America Pacifica, Anna North: oh dystopia, how i love you! return of the ice age forces folks to try to rebuild on an island in the Pacific. things do not go well. raises some interesting questions re adaptability of the species and our willingness to adapt — e.g., if you could either adapt and give up on, say, never eating a strawberry again, OR you could try to cling to the past and force things to work in the hopes that one day you might get to eat a strawberry, which would you pick? is a life lived without strawberries a life worth living? discuss.
Saints & Sinners, Edna O’Brien: saw her read at McNally Jackson, and i almost fainted. i have never heard a better reader, and i have run/attended probably in the triple digits of author events at this point in my life. you can hear a short clip of her talking over here — better sit down first. this book is a MUST HAVE.
I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl, Kelle Groom: beautifully written and touching memoir. i interviewed Kelle for the WORD blog, check it out!
The Curfew, Jesse Ball: you should read this book. partly because it will make you think, partly because it will surprise you, but mostly because it is brilliant.