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Books - You never realize how many books you have until you relocate.

Books - You never realize how many books you have until you relocate.

— 1 week ago with 1 note
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Pioneer Girlby Bich Minh NguyenHardcover: 304 pagesPublisher: Viking Adult (February 6, 2014)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0670025097ISBN-13: 978-0670025091Lee Lien is feeling stalled in life. An English-literature Ph.D. with zero job prospects, she has recently moved home to Illinois to live with her Vietnamese mother and grandfather, who have spent the past 20 years running Pan-Asian buffets across the Midwest.So begins Pioneer Girl, Bich Minh Nguyen’s quirky and compelling new novel, which is at once about the immigrant experience, the allure of the American frontier and Little House on the Prairie. (It works, we swear.)Central to the plot is a mysterious pin, given to the Liens in 1965 by an American journalist who may or may not have been Rose Wilder (daughter of Little House author Laura Ingalls Wilder). Lee has always felt a strange connection to this pin, so with her own career in limbo, she decides to travel westward to California and figure out its provenance.Woven throughout this pacy literary mystery is Laura and Rose Wilder’s fascinating true-life tale (churning butter! secret ghostwriting!), and Nguyen deftly compares their classic pioneering spirit with that of the 21st-century Asian-American. After all, Lee’s covered wagon may be a Greyhound bus, but she’s still searching for that same promised land.Note: Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by the name Beth) teaches literature and creative writing in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and their two children. Among her honors are a PEN/Jerard Fund Award and an American Book Award. Her work has appeared in publications including the Found Magazine anthology and The New York Times.

Pioneer Girl
by Bich Minh Nguyen
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult (February 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670025097
ISBN-13: 978-0670025091
Lee Lien is feeling stalled in life. An English-literature Ph.D. with zero job prospects, she has recently moved home to Illinois to live with her Vietnamese mother and grandfather, who have spent the past 20 years running Pan-Asian buffets across the Midwest.
So begins Pioneer Girl, Bich Minh Nguyen’s quirky and compelling new novel, which is at once about the immigrant experience, the allure of the American frontier and Little House on the Prairie. (It works, we swear.)
Central to the plot is a mysterious pin, given to the Liens in 1965 by an American journalist who may or may not have been Rose Wilder (daughter of Little House author Laura Ingalls Wilder). Lee has always felt a strange connection to this pin, so with her own career in limbo, she decides to travel westward to California and figure out its provenance.
Woven throughout this pacy literary mystery is Laura and Rose Wilder’s fascinating true-life tale (churning butter! secret ghostwriting!), and Nguyen deftly compares their classic pioneering spirit with that of the 21st-century Asian-American. After all, Lee’s covered wagon may be a Greyhound bus, but she’s still searching for that same promised land.
Note: Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by the name Beth) teaches literature and creative writing in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and their two children. Among her honors are a PEN/Jerard Fund Award and an American Book Award. Her work has appeared in publications including the Found Magazine anthology and The New York Times.

— 1 month ago with 1 note
#TF Books  #Pioneer Girl  #Bich Minh Nguyen 

Book - Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

Liz found this book the other night and she loves the story…

— 2 months ago with 2 notes
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Book Store - abcontemporaryvisualculture book store - Broadway Market - UK

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Where we read - Untitled, Girl Reading a Black Book by Sophie Tianxin Chen

Where we read - Untitled, Girl Reading a Black Book by Sophie Tianxin Chen

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a “Neohelix albolabris” a common woodland snail.
While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world.
Intrigued by the snail s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal.
Told with wit and grace, “The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating” is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.
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— 3 months ago with 1 note
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The Kept: A Novelby James Scott Hardcover, 368 pagesExpected publication: January 7th 2014 by “Harper” Set in rural New York state at the turn of the twentieth century, superb new talent James Scott makes his literary debut with The Kept—a propulsive novel reminiscent of the works of Michael Ondaatje, Cormac McCarthy, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, in which a mother and her young son embark on a quest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their secluded family.In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage: her husband, and four of her children, murdered. Before she can discover her remaining son Caleb, alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry, another shot rings out over the snow-covered valley. Twelve-year-old Caleb must tend to his mother until she recovers enough for them to take to the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsible.A scorching portrait of a merciless world—of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence—The Kept introduces an old-beyond-his-years protagonist as indelible and heartbreaking as Mattie Ross of True Grit or Jimmy Blevins of All the Pretty Horses, as well as a shape-shifting mother as enigmatic and mysterious as a character drawn by Russell Banks or Marilynne Robinson.

The Kept: A Novel
by James Scott
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by “Harper”
Set in rural New York state at the turn of the twentieth century, superb new talent James Scott makes his literary debut with The Kept—a propulsive novel reminiscent of the works of Michael Ondaatje, Cormac McCarthy, and Bonnie Jo Campbell, in which a mother and her young son embark on a quest to avenge a terrible and violent tragedy that has shattered their secluded family.
In the winter of 1897, a trio of killers descends upon an isolated farm in upstate New York. Midwife Elspeth Howell returns home to the carnage: her husband, and four of her children, murdered. Before she can discover her remaining son Caleb, alive and hiding in the kitchen pantry, another shot rings out over the snow-covered valley. Twelve-year-old Caleb must tend to his mother until she recovers enough for them to take to the frozen wilderness in search of the men responsible.
A scorching portrait of a merciless world—of guilt and lost innocence, atonement and retribution, resilience and sacrifice, pregnant obsession and primal adolescence—The Kept introduces an old-beyond-his-years protagonist as indelible and heartbreaking as Mattie Ross of True Grit or Jimmy Blevins of All the Pretty Horses, as well as a shape-shifting mother as enigmatic and mysterious as a character drawn by Russell Banks or Marilynne Robinson.

— 3 months ago with 1 note
#TF Books  #The Kept: A Novel  #James Scott  #Harper