Delightful December Staff Picks
If you liked the Fart Dictionary, then you’ll love this one! There are facts sprinkled throughout. This book not only tells you the different types of farts, but also rates the smelliness, loudness and messiness! The overall rating is presented by ‘bums.’ The more bums, the better, right?
- Kim T
Is your flatulence out of control? Do you want the freedom to fart as you flit through your workplace? This is the book for you! The book first starts with some facts you may not have known. Then it helps you navigate your way through situational scenarios that may occur with tips and tricks. Now I can fart anywhere, any time!
Galaxy, or Alex now, is trying to make it through her first year at Yale. She never expected to be there, not with her troubled history. She’s there because she can see ghosts, an invaluable trait to the Leethe house. This organization is the house that oversees all magical activity performed by the other houses around Yale.
A little dark and gritty, Ninth House is a book you can really dig your teeth into. It taps into that desire to be special I think we all have and the consequences of being different. Reading this is a joy because of the intricacies and pacing of the story.
Calling all fans of The Handmaid’s Tale!
Twenty years after the dystopian, disturbing Handmaid’s Tale was published, author Margaret Atwood has written the long-awaited sequel, Testaments. Whether you read the book, or watched the mini-series, I can guarantee this story will intrigue you!
Three women tell the story of the downfall of Gilead, set fifteen years after the book/mini-series ends. Aunt Lydia examines her conscience and wonders how she will be remembered. Agnes, the “precious flower” has grown up in Gilead, believing women are innately inferior, and lacks confidence. Nicole, kidnapped from Gilead as an infant, cannot comprehend the life she has escaped! These three women are thrust together to execute the downfall of Gilead. They understand that a high price will be paid if their deviation from Gilead rules are unsuccessful!
“Under his eye!”
Would you be willing to confess to your friends something you are ashamed about?
Could you possibly view that as a type of therapy? The Confession Club is a group of women who gather together, not to solve problems, but as a safe place to expose their vulnerabilities, by sharing their fears and failures. Each week the group of eight is ready for another sinner! The lively cast of characters, identifiable in so many ways, come to understand that imperfections bring them closer together. Although some of the characters are from The Story of Arthur Truluv, this book can be easily read as a stand-alone. It is a feel-good, rejuvenating read, but I must warn you, if you haven’t read Bergs other books, you’ll want to after reading this!
The Guardians is the latest John Grisham legal thriller and it does not disappoint. This novel is a return to John Grisham’s earlier motifs of racial justice and inherent problems with the legal system. If you want to see a different side of the innocence movement this book is for you. There is death, crooked cops, and heart throughout, really a great read.
Nikita Gill is known for her evocative and truthful poetry, and in Great Goddesses she has plucked prominent and obscure figures from the classic Greek mythos, and examined them after their fall from grace. Who is Hera when she is no longer the queen of olympus? Have we misinterpreted Peresephone? What challenges face Athena when she tries to reconcile wisdom and war? When his power and prestige have been stripped from him, what is Zeus left with? Did the Three Fates see our version of the world coming? Perhaps most importantly, do gods cease to exist when we stop believing in them, or are they confronted by eternity with the consequences of their actions? In this collection of poetry and short ephemeral essays, Nikita Gill explores the psyche of the gods, and in doing so, makes them more human than ever.
You’ll also like Circe by Madeline Miller
Here is a list about Daniel Mayrock. 1. He left his teaching position to open a bookstore, and it wasn’t as easy as he assumed it would be. 2. His wife Jill has just announced she is pregnant, and that is terrifying. 3. Dan feels like he’ll never live up to Jill’s first husband, who died, and you can’t compete with a dead man. 4. The bookstore is not doing as well as Dan is telling Jill, and he feels guilty as hell. 5. Dan is seriously considering robbing a bingo hall. Told entirely through Daniel’s therapy ordered lists, which reveal all the little personality nuances of the protagonist, I found myself both exasperated and sympathetic as I read along. Dan is a dreamer, but also completely tied down by his insecurities and anxiety, and it is interesting to read through his lists and watch his mindset change. You also learn that Dan is not entirely reliable as the narrator of his own life, which helps push the plot forward even with the unusual narration style. Since this book is a list of lists, it reads faster than a traditional novel, but the reader gets more information faster with less filler and fluff. This is the ideal vacation or weekend read, with all the heart and humanity expected of a family drama.
If you enjoy this, you should also read The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown.
People call Ronan Lynch many things. Brother. Friend. Dreamer. Zed. Lover. Dangerous.
While Ronan wrestles with the fact that his childhood home has become more like a prison, danger is circling like a vulture. There are people out there who are convinced that in order to save the world, they need to eradicate people like Ronan - people for whom the line between real and not real is more of a suggestion. There’s an art forger, Hennessy, who desperately needs Ronan’s help to survive her own dreams. There’s a mysterious name being whispered around every corner - Bryde - who might be the key to survival. In this world, the only answers are the ones you make yourself.
If you like this you will like this: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Christopher Ingraham and his family were living the city life - crammed into an expensive and tiny house in the suburbs, both parents working full time and throwing away much of their free time on long commutes. Then, Ingraham did a story for the Washington Post where he named a county in rural Minnesota the #1 worst place to live in the country. Through a bemusing series of events and a heap of good old Minnesota hospitality, the Ingrahams ended up moving to that county, and subsequently finding the kind of life they’d been missing while stuck in the rat race of D.C. If you live in a rural area, this book will make you appreciate what you’ve got - and if you’re still living the city life, this book might make you want to pick up stakes!
The Tarot can be a wonderful tool for self-awareness. It is mainly a way to access your own subconscious thoughts and, hopefully, spark your intuition. I have used the Tarot in my life to get insights into all kinds of situations, from the mundane of my everyday life, to global events. Michelle Tea began doing readings on the streets of San Francisco to support herself as she made her way towards a career as a writer.
The Tarot has a long and rich history and there are certainly many options for interpretations
A lot of books written on this very old divination technique can be vague or general or confusing for the person who simply wants an answer to a basic human question. For example, what should I do about my current job, or relationship, or moving to a new town? Ms. Tea mixes humor and a practical approach to explain each card in a way that the beginning Tarot reader, to the more advanced practitioner, can feel more definite and grounded in how they interpret them. Each section includes how to work with the energies of that particular card, using meditation, specific herbs, crystals etc. I found that following those suggestions often helped focus on my own power, my own ability to get through the experience I was asking the cards about.
Very practical. I use it as a reference when I read for myself and others, as it helps me to lighten up and laugh a bit at whatever my question is. Not because it isn't important, but because the author reminds the reader that these are energies that pass and that are workable
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the Tarot, especially beginners.
This little book of poetry is a beautiful study in self-love. Alfa writes poignantly about the pain we all experience in relationships. However, in the title poem, she introduces us to a feeling of empowerment, a sense that we are entitled to more in life than we often think we are and how we make ourselves smaller in order to please other people. As women, we tend to believe and want to be, what our lovers, society, anyone outside of ourselves, really, expect us to be. What if we stood for our greatness, rather than letting others dictate our worth? What would it be like if we loved ourselves no matter what?
I found a little bit of wisdom every time I opened this book to a random page.
In the poem, "You Know Better", the author describes the feeling of looking to the past for answers to our present situation. But, as she says, we are not there anymore, we know now what we didn't then and can look to our strengths and what we have gained rather than believe something our past has dictated.
I loved this book and keep it beside my bed, opening it to any page when I need inspiration.
Written in the 1940’s and published posthumously in 1977, this book is a collection of short stories that celebrate sexuality, fantasies, and erotic imaginings. It was the first American book of erotica written by a woman. Nin was commissioned by a wealthy male patron to write a book of pornography, basically. He told her to “leave out the poetry” and simply write about sex, presumably that a man would find most appealing. However, she could not and instead created rich and interesting characters and situations that explore universal desires and exotic sensuality. From naughty to sublime, this book is a pleasure. Read it for yourself or with your romantic partner.
If you like this, you may also like The Diaries of Anais Nin, spanning 1931-1974