Archive for March, 2014

let’s review: flora & ulysses

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Flora & Ulysses is an odd little book. “Natural-born cynic” Flora finds an unlikely friend and superhero sidekick in Ulysses, a squirrel caught in a terrible vacuum accident, emerging with super powers that include the ability to compose poetry. A ridiculous and comical and endearing adventure ensues, and while I understand the concept of suspending reality, [...]

let’s review: glaciers

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Alexis M. Smith’s Glaciers is a resonating landscape of beautiful storytelling told within a small space. Like its namesake, Glaciers shifts quietly and moves constantly. The story-in-a-day style (a nod to Mrs. Dalloway and others in this vein) fits the story like Isabel’s vintage dress—these words are meant to be tried on and twirled. A sense of anticipation propels [...]

let’s review: holy the firm

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Holy the Firm by Annie Dillard is a reflection in three parts, written on a Puget Sound island in a room with “one enormous window, one cat, one spider and one person.” Dillard’s language is poetic and violent and asking—a raw study in the spiritual, surrounded by the tragic and the peaceful found within the [...]

let’s review: doll bones

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Doll Bones is creepy kid-lit at its finest. Holly Black weaves just the right amount of ghost story and oddities into realistic fiction with plausible explanations for eerie happenings. Youthful imagination propels this story, along with a sense of adventure, an appreciation for friendship, and the complexities of growing up. Zach, Poppy, and Alice are friends [...]