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Writing workouts (with a reading list)

It’s no secret that flash fiction is my first love. I stumbled on crafting short stories as a child and then later in college in two separate short story seminars, but it was always just a flirtation. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s and living alone in Boston (working two jobs and perpetually broke) that I took a class in flash fiction at a local night school. The instructor once had her flash pieces framed and shown in a local tea shop in Harvard Square (still one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen as a writer) and challenged us to crate a new story each week which we would then workshop. After that course, life got in the way of writing. I started a new job. I moved to a new apartment. My boyfriend became my fiancé and then my husband. I moved cross country. I started writing novels.

But short stories continued to haunt me. Collections of short stories are my (reading) drug of choice. Elizabeth Crane, Lorie Moore, Simon Rich, and Aimee Bender all inspired me to find my voice and to take risks and try writing my own.

Since I completed NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2009, I’ve completed eight novels (most of them trash) and published one. I’ve also written close to 30 short stories in that time frame. Recently, I’ve invested more time and energy to flash fiction, creating a new story  each month. It’s paid off (literally) as I’ve had four pieces published since last summer.

If writing a novel is my marathon (and finishing it is completing 26.2 miles), I look at writing flash fiction as my speed-training workouts before the big race. Some of these short pieces will never see the light of day, but each time I write one, my writing improves.

You’re probably thinking, but you just said some will never see the light of day. Writing flash fiction makes you a concise storyteller. You can’t afford to waste words. The more you write within a limited scope, the more is caries on in your other work (or at least it does in mine).

Writing short stories is hard. It’s just as hard as writing a novel, only your murky middle only lasts a few pages or a few hundred words. You still have to come up with an idea and follow it through. Personally, I love writing prompts. Give me three random suggestions (shampoo, a seminary, and historical fiction) and I’ll create a story about a female pastor in the 70’s looking to find a husband before she is ordained. I love writing contests that challenge me to write within certain parameters. For example, last year Seattle Public Library held a short fiction contest and challenged writers to craft a sci-fi story in the style of Octavia Butler. Sci-fi isn’t really in my wheelhouse, but I gave it a shot. My end result was the opposite of what they were looking for, but I walked away from that contest with a genderqueer sci-fi rom-com that was snatched up by The Dime Show Review. I’d never have tried my hand at sci-fi (or realize that it could be in my wheelhouse) had I not entered the contest. Writing outside of my comfort zone was the workout I needed.

There’s no shortage of contests or places to find prompts. These days I rarely throw my money at paid contests. That said, I do love the two different contests that New York City Midnight offers each year. The flash fiction contest I entered last year gave me three marketable stories, and I’m currently in the second round of the short story contest.

A simple Google search could yield you lists of contests and prompts, but I like the list updated at Aerogramme Writers’ Studio. Curious to try out a contest for free? Paperdarts has a 200-word micro-fiction contest on cleanliness with an April 17th deadline that’s worth a shot.

And if you’re looking to start reading short stories and flash fiction, I recommend:

Self-Help by Loorie Moore

When the Messenger is Hot by Elizabeth Crane

Monica Never Shuts Up by A.S. King

Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

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Interview with G.G. Silverman, author of Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress

Earlier this week, local author (and fabulous friend) G.G. Silverman released her incredibly funny debut YA novel Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress. In between all of her author appearances and interviews, I forced her to sit still long enough to answer some questions. If you aren’t aware of the sheer awesomeness of VTZH, here’s what you’re missing:

TWO GIRLS. (You’re feminist.)VTZH_ebookcover_FINAL_sm
PROM NIGHT. (You hate prom.)
ZOMBIES. (You’re vegan.)

In this hilarious, action-packed, girl-powered thriller, Clarissa and Cokie go from a failed attempt at prom night feminist activism to being in a fight for their lives.
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The story:
Clarissa Hargrove thinks prom sucks. She’s been protesting it for weeks, but the conformist sheep that go to Redvale High could care less. Not one single girl has ditched her prom gown in the name of feminism, except for Clarissa’s loyal, underappreciated BFF Cokie. But Clarissa is still on a mission to save more souls–she’ll be at prom, with her bullhorn and picket signs, telling girls they have one last chance to ditch their hooker heels and claim their independence before high school is over. That night, Clarissa drags Cokie to school to protest, but almost everyone at prom has turned into flesh-eating monsters. Trapped in a high-school zombie hellhole, the girls realize they’ve never taken a chance on love, and set out on dangerous quest to save their crushes.

But there’s one teensy little problem.

Clarissa is vegan and hates violence of any kind. Will Cokie and Clarissa survive?

A mashup of pop culture hits like Daria, Mean Girls, and Shaun of the Dead.

I know you’re asking yourself, how does someone come up with something as amazeballs as this? Don’t worry, I asked her.


Photo by Camille Chu

DDB: How did you come up with the idea for Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress?

GGS: When my old dog Bananas was alive, we used to jokingly call her the Zombie Huntress because whenever we walked past someone who was limping or shuffled, she would growl a little. Then, one day, on a walk, I imagined the monologue that became the first page of the book. It was essentially the voice of feminist teen girl who had only intended to protest prom, but ended up fighting zombies instead. It came flowing out of me, and I ran home to write it down. The rest, as they say, is history.

DDB: How long have you been a fan of zombies and horror?

GGS: I’ve been a horror fan since I was a little kid, about 8 or 9 years old. I used to love picture books about ghosts and vampires, but then I quickly graduated to the hard stuff, sneaking my friend’s brother’s copy of Stephen King’s The Shining home when I was about 9 or 10, reading it under the covers with a flashlight and scaring myself thoroughly. That book blew the lid off my young mind, some of the images have been seared in my memory for ever. From then on I would try to read and watch everything scary that I could get my hands on, which was hard because my mom and dad were really strict about what movies we watched, so, I had to wait until no one was home, then I’d find some really tacky B-grade horror movie on cable and watch it excitedly.

I didn’t start getting into zombies until the last 10 years or so. It started with my husband, who began playing zombie role-playing games and brought home the Zombie Survival Guide and the Zombie Combat Manual, so I was intrigued. Around that time, 28 Days Later came out, which was super scary. Then I took a little break from zombies for a while, until the last 5 years or so, when the idea of zombies become more relevant to me than ever, what with so many problems in society coming to a head. Zombies embody everything I fear, loss of control, loss of identity, rabid consumption of resources, global pandemic. Of all the subject matter in paranormal literature, I think zombies most closely mirror real issues.

DDB: How long have you been working on VTZH? What was your research process like?

GGS: I worked on VTZH for about 3 years, writing a terrible first draft over the course of a year, then throwing 2/3 of that away and starting most of it from scratch, rewriting it the next year, then editing several drafts over the course of the third year.

As for research, I was lucky to have some assistance with that, my office assistant at the time—Brianna Young–helped me find little details that enriched the story. I also did lots of internet research myself. But since the book is fantasy, there wasn’t a ton of research involved, not as much as one would do to write a book of historical fiction. So I wasn’t very consumed by research.

DDB: What is your writing process like? Do you have a routine? A critique group?

GGS: I used to write first drafts long-hand, then transcribe onto the computer, but as I’ve gotten more comfortable about writing directly on the computer, I now do first drafts on my laptop. I tend to enjoy quiet while I write, I’m not the kind of person who can blare music and still be able to think. I may go so far as to play nature or ocean sounds to make it feel like I’m writing outdoors. As far as having a routine goes, it’s not super strict. Because I’m self-employed, my life is fairly flexible. I make sure to take care of client work first in the morning; as soon as that’s done, I transition to writing. It’s important to me to have forward motion in my writing life as much as possible, so I’m really good at buckling down and getting work done when small chunks of time open up. But I also don’t beat myself up if I’m not super prolific on any given day.

I absolutely have a critique group, and my group is vital to my success as an author. They point out mistakes and things I hadn’t thought of. I’d be bummed if our group had to split up. It took me a long time to find them and they are important to me.

DDB: Why did you decide to self publish? How complicated has the process been?

GGS: I decided to self-publish because I wanted to gain first-hand experience of the production life cycle of a book, what it takes to bring a book to market. I also wanted to have as much control as possible in my book’s birth. That said, I spent a year taking all kinds of classes to learn the ins and outs of publishing, to make sure I fully understood what I was getting into. Having many of the skills required definitely gave me confidence; I’m a branding consultant and graphic designer, and I also have a solid understanding of marketing. It was still important to have a team, though. For instance, I hired a web developer to help me with my website, and I hired an editor to do developmental book edits and proofreading, and I hired an e-book producer to handle the e-book creation. But I designed the paperback myself and as well as the cover, and I’m really proud of the way they look. People are very impressed when I show them my book.

As far as complication, I’d say that being organized and having a realistic schedule keeps things from getting frustrating. Things weren’t so much complicated as they were time-consuming. Launching a book is tons of work. When you think you are done editing, add six months. It’s also important to have a strong vision for what you’re doing and guard that vision at all times. At the end of the day, your name is on that book, and you need to do whatever it takes to be proud of the final product.

Also, whether you are self-publishing or not, it’s important to start getting out there and making connections long before you have a book to sell. Get some kind of website up, start having a social media presence. That way, when your book is finally ready, you’re not scrambling to create your brand.  The path has already been paved.

DDB: What advice do you have for inspiring writers? What do you wish you had known when you were starting out?

GGS: My biggest advice is that writing rules are meant to be broken, and that your authenticity as a story-teller is king. Don’t worry about emulating anyone else. Embrace all that makes you unique. Find your voice. The people who get you will find you.

As for what I wish I had known when I started out—I wish I had known everything! But there’s no way you can know everything, you just have to learn as you go along. And that process takes time. To that end, I’d say the best thing you can learn, above all, is patience.

DDB: What are you working on next?

GGS: I’m working on Stoners vs. Moaners, the next book after VTZH, where the story of the same night is told from two other kids’ point of view. I’m also working on a short story collection for adults, creepy stuff. It’ll be very different from VTZH and Stoners, more literary with touches of horror, genre-bending and a lot darker than other stuff of mine that you may have read. I’m also working on a novelization of a short story I wrote a few years back. Let’s just say I know how to keep myself busy.

DDB: Do you have a favorite book? Movie? Television Show? What are you reading right now?

Favorite book: I’d say right now it’s a tie between Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road—both are breathtaking in their sheer genius. I love lots of other books, though.

Favorite movie: Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my all-time faves, but I also have some faves that are not horror. Cinema Paradiso is up there on my list, as well as The Matrix. I’ve also obsessively watched Mean Girls. For zombie comedies, I love Shaun of the Dead as well as Cockneys vs Zombies. My tastes are pretty eclectic. The kind of story doesn’t matter so much as the quality of the story-telling.

Favorite TV show: I’m obsessed with Bob’s Burgers. Tina Belcher totally gets me. Other faves include The Walking Dead (natch), Orphan Black, Syfy’s FaceOff, The Returned, and so many more. We live in an age of really good television!

Reading right now: Undaunted Courage, the story of Lewis and Clark. I’m fascinated by stories of people who achieved the impossible. When writing feels daunting, I try to remind myself that there are people out there who’ve accomplished way more difficult things, and it gives me the courage to keep going.

DDB: Last thoughts?

GGS: Success is individual; don’t try to compare your writing career to anyone else’s. We are all on our own path. Most of all, be nice, and remember to have fun.

You can learn more about G.G. Silverman on her website and follow her on Twitter. Vegan Teenage Zombie Huntress is available from Amazon.

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My Favorite Favorites of 2013

All month the interwebs have been aflutter with the best books of the year list. PW has one. So does EW. And of course there was #libfaves13 on Twitter.

This got me thinking about the books I loved this year. So here goes (in no particular order)


1. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown because sometimes we just need to shed our clothes and act out our inner tiger.

2. How to Negotiate Everything by Lisa Lutz and Jamie Temairik which is my new guide to life.

3. Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston is probably the only book in the work to make you care and root for a teenage terrorist. The tension made me ill. Excellent and haunting on audio.

4. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner might be the only historical dystopian worth reading.

5. With or Without You by Domenica Ruta puts the fun and heartbreak in dysfunctional family.

6. Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal is as grown-up fairy tale/ thriller narrated by the ghost of Jacob Grimm.

7. Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin because there is no better book about a secret pizza party.

8. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizen has a heartbreaking romance between two teen girls in



9. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau is the closest read-alike to The Hunger Games that I’ve found..

10. The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster inspired me to be better organized and to have my own Crocktoberfest.

11. You Are One of Them by Elliott Holt turned friendship during the Cold War into something mysterious and cool.

12. Doll Bones by Holly Black reminded me of Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

13. Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin is a beautiful story of an intersex boy discovering his true identity.

14. Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende had me hooked into this literary mystery/ coming-of-age story from page one.


15. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan was the most beautiful and true book I have read this year. Everyone on the planet needs to read it.

16. The Universe Vs. Alex Woods by Gavin Extence was made for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. 

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight = Gossip Girl + Gone Girlrelish

18. Relish by Lucy Knisley wins the award for best illustrated cookbook memoir.

19. Nobody by Us by  Kristin Halbrook = Romeo and Juliet + Bonnie and Clyde

20. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King was another gem in a glorious year of gay ya. I still want Astrid as my bff.

Of course I read many more books than this, like 200 more (but 1/4 of those were picture books and 1/4 were audio books during my commute/ house cleaning times) and I could have picked more that I loved (or hated). All of these make great last minute gifts if you know a reader (young or old).

What were your favorite favorites of 2013?

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“Stay Gold, Ponyboy”

Confession: Up until last week, I’d never read S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders.  I know that it’s on practically every other high school summer reading list, but it never was on mine. I was too busy not reading Lord of the Flies and Sir Garwin and Jane Austen.

But awhile back on a road trip with Husband and Waffle, we listened to the Rob Lowe memoir Stories I Only Tell My Friends and of course he was in the movie adaptation and the way he talked about the book made me reconsider reading it. I’ll be honest. My initial reaction was It can’t be THAT good.

I was an idiot. It was glorious and brilliant. And hella intimidating. I mean, Hinton was only 15 when she started writing the novel, and did most of the work when she was sixteen and a junior in high school. When was 15 I was writing bad poetry and watching disaster flicks with my faux boyfriend during “the summer that nothing happened.” Hinton was 18 when the book was published. When was 18 I was driving into neighborhood signs and breaking curfew.

Her writing is mad impressive. I love that the book is dark and the closeness these guys have. And Hinton, while writing a gritty story, doesn’t swear. Her characters cuss, but offscreen. Where my characters would say ^*&^)!  and (*^%$O$% hers say “He used every swear word he knew.” And it works. (It was also published in 1967).

The point of all this is go read the damn book. You won’t regret it.

In the meantime, “stay gold.”

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More Wednesday Reads

Guess what? I’m still on vacation (on my way to Slovenia and Germany now) . Lots of train and bus travel = lots of reading (and napping). This is what I’m currently reading/ planning on reading the rest of this week. I’m happy to report that I’m making an actual dent in my TBR pile, which is great news since ALA is a month away and as I’ve learned, my TBR grows exponentially after a conference.

1. That’s That by Colin Broderick

2. Brewster by  Mark Slouka

3.  The Lives of Tao by Wesley  Chu

4. Wonderbread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau

5. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

6. All You Could Ask For by Mark Greenberg

7. The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson

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Wednesday Reads

I’m on vacation this week (Croatia if you’re curious) and using my downtime to catch up on my reading which has fallen short as I finished up my Lethal edits.


What am I reading, you ask? I should warn you it’s eclectic:


1. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski

2. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly

3.  The Universe Vs. Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

4. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

5. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

6. Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

7.  Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella


Anyone reading anything good?

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Wednesday roundup

It’s winter break ya’ll and I’m on vacation. And by vacation I mean sleeping in my childhood bedroom, fighting with my sister, and reverting to my 17-year-old self.

In light of anything profound, here are some things you might like to peruse:

Sean Beaudoin (You Killed Wesley Paine)   Tells you how not to get published.

While you’re at it, check out the “Dudes of YA” spread.

Or take a look at 2013 YA Cover Trends

Or see how all the “Best of 2012” lists stack up

Publisher’s Weekly





See you next week!

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12/12/12 or My 12 Favorite books of 2012

Today is 12/12/12. It’s also the start of 12 days of books on Twitter ( #libfavs2012 #12daysofbooks). It seems like everyone has an end-of-the-year-list (librarians love lists). I’m going to cheat a little and give you the whole damn list at once in the event you still need a holiday or hostess gift or are in desperate need for something new to read in order to avoid your in-laws (not that I would ever avoid my in-laws).

Ring those Jingle Bells because here are my twelve favorites of 2012:

Favorite Picture Book: 

cfnCharley’s First Night by Amy Hest, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. A gorgeous and heart-warming take on a puppy’s first night at home.

PB Runner-up: 

IbI’m Bored by Michael Ian Black, Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. It’s girl vs. potato over who is the most interesting in this hysterical romp thwarting boredom.

Favorite Middle Grade Book:

ls Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead. Seventh grade Georges is befriended by Safer, a twelve-year-old loner and spy who is tracking Mr. X, one of their neighbors.

MG Runner-up: 

syahSee You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Fern’s family struggles to stay together when a tragedy threatens to tear them apart.

Favorite YA Book: 

rbThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. This is the first book in the series.

YA Runner-up: 

dtyDead to You by Lisa McMann. Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. The only problem is, he doesn’t remember anything or them. What if this wasn’t his old life after all?

Favorite Adult Fiction:

wygbWhere’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. When Bernadette, an eccentric recluse, disappears  it is up to her daughter Bee to find her. This charming and funny mystery unfolds via email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence.

Fiction Runner up:  

aomThe Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. Julia must cope with the normal disasters of everyday life in a time of uncertainty.

Favorite Adult Nonfiction:

bofBrain on Fire: My Month of Madness by  Susannah Cahalan. This is a gripping memoir and medical suspense story about a young New York Post reporter’s struggle with a rare and terrifying disease that left her unable to move or speak until she is saved by a real life “Dr. House.” Susannah recreates the swift path of the illness from hospital records, scientific research, and interviews with doctors and family

NF Runner-up #1: 

osafOne Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard. In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois defied the odds. Led by a teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to represent the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final. It’s an engaging story that speaks to the power high school sports have an effect on player’s lives.

Runner-up #2: 

btbfBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians struggle to survive by sorting and selling garbage, stealing, and political corruption. Winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. This book is pretty much on everyone’s list.

Best Graphic Novel:

mfdMy Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. Backderf, a high school classmate of Dahmer’s, creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against his urges—a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit.

What were your favorites in 2o12?

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Books I Like Enough to Recommend

Despite the fact that the winter holidays are still like nine weeks away, my day job had me compile a list of  books that would make suitable gifts. It got me thinking about what I’ve been reading lately and how I’ve fallen into a reading slump. There’s been things I loved like Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne, and Playground by 50 Cent. (Yes, the rapper).  But mostly it’s been stuff I hated like Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Emily Giffin’s Where We Belong (I couldn’t even finish that). And of course there are the titles I’m completely neutral on like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

So, I need some help to get out of this slump. This is where you come in. Send me your recommendations!  I have a very eclectic taste in books (as you will see from my list below).  And because you’re nice enough to share with me, I’ve got my favorites so far this year.

In no particular order:

The French Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone

With a slow cooker, even novices can turn out dishes that taste as though they came straight out of the kitchen of a French grandmère.
Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea by Morgan Callan Rogers
A captivating debut, introducing a spirited young heroine coming of age in coastal Maine during the early 1960s. When her mother disappears during a weekend trip, Florine Gilham’s idyllic childhood is turned upside down.
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
Otto lives in a book and is happiest when his story is being read. Otto is no ordinary storybook character: when no one is looking, he comes to life!
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris.
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
When seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy.
A Grownup Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
A powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family.
Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, 11-year-old Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. Luminous, haunting, unforgettable, The Age of Miracles is a stunning fiction debut by a superb new writer, a story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.
Close Enough to Touch by Victoria Dahl
Leaving her job as a Hollywood makeup artist behind, Grace Barrett arrives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to stay with her great aunt to figure out her life and finds herself distracted by Cole Rawlins, a rugged cowboy.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
Narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities.
One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard
In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370 teams to represent the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final.
Devine Intervention by Martha Brockenbrough
A romantic comedy about a terrible guardian angel who fails to protect his teenage charge.
Chomp by Carl Haaisen
When the difficult star of the reality television show “Expedition Survival” disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane’s family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna’s gun-happy father.

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