafa, speaks of many different aspects of life before he boards a ship headed back to the island he left 12 years ago. So many times reading this book I found that Gibran's words rang true for me. This is a book that I go back to again and again because it gives me peace. Once this book enters your life you wonder how you ever got along without it.