Author: Christa Seeley

Book Beat: The Secret Letters of Harper Lee

Hello, fellow literature lovers, this is Christa! Welcome to another installment of Book Beat: your source for what’s happening in the bookish world. Intimate Correspondences I want to start this week with something that makes me smile – the new unseen Harper Lee letters. These thirty-eight letters, which she wrote between 2005 and 2009 to her friend Felice Itzkoff, really give us a glimpse into the author’s more humorous side. She tells jokes, throws a little shade at Eudora Welty, and remises about the time LBJ told Gregory Peck that there would be a black woman in the White...

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Earth-Based Science Fiction: The Winnowing by Vikki VanSickle

It’s 1989. The Berlin Wall comes down, Game Boy makes it debut, and Marivic Stone has the first set of nightmares that signal she’s going ACEs and needs to go in for the Winnowing. Okay, maybe that last one didn’t happen in our version of 1989. But The Winnowing by Vikki VanSickle takes place in an alternate version of 1989, where a strange fertility crisis occurs after World War II. While the world soon finds a cure, it causes children to “go ACEs” when they reach puberty. They have nightmares, they develop certain abilities and, unless they undergo a procedure called...

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The Gunslinger Misses the Mark

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Stephen King Donald M. Grant, Publisher June 10, 1982 Despite spending most of my life reading almost everything I could get my hands on I had never read a Stephen King novel… until The Gunslinger. When I initially heard there was going to be a film adaptation I was mildly intrigued but then I heard Idris Elba was going to star as Roland, so I decided I might as well read the book before seeing it on the big screen. In this way I could achieve two goals at once – I would finally cross...

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Magic and Mayhem: Diverse Fantasy for Fall 2017

Well, we’ve done it! We’ve made it past the halfway point of 2017. To say it’s been a crazy year so far would be a bit of an understatement. In times like these, we need the option to escape into a fantasy world for a little while before heading back out and fighting the good fight for this world. So, here are a few diverse fantasy tales to help get you through to 2018. Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older Arthur A. Levine Books September 12th 2017 After two long years, Daniel José Older returns to the world of...

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Dogears: A Separation from a Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches Deborah Harkness Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda Penguin Books February 2011 As a teenager, I had wanted to like the Twilight series. Everyone around me seemed to be riding that train, and I always wanted to like fun; I never have. I read Stephenie Meyer’s series with increasing disdain and eventually eviscerating the books in my high school newspaper. (I received a few hate letters the following month, but it was nice to know my peers actually picked up the paper.) I had wanted to be swept up in the bloodthirsty romance of vampire and human,...

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