Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks:
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a true story by Josh Sundquist
"A bright, poignant, and
deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee
cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube
star, and motivational speaker.
Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.
was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had
tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?
results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are
captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward
prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a
misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about
looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places."
This one sounds quirky and fun, and even better it's apparently autobiographical (embarrassingly, even!). I need some more humorous books in my life, so I'll be keeping an eye out for this one.
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
"Two-time National Book
Award finalist Adele Griffin offers an ingenious fictional take on the
"oral history" celebrity bio that defined a bestselling genre: Edie,
American Girl by Jean Stein and George Plimpton. In presenting herself
as interviewer and curator of memories, Adele paints the portrait of a
tragic young celebrity who allegedly committed suicide—presented in a
series of brief first-person recollections—that ultimately results in
the solving of a murder.
Adele's words: "From the moment she
burst into the downtown art scene, seventeen-year-old Addison Stone was
someone to watch. Her trademark subversive street art and her violent
drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more about this
brilliant wild-child who shone so bright and was gone too soon. By means
of more than one hundred interviews with those who knew her
best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers,
boyfriends, and critics—I have retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's
life, with research that sheds new evidence on what really happened the
night of July 28, 2013. With photo inserts and previously unpublished
I've read a few books by Adele Griffin in the past, and been impressed by all of them. Her writing is simply superb. This book — solving a murder within a celebrity bio — sounds a little different from some of the other ones she's written.
What books are you waiting for?