Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bookslinger Update: “Mandarins”

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This week’s story is from Mandarins by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, published by Archipelago Books. In Mandarins, Akutagawa blends a sense of sad inevitability with subtle irony. Reflective and often humorous, these tales reveal an enormous amount about Japanese culture, but above all the inner struggles of the characters always strike the universal.

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Bookslinger Update: “Pura Vida”

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This week’s story is from Baby Geisha by Trinie Dalton, published by Two Dollar Radio. True to Trinie Dalton’s form, the stories in Baby Geisha are distinctly imagined while also representing a more grounded approach in the author’s style. There’s the Joan Didion-obsessed starving journalist of “Pura Vida,” struggling to maintain a relationship with her performance artist sisters (or anyone, for that matter), on assignment in Costa Rica to write an article on sloth-hugging. “Millennium Chill” is about a woman who discovers that her body heat is mysteriously linked to that of an elderly beggar.

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Bookslinger Update: “Kitty”

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This week’s story is from Anticipated Results by Dennis E. Bolen, published by Arsenal Pulp Press. A staggering, unnerving story collection about the lost members of the Boomer Generation—chronic underachievers at work and love whose malaise is tempered by booze and cars. They seek solace in each other’s company via weekend trips and wine-fuelled dinner parties when not conducting interventions or fixing their cars; through moments of seeming indifference, humor, and false bravado, their demeanors mask a disquieting rage at how they’ve lost their way and a burning, shattering desire to try to find it again.

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Bookslinger Sharing Sweepstakes!

If you’re a Bookslinger user, we’d like to reward you for reading and sharing by giving you a copy of one of the books in the app – totally free!

To enter, use the Bookslinger app to share one of the stories by Facebook, Twitter, or email. Leave a comment on this post with a link to your tweet or Facebook post, or CC: cbsd2009@gmail.com in your email share and you’ll be entered to win.

One random winner will be selected, and that person will win the book that contains the story he or she shared. The sweepstakes is open from Monday, July 9 at noon central time through Friday July 13 at noon central time. No purchase necessary!

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Bookslinger Update: “World Famous Love Acts”

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This week’s story is from World Famous Love Acts by Brian Leung, published by Sarabande Books. Loneliness and a persistent reach for meaning and comfort hold all these characters together. Brian Leung writes like a true anthropologist, as both passionate outsider and gifted empath.  There seem to be no shoes he won’t try on as he poignantly brings to life the search for a world of rescue and absolution.

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