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Trista's Favorite 5 Reads in 2018


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Florida Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634512
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 5th, 2018

Swamps, storms, and snakes. These short stories by award-winning writer Lauren Groff explore the dangers of life in the untamed wilds of Florida. Here, family and relationships threaten characters just as much as hurricanes and venomous reptiles, but all are treated with deep respect as Groff captures their natural dignity. Groff has an eye for moments of calm and beauty amidst her clear-eyed descriptions of turmoil and cruelty. - Trista

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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101903438
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Published: Hogarth - June 9th, 2015

This brutal tale of grief and trauma will challenge you. You may even want to throw the book across the room after the first few pages. BUT DON'T GIVE UP. You will acclimate to the fractured, half-formed narration, and you will be richly rewarded for the effort. McBride's lyrical and innovative style, which she has referred to as "stream of pre-consciousness," occupies the space in the mind where experiences and thoughts have not fully formed themselves into clear language. The resulting narrative voice shows how broken the unnamed narrator is -- but also does violence against the forces in the girl's life that work to keep her down. McBride deals with topics ranging from rape to brain cancer with delicate nuance and a burning fury.

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544954618
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Published: Mariner Books - March 14th, 2017

For any reader who has ever loved a dog. This debut novel follows the close relationship between a social misfit and his one-eyed dog. Baume (who trained as a visual artist) has a keen eye for details. Her close observations of nature translate into a sensory reading experience, and her close observations of human nature translate into a compelling narrative of isolation and companionship.

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The Uninvited Cover Image
By Dorothy Macardle, Luke Gibbons (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780992817077
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Published: Tramp Press - September 13th, 2016

Isolated on the weather-beaten cliffs of England, a house stands haunted. Siblings Roddy and Pamela Fitzgerald encounter--and then struggle to confront--the restless spirit that inhabits their new home. Will they be able to protect their young neighbor, Stella, from the enticing, suffocating forces that threaten to destroy her? Dorothy Macardle's chilling feminist ghost story from 1942 poses canny questions through uncanny events, troubling traditional conceptions of motherhood, romance, and family. This edition, issued by Tramp Press, includes reference to the 1944 film adaptation of the Fitzgeralds' paranormal investigation, which is available today through the Criterion Collection. PLUS, in Dorothy Macardle's follow-up, The Unforeseen, a skeptical, rational woman has prophetic visions of tragedies yet to come. Can she prevent the horrors she imagines before they come to pass?