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Happy Tuesday, readers! I’m so excited about spooky book season. I am desperately trying to fit as many scary books in as I can before Halloween. I’m not entirely sure why, since I read them year-round, but it’s fun so I’m going to keep going. Speaking of scary books, you can hear me talk about my favorite one of 2019, as well as more awesome reads on this week’s episode of the All the Books! Vanessa and I discussed All This Could Be Yours, Last of Her Name, God Save the Queens, and more great books!
And now, it’s time for everyone’s favorite gameshow: AHHHHHH MY TBR! Here are today’s contestants:
The Beadworkers by Beth Piatote
A beautiful and emotionally complex debut collection of stories of the Native Northwest. Piatote gorgeously renders historic and contemporary Native life in the United States with humor and heartbreak. Stories include the Fish Wars in the 1960s; two young men at college each contemplate a death in the family; and a family torn over the fate of ancestral remains.
Backlist bump: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (ReVisioning American History) by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
From Hell to Breakfast by Meghan Tifft
If you like your language to be gorgeous and your story to be surreal, this is the Halloween book for you! Lucinda’s boyfriend Dracula eats pigeons, stalks the night, and claims to be a vampire, on top of his job as a UPS driver. Whatever the true story, this small town has a LOT of weird going on, with strange to spare. It’s like David Lynch and Grace Krilanovich collaborated on a vampire novel. It’s sinister, bizarre, and utterly original.
Backlist bump: The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich
Forking Good: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of The Good Place by Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Stephen H. Segal, Dingding Hu (Illustrator)
I had to share this because I love The Good Place – it makes the bass drop in my heart! – and I NEED THIS IMMEDIATELY. I kinda don’t even want to look at it until I have exhausted my ideas of what they could include for recipes. Jason’s Molotov Cocktail? Holy Motherforking Meatballs? Tahani’s Tahini Sauce? Whatever they are, it’s going to be hard to beat Megan Amram and the other writers’ food puns from the show, but I am still 100% behind this book.
See you next week!