Bookends #8

Bookends #8

Saturday, September 24, 2016

New Books & Interesting Links :: Bookends #8 :: Outlandish Lit
There are a whole bunch of books I hear about that look amazing, but realistically I'm not going to read them all. That means they may never be mentioned on Outlandish Lit, which is so tragic. Every week I'll introduce you to a few books that caught my eye and some interesting bookish links.


Already Out

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.
This sounds like a very tough read, but I'm so intrigued that I put it on hold at the library. I've heard that it's beautiful.

The Gloaming by Melanie Finn

Pilgrim's husband left her for another woman, stranding her in a Swiss town where she is involved in an accident that leaves three children dead. Cleared of responsibility though overcome with guilt, she absconds to Africa, befriending a series of locals each with their own tragic past.

Mysteriously, the remains of an albino appear, spooking everyone—sign of a curse placed by a witch doctor—though its intended recipient is uncertain. Pilgrim volunteers to rid the town of the box and its contents, though wherever she goes, she can't shake the feeling that she's being followed.
I heard from a friend that this book wasn't nearly as creepy as it sounds, which is a shame for me. But maybe good for anybody else.

The Vanished: The "Evaporated People" of Japan in Stories and Photographs by Lena Mauger

Every year, nearly one hundred thousand Japanese vanish without a trace. Known as the johatsu, or the “evaporated,” they are often driven by shame and hopelessness, leaving behind lost jobs, disappointed families, and mounting debts. In The Vanished, journalist Léna Mauger and photographer Stéphane Remael uncover the human faces behind the phenomenon through reportage, photographs, and interviews with those who left, those who stayed behind, and those who help orchestrate the disappearances. Their quest to learn the stories of the johatsu weaves its way through:

A Tokyo neighborhood so notorious for its petty criminal activities that it was literally erased from the maps
Reprogramming camps for subpar bureaucrats and businessmen to become “better” employees
The charmless citadel of Toyota City, with its iron grip on its employees
The “suicide” cliffs of Tojinbo, patrolled by a man fighting to save the desperate
The desolation of Fukushima in the aftermath of the tsunami
Thank you to Shaina for pointing this one out to me!!

Coming Out Next Month

We Show What We Have Learned: And Other Stories by Clare Beams

The literary, historic, and fantastic collide in these wise and exquisitely unsettling stories. From bewildering assemblies in school auditoriums to the murky waters of a Depression-era health resort, Beams’s landscapes are tinged with otherworldliness, and her characters’ desires stretch the limits of reality. Ing énues at a boarding school bind themselves to their headmaster’s vision of perfection ; a nineteenth-century landscape architect embarks on his first major project, but finds the terrain of class and power intractable ; a bride glimpses her husband’s past when she wears his World War II parachute as a gown ; and a teacher comes undone in front of her astonished fifth graders.
Um can we talk about the cover? PLEASE??


I'm not sure if reading this interview of Ottessa Moshfegh (author of Eileen) made me love her or made me really annoyed by her.

Tor made a list of The Year's Best Alternate Histories. COOL.

If you didn't know, it's Tolkien week! Want to learn a little more about Middle Earth? Here's some info on Luthien: Tolkien's Badass Elf Princess.

What books did you hear about this week?


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