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Haunting and whimsical, Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things (2006) is an interesting compilation of short works featuring dark and lovely stories and poems including a particular favorite, “October in the Chair.” This specific tale is evocative of Gaiman’s distinctive and romantic style and his charming and eerie prose. In this short story, the months of the year are personified and are gathered for a board meeting around a campfire. Each month demonstrates his/her own personality traits and skills for storytelling as they share tales with the group. October is presiding over the autumnal meeting, and his story of a young boy who makes a ghostly friend after he stumbles into a cemetery will appeal to Gaiman fans who have read The Graveyard Book. In this Gaiman collection of tales and poems, vivid imagery and sensory diction weave a dream-like web to catch the reader’s attention, particularly those partial to the science fiction and fantasy genres. Excerpt: “October was in the chair, so it was chilly that evening, and the leaves were red and orange and tumbled from the trees that circles the grove. The twelve of them sat around a campfire roasting huge sausages on sticks, which spat and crackled as the fat dripped onto the burning applewood, and drinking fresh apple cider, tangy and tart in their mouths.”
After two women from very different backgrounds and situations meet, their lives become entwined in life-changing ways. Diedre Clark-Morris is a faithful christian professional woman with a loving husband and family but no children. Kenisha Smalls has no faith, lives in poverty and has suffered abuse. She has three small children by three different fathers. When the two meet Kenisha has just been diagnosed with cervical cancer and Diedre is facing the fact that she may never have a child. Kenisha's desperate desire to find a family for her children and Diedre's decision to help with the search bind the two women together as they experience forgiveness and unexpected blessings.
John Constantine (Reeves), a long time self-proclaimed exorcist, can see into the world of angels and demons by witnessing what he calls half-breeds. He is cast into a demonic plot when he crosses paths with a detective (Rachel Weisz) whose sister, haunted by demons herself, just committed suicide. Constantine's own life is at risk by his own hand due to his excessive smoking habit. As the clock ticks, he must help the detective solve her sister's death before John's soul is collected by the Devil himself.
The visual effects are stunning, offering a unique look into the world that Constantine's sees. And for those interested, there is enough deep symbolism to delve into for hours. But I recommend Constantine for both the initiated and the profane.
Two little girls go missing; one, Callie, has been mute since she was a toddler, the other, Petra, the best friend, acts as her voice. Why won’t Callie speak? Who took them? Where did they go? The answers are found at the end of old family secrets. The story is unfolded little by little, each from a different point of view: Callie, Petra, Callie’s mom, the sheriff, and others.
When March Went Mad is the story of “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird and the dramatic season leading up to that magical March 26, 1979 game where they met for the only time in college. That game is what made March as we now know it – complete madness, and a multibillion dollar business that sports lovers look forward to every year. It also spurred the resurgence of the NBA.
A dictionary of the dead that tells about the eccentricities of historical figures of the world famous (Freud, William Blake) to the forgotten (Mary Seacole, Titus Oates). It covers embarrassing and downright weird facts often left out of traditional biographies such as who kept monkeys for pets, died a virgin, cross-dressed or had extremely bad taste. A behind the scenes look at personalities who made their
mark on the world for trivia buffs and the curious alike.
It's 1968, Martha a lonely elderly widow opens her door to Homan, a deaf black man, Lynnie a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Lynnie's newborn baby, Julia. The couple are runaways from a School for the Incurable and Feebleminded who are deeply in love and desperate to save the baby. The couple seek help from Martha, a childless, retired schoolteacher. Lynnie is soon captured and returned to the School. Homan escapes but ends up far away and unable to find his way back. The baby Julia is hidden and raised by Martha. Over the course of 40 years as they try to reunite their story is told.
Aaron and Dorothy are two independent souls who meet, fall in love and marry. Aaron is crippled in his right arm and leg and resists his sister and others who want to take care of him. Dorothy is outspoken, brusque and non-maternal, just what he is looking for. They have a relatively happy marriage. This ends when a tree crashes onto their house and Dorothy is killed. Aaron is devastated and unable to deal with the loss of his wife until she begins to appear to him guiding him toward a future he hasn't been able to see. This book deals with the subject of loss honestly and with humor.
After a devastating hurricane turns her life upside down, Laurel Daneau is forced to start over. On the surface, Laurel seems to be doing well in her new school. She is a cheerleader and she has a popular boyfriend nicknamed T-Boom. Privately, though, she is struggling with the loss of her mother and her grandmother and she is hurting. When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she believes that she has finally found a way to numb her pain. But a meth addiction proves to be more than she bargained for.
When Ezra's father was invited to an annual conference with his sons preschool teacher, he initially wanted to blow it off. After all, he reasoned, what could a teacher possibly need to tell the parents of a three year old that they didn't already know? It turns out, quite a lot.
Ezra began showing signs of autism very early on. Following his diagnosis, his father vowed to show Ezra only unconditional love and acceptance, no matter how trying or unconventional his behaviors became. This is where the story got interesting!
You see, Ezra does not have the same filters that other children do. He delights in stating the obvious, and needs the world around him to exist in black and white. There is no gray area as far as Ezra is concerned, and this makes parenting him an extra special challenge.
Ezra's father does a great job of highlighting the struggles of raising a child with autism. His tone is warm and funny, and you can't help but smile as you explore the world through Ezra's eyes.
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