A recent college grad fom Smith College in MA., I'm a big fan of critical theory, philosophy, magical-realism and sci-fi fantasy / speculative fiction in all shapes and forms.
One of my all-time favorite "genre-bending" authors, Nelson seemlessly combines theory and memoir in this beautiful and moving explorations of love, family, female desire and gender.
This collection of short storeis is the perfect introduction to Octavia Butler's prolific sci-fi/fantasy resume. Each story plays with philisophical questions of being human, of science, free will and society. Couldn't put it down, and learned a lot about the world through her clever, creative ideas and prose.
Carson combines myth, poetry, and novel in this fictional biography/diary of Geryon, a red-winged boy from the mid-west. If you enjoy volcanoes, tamales, finding the "whimsical"and "haunting" in the ordinary, this work of contemporary prose is just for you!
"The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand...", Marco Polo describes as he takes the reader on a journey through the various bizarre and beautiful cities of the ruler Kublai Khan's territory. Interested in magical urbanism? Check this book out!
What a craaazy book! This spooky tome is a family drama / thriller which pushes the boundries of both book design and narrative...you'll find yourself reading sideways...and upsidedown! Navidson is a filmaker and expeditioner who must explore the living and ever-changing depths of his own haunted home.
With a hilarious, offensive, and satirical cast of characters, Abbey celebrates the vast (and endangered) beauty of the South West - drawing the reader into the ranks of radical environmentalists. Pick this up in you enjoy irreverence and the outdoors!
This is such an important book! Everyone should understand the ways in which the patriarchy operates at different levels, be it domestic violence, or sexist micro-aggressions in the workplace or at the park. Perfect intro to basic tenets of feminism for you, your husband, brother, or son!