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April 5

Book: (Me) Moth by Amber McBride

Moth is a teen grieving the loss of her parents and brother in a car accident that only she survived. She feels unseen at school and home. Sani is the new kid in town stuck with a stepdad that has no use for a Navajo stepson. Moth grew up schooled in Hoodoo traditions by her grandfather. Sani is schooled in Navajo customs by his Medicine Man father. Together they decide to ditch their Virginia suburban town and head west on an epic road trip of self-discovery and healing. This outstanding YA debut novel is written in free verse and touches on grief, depression, family, self-identity, and first love; while weaving Hoodo and Navajo mythology throughout the story. The ending will make you want to go back to the first page and re-read it immediately. The book was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for young people's literature.
posted by COD at 10:34 AM - 0 comments

Book: The Steerswoman

Steerswomen, and a very few Steersmen, are members of an order dedicated to discovering and disseminating knowledge. Although they are foremost navigators of the high seas, Steerswomen are also explorers and cartographers upon land as well as sea. With one exception, they are pledged to always answer any question put to them with as truthful a response as is possible within their own limitations. However, they also require anyone of whom they ask questions to respond in the same manner, upon penalty of the Steerswomen's ban; those under the ban do not receive answers from the steerswomen. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 5:39 AM - 13 comments

April 4

Book: Thud!

Koom Valley Day is fast arising, the anniversary of an ancient an historic battle between the Dwarfs and Trolls that serves as both symbol and cause of all of their mutual animosity ever since then. The Watch has finally brought on its first Vampire as an officer. It's also being audited by an inspector sent by Lord Vetinari. And a Dwarf-supremacist firebrand preaching Troll-extermination has been fund murdered in the mines. Can Commander Sam Vimes deal with all of this and still manage to be back home by six to read to his son? (Discworld #34, City Watch #7.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 8:14 AM - 15 comments

April 1

Book: Going Postal

Ankh-Morpork's postal system has been defunct and decrepit since long before the Clacks Towers (think telecommunications via Semaphore) went up, but the Clacks has changed the world, and people depend upon it now. Unfortunately, the Clacks has been taken over by a group of corporate raiders running it into the ground. Service is spotty, rates are rising, and worker mortalities abound. So Lord Vetinari gives a condemned young career con-man a new lease on life, provided he will take up the role of Postmaster. (Discworld #33, Industrial Revolution # 4.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 3:59 PM - 23 comments

March 31

Book: Small Game, by Blair Braverman

Five people sign up to be on Civilization, a new reality TV show where contestants have to survive for six weeks in a remote area with a minimal amount of clothing and only one tool each. A math teacher, a survival skills teacher, an Eagle Scout, a woodsman, and a charismatic person tossed out in the woods together, attempting to ignore the film crew. And then things... go wrong.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:59 AM - 7 comments

March 30

Book: Monstrous Regiment

Borogravia, a small mangy cur of a country with nothing much to speak of, is at war. It's always at war, of course, but now they've torn down the Clacks Towers, which brings His Grace Duke Samuel Vimes in as ambassador to hopefully finally put a stop to things. And William de Worde of the Ankh-Morpork Times in to cover the stories on the ground. And Polly Perks, a young barmaid, chops off her hair and puts a sock in her trousers to enlist in the last company Borogravia can hope to recruit in this struggle, every member of which seems to have a secret. (Discworld #31, Industrial Revolution #3.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 9:11 AM - 17 comments

March 29

Book: Bad Cree by Jessica Johns

In this gripping, horror-laced debut, a young Cree woman’s dreams lead her on a perilous journey of self-discovery that ultimately forces her to confront the toll of a legacy of violence on her family, her community and the land they call home. [more inside]
posted by quatsch at 5:56 AM - 4 comments

March 28

Book: The Truth

ANKH-MORPORK - Lord Vetinari arrested by City Watch after an apparent attack on his chief clerk, Rufus Drumknott. Vetinari's aged dog Wuffles missing after the altercation. Two criminals for hire calling themselves the "New Firm" have set up shop in the city. William de Worde, previously of a monthly newsletter to a handful of the Disc's influential nobles, joins with Dwarfs to create Ankh-Morpork's first Newspaper, though rivals are hot on his heels Details forthcoming. (Discworld #25, Industrial Revolution #2.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 7:35 PM - 14 comments

March 27

Book: Night Watch

In the midst of chasing Ankh-Morpork's most punchable psychopath across the rooftops of Unseen University, a freak lightning strike plays havoc with the magical temporal energy around, sending both Sam Vimes and his quarry thirty years into the past. This was a time when the Patrician wasn't quite so sane, the Watch not nearly so upstanding, the City was ready for a Revolution, and a young Sam Vimes had just joined the force but was desperately in need of a decent mentor. (Discworld #29, City Watch #6.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 9:19 AM - 21 comments

March 26

Book: The Curator

It begins in an unnamed city nicknamed “the Fairest”, it is distinguished by many things from the river fair to the mountains that split the municipality in half; its theaters and many museums; the Morgue Ship; and, like all cities, but maybe especially so, by its essential unmappability. [more inside]
posted by jazon at 2:30 PM - 2 comments

Book: I Have Some Questions For You

In I Have Some Questions for You, award-winning author Rebecca Makkai has crafted her most irresistible novel yet: a stirring investigation into collective memory and a deeply felt examination of one woman’s reckoning with her past, with a transfixing mystery at its heart. Timely, hypnotic, and populated with a cast of unforgettable characters, I Have Some Questions for You is at once a compulsive page-turner and a literary triumph. [more inside]
posted by the primroses were over at 7:20 AM - 5 comments

March 24

Book: The Fifth Elephant

THE LOW KING IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE LOW KING! Commander Sam Vimes, in his new role as Duke of Ankh, has been sent to lead a delegation to Überwald for the Coronation of the new Low King of the Dwarves. Coming along with him are Detritus the Troll, Cheery Littlebottom the Dwarf, and... well nobody seems to know where Angua is, so Carrot resigns his position of Captain to find her. A replica relic has been stolen and the proprietor of a condom factory has been murdered, but Fred Colon is in charge of the Watch for the time being, so everything's in good hands. It's all very political... (Discworld #24, City Watch #5.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 10:18 AM - 13 comments

March 22

Book: Jingo

TO ARMS! Ankh-Morpork gears up for War! The Fabled Island of Leshp has arisen in the Circle Sea, discovered simultaneously by fishermen from Ankh-Morpork and Klatch! Assassination attempt made on Prince Khufurah! Lord Vetinari runs off with Leonard of Quirm! Captain Carrot coaches local youths in Football! Corporal Nobbs tries to understand Women! Sergeant Angua receives a new Collar! And Commander Vimes grabs the wrong Dis-Organizer on his way out the door. (Discworld #21, City Watch #4.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 9:15 AM - 8 comments

March 21

Book: Bea Wolf

Listen to the lives of the long-ago kids, the world-fighters, The parent-unminding kids, the improper, the politeness-proof, The unbowed bully-crushers, The bedtime-breakers, the raspberry-blowers, Fighters of fun-killers, fearing nothing, fated for fame. [more inside]
posted by aramaic at 6:43 PM - 4 comments

March 20

Book: Feet of Clay

Ankh-Morpork in the Balance! Lord Vetinari Poisoned! Forensic Science comes to the City Watch! A Priest and a Baker Murdered! The Tireless Laborers known as Golems have Run Amok! Oh, and Commander Samuel Vimes has an appointment to have a Coat of Arms made, which brings with it some very interesting news for Corporal Nobby Nobbs... (Discworld #19, City Watch #3.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 10:14 AM - 10 comments

Book: House of Psychotic Women by Kier-La Janisse

House of Psychotic Women is an autobiographical exploration of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films. Anecdotes and memories interweave with film history, criticism, trivia and confrontational imagery to create a reflective personal history and examination of female madness, both onscreen and off. [more inside]
posted by quatsch at 7:51 AM - 4 comments

March 18

Book: Men at Arms

Ankh-Morpork's City Watch is growing, with Cuddy the Dwarf, Detritus the Troll, and Angua von Überwald taking their oaths as part of the Patrician's initiative that the Watch reflect the ethnic make-up of the city itself. Carrot Ironfoundersson has been promoted, though there are some in the City who see even bigger things in his future. And Captain Vimes, just a few days away from both marriage and retirement to a life of leisure, has been prohibited from investigating a series of seemingly unconnected murders perpetrated by use of a singularly dangerous weapon... (Discworld #15, City Watch #2.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 9:48 AM - 13 comments

March 17

Book: Guards! Guards!

The Ankh-Morpork City Watch is a relic of times before Lord Vetinari's guild-system self-regulated trade, thievery, and assassinations. It consists of a drunk, a petty thief, and a workaday sergeant avoiding his wife. But something big is coming. Two big things, actually, and both will change the Watch forever after. (Discworld #8, City Watch #1.) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 12:56 PM - 21 comments

March 13

Book: Tell Me I'm Worthless by Alison Rumfitt

Alison Rumfitt’s Tell Me I’m Worthless is a dark, unflinching haunted house story that confronts both supernatural and real-world horrors through the lens of the modern-day trans experience. [more inside]
posted by quatsch at 7:58 AM - 2 comments

March 1

Book: The Sorcerer of Pyongyang

Ten-year-old Jun-su is a bright and obedient boy whose only desire is to be a credit to his family, his nation, and most importantly, his Dear Leader. However, when he discovers a copy of The Dungeon Master's Guide, left behind in a hotel room by a rare foreign visitor, a new and colorful world opens up to him. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 1:56 PM - 1 comment

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