But hearing or even understanding information doesn't ease the fear. For that we have to understand our own hearts.
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Daniel José Older
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. For me, the best short story collections have to be read slowly, because I need to pause after each story to let the story I just finished "settle" before I go on. This collection falls into that category: as much as I enjoyed reading it, I could not rush through it.