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From the guy who gave us Dune. Resurrection Day by Brendan Dubois An alternate universe novel about a post-apocalyptic world in which the Cuban Missile Crisis devolved into an all-out nuclear war. Clarke Those alien overlords who brought peace and prosperity to the human race? Uh, yeah. Malevil by Robert Merle Nuclear war destroys the world, but a small village and adjacent villa in France are spared to re-civilize the world. Earth by David Brin Environmental disasters, overpopulation, scientific hubris and terrorism: Yeah, the planet may not last long unless we straighten up.

Mother of Storms by John Barnes This one is even more terrifying now than it was when it was first published in Barnes describes, in very technical meteorology terms, how oceanic warming can lead to hurricanes that make Katrina look like a spring shower. Flood by Stephen Baxter Along with its sequel, Ark , Flood is the story of trying to find a technical solution to an improbable problem: undersea seismic activity unleashes subterranean water reservoirs, flooding the planet.

First book is apocalypse; second is post-apocalyptic and has some interesting stuff about human adaptation to both life on an ocean planet and life in space. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi Awesome bio-punk novel about a near future in which global warming has flooded a big chunk of the Earth and the calorie has become the most important measure of energy, with genetic manipulation the norm.

Seriously fun. The Hunger Games is surprisingly good, though, despite the hype. Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer A pretty good apocalyptic young adult novel, told in diary entries of a teenage girl, about a meteor that knocks the moon closer to the Earth, thus setting off a series of consequences. Dayworld by Philip Jose Farmer A solution for dealing with an overpopulated world—letting everyone live only one day out of seven, and spend the rest of their time in suspended animation—has some real drawbacks. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. Directive 51 by John Barnes This book and its sequel, Daybreak Zero , are about a successful plot to destroy technology via a nanotech plague.

Directive 51 refers to the order by which the U. Crossposted on The United States of Armageddon. In spite of the attitude, Vulture Peak carries the reader relentlessly along. With sex tourism, drugs, and institutionalized corruption, Bangkok is a confusing place. Sonchai struggles to do the right thing according to his Buddhist beliefs, an effort that is hampered by the fact that his boss Colonel Vikorn not only runs the Thai police, but also directs smuggling and other enterprises as well.

The victims are missing their eyes and several vital organs. Going undercover as an organ smuggler to find those responsible for harvesting organs, Sonchai learns that donors are often unwilling—and extremely difficult to trace. His characters are subjected to the worst injuries and indignities. But they do not flinch, and if redemption is rarely an option, resilience often is. She then writes about Vietnam, and the terrible mess of war-making that both LBJ and Nixon made of things.

She also writes about the rise in privatization of the military, a big way to send the country to war without the public being aware of it. Maddow also indicts former Vice President Dick Cheney for being the brains behind the privatization of the military—all the while ending up making money off it, via his investments in Halliburton. Then he went to Halliburton and helped them get those contracts. She writes of the U. Privatization made it all easy, and quiet.

The bottom line is this:. Their great advice was that we should structure ourselves as a country in a way that deliberately raised the price of admission to any way. It never stops. Of course, being Rachel Maddow, she ends the book with her personal obsession: the nuclear arsenals still intact throughout the U.

Frankly, I think she should have left this chapter out altogether—just saved it for the next book—because Drift is certainly full enough on its own, and we must hope only the first of many such works of reporting and analysis. A full book-length version of the graphic novel Backderf did about going to high school with serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Great new graphic novel of twin girls growing up in earlyth Century New York. Look for a print review in Coolhunting. Once again we discover that adoption is never as simple as some would have us believe.

The reality was much worse. She offers some real insight into what drives people to wish for apocalypse even if it means they will die. The Clowes is another beautifully-illustrated graphic novel about a misfit, unloved and abandoned boy who does bad things as a young man—in this case, involving the death ray. I love it when they make graphic versions of books about ideas. It makes complex things accessible, and this is particularly true where media theory is concerned. This book is a must-read for all students of media and news, but especially for younger people who may not yet be as media-savvy as they need to be to get by in our branded, spun, viral and manipulated culture.

Complications ensue, as well as the typical red-state small-town crap, but it all works out in the end. His interest in the lives of the survivors comes across as much less voyeuristic, too, and much more like compassion. I think hanging out with homeless people in Sacramento has been good for his writing as well as for his personality. At least, he does after he finds out that a number of these terrorists have said the same thing, and that people as diverse as UAS Senator Osama bin Ladin and underworld smuggling thug Saddam Hussein are trying to keep it quiet.

I love smart, sassy heroines who save the world Buffy, much? The bottom line is that he makes a very convincing and direct argument for relaxing housing restrictions on density and ending the financial subsidies to suburban and exurban builders. His history of higher education, though by necessity brief, is worth remembering, if only because it reminds us of why Rick Santorum would be so convinced it is evil—after all, a liberal education does tend to have a liberalizing effect.

Education should produce public servants, in the broadest possible sense; not people who are interested in making the best living they can for themselves, but in making the best society possible for all of us. We really need to re-examine higher education as a money-making enterprise or an individual investment. Look for this in an upcoming Coolhunting. See above. Very good dystopian novel. They hit and kill a year-old girl though what she was doing out at 3 a. The novel examines their lives over the course of three decades, up to the present day. It is, unfortunately, very emotionally distant—and so, ultimately, unsatisfying.

I was particularly taken by the very clear and direct sense of purpose. The future looks pretty bleak for Arizona, no matter how you slice and dice it. If blanket, he kills them and covers their bodies with a blanket. And Yocum has an interesting structure which makes the flashbacks—to the inundation of San Diego and the nuking of Las Vegas, for instance—work as integral parts of character development. The Tea Party? Not much different from the opposition to the New Deal, with the exception of the tea bags on their heads.

Ultimately, it made me despair of the mental health of so many of my fellow Americans. Maddow has written a book with the sourcing of a scholar and the wit of a pundit. Look for a slightly longer review in print. That drags him into a series of close calls, misunderstandings and exciting adventures that involve everything from a cannibal cult to a nunnery run by a psychotic drag queen who performed her own sex change operation.

When the old institutions—government, church, academy—disappear, what will rise in their place? Well, a strip club is as good as any other, unless you happen to be female. Grant issued an order that expelled Jews from the territory he commanded. No kidding. He targeted Jews because he blamed them for extensive black-marketeering in his sector. Mind you, President Abraham Lincoln rescinded the order almost immediately, and it caused a furor. But it does strike me as really troubling that an incident of anti-Semitism which was a big deal at the time is almost forgotten now.

This is a pretty good little graphic novel about an attempt by a neo-con Homeland Security administrator to run a false-flag operation that will take cash out of the economy by putting a nasty and often-deadly virus on currency. It has both elements of a nasty plague used as a biological weapon and a right-wing paranoid conspiracy to take away our civil liberties. This is a wickedly irreverent novel set in a near future in which YouTube-like networks have taken over TV. So what does he do? Turn Martian exploration and colonization into a reality competition.

When they talk about Survivor - like television, they mean some people may die. In space. Where no one can hear you scream.

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This book was particularly resonant, given the way the murder of Trayvon Martin has been unfolding in the news cycle. His ghost is a main character here, as is the once-young woman who loved him, now a middle-aged widow looking for resolution. This is a very dreamy and sentimental book, but it has a strong pull in light of current events. The novel by noted playwright David Mamet is an older one, but it was brought to my attention recently in a Facebook discussion about the Leo Frank case a horrifying case of anti-Semitism, paranoia and lynching in Georgia in Mamet is incredibly good with language, but then most playwrights are.

The novel uses a lot of doubling to examine these two outsiders and their relationship to colonial and post-colonial Africa. Bonner examines the case of Edward Lee Elmore, who was convicted of murdering an elderly woman in Black and mildly retarded, Elmore was defended after his conviction by Diane Holt, and in many ways, this is her story. It is not, but it does have some interesting descriptions of death-related rituals. Think of it as Eat, Pray, Die. Selected by Carl Phillips yes, one of my favorite poets , these are poems about pushing boundaries: as a Latino man, as a gay man, as a young man.

Fantastic work. Christle has a delightful sense of play in her language—it matches her sense of humor—and an affinity for the absurd. Definitely a keeper. Awesome, awesome, awesome book. Arthur Opp, a former professor, has become an agoraphobic plus pound semi-hoarder. His life is a wreck, but he clings to the memory of Charlene, a former student with whom he shared a friendship that had the potential for more and with whom he still exchanges letters. In a moment of honesty, he tells her what his life has become—and then begins to change it. Arthur begins to open up just a little.

Narrated alternately by Arthur and Kel, this is an emotionally honest and surprisingly hopeful novel about people who are trying not to give up, and who find that not giving up counts for something. Another interesting Armageddon book. Look for a longer post on this. Good News Clubs are evangelizing missions that operate in thousands of public schools across the country—thanks to a Supreme Court ruling — including two in the Sacramento Unified School District, and several in neighboring suburbs.

But the problem goes deeper. That means Catholics, Episcopalians, some Presbyterians, Methodists, Congregationalists, Unitarians—any variety of Christian that does not follow the strict and literal interpretation of the Bible put forward by CEF. Any way you look at it, kids in public schools? Rushkoff is a media theorist and this graphic novel explores the lives of a group of teens who are raise to do nothing but test multi-player video games.

Amir and Khalil using first names only, to protect relatives who are still in Iran tell the story of a family searching for the younger son, who disappeared during the protests. It provides an entry to the convoluted and depressing state of Iranian political and theological often the same thing matters. This was moving and well done, with the missing Mehdi as a stand-in for all the youth of Iran.

It also included some excellent appendices to explain and contextualize the story. House of Mystery was a good horror graphic novel; nothing more, nothing less. Willis is one of my favorite sci-fi authors her series about time travel, Doomsday Book , Blackout and All Clear , is fantastic. This short novel addresses artificial intelligence, and takes as its organizing principle the old—and wonderful—film, All About Eve.

This encyclopedic story of the alternative presses and media—radio stations and television shows are also part of the story that arose because of racism, racial segregation and racial discrimination in America is fascinating. Oh, this is awesome. It gets its own post this week. I discovered this NorCal writer because I got a bad case of the flu and my wife has a sense of humor.

What did it feel like to destroy the world? I was one of those little boys who grew up reading a lot of Stephen King and end-of-the-world novels. How far would you go to survive? You get to be the good guys and the bad guys, both. I had a friend just send me another link about engineered DNA—not nanotech, but the biological equivalent—being used to cure cancer.

They had to be, just to live. The Toba supervolcano was about 70, years ago, and they think that caused a decade of volcanic winter, plus another thousand years of global cooling, and the only people who would have made it through that would have been incredibly strong and resourceful. And the epic flooding around the Nile probably led to the legend of Gilgamesh. So there are these traumatic experiences that stay in our stories about how the world ended. We have these bottlenecks—places where the world seemed to end, and certainly the civilization did—where the people who are more wary, more paranoid, and more willing to wander—the ones who leave when the ground starts rumbling—are the ones who survive.

So I take a little slice of that and then make my characters and march them around the chess board.. I want both the heroes and the villains to be complicated and interesting. What made you choose Sacramento for ground zero? So as I was playing with scenarios—it was that chessboard first.

What if nobody—nobody all over the world—could go home again? And a lot of very interesting stuff about nanotech was being published, which gave me the idea for a plague that would have limits. Since I new Sacramento very well, and since my heroes were going to be trapped in the Sierra, it seemed like the best choice. I needed them to be able to do something about the problem.

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They had to be able to go places and strive to overcome the obstacle in order for the story to work, and Sacramento was the closest place they could find answers. The story opens with the handful of survivors trapped on the mountaintop. So they had to move somewhere — first they had to run from one mountaintop to the other. But the second stop was Sacramento. I wanted one of the survivors to have some knowledge of how the plague began. I wanted there to be an end game. If I can land a C on Highway 50 or drop paratroopers over the state capitol, there are these cinematic high notes to add to the story.

A shootout on Highway 50 is very interesting, right? I still had to do research for native birds and plants and things like that, but at least these were areas that I was comfortable enough with to be able to describe adequately. Is there a film coming?

Why apocalypse? Apocalypse resonates. A lot of people just hate any of this. In our society, the lights are always on, even when gas is four and a half bucks a gallon. America is more polarized than perhaps ever in the history of the nation, and yet we have things so good and so easy. So we tend to forget how hard it was even six or seven generations back, when most of the people over 40 had lost all their teeth.

So the post-apocalyptic novel is a safe way to open that door and take a peek at that. If you look at natural selection and genetics and take a look at that—I think that people need, want and enjoy conflict. Zombies are about not trusting and knowing your neighbor. You can have 8, friends on Facebook and not know the person who lives next door. One of the ironies of social media and walking around with your iPhone in your face is that people are losing the ability to socialize in person.

If the store clerk is under the age of 30, their social skills are so poor! What kind of reaction did you get to the plague trilogy? I get a fair amount of fan mail, which is totally awesome, but I also get a small but steady trickle of hate mail, or weird mail, or inappropriate mail. I get hate mail from people who object to a story with heroes who are a young Latino and a smart Jew. Well, it was set in California! What did they expect? I did that as a writer merely to add some texture.

One of the things that makes me nuts is the convention that all the main characters are going to come through unscathed. I hate that. There needs to be some actual consequences for the action. Do you have military experience? The first book is more the civilians, the ragged survivors, but whenever you get to this sort of extreme situation—where nations are fighting over the few remaining resources—military strength becomes a major part of the equation.

I also have a superfan who is a retired Lt. Colonel in the U. Air Force. He also introduced me to three naval aviators who could help with the background and details. And of course, these guys are real sticklers for the details. I wanted to get that as right as I possibly could and to present them in the best light, as well as being realistic about who they are.

So how in the world do you top that? So who have you got left to work with? The guys in the bunkers, the elite, the special forces and the tech guys who all have their special strengths and training. She was also so freaking healthy that she annoyed me, packing a lunch free of preservatives and sugar and riding her bike or roller-blading—even running! She seemed so much more at ease with her size tie-dyed shirts instead of the solid dark colors fat women are told will make us look more slender that I assumed she was also less conflicted about this strange betrayal of the flesh that has troubled me to some degree or another since I turned 30 and started to gain weight.

But what this sensitive, funny and honest memoir makes clear is that she struggled in more ways than most of us can imagine, including bouts of anorexia and an uneasy armed truce with dieting. What FAT makes clear is this: Weight is a lot more complicated than number. A calorie is not always a calorie. People who lose large amounts of weight will be on a diet for the rest of their lives. Braithwaite weaves a nonlinear narrative from her childhood relationship with food simply something to fuel her activities through the adolescent weight gain probably normal, but no one told her that that eventually led to her anorexia.

But the most powerful element of this book is the raw emotion, expressed honestly.

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If you think fat issues and obesity have nothing to do with you, read this book. And by the way, Jean is now back to weighing what she did in high school, before her weight gain started. Her body changed. Yep, another one. Vegans tend to hang with vegans, jocks with jocks—and, apparently, fat people stick together, too.

Long post and print story about this guy coming on Thursday. Watch for it! In the 23rd century, a space mission to a diamond star includes Menelaus Montrose, a mathematics whiz with a wild streak. As an adult, Mallory is brilliant, tech-savvy, and beautiful—but also seemingly a sociopath, subjecting those who cross her to creative, scary fates. On desk duty following a recent three-month unapproved absence, Mallory escapes the office to take over the case when an eight-year-old girl is found wandering in Central Park.

The unusually articulate and overly friendly child is dirty and tells a fantastic story of her Uncle Red turning into a tree in the park. The blood stains on her shoulder suggest that something awful has happened to Uncle Red—and in fact, he is found hanging in a garbage bag in a tree, left to starve to death with duct tape over his eyes and mouth and with wax stuffed in his ears.

The sadistic killer has other victims as well; unusually, all are from wealthy families. The relationship among victims is unclear at first, as is how the little girl, who calls herself Coco, fits into the picture. Coco has a tendency to throw herself at strangers, a trait which also puts her in jeopardy. Whether Mallory will help keep Coco safe, or sacrifice the little girl to serve her own ends, is another critical question. With her unique, action-driven approach, Mallory makes things happen while those around her react as best they can.

Seeing what happens to Mallory, and how she acts in response, is part of what makes her character and the series unforgettable. The Chalk Girl adds to the Mallory canon, and also contains a solid mystery. But too few of the scenes contain Mallory herself for this novel to be wholly satisfying compared to earlier ones.

I suspect it would be a much better account if Weinstein had dispensed with the third person narrative and just told his own story. Weinstein is not making this stuff up. So the overall takeaway is that, yes, you should read a book about the issue of Christian chauvinism in the military—but it should be With God On Our Side. And now for the book log : The lesson for this month? Coontz makes the case that such an America never existed; instead, she relentlessly busts the myths of an America where Father knew best and Mother wore pearls.

This is a brilliant book that remains as timely now as it did when it was first published in A guy is shown a special passageway that leads to the fall of His mission, inherited from the man who first stumbled onto the passage, is to stop the assassination of JFK. Aftert all, women were stifled and people of color were suffering under Jim Crow while that Southeast Asian war was ramping up. Oh, this is such a good book! The San Francisco-based Sigler is a master of creepy and scary just check out my review of Infected.

In this one, Sigler takes us inside a genetic engineering project with a goal of producing animals—using genetically manipulated material to create embryos which will be implanted in cattle—that will have internal organs compatible with humans. Written as a serial, Ancestor features short chapters and the sort of quick-paced plot that kept me reading past bedtime. However, this mystery is set in a near-future that is struggling to recreate a civilization in the aftermath of an Armageddon of the nuclear war type, and it opens with a prisoner racing to stop a child from committing suicide by hanging.

Wise is really good at breaking down these walls we use to keep out knowledge of our participation in the institutionalized privilege of being white, and he shows it in this book. This had been on my shelf for a long time, but I think it suffered from being read during the week. An Irish writer narrates as he follows his girlfriend, a journalist, to Africa. I may need to read it again, though; having read it while coming down with the flu may have influenced my opinion. It gets three stars out of five, mostly for keeping me occupied during the few hours I was awake over the worst three days of the flu.

Jeff Carlson is awesome! Second of the trilogy. More time travel, in this case, through a tunnel that can be accessed from a wall-off portion of the basement that Tom Winter discovers under his new house. He exits the tunnel in New York in and finds himself among beatniks, poets and artists. Last of the trilogy. Look for a short review in print.

A Small Hotel is the latest from Butler, a short novel. Now this novel was very smart and a lot of fun. Yep, just by creating time and space, God opens up the possibility of a rival—and offers an answer to the problem of evil, if not one that most theologians would accept. Stephens and Gilberson accomplish two things with this book. This is a really intriguing book, one that offers a relatively logical explanation for otherwise unexplainable rejection of science.

I particularly enjoyed his survey of rapture movies, and found many, many things to use as fodder for my blog, The United States of Armageddon. Look for an online review soon. Overdone, over-intellectualized, and thank goodness over. Frykholm is looking for the answer to the question: Why do American evangelicals like these novels so much? Mark Davis. Oh, this one was funny! How about that? An evangelical Chrsitian with a sense of humor. This is a very necessary critique of how FOXNews works, as well as a good thumbnail sketch of Ailes and his career.

Oh, but I wish it had been written by anyone else—preferably someone who does not spend all their time following and criticizing FOXNews! Awesome, awesome, awesome! Look for a longer review later this week-early next; this will take more space than I have to use here—and it will certainly end up in my fat project, too.

An archaeologist goes to Mars to excavate the ruins of an ancient ruling people, and then the adventure begins. Good fun. Interesting, and a rebuttal to people who think that atheists have no purpose in their lives. Kowalski and S. Evan Kreider. Academics take on the Whedonverse and pay most of their attention to Serenity and Dollhouse , which were good, but I loves me some Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

This was thoughtful and fun. Look for a longer review in print. This one will be in print, too. As the country goes into a financial meltdown, with businesses collapsing and people losing jobs and homes, violent crimes intermix with financial misdeeds. Sergeant Gunnhildur Gisladottir, newly transferred from the small-town police department in Hvalvik to the Serious Crimes Unit in Reykjavik , is suddenly very busy when a thug escapes from prison, and a man who had testified against him is seriously beaten.

Then a fitness guru, who used to have her own TV show, is murdered. The cases overlap, as the thug and the murder victim know people in common—and possibly the convict is responsible for her death. Gunna has two policemen at her disposal—and a friendly reporter who can sometimes give her an off-the-record tip. Fans of the movie Fargo will find much to like in the character of Gunna. Both are equally worthwhile reading.

Much of the story is told from the perspective of Detective Paul Hjelm, a man who consistently lays himself—and everything he cares for—on the line for what he believes is right. Each is shot in the head exactly twice, with a silenced pistol. The killer removes both slugs from the wall with tweezers, while listening to a special recording of a well-known jazz song by Thelonius Monk.

Better still that the killer uses a gun—a quintessential, if not exclusive American approach. Dahl is the latest of several Scandinavian authors of crime novels to have their work translated for an extremely receptive American audience. With its gloomy atmosphere, intense characters, and complicated, abrupt plot twists, Misterioso fits perfectly within its genre. Fans of Scandinavian crime fiction will enjoy it deeply. Closing out his Berlin trilogy, Son is set in , as the Nazis are tightening their stranglehold on Germany.

Chief Inspector Nikolai Hoffner has just been ordered to retire from the Berlin police, after his superiors realized that his mother was Jewish. The younger son, Georg, has traveled to film a documentary in Spain, where fascists are beginning a civil war. After working there for several days, Georg goes missing. With only a list of names and the help from a criminal boss with whom he has an understanding, Hoffner slips out of Germany and into Spain, to begin searching for Georg.

The search requires crossing the Spanish countryside, where fighters from both sides of the developing civil war man jerry-rigged checkpoints. With authority in flux, approaching a checkpoint without showing the proper allegiance can be deadly. But amid rumors that Germany—officially neutral in the Spanish conflict—is secretly sending Nazi fighters and guns, Hoffner takes advantage by pretending to be a Nazi officer.

With this intense story, Rabb powerfully completes his trilogy. Desperately, Hoffner risks his life—and the lives of those who help him in his quest—while struggling with his fear that his effort will be in vain. Strong emotions and violent action mix with a courageous protagonist to make a memorable novel. The central character, Mark Spitz obviously, a nickname , is part of a para-military squad clearing the eponymous Zone One—a walled-off section of Manhattan—of stragglers.

But what Whitehead has done is use the style of an excellent novelist to delve deeply into what happens to the human mind—and soul, if you will—when it reaches the very end of normalcy, and he does it well. The second book in this literary apocalypse is Maureen F. That is, after all, the very definition of conflict, and so the heart of great literature. Instead, he becomes a student of the zombie ecology, which is both perfectly sensible and incredibly horrifying. Both of these books are smart, thought-provoking—and in weird ways, funny—literature that also happens to be entertaining.

And have zombies. Also Zone One by Colson Whitehead; see above. Daytripper by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, a multiple-lives story about all the ways that one man might live and die. Also Fables Vol. Also: Zone One by Colson Whitehead. Reviewed in Coolhunting. But when the economy goes south and they lose their jobs, they also lose the house and everything in it.

Just like last month, except, as Hyman makes clear in Borrow , this particular case happened in This is a must-read primer on the American way of buying for anyone who resists economic texts. Talbot and Bryan Talbot. Look for these in Coolhunting. I wish I could say that this was a heart-warming story of self-sacrifice, but what it is instead is honest.

What this memoir addresses, though, is a rhetorical failure on the part of the pro-choice movement: Hoffman makes clear that the failure to acknowledge the humanity of the fetus puts the pro-choice argument at risk. Excellent book. This was easy to read, in short chunks which broke up easily, and translated complicated neurological and biological information into understandable 21st century American. Call me a denialist. Vivienne Finche reviewed here. The rest of the collection is made up of interesting arcana that just happens to be good writing.

Eggers and the crew at Valencia really know how to read for fun. Azzoni is funny and a very good writer. I was a little depressed that a lesbian or bi woman having a relationship with a man is book-worthy. Uh, it happens.

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And sometimes a straight or bi woman has a relationship with another woman, too. A young adult novel with a strong topical subject, Guantanamo Boy is the story of Khalid, a teenaged English Muslim, who is arrested by U. He ends up in Guantanamo—and as you might know from my reporting on the issue, there are a number of teenagers who were incarcerated there by American forces. Perera is excellent at moving from general existential teenaged angst—young Khalid at home in England, a bit rebellious and bored—to serious existential drama. Like the science and tech anthology, which I read a couple of years back, the science and nature anthology goes heavily toward good writing over actual science although Scientific American and Wired are both well-represented.

Schulz divides the book into two sections, the first of which looks at the physiological reasons for making errors and the second of which examines the emotional and mental consequences of error. It was interesting, and more interesting when I think about how it applies to you rather than how it applies to me. Yellowstone explodes. Then the world goes all apocalyptic—quickly in some places and slowly in others—because guess what?

Ash screws up the planet and the weather. You know, I really should have been a vulcanologist. Jessie Burton, The Confession , Picador story of three women and the complex connections they have shared across decades and continents. Karen Campbell, The Sound of the Hours , Bloomsbury Circus wartime historical novel about love, loss, and conflict in an occupied Italian town.

Jack Chambers, illus. Tracy Chevalier, A Single Thread , Viking — a woman is drawn into a society of women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral, carrying on a centuries-long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers. Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer , One World a young slave with magical gifts enlists in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved. Sam Taylor, After the War , Europa multi-layered tale of vengeance and retribution set in s Bordeaux. Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, trans.

Frank Wynne, Animalia , Grove Press literary epic that retraces the history of a modest French peasant family over the 20th century as they develop their small plot of land into an industrial pig farm. Marente De Moor, trans. David Doherty, The Dutch Maiden , World Editions Germany, where Nazism is taking hold, a young Dutch girl, is sent to an embittered aristocrat to train as a fencer. Sara Donati, Where the Light Enters , Berkley epic about two trailblazing female doctors in nineteenth-century New York and the transformative power of bravery and love.

Marina Endicott, The Difference , Knopf Canada novel about two sisters who live aboard a merchant ship on a fateful voyage through the South Pacific in Anglo-Saxon Britain. Bernicia Chronicles VI. Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January , Redhook in the early s, a young woman searches for her place in the world after finding a mysterious book. Jane Kirkpatrick, One More River to Cross , Revell beset by storms, bad timing, and desperate decisions, 8 women, 17 children, and one man must outlast winter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Julia Kristeva, trans.

Ji-min Lee, The Starlet and the Spy , Harper Seoul, — portrayal of unexpected kinship between two very different women, and of the surprising connections that can change, or even save, a life. Suzanne Matson, Ultraviolet , Catapult novel about three generations of women set largely in the American West during much of the twentieth century. A gentlewoman flees an arranged marriage, a Scottish proctor returns to his monastery and a young ploughman is on his way to volunteer with a company of archers.

All come together on the road to Calais. Beth Piatote, The Beadworkers , Counterpoint stories in the landscapes of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life. Tobias Roberts, The Revisionist , Dalkey Archive outlines the lives and tragedies of the psychiatrist Isaac Himmelfarb and his wife, Sarah, whose marriage is strained by the grief of a miscarriage.

A woman lands on the Scottish coast from a German flying boat and goes to ground, hunted by British Intelligence. Elizabeth Speller, The Hedge of Thorns , Pegasus mysterious love story—set in the divided city of Berlin in —evoking post-war themes of loss, identity, and betrayal. Matteo Strukul, trans. Faith Sullivan, Ruby and Roland , Milkweed at a historical moment when young women are expected to be focused on courtship and marriage, the industrious Ruby looks to expand her horizons.

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Join the society We support our members, and our members support us! Join Now. Browse articles by Author Choose an author The grandson's name is Benjie, the older couple's names are Rhoda and Ben. Louise Dickinson Rich , Sally aka. Three of a Kind , This is absolutely The book, the foster family is named Cooper and the little boy is Benjie, I specifically remember the incident of him seeing the birds. The story actually takes place on an island called Star Island, 7 miles off the Maine Coast. Her name is Sally. Here's the book you're looking for: Eppenstein, Louise.

Sally Goes Shopping Alone. Illustrated by Esther Friend. Cover soiled, interior bright. Illustrated by Jean Staples. Very Good. Thank you so much for responding to my search. I would very much like to have the book. It is rather ironic that I remember the story in great detail as my mother read it to me many, many times --however I did not remember the little girls name and it is the same as mine!

I loved that book, and still love to go shopping alone! Can anyone recall a story like this? Sounds like Sally to me. Would you have another copy available? Does she have a velvet purse? I don't have a copy of Sally Goes Shopping Alone right now, but I have a sequel called Sally Goes Travelling Alone , in which she refers constantly to her "little red purse. That could be her. It's amazing the impact books have on us as children that stay with us and hold such tenderness in our hearts.

TY so much. I'd like to get it. Sally Goes Traveling Alone. A beautiful copy in dust jacket, dj has a few small holes on front fold-over. Front paste-down endpaper torn, otherwise VG. Lyn Cook, Samantha's Secret Room , Samantha's cousin Josh is the owner of the caravan named Nefertiti. Scholastic Canada. Samantha Sam lives on a rural property in Canada and gains a penfriend by tying a letter to a christmas tree. The caravan belongs to a cousin who comes to visit for a family reunion. The secret room is in a root cellar.

Hi again, Harriett. I just wanted to thank you for providing your Stump the Bookseller service. My mystery is solved! You're a wonderful resource, and I'll be back! Samantha's Surprise. Lippincott Co. As she pursues this hobby she begins to realise that she is relying to much on her mother to manage her life and it is time to try her wings away from the family hearth. Encouraged by her father and with her camera as constant companion, she spends a fruitful and energetic summer on Cape Cod, helping an older girl to develop a 'different' tea room.

Photography plays an important role as Judith finds new friends, a new love, widened interests, and especially, a more healthy relationship with her family. A book with a similar title that might possibly be the one wanted is Castle in the Sand , written and illustrated by Bettina , published Harper "With her usual wisdom and awareness, the author of the beloved Cocolo books tells the amusing and beautiful story of two children who make friends on a beach in Italy.

Ages I read the book you are looking for! Unfortunately I can't remember the title or author either - but here are a few more details. The title was the animals' phonetic interpretation of the words "San Diego Zoo" ie, something along the lines of "Sandy Eggo Zu" etc. It was a novel for adults, and there were definitely some human villans that the animals had to avoid, including one who came to a very bad end by eating dried corn in an abandoned Native American village and then drinking too much water stomach exploded: ugh!

The cover of the hardback had an illustration of the animals including a large snake. Hope this helps! Jenner, Janann V. Not from the s, but definitely your book. A Burmese python, coatimundi, macaw and rattlesnake escape from Leftrack's Pet Emporium in NYC in search of the mythical Sandeagozu, a warm land where animals can live without cages.

I managed to ask my friend's mother about this book, and although she remembers it, she remembers it differently than he does. She also says the book was sandwich shaped, but that it was very short, and contained pages for jam and peanut butter. She purchased it at the drug store. My friend is in his mid thirties, so this was probably in the early 70's. David Pelham, Sam's Sandwich. Looks like the right book.

Sorry, but Sam's Sandwich is far too new to be the book I'm looking for. Amazon claims that the first US edition was printed in The book I'm looking for would've been published in the mids at the latest. Dorothy C. Seymour, The Sandwich. This was published in the 60s and had the repeating lines "a little of this It may be the book you are looking for.

Find out more about Dorothy Seymour on the Most Requested pages. Anonymous, Santa Claus and Lili Monk, The reason I think this might be the one besides the date is that apparently the pages are textured. This is the story of a little monkey who hitched a ride to the North Pole in Santa's bag when he was visiting the jungle looking for drums. Does Lili stay in the North Pole? Hall, Monty the Monkey, Another angle on which to look -- this does''t seem to be the book, but it might be another book by the same author.

A Little Black Sambo imitation, each page of text in large type faces a full page illus. A curious book. There is no Monty Monk character in that story, so that is not the one I am searching for. But thanks for trying! M Could this be a comic book series? Monty Monk. Entry p. Still no luck. Also, the next person listed a comic book reference. The book I am looking for was nothing like a comic book, so this leads me to another dead end. After talking with my mother and brother, they both agreed that the center of the story was Monty Monk was such a good little monkey that Santa allowed him to ride in his sleigh as he delivered toys to all the girls and boys.

Hope someone can help me find this book. I am so excited!!!!!! My mystery is solved and I have found my book! Actually, I must admit that I made an error. For several years, I thought the book I was looking for was about Monty Monk.

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I'm not sure where I got that idea. There is not character "Monty Monk" in the book I was looking for. Instead the character is "Lili Monk"! I took a chance, and ordered the book Santa Claus and Lili Monk from one of the used book sources that you recommend. And lo, and behold, it was the book of my childhood! Well, not the actual book, but one just like it! I received it yesterday, sat down and reread it after nearly 40 years! I still love it, and the illustrations are just as wonderful as I remembered them! But alas, no one is given credit in the book for the illustrations nor the words!

Anyway, thanks so much for offering this service! The Santa Claus Book. This is a Big Golden Book. Mine is so worn that I have no title page, so I can't give you any other information. But, I was right the first time. Pictures by Retta Worcester. New York, Simon and Schuster, It's just hard to come by these nostalgic days. I am desperate to find this book adn would appreciate any help!!!! It is about 12 inches tall and 5 inches wide. My copy is just about worn out and I have no title page.

I think this is the same book described in C It is certainly a wonderful Christmas book. Another was about a girl who got so upset when they had to take the tree down that they planted one outside. I would be very surprised it you can help, but thought I would try. I had the book in the 's.

Might this be it? I'm quite familiar with the story The Shiniest Star by Beth Vardon, and I'm sorry to say that this great story is not the one described. The Shiniest Star is about three little angels who polish their stars in heaven. The hard working, humble Touselhead's star becomes the Christmas star. It contains several Christmas stories.

One is "Susie's Christmas Star" in which Susie goes to the store and buys a star and candy canes for her family's tree, but loses them on the way home. She follows footprints and finds that a very poor family has found the candy canes and used them to decorate their tree. Seeing this, she generously pushes her star through their window too.

When she goes home a real star is shining through the window over her family's tree. I don't recall the title or author and neither does my father but I can still picture the book illustrations and story in my mind. I was a child in the 's so the book had to be written before probably. I have not had any success using the search features as I seem to only get later published books. How do I go about finding this book which may be out of print?

The gist of the book is about a young girl who has a few cents. She goes to the corner candy store and purchases 10 candy canes which the shopkeeper puts in a paper bag. She leaves the store and begins home trudging through the snow covered streets, her boots leaving footprints. When she gets home, she discovers her bag had a hole in it and all her candy canes are gone. She retraces her steps and follows the path of her lost candy canes which had fallen one-by-one leaving imprints in the snow.

She discovers that each one has been picked up so she follows the trail of the "thief" only to discover that it leads to an orphange. Standing in the street outside the orphanage, she looks inside the window and sees all the children happily looking at the Christmas tree. On the Christmas tree are her candy canes! I'm not sure how it ends, but I believe she is happy about where her candy canes have ended up.

This book has such good memories for me that I would like to find it again. Please give me some suggestions about how I can go about finding this book. Thank you. I have been unable to find this story published alone, but here's an anthology in which it appears. Thanks for the tip, Barb!

Illustrated by Retta Worcester. Simon and Schuster, A Big Golden Book. One of the stories is "Susie's Christmas Star" in which Susie goes to the store and buys a star and candy canes for her family's tree, but loses them on the way home. The last story in the book was about a little girl named Mary Berry who hated to see the Christmas tree taken down.

There was also a story about a penny walk and one about a woman who made edible mittens of yarn colored with candy. It's in Solved Mysteries. Thanks though. Possibly this one? It definitely contains "Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens" but I don't own a copy, so I can't tell you what else is in the book, except that according to various online sellers, it contains songs, poems including "A Visit From St.

Nicholas" , puzzles including a maze and crossword puzzle , a pop-up Christmas tree, stories, jokes and things to do for Christmas. Lots of pictures in full color and in black and white. The last page contains answers to the puzzles and riddles. Clean, intact copies are expensive, but books with a missing Christmas tree and writing on the pages can be quite cheap.

Thank you all so much--I would never have found it without your help. I love this book but it was given away by mistake Over the years friends and family have sent me numerous books, hoping it would be the one I was missing. The stories I recall are "Granny Glittens and her Amazing Mittens," "The Penney Walk," "A Shoe for Blitzen," "Christmas Through a Knothole," and a story about a young "jester-type of guy who was able to accompany Santa in his sleigh on Christmas Eve - I only remember that he had on leggings and one side was red and the other green or some variety of mixed colors.

I was only about 6 when the book was given to me but I can remember the cover had Santa with a huge bag on his back and the toys were falling out of it. If I recall correctly, the picture carried over onto the back cover. I also think of it as more of an 8" x 10" or more of a larger but not thick book. Oh, and the background of the cover seemed to be a pretty light blue. The stories were charming and I remember that the cover had like a "film" that covered it -- I had handled the book so much that a piece of the opaque cover was tearing away. The pages were very smooth, I can still feel my hands sweeping over the pages.

I lived in Ohio at the time and the person who gave it to me lived there as well, so it wasn't like some item that was only available on the coast. Anyway, I miss it terribly and have long lamented that it got away from me. This is in the Solved Stumpers section. Front cover is light blue, showing Santa putting toys into an overflowing sack. Toys and elves are on the snow around the sack, and continue onto the back cover. Forty-Three stories and poems, include Mr. Your mention of Granny Glittens rang a bell! Hope this is your answer. The later editions of this book have a cover depicting Santa with an overflowing gift sack as he rides on a sled with some children.

The original edition has a cover with Santa and two angels on his lap. This book is about 8 x 10 size and has the story "Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens" but I don't see in my copy of the book the other stories the seeker mentions. Stories in this book include "Mr. This sounds like it could be one of the Santa Mouse books by Michael Brown.

M 27 and N 9 sound like the same book. Thank you, Thank you, Thank youI would like to know if you have this book to sell me or a way for me to find it. This book was read to me by my Father when I was a child in the 50's 55?? Thanking You in Advavce. It was a poem my grandmother used to recite.

Unfortunately, my mother doesn't know the title or the author, but the fact that Grandma recited it to her children, then her grandchildren, puts it back to the s--probably earlier. Some of Grandma's stories predated Grandma. I'm having the devil's own time finding a story she used to recite--we've figured it originated in a magazine printed before she was born; more on that later. Keyword searches on this not one thing more, stocking, mouse, Santa Claus, etc.

Maybe someone can do better with them than I. If this was printed, either by itself or as part of a larger book, I would very much like to know where, and how to get a copy! If this was made into a children's book, perhaps having the original author will help. The book which is identified as from the "Santa Mouse" series is actually the same poem I sent to solve stumper N9.

They should both be listed under that title. Well, it sure helps to have the correct spelling of the author's name! I still didn't find anything to indicate that Santa Claus and the Mouse was a picture book by itself and want to know if it was but there were all sorts of collections of poems, including holiday poems, and of course it could have appeared in someone else's collection of poems. I also did a search on Google with "Emilie Poulsson" and "Santa Claus" and still couldn't find anything like Santa Claus and the Mouse as a picture book, but did find a story called How Mrs.

Does anyone know if this story featured a sugar plum sleigh? It might be the one I'm looking for. I think "How Mrs. It was first published in a womens' magazine, Don't remember any particular mention in it of a sugar plum sleigh. Recently I was going through a box of books and found a very old one by this author which must have belonged to my grandmother. Sure enough, the poem was in it! I'd never have known to look for it there had I not been informed of the author's name. Barbara Chapman, The Wonderful Mistake, When I read this "memory", I thought I'd read it before.

The orphans decide to make a nativity scene and the fancy doll becomes the beautiful Virgin Mary. It ends with having the mistake be one that "made this Christmas the best for everyone. I am the original poster, and Santa's Footprints is the correct book. You can put this one down as solved! Augusta Huiell Seaman, Sapphire Signet , You may want to check out this book.

The author was an extremely popular writer of children's mysteries nearly years ago. I have never read this particular one, because it's very rare, but the plot you described sounds about like something she would have written. One of the young girls in the story, Corinne Cameron This might be the book you're looking for. I'm not sure of the exact plot, but this sounds like something she might have written.

I believe this may be it. The diary is found in a secret compartment and is deciphered by an invalid girl. The diary is destroyed by a housekeeper who is in the place of a mother--thankfully after the whole diary has been deciphered. The signet is eventually found and delivered to the proper owner by the invalid girl who has regained her health. Roberta Leigh, Sara and Hoppity , The book is Sara and Hoppity , about a "goblin toy" that is brought to Sara's parents' toy shop.

Her parents and helper, Miss Julie that's probably who the requestor remembers" repairs for her. It's the mother who paints the plate with Hoppity's picture on it, so Sara will eat her spinach with egg. What happens is that Sara hates the taste so much that when Hoppity "tells" her to slide the food into the pocket of her apron and tell her parents she ate it Hoppity is a very naughty toy! Sara is found out and punished by being sent to her room, and you never find out whether the leg on the plate is shorter than the other.

In the end she sees Hoppity, at whom she has been very angry, standing in the corner, so she knows he feels remorseful and realizes how much she loves him. This story and its sequel, Sara and Hoppity Make New Friends , were my favorite childhood books, and I've never known anyone else who recalled them.

Apparantly there were 6 books and it may interest your requestor to know that there was also a television series that aired in the 60s. My mother and sister remember it fondly. There's more information about both books and tv show at this site. Though not my "Stumper" this has helped me with a childhood memory.

I grew up in southern England in the '60s, and have a distinct memory of Sarah and Hoppity being a puppet show on local TV. I actually recall being a bit upset that Sarah was always getting into trouble for things Hoppity had instigated. Anyway, now I live in Scotland, no one else remembers the show, and I had started to think I had dreamt it, so thank you for confirming that the memory may be correct. Thank you for solving this one for me! It has intruded on my thoughts for years and I couldn't figure out how to find the title.

I was able to find 2 other elusive books from my childhood Magic Elizabeth and Candle in her Room simply by searching the solved stumpers. But all I knew for sure with this one was the short leg and painted plate -- not a lot to go on. The story seems to be a lot different than what I thought I recalled. I'm sure that over the years I have mixed up a number of favorite books, making it even harder to track them down. As a child, I may even have dreamt about the stories, thereby distorting my recollection even more.

Thanks to the posted solution I found a website that summarizes all of the books. I have a definite answer for one of the stumpers!! I still have the copy that my Mom gave me as a little girl. Although it didn't help me keep my room clean! She gave it to me because she liked finding books with a Sarah as the main character. Otfried Preussler, Satanic Mill. This very special book is by the popular German author Otfried Preussler, beautifully translated by Anthea Bell. Otto Preussler, Satanic Mill , ?. Poster remembered title OK. Fairly sure I have the author's name spelt correctly - no longer have a copy to check!

Story as I remember it spot on, though. Would suggest The Satanic Mill , by Otfried Preussler , translated by Anthea Bell, published Macmillan , pages "In seventeenth century Germany, a boy named Krabat desperately wants to escape from a school for Black Magic where he is held captive by demonic forces. Krabat must learn enough magic to escape. The miller has made a deal with the devil, and each year one of the apprentices has to be sacrificed by the miller to keep his side of the deal.

Some of Krabat's friends end up dead. Krabat, however, finds salvation through his love, a singer from the nearby village. She is able to rescue him from certain death and put an end to Satan's reign, even when the miller casts an evil spell, because her love for Krabat is stronger than witchcraft.

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He is expected to perform several difficult tasks i. Finally he defeats the evil sorcerer when the sorcerer becomes a raven. Thanks for your help! I haven't read it and I couldn't find much info. Might be worth a look. I have since remembered that the book had a windmill in it S sorceror's apprentice: the impossible tasks are a very common folktale motif.

Usually the boy or girl most commonly a girl is helped by animals that he or she helped earlier in the story. I'd guess that the boy was acting as a servant rather than an apprentice - that's the usual arrangement. Otfried Preussler, The Satanic Mill. Suddenly, after all these years, the title came to me! It is The Satanic Mill. I checked it out at the library and it was the right book.

I enjoyed it again! S sorceror's apprentice: if the book had a windmill in it, could it possibly be The Satanic Mill, from the Solved List? Later - I had a look at our library's copy, and it doesn't seem to have the impossible tasks in it, just a lot of shape-changing and the trial is recognising the transformed loved one.

Book has been driving me crazy, read it once when I was a freshman in high school - so that would be in the early s. Book was about a sorcerer who had a mill at the edge of a village. He would take in orphan boys as apprentice. At the end of each year, one of his apprentice must die before a new one could take his place. Book is about an orphan boy who becomes an apprentice. At some time in the book he tries to escape, turning himself into various animals, each time the miller who was following him, turned himself into something stronger.

Otfried Preussler. Abelard-Schuman, London st ed. Set against the colorful background of 17th-Century Germany, the story of Krabat's captive apprenticeship and ultimate victory over the master is an unusual, tension-packed thriller that readers of all ages will find difficult to put down. Author's sixth release, this title received the German State Children's prize for Quite a "dark" book and themes, for a children's story.

Set in Southern Germany during the thirty years war. Murray Tinkelman, jacket illustrator. Translated by Anthea Bell. Otfried Preussler, The Satanic Mill , See Solved Mysteries Page. Unexplained deaths. What is happening at the mill in the fens? Drawn by powers beyond his control, fourteen-year-old Krabat finds himself apprenticed to the dark mill and begins work with the Miller's eleven other journeymen. But strange things continue to happen at the mill. Time passes at an unnatural pace, and the journeymen have superhuman powers, and can turn themselves into ravens and other creatures.

Trapped by an evil power which makes escape impossible, Krabat is forced to submit to the Master of the Mill as he tries to unravel the mill's secrets. The Curse of the Darkling Mill is an eerie tale of sorcery and nightmares, which will keep you guessing right to the end. One of my favorites! I read this book the late 70's or early 80's.

It's about a boy maybe an orphan? In exchange for learning magic they're under the control of the wizard. I think they're crows at night and boys during the day. At the end, inspired by a girl he falls in love with, the boy manages to escape the wizard and I think loses his ability to use magic when he escapes. I've searched everywhere online and in libraries, and can't find it.

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The Satanic Mill. I did some research on The Satanic Mill and I'm positive this is the book -- thank you! Somehow, while at Central Park, she ends up traveling back in time to an ancient, tribal civilization. She spents almost a year there trying to find a way home. She brought with her a key, a safety pin, and a knife and these items end up playing a key role in ruining the civilization.

It was an incredible book that I used to read in the s. It had a lot of feminist and naturalist elements to it. I would really like to find it again! I'm almost positve that the title was a date, starting with the name of a month September? Mazer, Norma Fox, Saturday, the twelfth of October, , copyright. After spending almost a year with cave people from an earlier time, a young girl is transported back to the present greatly changed, both by her experience and by the fact that no one believes her.

This was the only book my mother ever censored when I was a kid! Now I want to find it and read it again. This is defintely it. Great book. This is definitely it. They pool their allowances so that they can each have an adventure on a Saturday. The kids solve a mystery in each book but that's not the main point. The oldest boy plays the piano. The girl also takes off her nail polish with her treasured bottle of perfume in one book. I found lots of titles called A Tangled Web , including one by L. Montgomery Some details, such as Mona getting a permanent and Rush playing the piano, are right, and the maid's name was Cuffy, which is pretty close.

Could be the Melendy books by Elizabeth Enright. F is definitely not L. Montgomery's a Tangled Web.