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The McSweeney Conundrum by Nick

McSweeney’s just might be the most polarizing publishing house currently in existence. Their novels are either universally loved or loathed, depending on whom you ask. It’s either seen as a collective for young, fresh writers doing something wholly different in the publishing industry or a backslapping boys (and girls) club, where the water cooler talk is most likely of the self-congratulatory variety. From their quirky lists, to downright smart-allecky monthly columns, rest assured you won’t find many publishing houses like it. And it all started with Dave Eggers.

Macaroni Necklaces Need Not Apply by Cara

It’s me again, the Non-Fiction Lady (N.F.L). As mentioned in a previous post, I usually find myself drawn less to novels and more to practical stuff, texts that inspire me and teach me how to do something special. And hopefully, they are well-written and entertaining as well.

This Book Could Be Your Life by Nick

Henry Rollins said it best in his Black Flag tour diary: Get in the van! (Or was it William Blake with “I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s”.)

Review of Conception by Alicia

Conception by Kalisha Buckhanon is the moving tale of Shivana Montgomery. Fifteen years old, pregnant by a much older married man, and struggling to make her way in a world she isn’t mature enough to fully comprehend, Shivana makes her way through life’s many challenges. Her mother Annette loves her, but is verbally and physically abusive. The brightest light in this story is her powerful and supportive aunt Jewel. But Shivana’s unborn child wants desperately to be born.

Nothing New Under the Sun by Nick

I’m currently reading Ben Ehrenreich’s debut novel The Suitors, which uses Homer’s Odyssey as a sort of back story. Ehrenreich uses Odysseus’s wife Penelope as the focus, what became of her when Odysseus left for war.

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