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Friday, January 29, 2016

Grace Pettis

Grace Pettis perfectly captures the loneliness and desperation of a small town in Abilene.

This is folk but is it really all that different from Country Western music?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Journalist to publish a book about social media's effect on teenage girls

Nancy Jo Sales to publish a book (Knopf) about teenage girls and social media. AMERICAN GIRLS: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers will be released February 2016.

Many of these type of books have been published recently.  Sales has spent the last 30 months interviewing 200 teenagers.  

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

Some of the stories like "The Summer People" involve supernatural beings. In others, such as,"Secret Identity," the characters themselves are off-kilter. 

In "The Summer People" a tough-talking Appalachian girl is indebted to strange, fairy-like creatures called summer people. These are people who may not be immortal but live for generations. Mostly they are unseen but they make demands of their caretakers. The protagonist hears their demands in her head which prevents her from traveling or fulfilling her heart's desires.

"Secret Identity" follows the adventures of a girl named Billie who steals her older sister's identity.  She has been having an Internet affair with an older man whom she hopes to finally meet at a hotel. Coincidentally, the hotel is having a superhero convention in which nearly everyone is dressed in costume. Her correspondent could be in costume; his alias could be fake. He could be anyone. 

Link works two gothic elements into "New Boyfriend"--ghosts and sentient dolls. Immy is jealous of her friend for having one of these robotic dolls called a "ghost boyfriend." Immy, who betrays her friend, is also betrayed.

This is a fascinating collection by an innovative author.


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