Chanel Miller was known to the world as “Emily Doe” when she wrote her victim statement against her assaulter Brock Turner. In this powerful memoir about her past, and forward as a sexual assault survivor, Chanel reclaims her experiences, and reveals her truth about a culture designed to protect predators and fail victims. Absolutely incredible–moved me to tears.
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An exquisite reimagining of Dracula's Brides in the form of an open letter from his first bride Constanta; A Dowry of Blood is an achingly haunting and beautiful novel that spans centuries in the life of its narrator. Saved from death and transformed into a bride, Constanta is drawn into the web of her savior, blurring the line between love and devotion. S.T Gibson devises an evocative narrative, chronicling the quiet descent from love into violence over many years.
The advert seems almost written in blood, calling for a bloodmaid for one of the illustrious houses in the north, where blood is a common craving, brought about by the young women plucked from poverty as a constant supply. Alexis Henderson’s gothic horror novel explores the desperation that leads to depravity, giving way to violence. House of Hunger is bloody and downright brilliant - a fearsomely dark tale with a corrupted center.
This follow up to The Jasmine Throne stole my heart and destroyed my soul with a slow and delicate grace. Intensely ruthless and brutal at its core, The Oleander Sword is an astonishing sequel that blooms with betrayal, romance, and unintended sacrifice. Tasha Suri's Burning Kingdoms is an exemplary fantasy series, altogether epic and expansive.
Calling all ghosts, ghouls, and fans of all things Halloween!
Vermont author Thea Lewis will be joining us from 2-3:30 PM at Phoenix Books Burlington for an afternoon of spooky tales! Costumes are encouraged.
Rachel Kushner is a badass whose essays are gritty and luminous. The thread that runs through this eclectic collection is ADVENTURE -- the kind that happens on motorcycles as well as the intellectual kind. I listened to this on Libro.fm while driving across the United States, and it kept me feeling alive whenever the road got monotonous. Rachel Kushner is one hell of a tour guide.
In the tradition of modern fairy tales like Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver comes a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore—a debut novel about the ancestral hauntings that stalk us, and the uncanny power of story.
“Peopled with characters that openly disdain the postcard Vermont, the stories of Stephen Russell Payne plumb the depths of rural hardship, farm life, and small dreams. Thanks to Payne’s unerring eye for detail and ear for voice, these stories turn modest lives into treasure, by revealing the tenderness that makes them possible.”— Stephen Kiernan, author of Universe of Two
It seems ironic that I'm finding the English language lacking in explaining why I loved this book so I will stick to the facts. Babel is a historical epic rooted in linguistics while also examining academia's role in colonialism. The speculative element here is key to the narrative: silver working, an enchanted craft that is responsible for powering Oxford and, in tandem, the British Empire. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Robin Swift, we begin this journey into Oxford with a childlike wonder before ultimately becoming disillusioned towards the cruel workings of the silver-powered world, a world that gravely mirrors our own. Through rich prose and remarkable intellect, Kuang has created what I would consider a masterpiece. Truly, a phenomenal book.
Join us at Phoenix Books Burlington for an evening with Catherine Sanders Bodnar to celebrate the launch of her debut novel with Onion River Press, Losing June: Coming of Age at the Foot of St. Helens.
This coming-of-age thriller is part ghost story, part magical realism, and part reality. Every character has a secret. With a beautifully picturesque setting, James is tasked with finding his sister and manages to find himself as well. -Terry Persun, author of The Right Thing