Summer is never long enough to catch up on everything you meant to read. Halfway through you start thinking maybe you’ll tackle Infinite Jest next year and you look for something shorter.
Here you go.
Two short story collections and novella. Perfect escapes. Or save them for
a rainy Sunday.
Each is 99 cents.
Blues for Beginners and Other Obsessions by Judith Podell - 99 cents July 19-30
"Blues for Beginners covers a lot of themes - sex, death, drugs, cancer, shoes, law school, the National Rifle Association, Monopoly (the game), cats, dogs, shopping, New York City, psychoanalysis, adultery, panties, bad boyfriends, Atlantic City, bad roommates, bad jobs, cigarettes, group therapy, capitalism and, of course, the Blues. Judith Podell juggles them all with a wondrous comic dexterity and a sensibility that embraces both the absurdity and the tragedy that define our lives."
Man from the Sky by Danny Wynn - 99 cents July 25- August 3
"Immediately, each story pulls you in so that you lose track that you are even reading. You are brought into Paris and Mallorca, experiencing each place with your eyes, feeling the impact of the weather, and hearing their unique sounds, and then you're further transported into the inner lives of the characters through the delicate wandering of their minds. Though I finished the book nearly 6 weeks ago, the characters and scenes continue to float through my days."
The Man Who Built Boxes and other stories by Frank Tavares 99 cents
July 29 - August 3
"Our lives are multi-layered, a mix of joy and sadness, of clarity and complexity, of pride and shame. There are gains and there are losses; losses that are evident and then those that are ambiguous. Frank Tavares has generously given us stories that we know well, narratives that could be our own. So please accept my invitation to discover why Sally Quantico walked away from her job at noon, why Newt Snyder took to assassinating Christmas lawn figures, how Ron-Allen Tucker knew his wife had decided to kill him, and why Jimmy Mendoza hated The Late Tomale Jones."
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