1. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586 2. Gray Mountain John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148 3. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447 4. Redeployment Phil Klay, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204999 5. Let Me Be Frank With You Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692062
1. Small Victories Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $22.95, 9781594486296 2. Killing Patton Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682 3. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis, Harper, $27.99, 9780062078223 4. Yes Please Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341 5. 41: A Portrait of My Father George W. Bush, Crown, $28, 9780553447781
I read all kinds of fantasy novels and it takes new ideas to capture me like California Bones did.
I have never come up against the idea of Osteomancy being the bringer of magic. Osteomancy is the use of bones in magic. That is a simple explanation, but it means that the magic comes from consuming the bones of magical creatures in a kind of soup.
This book takes place in California, a California that has seceded from the United States. The places that we know as Amusement Parks, Disneyland and others are, real places of magic. There is so much magic in this book that you can almost smell it, like the characters can in the story.
I recommend you read California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout if you want to go on a magic carpet ride.
The first in a spellbinding new trilogy. After the death of her mother, Barrie Watson moves to her aunt's South Carolina plantation and learns that an ancient spirit had cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions. Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy.
In which it is determined that there are sixteen books that every Southerner absolutely ought to have, Mr. Mac Stone attempts to avoid the alligators in the dark, and Mr. Rick Bragg reflects on the things you can grow in the red dirt of Alabama.
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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