Rachel grew up in an island paradise in the Pacific NW reading classics and kayaking (sometimes at the same time). She is a zealous Renaissance reader who loves alliterative allegories, living a lyrical Left Bank lifestyle, and exploring fantastical fables, facts, fantasy and fiction. She also has a penchant for profound poetry, practical philosophies, esoteric ideas, bettering herself with Brene Brown's latest and greatest, and seriously surreal sentences.
I read this book last holiday season and have, to my great surprise, been thinking about it ever since. Now that the months of cozy sweaters and cocoa are finally returning, I am happily anticipating sinking back into this tale of Christmas magic that is a tribute truly worthy of Dickens himself! Peering into the life of a mid-career author whose fame is waning as his family and expenses expand, we find him caught up against an intense deadline. Will he be able to capture the energy of the season and turn it to his success, or will the demons of his past come back to haunt him?
Offering so much more than erotic stories (although they're central to the story and quite sexy), this is a humorous, poignant, indelible read! Nikki is a feisty, wayward young woman struggling to find her footing as an adult, caught between the conservative Punjabi culture of her parent's generation and the freedoms of modern British life. Her English teaching escapades help her to empower women, including herself, but as her ties to her students grow stronger, she is pulled into the dark undercurrents of a repressive, close-knit community and the sinister secrets that hide there.
I am an avid reader of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and Witchmark is a rare stand-out. In this wild ride, Edwardian England meets Harry Potter. With fast-paced bicycle chases, family intrigue to rival the Borgias, and a tale of sweet and dangerous forbidden love reminiscent of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Polk has delivered the most astounding, unsung gem of 2018. As a humble, devoted doctor treating a mysterious illness sweeping through a hospital of veterans, Miles Singer's crusade to live a normal, moral life runs right up against the country's most powerful family - his own! The July 2019 sequel, Greystar, is the ONLY thing that has me yearning for next summer!!
If you are drawn in by the eerie delight of the classic Brother's Grimm Fairy Tales you will love this book! The nefarious adults in young Henrietta's life do everything in their power to thwart her efforts to help her family heal from insurmountable tragedy. Even with the deck stacked against her, she meets unexpected and mysterious allies to help her along her treacherous path. Henrietta's integrity and grit in the face of adversity is truly inspiring.
The indomitable heroine Vasilisa Petrovna returns for another installment in the richly imagined, action packed, Russian saga that is the Winternight trilogy. I love following the feisty, rebellious protagonist on her wild escapades, and look forward to more!
The title of this book is so clever and unique that I had to investigate further, and it did not disappoint! The protagonist's journey through grief and healing is funny, witty, and profound. I can't think of a better way for a young science lover to discover the cosmos than by following this wild ride.
Trevor Noah is known for his hilarious stand up comedy, but he brings so much more to the table! He is one of the most astute political and social commentators of his generation. He is an accomplished polyglot, an incredibly gifted storyteller, and he seems like a genuinely awesome human being. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!!!
The third installment of Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series, Beneath the Sugar Sky, does not disappoint! The initial glimpses of the magical multiverse revealed in Every Heart a Doorway are getting fleshed out and explored one book, and one world, at a time. Beneath the Sugar Sky is as bright and sticky sweet as Down Among the Sticks and Bones was dark and creepy. I can't wait for the next installment!
Eternal Life has something for everyone: the gripping pace of a thriller, the intrigue of a mystery, and the character development of a great novel. It is rich with philosophical questions (and possibly answers) that will linger long after you savor the last page.
I highly recommend this moving book of poetry. The first poem in the collection, "A Book Called The Soul", is one of the most potently distilled and moving poems I've read about the craft of poetry and the power of the written word on the page. Brian Flatgard is a local poet and frequent patron of our Changing Hands Phoenix store, and he is a lovely person.
Far From the Tree is an engrossing story that explores some of the most challenging situations faced by modern teens. The constantly changing bonds of family and biological family are discovered, tested, and richly lived by the empathetic characters. As families become ever more complicated this will be important reading for teens and adults alike.
When I found out that The Hate U Give was banned by the Texas public school system it immediately rose to the top of my nightstand queue, and I'm grateful it did. This book shook my sheltered foundations in a way I haven't experienced since I first watched Boyz 'n the Hood as a tween. Not only should it not be banned, this book should be required reading in schools across the country. It is the most informative, prescient and upsetting book I've read in the New Year. I was in awe of the young protagonist's perseverance as she survived and thrived in the eye of a tense and building political storm. Do not miss this!
Melton transmogrifies a breakdown into a breakthrough with gravitas and humor. She lays bare her struggle with relationships, body-image, sex, and the disintegration of her marriage with the bravery of
a true champion. Love Warrior is obnoxiously inspirational, and Melton is one of my new heroes!
I serendipitously picked up The Power by Naomi Alderman at a time when many of the women (and a few brave men) I know were joining the global #MeToo conversation. This light and engaging read sucked me in and promptly turned all of my assumptions about gender and power on their heads. The messages of The Power have kept me pondering the deeply nuanced issues of power and gender in our society through the current scandals in Hollywood and beyond. I think this book will appeal to science fiction fans, fantasy buffs, and historical fiction enthusiasts alike!