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Bream Gives Me Hiccups
Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, this collection moves from contemporary L.A. to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, re-imagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions.
Existential food critics. Awkward romances. These and more await in the debut novel by actor Jesse Eisenberg, who manages to create a brilliant snapshot of life in the digital age in this collection of short stories.
Witty and amusingly gloomy, Eisenberg introduces the reader to an eclectic variety of characters and situations you won’t soon forget, especially the chapter on postmodern dating.
Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg (Grove Press) Recommended by Andrew at Square Books Oxford MS
Welcome to Serenity by Sherryl Woods
When Jeanette Brioche helped launch The Corner Spa in Serenity, South Carolina, she found a whole lot more than professional satisfaction. She discovered the deep and loyal friendships that had been missing from her life. But even the Sweet Magnolias can't mend the terrible rift between Jeanette and her family or persuade her that the holidays are anything more than a season of misery.
Pushed into working on the town's much-loved annual Christmas festival, Jeanette teams up with the sexy new town manager. Tom McDonald may be the only person in Serenity who's less enthused about family and the holidays than she is.
But with tree decorations going up on the town square and a bit of romance in the air, Jeanette and Tom take a fresh look at the past and a hopeful look into the future. Together they discover that this just may be a season of miracles after all.
HOLD LOVE STRONG by MATTHEW AARON GOODMAN – “Goodman’s relevant and enlightening debut novel belongs somewhere on the shelf between Richard Wright’s Native Son and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, both for its social importance and literary beauty. The novel is told in a series of vignettes, and centers around Abraham Singleton, a young man using all his available resources to navigate the housing projects of New York City. For Abraham, desperation and hope always coexist, but with the ups and downs of his life he finds one constant: the enduring love of his family. A brilliant read, everyone should be able to get into this coming of age story.” Amanda at Inkwood Book in Tampa, FL
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Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book
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