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Book Introduction: Family Matters

Time for a Book Introduction guest post! Today, Sonya Watson introduces her collection of short stories, Family Matters.

Family Matters book cover

 

Family Matters

by Sonya Watson

The Promise of the Sky

The Promise of the Sky book cover: a young Indian boy, looking through barbed wire.

This is the story of a boy in rural India who tries to break the boundaries imposed by his caste and attend school. The cost of this decision is beyond what he or anyone else in is family expects. This story has a clear message, but it is an important message and the storytelling is good enough to support it.

Author: 

Jyoti Guptara

Oh, Never Mind

Oh Never Mind book cover

This is a set of linked essays ostensibly about loving New York City and then leaving it, but really about growing into adulthood and learning to be comfortable in your own skin. Choi's writing is funny and insightful, and the book is a lot of fun to read.

Author: 

Mary H.K. Choi

Water into Wine

Water into Wine book cover: Main character standing in front of a vineyard

This is the story of Xin, who inherits a vineyard on a distant planet and moves there to build a new life, only to have an interstellar war intervene. It is very much a sci fi novella, but the focus of the story is on how everyday people survive and build a life in the midst of war, and on the meaning of family and identity. This novella is published by my company, Annorlunda Books, and it is a great example of the type of fiction I like to publish: entertaining to read, but thought-provoking, too.

Author: 

Joyce Chng

The Blue River Hotel

The Blue River Hotel book cover: a wooden door in a wall painted light blue

This is a short story about a man struggling to figure out what he wants from life, and what happens when meeting a young woman in his field upends his routines. I was skeptical when I read the summary, because so often this sort of premise is little more than an excuse for a middle aged male writer to fantasize about having a young woman fall in love with him. But this book avoids that trap, and is a multi-layered story looking at what we control in life and what we don't.

Author: 

Stephan Henighan

Turbo Jetslams

Turbo Jetslams cover: Cartoon of two kids on a jet ski over a picture of a peaceful lake

This is the story of a woman who buys a cabin in the woods for some peace and quiet... and then neighbors arrive. In short, it is the story of the destruction of one woman's paradise, slightly exaggerated for creative effect and told in a tongue-in-cheek style. The result is a short book that is fun to read, but makes some solid points about our relationship with nature and rural spaces, and how we can sometimes destroy the thing we say we love about a place.

Author: 

Jass Richards

Mussolini's Arctic Airship

Cover of Mussolini's Arctic Airship

This is a fascinating and well told story about arctic exploration, using the story of a doomed Italian airship expedition as a focal point. It is a great example of the strength of the short ebook format for history: there is enough space to tell the details that really bring the story to life, but no pressure to pad the story to "book length," which would slow it down. As it is, it is an enjoyable one-evening read from which I learned a lot that I didn't know about arctic exploration. I highly recommend it!

Author: 

Eva Holland

Waiting on a Bright Moon

Waiting on a Bright Moon book cover: Two women looking at each other in front of a moon

This is a story about a young woman forced into a line of work based on who she is, who has found a measure of happiness but must decide how to respond when events threaten her status quo. The characters feel real, the universe is believable, and the story will linger in your mind after you've finished it.

Author: 

JY Yang

Where I'd Rather Go

This is a loose collection of three essays by different authors. I say "loose" because I didn't really see a common thread among them. However, I enjoyed all three and found each thought-provoking in its own way, so I definitely enjoyed the book. And the final essay, about featherbowlers in Detroit, was worth the time I spent on the entire book. If you enjoy essays, this is a good short book to check out.

Author/Editor: 

Tyee Bridge

Humanity

Humanity book cover: a picture of Jimmy Carter

This is a good book about a fascinating and inspiring man. It looks briefly at what went wrong for Jimmy Carter in the Presidency, but the bulk of the book is about Carter's post-presidency, arguing that Carter redefined what it means (and what it should mean) to be a former President of the United States. It is also the story of a man coming back from a very public and humiliating failure and building a meaningful "second act" in life that made a real difference.

Author: 

Jordan Michael Smith

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