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The Vishakanya's Choice

The cover of The Vishakanya's Choice, an image of a young woman in red

This is a short story about a young woman whose is sent to join a group of assassins when her fate is foretold to be a sad one. From this premise, the story explores what it means to "have a choice." It is a well-written and thought-provoking story. The world in which it is set is so interesting that I wished the author had taken a little more time to explore it. Still, I couldn't stop reading this story once I started it, so I definitely recommend it.

Author: 

Roshani Chokshi

Guest Post: Eight BookTubers You Need to Subscribe to

Today I have a guest post from Dane Cobain, who introduced his book No Rest for the Wicked to us about a year ago. Today's post isn't an introduction to a book. Instead it is an introduction to BookTube, which is something I've been meaning to explore! 

All of Us, We All Are Arameans

All of Us, We All Are Arameans book cover

This book is a travelogue, the story of the trip one American Jewish woman took to Israel. She is somewhat ambivalent in her feelings about Israel, and is upfront about that, and one of the things we see in the book is her attempt to form solid opinions about the region and its conflicts. The tone stays one of a slightly introspective travelogue, not a weighty investigation of a difficult conflict, but one of the strengths of this book is how it shows the complexity inherent in any conflict that has centuries of history behind it.

Author: 

Eileen Pollack

Book Introduction: Gnarled Bones and Other Stories

I have another book introduction for you this week! Tam May introduces her new collection of short stories.

Gnarled Bones and Other Stories

by Tam May

Gnarled Bones cover, a picture of an elderly woman.

Salsa Nocturna

This is such a fun collection to read! I had heard a lot of good things about this book, and it was a rare case of a book living up to the buzz. It is a collection of related stories about a multiracial group of characters in New York City, with the twist that some of the characters are dead, or partly dead. But it is not a collection of creepy ghost stories. The characters (even the dead ones!) are alive and vibrant, the stories are action packed and fun, and result is something unique and sort of magical.

Author/Editor: 

Daniel José Older

March Giveaway: The Shoe Boy

The winners of the February giveaway have been notified, so it is time to post the giveaway for March.

This month I am giving away one copy of a book I read recently and really loved: The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir, by Duncan McCue.

The Shoe Boy book cover: black birds on a white background

Accompany Me: A Life in Vulnerability and Faith

Accompany Me book cover

I don't know what made me decide to download this book, but I'm glad I did. It is an insightful exploration of illness, faith, and what it means to really be well. The tone is gentle and humble and one of honest reflection. It does not read like a lecture, but like a conversation with a really thoughtful friend. I am not a religious person, and I probably never will be, but the discussion of faith in this book really spoke to me, and gave me more understanding of the role faith can play in people's lives.

Author: 

Nora Gallagher

Book Introduction: HEY DOORMAN VIII: True Tales of an Uncommon Bouncer in Los Angeles

Today's Book Introduction post introduces the fourth book in the Hey Doorman series. I like to read series in order, so I have the first book in the series in my "to read" folder on my Kindle. However, the fourth book is the one that's just come out. Here's the intro:

HEY DOORMAN VIII: True Tales of an Uncommon Bouncer in Los Angeles

By John P. Kildemm

Hey Doorman book cover

Luminous

Luminous book cover, a mans face over an open plain

This is a sweet story, with an undercurrent of sadness, about a a lonely woman who gets an unexpected chance for companionship. The setting is a mostly empty planet that she is tasked with exploring, but to tell you much more would give away too much of the story. The writing is beautiful, and the story is short, so just read it and see for yourself!

Author: 

A.E. Ash

The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir

The Shoe Boy book cover

This is a memoir of the author's season living in the deep Canadian bush, hunting and trapping. The story is well-written and engaging, and it alone would make this book worth your time. But this book is something more, too. The author is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario, and his time in the bush is spent with a James Bay Cree family.

Author: 

Duncan McCue

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