Reading Addict

Books As Personal History by Cindy Hulsey

I love books; not just the stories they contain, but the packages themselves. I like the weight of a book in my hands, the smell of the pages; I like the crisp sound the page makes as it’s turned and the beauty of the cover art. But mostly I love the fact that my books not only provide triggers for memories both vivid and hazy of the stories I’ve experienced vicariously through their words, but also make up a timeline of my life.

Robert Galbraith Revealed by Adrienne Teague

Let's be real. Does anyone NOT know Robert Galbraith is a pen name for J.K. Rowling? Well, it's true. When The Cuckoo's Calling came out a couple of years ago, it was a big media ordeal about who leaked the author's identity. Being a contrarian, I avoided the book during the fracas because I didn't want to be seen reading the book causing all the annoying media stories.

The Dark Side of Suburbia by Cindy Hulsey

I’m fascinated by books in which a dark underbelly lurks. Victorian literature often contrasts the buttoned-up, polite and elegant visible world with the steamy, raw, and vice-ridden universe lying beneath it. Similarly, many contemporary novels expose the ugliness that prowls the perfectly manicured lawns and look-alike homes of suburbia when no one’s looking.

Below are some books in which the shadowy side of suburbia is exposed:

Beauty in Suffering by Cindy Hulsey

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by first time novelist Ayana Mathis is a powerful novel full of suffering and beauty. After turning the last page the characters, their difficult lives, and Mathis’s mellifluous language continue to haunt me. Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia as a teenager in 1923, marries and has twins by the time she’s sixteen, loses those babies to pneumonia, then gives birth to nine more children.

A Wolf in sheep's Clothing: John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van by Nick Abrahamson

For anyone familiar with John Darnielle, the charismatic, hyper-literate force behind the charismatic, hyper-literate indie band the Mountain Goats probably already has a pulse on happenings in book and publishing circles.

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