“The Summer That Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel explores the loss of innocence in a sleepy Ohio town.  Fielding Bliss is a kid growing up in Breathed, Ohio.  His dad is a judge, and has been struggling with the ethical implications of his role.  When he started his career, he saw everything in black and white,Read more

“My Sweet Vidalia” by Deborah Mantella

My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella is the story of a young woman in the 1950s American South who overcomes considerable hardship and discovers her own inner strength.  Vidalia gets pregnant while in high school and has a shotgun wedding.  Unfortunately, her new husband is a terrible person and abuses her to the point thatRead more

“Tankborn” by Karen Sandler

  Back in June, I won a giveaway at The Book Smugglers for Karen Sandler’s novel Tankborn and its sequel Awakening.  The books are from Lee & Low, a new publisher focusing on multiculturalism and diversity in children’s and young adult literature.  Their mission is something that I fully support, and it’s especially heartening toRead more

H. P. Lovecraft – Stories, Part 2

  During the R.I.P. Challenge this fall, I had decided to read some Lovecraft.  The challenge has already ended, but I’m still going to continue what I started.  Today I’m going to talk about two of H. P. Lovecraft’s short stories–“The Lurking Fear” and “The Rats in the Walls.” The Lurking Fear Like “Herbert West: Read more