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Seth Kantner. A native Alaskan, Seth Kantner is a photographer and writer whose work expresses his love for the land and its animals, and his belief in wildness and the importance of keeping wilderness wild. Kantner is also the author of Ordinary Wolves , an impressively fluent, many-faceted tragicomedy of Alaskan life, and winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize , which is awarded to works of high literary quality that embody humane values and contribute to cultural understanding.
Elizabeth Gaffney with Rene Steinke. Elizabeth Gaffney was a staff editor for the Paris Review under George Plimpton's watch from to , and she is now editor-at-large for the literary magazine A Public Space. Gaffney's debut novel, Metropolis , is a remarkably rich and ambitious work set in New York City just after the end of the Civil War.
A capacious and frenetic novel about work, crime, immigration, race, and the evolution of a city, it is anchored to two of the grandest and most innovative structures of the time, New York's vast and elaborate sewer system and the Brooklyn Bridge, two engineering marvels that can be read as symbols of the two worlds Gaffney dramatizes, the underworld of the city's gangs, and the rarefied realm of art. Rene Steinke with Elizabeth Gaffney.
A finalist for the National Book Award , Holy Skirts is a fictionalized account of the life of a remarkable artist and audacious woman, the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, an ultra avant-garde, German-born artist, poet, daring performance artist, and agent provocateur. An enigmatic, androgynous, and eccentric figure with a shaved, sometimes shellacked head, teaspoons for earrings, and a cancelled postage stamp on her cheek, Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven challenged every convention known to gender and art over the course of her relentlessly adventurous, inventive, and theatrical life, greatly influencing better known artists, especially Marcel Duchamp.
Steinke's empathic, gorgeously written, and dramatic novel reclaims and interprets a rare spirit. Faith Sullivan. Faith Sullivan, who describes herself as a "demon gardener, flea marketer, and feeder of birds," has been writing novels since , and is best-known and most cherished for her stories of women and families living in Harvester, Minnesota, during the cruel years of the Great Depression and the two world wars.
Sullivan's novels are quietly powerful in their social and psychological insights and tremendous empathy for women forever caught in the double-bind of sexism. And Sullivan is incisive, uncommonly commonsensical, generous, and funny in person. Junot Diaz. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, Junot Diaz wowed readers and critics alike with the potent short story collection Drown in Junot Diaz's intrepid and radiant first novel is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , a family saga that confronts the horrific brutality at loose during the reign of the dictator Trujillo.
Ann Patchett. Ann Patchett has the magic touch. Laser-smart and remarkably adept, she has created an entirely new universe in each of her resplendent novels. Taft won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. So appealing is Bel Canto , it has been translated into 30 languages. Patchett's new novel is Run.
George Saunders. The most unnerving fiction boldly envisions the dire consequences of our most hubristic tendencies: our bottomless greed, maniacal competitiveness, hyper-materialism, environmental obliviousness, spiritual callousness, and fear of being different. This is George Saunders' territory. A writer of mordant wit and stinging insights following in the footsteps of Orwell, Bradbury, and Vonnegut, Saunders is a master of the surreal, or it is the ultra-real, short story.
Saunders has also written a live-wire satirical novel or fable, The Brief and Fright ening Reign of Phil , which is acquiring new power and relevance during this interminable presidential campaign, and a collection of fresh, hilarious, and profound essays, The Braindead Megaphone , in which Saunders' predilection for acrobatic parody and attunement to language's moral dimension are working in full force. But it's not all smooth sailing, Saunders was subjected to an appearance on The Colbert Report.
John Green entered the book world as an editorial assistant in the books for youth section at Booklist. Now he is a wildly popular young adult novelist. His first book, Looking for Alaska , a suspenseful tale set at a boarding school in Alabama, won the Michael L. Printz Award , and thrilled a great many readers from tweens to oldsters.
Green's zanily mathematical and anagram-filled second novel, An Abundance of Katherines , is a funny and clever tale about a prodigy who keeps getting involved with and dumped by girls named Katherine. John Green writes for Mental Floss Magazine , and, thanks to his friendship with mathematician Daniel Bliss, a consultant for An Abundance of Katherines and a candidate for the Illinois state legislature, John Green has been featured in the Wall Street Journal for his innovation support it involves a liquefied Happy Meal of Biss's campaign on the video blog he shares with his brother, Hank Green www.
Valerie Wilson Wesley. Former executive editor of Essence magazine , and now a best-selling fiction writer , Valerie Wilson Wesley has channeled her insights into women's lives, how children learn, race and ethnicity, community, and moral dilemmas into several genres, from her marvelously smart and funny children's series, Willimena Rules , which includes How to Fish for Trouble and How to Lose Your Cookie Money , to her acclaimed and wildly popular mystery series starring Tamara Hayle. Hayle is an African American woman raising her son on her own, and story is told in Dying in the Dark and the forthcoming Of Blood and Sorrow.
Valerie Wilson Wesley is a writer of deep emotional resonance, and of sharp humor. Russell Banks. A great American fiction writer, Russell Banks is the author of many powerful works about individuals and societies in profound conflict, including Continental Drift , Rule of the Bone , Cloudsplitter , and The Darling. Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter have both been made into exceptionally fine films.
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Michael Chabon. Michael Chabon is a phenomenally imaginative, compassionate, funny, and soulful fiction writer who delights in bringing his exceptional literary gifts to genre fiction to create new and vital hybrids. He became instantly famous at age 25 with the publication of his first book, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh , and went on to write the compelling and many-faceted Wonder Boys ; the exquisite and tender short story collections A Model World and Werewolves in their Youth ; a homage to Sherlock Holmes, The Final Solution , and a fantasy novel for young adults, Summerland.
Every transporting book is a surprise, but Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay , a tale of two Jewish cousins who help create the golden years of comic book superheroes, is an extraordinarily generous and encompassing work about the legacy of the Holocaust and the liberating power of the imagination. Michael Chabon appeared on Open Books in May Sandra Cisneros. Sandra Cisneros, a poet and a fiction writer, was born and raised in Chicago, and the city plays a significant role in her work.
Cisnero's first novel, the groundbreaking The House on Mango Street , has been included on countless high school and college required reading lists, sold more than two million copies, and transformed American literature with its uniquely poetic take on that rite of passage known as coming-of-age, urban life, the immigrant experience in general, and that of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in particular. Woman Hollering Creek is a collection of funny, candid, and provocative stories about Mexican American girls and women.
The extraordinarily rich and enveloping Caramelo is a many-faceted multigenerational family saga that weaves back and forth between Chicago and Mexico, and the complications of private life and the influence of cultural icons. Cisneros appeared on Open Books in Davis traces the great singing web of life and the long-fingered shadow of death, and in The Thin Place , animal and plants are brought to conscious life as she explores the permeable divide between the past and the present, the living and the dead, the natural and the supernatural, the human and the divine.
This conversation took place when Kathryn Davis came to Chicago in February Stuart Dybek. A quintessential Chicago writer, Stuart Dybek grew up in the working-class neighborhood known as Pilsen, the setting for many of the stories in his celebrated collections, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods , The Coast of Chicago , and I Sailed with Magellan. A writer preternaturally attuned to both beauty and absurdity, the real and the surreal, Dybek's penetrating vision of Chicago's steely reality and penchant for risk-all romance underlies his exquisitely crafted, urban and down-to-earth, mischievously funny, and ravishing short stories and his poems, which have been collected in Brass Knuckles and Streets in Their Own Ink.
A generous teacher and mentor, Dybek inspires and supports many emerging writers. Jennifer Egan Egan is both a captivating storyteller and an incisive social observer. Creative and venturesome, she has taken a different approach in each of her fictional works, and all are shaped by her beautifully calibrated lyricism, precise psychology, uncanny insights into cultural trends, and keen satire. Egan is fascinated by the interplay between the world of appearances and the inner realm of feeling and thought, and considers with open-mindedness our longing for transcendence.
This preoccupation with the Wizard-of-Oz-like aspect of existence and our spiritual impulse shaped her accomplished first novel, The Invisible Circus. Emerald City and Other Stories is an outstanding collection of elegant and poignant short stories. In the novel Look at Me , Egan combines a penetrating look at the culture of the image, the fashion industry, and the shift from the industrial age to the information age.
In The Keep , a cleverly constructed riff on gothic novels, Egan carries forward her inquiry into our obsession with digital technologies and our sense of connectivity even when we're terribly alone. Jennifer Egan spoke about her work in Chicago in September Donald Evans. Chicago writer Donald G.
Evans is a former sports writer for the Chicago Sun-Times. He has also been an editor, photojournalist, reporter, teacher, and columnist. A former serious gambler and part-time bookie, he is now is a stay- at-home dad and a writer. His roguishly witty first novel, Good Money After Bad , revolves around a Chicago gambler named Chance living within earshot of Wrigley Field, and dangerously addicted to sports betting. Evans is a terrifically atmospheric writer, deftly evoking the world of bookies and compulsive gamblers, the tensions of in a big city undergoing lots of changes, a surreally severe heat wave, and the consequences of secret desperation.
Combining the blue-collar, neighborhood-anchored aesthetic Chicago writers are known for with a touch of suavely boozy noir, a sliver of medical-thriller action, and loads of charm, Evans tells a rascally and edgy cautionary tale. Donald G. Evans took a chance on Open Books in June Mary Gordon. Mary Gordon is fascinated with deception and contradiction, religion and art, family secrets and social upheavals.
Keir Graff. Keir Graff is a novelist from Montana living in Chicago where he is also editor for Booklist Online , and keeper of the blog, Likely Stories. Keir Graff spoke to Open Books in March Jane Hamilton. Perhaps living and working on a Wisconsin apple orchard inspires Jane Hamilton to take risks in her fiction. Nature, after all, is a grand experiment in the reconciliation of extremes as years of human effort can be erased in a matter of hours while life persists in the harshest and most volatile of circumstances.
In each of her five novels, she orchestrates seasons of suffering and amplitude, harrowing storms and epic droughts as she weighs the good and the bad in the repertoire of human behavior. Lyrical yet earthy, tragic yet droll, her complex tales of human quests for understanding are seeded in the stoic Midwest and rooted in extended families. Jane Hamilton appeared on Open Books in September Jamaica Kincaid.
Jamaica Kincaid is a persistently autobiographical writer whether she's writing about family, colonialism, or gardening, and her work is charged with a sense of urgency as she seeks understanding of the past and of how it shapes the present. Kincaid's fiction debut was the impressionistic story collection At the Bottom of the River. Annie John was her first novel, and the dawning of her signature voice with its deft interweaving of inner and outer realms, its exacting yet poetically resonant descriptions, and its incantatory musicality and stream of consciousness.
Other novels followed, including the intense and cathartic expression in The Autobiography of My Mother and Mr. Jamaica Kincaid spoke on Open Books in John McNally The author of a short story collection, Troublemakers, John McNally proved himself to be a smart and nimble comedic novelist in The Book of Ralph , a marvelously inventive coming-of-age story set in Burbank, Illinois, a seedy old suburb south of Chicago. In his second satiric tale of Midwest angst, America's Report Card , an even more mordantly hilarious and right-on tale, McNally returns to Burbank to tell the story of Jainey O'Sullivan.
On the verge of turning 18, she is burdened with a family beyond dysfunctional. McNally's flair for the absurd, poker-face humor, and hilarious critique of the fear-mongering Bush years, are matched by his pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, sure pacing, and tender regard for humankind. Joe Meno Comedic, imaginative, empathic, and romantic, Chicago writer Joe Meno is particularly attuned to the intelligence and sorrows of children, and to the ways childhood haunts our adult lives.
And as different as each of his works are--from his short story collection Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir to his novels Tender as Hellfire , How the Hula Girl Sings , Hairstyles of the Damned , and the truly remarkable The Boy Detective Fails -- Meno is consistently compassionate in his approach to loneliness and loss, the poignancy of our effort to combat chaos with reason, and the terror of realizing that the everyday world is full of menace.
And yet, Meno's characters discover that there is power in kindness, intelligence, and persistence. Joe Meno was a guest on Open Books in September Lydia Millet. The bewitchment of Millet's unusual fiction derives from its fusing of lyrical realism with precisely rendered far-outness, her heightened social conscience, and her gift for cloaking moral and spiritual inquiries within inventive plotlines and the psyches of deep-feeling characters. In Everyone's Pretty , a pornographer, his pious sister, a midget, a math prodigy, a bombshell, and a Christian Scientist ponder sex, God, and the search for meaning.
Oh Pure and Radiant Heart is a brilliant and madcap novel about the collision between science and faith and the dark discovery that forever altered life on earth, the making of the atomic bomb. How the Dead Dream is a haunting novel about suffering of animals as humankind becomes the dominant force on the planet and we enter an age of extinction. A profoundly humanist and satirical writer in the constellation that includes Twain, Vonnegut, Murakami, and DeLillo, Millet is a write ascending.
Audrey Niffenegger Audrey Niffenegger, a Chicago writer and an artist who makes fine art books the old-fashioned way, is best-known for her first novel, the internationally acclaimed bestseller novel, The Time Traveler's Wife , an evocative blend of science fiction and straight-ahead literature. Niffenegger's stunningly moody prints possess the sly gothic subversion of Edward Gorey, the emotional valence of Edvard Munch, and her own brilliant use of iconographic pattern, surprising perspective, and tensile line in the service of a delectably otherworldly sensibility.
This conversation took place in September Harry Mark Petrakis Harry Mark Petrakis is a quintessential Chicago storyteller, one of the most compelling and venerable writers ever to walk this blustery city's streets and look into the heart of its struggling and blessed citizens. Petrakis is also a memoirist and essayist; his collections include the wonderfully candid and very moving Tales of the Heart. A legend and an inspiration to many, a man of warmth and wisdom, Harry Mark Petrakis has seen many changes in life and literature.
He appeared on Open Books in March Alexis Pride. Chicago writer Alexis J. Pride is a playwright, producer, founder of the AJ Ensemble Theater Company, a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, and a fiction writer. Her first novel, Where the River Ends , is a fiery fictionalization of the life of a revolutionary and controversial Chicago educator, Corla Hawkins, known far and wide as Momma Hawk. Pride's protagonist, Emma Rivers, battles her way through a rough girlhood on the South Side during the s.
She found refuge in books, but suffered betrayal and violence at the hands of those she loved best. Emma struggles mightily against great odds to get control of her life, becoming a teacher and a principal renowned for her unorthodox style and profound dedication to inner-city children.
Pride's intense and insightful novel dramatizes the trauma engendered by the cruel matrix of poverty, racism, and sexism in an indelible portrait of a courageous teacher able to transform the lives of neglected teens because she needs them as much as they need her. Alexis Pride appeared on Open Books in May Susan Straight. Susan Straight writes empathic and dramatic fiction about family, race, class, immigration, men and women, and the long shadow of slavery. Straight is also a superlative essayist and writes commentary for National Public Radio. The recipient of a Lannan Foundation Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship , she teaches creative writing at the University of California at Riverside, her lifelong hometown.
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Susan Straight spoke on Open Books in May Read an excerpt of the transcript of her interview. Mark Swartz. Mark Swartz is nervy, inventive, and very funny writer, a satirist intrigued with individuals and societies run amok. Swartz suggests that reading can become a perilously isolating and alienating obsession, and that the library can be an overwhelming and bewildering labyrinth, an oppressive manifestation of the mind's complexity and humanity's folly. In H2O , Swartz zaps forward in time to depict Chicago as a chaotic and decrepit city-state.
Clean tap water is but a cherished memory, so toxic is Lake Michigan. In fact, the earth's entire freshwater supply is imperiled. Enter Hayden Shivers, a hapless filter and drain engineer who discovers a miracle. Swartz's shrewd, jittery, and noirishly atmospheric speculative tale about a bumbling antihero and dire environmental trauma brings an irreverent and parrying voice to ecofiction and casts a fractured light on follies petty and catastrophic. Mark Swartz appeared on Open Books in January Jean Thompson Heartland writer Jean Thompson forges adept and imaginative tragicomedy fueled by her fascination with just how awry things can get and just how outrageously we can run amok.
Evincing a dry and precise wit and an impressive fluency in inner monologues induced by long-stoked anger, self-loathing, and loneliness, she portrays people on the edge in her moody short story collections -- The Gasoline War s , Little Face and Other Stories , and Who Do You Love , a finalist for the National Book Award -- and her well-wrought novels, including Wide Blue Yonder and City Boy , a portrait of a catastrophically malignant marriage.
Thompson continues to explore the dynamics between men and women, as well as the diminishment of rural life, family weirdness, what being female is really about, and living in war time in her spectacular collection of pitch-perfect short stories, Throw like a Girl. Jean Thompson appeared on Open Books in June Hillary Carlip brings high energy, high standards, unbridled creativity, an effervescent sense of humor, and deep insight into everything she does.
A performer as well as a writer, Hillary's penchant for alternative personalities finds extraordinary expression in A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers , a book of stories and photographs in which Carlip transforms herself into 26 diverse and compelling characters based on her extensive collection of lost-and-found shopping lists. According to Booklist that would be me :. A populist Cindy Sherman, an American Tracey Ullman, a female Eddie Murphy, and a disciple of Lily Tomlin, Carlip used her quirky collection of discarded shopping lists as inspiration for 26 characters, assuming the identity of men and women shoppers of various ages, backgrounds, and preoccupations.
Each of Carlip's ingeniously composed, funny, and insightful vignettes is a microcosm of struggle and hope. Hillary Carlip is also a fabulously talented web designer. In fact, you're experiencing one of her online creations this very moment. Chicagoan Joel Greenberg is a birder, a naturalist, a lawyer, an environmental activist, a tireless researcher, and a passionately observant, insightful, involving, and witty writer. His first book is a magnum opus, the unprecedented, avidly detailed, entertaining and illuminating A Natural History of the Chicago Region.
In this beautifully made book rich in historical photographs, Joel teaches us about prairies and marshes, ravines and rivers, the shore of the great lake Michigan, oak savannas and grasses, butterflies and mussels and orchids and turtles and coyotes and hawks and geese. He also writes incisively about a burgeoning, incessantly busy, and shortsighted human population and the rapid and transforming changes Chicagoans have brought to what was for so long an incredibly fertile wilderness. Growing out of his extensive research for A Natural History of the Chicago Region , this unique anthology begins with the diary of Father Pierre-Francois-Xavier de Charlevoix, a Jesuit who explored the area in , and moves forward to In between are many surprises.
He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye--an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.
When Eon's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic Returning to her hometown of Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in to marry a man she has never met, seventeen-year-old Verity Boone gets caught up in the a mystery surrounding the graves of her mother and aunt and a dangerous hunt for Revolutionary-era gold.
What was it like hiding in the Annex with Anne Frank? This novel tells the story from the point of view of Peter Van Pels, from the day he went into hiding with the Franks, through his imprisonment at Auschwitz. In , the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion.
But what does he want from her? A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't. Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate.
But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.
In , a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping her secret all that she can. Nazi Germany.
The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. Racing to freedom with thousands of other refugees as Russian forces close in on their homes in East Prussia, Joana, Emilia, and Florian meet aboard the doomed Wilhelm Gustloff and are forced to trust each other in order to survive.
Following accusations that her scientist father gruesomely experimented on animals, sixteen-year-old Juliet watched as her family and her genteel life in London crumbled around her—and only recently has she managed to piece her world back together. But when Juliet learns her father is still alive and working on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the old accusations are true. Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward, Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's insanity.
Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.
When his twin brother, Konrad, falls gravely ill, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest with friends Elizabeth and Henry, to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family's secret Biblioteka Obscura. These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed.
But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me. So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthorpe, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.
In the midst of a meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys, including one called Scowler, to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.
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When boarding-school student Oscar Drai meets Marina, she promises him a mystery and takes him to a secret graveyard deep in Barcelona, where they witness a woman dressed in black lay a single rose atop a gravestone etched with a black butterfly. Their curiosity leads them down a dangerous path, and they discover a decades-old conspiracy that puts their lives in the hands of forces more sinister and mystical than they could have believed possible. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could-from the criminal's point of view.
Now, with bodies piling up in the sleepy town of Lobo's Nod, Jazz must work with the police to prove that murder doesn't run in the family. In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.
Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store--for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us.
Which one will come true? Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they'd have a chance to remake their world.
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship -- the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.
Seventeen-year-old Carson Speier is bored of Billings, Montana, and resentful that he has to help his mother take care of his father, a dying alcoholic whom he has not seen in fourteen years--but then he meets Aisha, a beautiful African American girl who has run away from her own difficult family, and together they embark on a journey of discovery that may help them both come to terms with their lives. Grady, a transgendered high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male. While working as a film production designer in Los Angeles, Emi finds a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend which leads Emi to Ava who is about to expand Emi's understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.
In Iran, where homosexuality is punishable by death, seventeen-year-olds Sahar and Nasrin love each other in secret until Nasrin's parents announce their daughter's arranged marriage and Sahar proposes a drastic solution. Fat Angie's sister was captured in Iraq, she's the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat.
Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything? Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age in this anecdotal graphic novel memoir.
Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She's from Atlanta, she's never kissed a guy, she's into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all at least to Maggie , female counselor named Erin.
But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie's savant-like proficiency at the camp's rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it's too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand. When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
Seventeen-year-old Sam seems to have everything until she and her best friend, Cassie, disappear one night and now Sam has returned with amnesia, striving to be a much better person and aware that her not remembering may be the only thing keeping Cassie alive. When sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant's mother takes her to spend the summer in the tiny English town where she grew up, people look at Jess as if they have seen a ghost due to her resemblance to her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess arrived and to whom Jess feels a strange connection.
A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends -- the Liars -- whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies. True love. The truth. Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers. Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met--a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born.
This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets--and a murderer.
The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature. Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want.
Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive. Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station.
Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.
A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn't who she claimed to be.
And neither was Mickey's father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew. Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on an operating table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.
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Maya's life has always been chaotic. Living with a con-man dad, she's spent half her life on the run. Whenever her father's schemes go wrong, Maya finds a scientific way to fix it. But when her dad ends up in prison and foster care fails, Maya grasps at her last possible hope of a home: a long-lost aunt, who may not even exist.
So Maya formulates a plan, and with her wits, two unlikely allies, and twenty dollars in her pocket, she sets off in search of this aunt, navigating the unpredictable four hundred miles from Reno to Boise. Life on the streets, though, becomes a struggle for survival--those scientific laws Maya has relied on her whole life just don't apply. And with each passing day, Maya's definitions of right and wrong are turned upside down when she's confronted with the realities and dangers of life as a runaway.
She can't help but wonder if trying to find her aunt--and some semblance of stability--is worth the harrowing journey or if she should compromise and find a way to survive on her own. Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some other misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.
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Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the throne. Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. She'd love to have them. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen who never thinks she looks good in anything thinks she looks good in the pants.
Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins. Book 1 in series. When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun -- but no Katherines.
Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself. Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase -- packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she's not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes.
This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson's life. While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens, Rhoma Grace, a sixteen-year-old student from House Cancer, must convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac against Ophiuchus, the exiled thirteenth Guardian of Zodiac legend, who has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy.
Like most gamers, Michael almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway? But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead.
The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners- A shadowy group of ordinary humans, that spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive — alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe.
Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help.
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Everything changes when they uncover the truth. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn't that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one and the same? The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation's chosen few who must rebuild it.
But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing -- their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father's advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies -- trust no one.
But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling and deadly day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust. Kincaid's fast-paced sci-fi adventure trilogy perfect for fans of Ender's Game.
The planet's natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn't seem like a hero. He's a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones. As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom's life completely changes. Suddenly, he's someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there's a price to pay.
Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution.
As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war's origin that she never knew to ask. Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one's own point of view.
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie.
Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson.
It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her. Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She's on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she's made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends.
Then her mother's scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her. Now Parker wants a new life. And they all want the same thing: to win. Then Diggy does the unthinkable—he betrays a teammate. Can the team forgive him? And can he forgive himself? Caution: if you read on the bus on your way to work, unless you're careful, concentrating on the episodes in "Kincade's Fear" can make you miss your stop. In Kincade's Fear we see the greatest struggle Kincade has faced in his lifetime. Far greater than any mortal being he's faced, Kincade must deal with his own personal struggle between good and evil.
Sure there's the evil outlaw that puffs his chest out, but he's only a minor distraction as Kincade is totally engaged in his mental battle to really be the positive change he wants to see in the world. It's proven that in order for most of us to face down our demons, we need a support system in place. For Kincade, it's his beloved Josephine and a new relationship in his life, the Indian boy Red Sky and his dog. They are his foundation as he strives to live life by the Code Of The West.
When he's scared, they give him the support he needs to saddle up anyway. To live each day with courage. And to know where to draw the line. He also leans on his late friend, best friend, Jesse, as he sits by his grave site and "gets it out. The Native American spiritual influence is large at times, and most welcome from my point of view. And once again there's a twist at the end.
In the final scene Kincade realizes that Josephine, Red Sky and Jesse have given him the greatest gift of all, the gift of We can all be heroes in our own lives! Check it out. You'll love it pard. Jesse Steamboat Springs, CO. Format: Kindle Edition. Great addition to the Kincade series of books. It would have been hard to have been a lawman at that time and not want to deliver your own form of justice.
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