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What We Are Reading
- I Scream Man by Katherine Ramsland. Her nonfiction book Ghost is referenced in the Parisian Phoenix novel Courting Apparitions. Katherine’s nonfiction book Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today is the book that made her one of Angel Ackerman’s idols— as a woman and as a writer. Google Katherine, you won’t regret it.
- A History of The Island by Eugene Vodolazkin. This fictional history book about a made-up island is available on NetGalley. It has some lovely book design and reads like a real history of a land that may soon lose its culture due to imperialism or colonialism. (That’s a guess, just a hypothesis.)
- A proofreader’s copy of a new anthology from self-published author Rachel Thompson, who contributed to Not an Able-Bodied White Man with Money.
- Cooks Illustrated, we like the words, the pictures and the food. Speaking of print magazines, add the recent issue of Poets & Writers to that list and IBPA Publisher, put together by the Independent Book Publishers Association.
- City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman, everybody needs a “beach read.”
- An advanced review copy of Alice Versella’s new poetry book, A Psalm for the Weary. Her previous release was When Wolves Become Birds.
- Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett. A woman comes to a small town in New Hampshire to care for her poetry professor father who now sees imaginary animals.
- Echo City Capers Jr., by Ralph Greco Jr. and Joe Swarctz, children’s book duo
- Crowbones, (audiobook) from the end of the fantasy series The World of the Others, by Anne Bishop
What We Are Enjoying
- Tea, specifically lavender on the herbal side, and Valerian to wind down, and Rooibos when watching our blood pressure
- @StayTheRex on Instagram. Young family from Philadelphia bought a dilapidated motel near Promised Land in the Poconos (about an hour from the Lehigh Valley where Parisian Phoenix hangs its hat) and renovated it into an amazing destination.
- Service Dogs. Watch this space for more on that in future editions.