Saving the World, one nut case at a time
16 inches of snow from yesterday’s blizzard in Mansfield, Mass. Sun is out today and sparkles on the snow…very pretty.
I’m drawn to old houses. I wonder who lived there in ages past and what memories haunt the empty rooms, weaving gossamer dreams.
The Book of Dead Birds, by Gayle Brandeis, winner of the Bellwether Prize, is an intimate portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of two cultures and races. With great beauty and lyricism, this novel captures Ava’s struggle to come to terms with her Korean mother’s terrible past, while at the same time learning to survive as a child of mixed heritage. Ava’s determination to become her own person amid the prejudice of society and her mother’s own inability to truly love her is a testament to the strength of the human heart.
The Child Thief by Brom
In this fantastical reinterpretation of the children’s classic, ‘Peter Pan’, acclaimed artist Brom weaves an entirely adult and darker tale of the boy who never grew up. The artwork is astonishingly beautiful, and Peter is a boy you want to love, but basically you can’t because he is just too conflicted and ultimately, self-serving. Yet, there is something inherently heroic about him and therefore deserving of our admiration. The Child thief is masterfully rendered and engaging. A real page turner.
Neil Gaiman’s, The Graveyard, is witty, sinister and tender by turns. Nobody Owens, known as Bod is a normal boy being raised by ghosts in a fog shrouded graveyard. Though to Bod this is perfectly normal because this is all he’s ever known. The ghosts can’t leave, but if Bod should, his life would be in great danger. Gaiman weaves an enchanting tale of a strange boy and the ghostly apparitions who become his unlikely caretakers.