Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bookslinger Update: “The Boys of Lake Karachay”

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Today’s short story comes from Limber  by Angela Pelster, published by Sarabande Books. Pelster’s startling essay collection charts the world’s history through its trees: through roots in the ground, rings across wood, and inevitable decay. These sharp and tender essays move from her childhood in rural Canada surrounded by skinny poplar trees in her backyard to a desert in Niger, where the “Loneliest Tree in the World” once grew. A squirrel’s decomposing body below a towering maple prompts a discussion of the science of rot, as well as a metaphor for the ways in which nature programs us to consume ourselves. Beautiful, deeply thoughtful, and wholly original, Limber valiantly asks what it means to sustain life on this planet we’ve inherited.

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Bookslinger Update: “A Noise In The World”

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Today’s short story comes from The World Afloat: Miniatures  by M.A.C. Farrant, published by Talonbooks. In this stunning collection of mini observations, master of the absurd M.A.C. Farrant interrupts typical, everyday events—drinking tea, going to the doctor—with intensely surreal, laugh-out-loud moments that satisfy our collective desire for escape and renewal from the monotony of modern life. What happens when a whimsical spirit becomes captive to a middle-aged body? What does the “wrap-up dinner for the Love Your Package Workshop” look like? Can one place an ad for a “lost” mind? Can a soggy tomato salad really end a marriage? Childhood and bad parenting, sex and depravity, and love and divorce are all deftly handled in this hot flash of a book that gets straight to the heart of it all—through the rear window.

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Bookslinger Update: “Uncle Dave”

The Bookslinger app has been updated with a new story!

Today’s story comes from Animals In Peril: Stories by Ryan Kenealy, published by Curbside Splendor. A long-awaited debut collection of stories from an author who knows just how to hit the heart, explores our relationships with animals, other people, and ourselves. These Midwestern stories are at times hilarious and melancholic, reflecting the best and worst of who we are through thrombotic shih tzus, decapitated skunks, and rudderless humans. Through stories that are offbeat, haunting, and gut-wrenching, Ryan Kenealy shows us how we project ourselves and our needs onto the animal kingdom.

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