Gahhh Isaac Fellman is such a good writer. I seriously didn't make it four pages in before pausing to read a passage aloud to my partner. How he describes people and feelings, in particular, is so evocative and unique, yet also familiar - I know what he means instantly, even when I'd never in a million years be able to express something in the same way. Highly recommend this short book that's light on the fantasy, heavy on the emotional impact. [Adrienne]
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Growing up as a shy, nerdy kid in rural Central Washington, books were my escape. Once my parents thought they'd lost me, but I was just reading quietly in my room for a very long time. To this day, I read to explore and learn from experiences, cultures, and perspectives I might otherwise not encounter. I especially enjoy translated and international literature; sci-fi, fantasy, and other kinds of speculative ficiton; as well as sociology and history. While I love helping King's Books visitors get to know new books and authors, I equally love getting recommendations from you - please keep them coming!
I found this book fascinating, both in form and substance. Chapela explores the tensions and intersections between art and science in a meticulously crafted collection of essays. This book is a conversation-starter and has me wanting to talk about it with all the artists & scientists in my life. [Adrienne]
Wow, 'Cursed Bunny' coming in under the wire to claim a spot among my top books of 2022. This is South Korean author Bora Chung's first book translated into English and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to experience her work. If you are a fan of the creepy, the strange, or the surreal - read this book! [Adrienne]
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This utterly engrossing book had me staying up past my bedtime and yet I never wanted it to end. Jimenez's storytelling is so evocative and moving it engages all of the senses. I felt the pain and fear and joy of our characters so vividly. This is epic fantasy at its very best. [Adrienne]
It's awesome to see an outdoor-focused book fully dedicated to Black joy. Through beautiful photos, essays, and poetry, this book celebrates the healing, community, and fun to be found in outdoor spaces. Centered on the experiences of Black people, this book will resonate with anyone who appreciates the power of spending time in nature. [Adrienne]
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Samanta Schweblin is so adept at short fiction and she's at the top of her craft with this collection. I was captivated by these seven stories revolving around family and sense of place, including one of the most gut-wrenching and tragic portrayals of aging I've ever read. And with a low page count, there's no excuse not to devour this book immediately. [Adrienne]
Two of my passions collide: knitting and public lands. Patterns & finished photos of hats for all 63 U.S. national parks - including Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier. Great for knitters of all skill levels! [Adrienne]
This spooky YA novel set at an elite summer camp was a total page-turner. Our main character, Mars, is a clever, fierce, genderfluid teen on a mission to better understand their twin sister and the circumstances that led to her death. Equal parts psychological & body horror, sharp wit, and an earnest story about grief and sibling love. [Adrienne]
I *needed* this book right now. It's so many things: a pandemic text chronicling grief, disabled mutual aid, and survival; a celebration of crip skills, community, and love; a set of ideas and critical questions to help us work toward a radically disabled future. It's both practical and visionary, and certain to become Disability Justice canon. [Adrienne]
From the very first line, Saeed Jones' newest book of poetry is simply stunning. Jones writes about grief - personal and collective - with fury and vulnerability and incredible precision. I was particularly moved by the pieces that are revisited or continued throughout. Truly a remarkable collection as a whole. [Adrienne]