By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill

Having grown up in New England, I have a special affinity for Lake Champlain and Champy, the plesiosaur that lives there.  Which is a true story, by the way… Despite my best efforts, I’ve yet to actually see the friendly, local lake monster, but I’ve still got time – and the desire to try again.Continue reading “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill”

Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale

Despite his life being glamorized throughout dime novels, Deadwood Dick needs to set the record straight—including how he got his name, how he saved Wild Bill Hickok, and how his life changed by looking up at exactly the wrong time. Deadwood Dick – also known as Willie Jackson – was born in East Texas andContinue reading “Paradise Sky by Joe R. Lansdale”

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

A little math for you on this fine evening… The Breakfast Club  + Melancholia = We All Looked Up Quite the combination, but well worth the read. This young adult novel tells the story of four very different teenagers trying to make the best of the few weeks they have left (before the world ends).Continue reading “We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach”

Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler

I’ve been lucky enough to visit most of the United States (or unlucky, in a few cases), which is lovely because we live in a country with an incredible variety of landscapes and cultural influences. While I am personally from northern New England – I swear I didn’t learn how to hug someone until IContinue reading “Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler”

A Death by Stephen King

I’ll keep it simple. In a word: ick. Great dialogue though. I liked it. You can find the story of Jim Trusdale, Sheriff Barclay, and the silver dollar in the New Yorker. It’s free. Pair with whiskey. I can’t explain how much I want to try this Root Canal (root beer float with whiskey –Continue reading “A Death by Stephen King”

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

This is a novel of substance and despair. It is a collection of oddities, and strange ones at that. It is the story of a displaced epiglottis and partial blindness and willful dissidence (read: teenage angst).   It is the story of being miles from okay and learning to actually be okay with that. Mary IrisContinue reading “Mosquitoland by David Arnold”

The Marauders by Tom Cooper

What do you do when a book can make you sympathetic to a drug addicted man who neglects his estranged wife and daughter and hunts for treasure when he should be working? You love it. To quote Esquire Tom Cooper’s The Marauders is “more fun that a book about the aftermath of an ecological disasterContinue reading “The Marauders by Tom Cooper”