I’m having 3 ketamine treatments for depression this week and that means I can’t have caffeine or my ADD meds and that means I’ve spent a fair amount of time drifting around the house wondering what it was I was doing, or frantically looking for my phone while it was in my own hand and this is why this post may or may not make sense, but let’s try, okay?
So if you’re already a member of my book clubs then you probably already got some weird ass emails from me but just in case you missed them or are an honorary member or haven’t joined yet (JOIN US) then here are my book selections for April:
If you’re a Fantastic Strangeling you’ll be getting a gorgeous copy of The House is on Fire by Rachel Beanland. Historical fiction at its finest, based on the true story of the infamous 1811 Richmond theater fire, the worst urban disaster in US history at the time told from the perspective of four people whose actions during the inferno changed the course of history. How have I never heard of this, y’all?
And if you’re a member of the Nightmares from Nowhere Book Club you’ll be getting the terrifying and fantastic Natural Beauty by Ling Ling Huang. Long description: A piercing, darkly funny debut, Natural Beauty explores questions of consumerism, self-worth, race, and identity—and leaves readers with a shocking and unsettling truth. Short description: BEAUTY CULT.
No worries if you haven’t read last month’s books because there are no rules to book club but in case you want to discuss I’ll open up a thread on the Nightmares from Nowhere facebook page for Lone Women and a thread for Once Upon a Tome on the Fantastic Strangelings facebook page, and if you don’t do facebook I’ll leave my thoughts in the comments below.
Need more than two books to get you through the month? Same. And April has quite a few I really liked:
The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell – Like if The Great British Bake-Off and Agatha Christie had a baby. A good comfort murder mystery. (Yes, that is a real thing.)
House of Cotton by Monica Brashears – An eccentric novel exploring the aftermath of the American plantation and what it means to be poor, Black, and a woman in the God fearing south.
Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer’s Guide to the Universe by Philip Plait, PhD – On this lively, immersive adventure through the cosmos, Plait (beloved astronomer and personal friend) draws ingeniously on the latest scientific research to transport readers to ten spectacular sites, from our own familiar Moon to the outer reaches of our solar system and far beyond.
Hestia Strikes a Match by Christine Grillo – A slyly funny and subversive story of a woman looking for love and friendship in the midst of a new American civil war in 2023.
Night Terror by John Kenn Mortensen – This art book by Danish cult illustrator is reminiscent of Edward Gorey but with slightly less humor and a whole lot more bizarre terror.
The Unlikely Village of Eden by Emma Nadler – a thought-provoking and hopeful memoir about learning to adapt when raising a child with a rare genetic condition.
Happy reading and thank you for supporting your local indie bookshop!