Just a dude hangin' out.
This beautifully written memoir cuts right to the heart of what it means to be an artist in the American South, and how the region’s history has molded the creative individuals that consider it home. The Virginia native shares some crazy family history and defends her (often) controversial work. It even has pictures!
NYC. 1977. Punk Rock.
There’s actually a lot more to this book than that, but that was all that I needed. A girl is found dead in Central Park on NYE, and a wide variety of characters are tied together via a web of underlying conspiracies and agendas. It’s a thick book, but very intense and fast paced.
A noir, pulpy, detective novel about a robot PI, who uses his credentials to hide the fact that he's really a hit man. His boss realized they’d make more money that way. Each night his memory is wiped to make room for new data and he has to be filled in daily on his casework. This book is very rad.
One of the most original and powerful stories I have ever read. This will leave you so far inside your head, the lines between fantasy and reality will get confusing. It could be uncomfortable for you. Fans of John Darnielle‘s music will understand. Those who aren’t familiar should read it anyway!
Tired of “chosen” hipster kids fighting vampires, werewolves, aliens, governments, evil minions etc? Yeah, me too. This powerful and witty YA narrative is for "the rest of us," the ones just trying to get through high school.
One of my favorite characters of the Civil War, "Rebel Yell" goes in depth with the well-respected soldier, feared opponent, loving husband and doting father (something his opponents on the field would not experience)! This is a great book for Civil War nerds.
A throught-provoking and moving novel abot a teenage girl just trying to make sense of it all. When her older sister returns from a missions trip, pregnant, claiming an Angel sent from God is repsonsible, the once very stable family falls apart. I felt empathy for all characters, despite disagreeing with a lot of their values and decisions. Very well written.
This reads like The Godfather if it took place in the mountains of Northern Georgia. An ATF agent with a chip on his shoulder tries to take down a crime family that has been operating for generations. Moonshiners, gun fights and a sheriff who has to decide between family or the law.
Goes well with a Waylon Jennings record and a glass of bourbon.
My favorite memoirs are ones in which I find a lot of myself through the words of someone else. Even when my life doesn’t have much in common with the author in question (and my dad never robbed banks so I can mostly say there's not much overlap here). But Molly Brodak has somehow managed to make a situation that doesn‘t seem to be very relatable…relatable. I want to say it’s beautifully written, but it isn’t really. It’s tragic. And I mean that in the best way possible. It’s poignant, it’s meticulous, it’s fascinating, it’s thought provoking. It's honest. I can’t stop thinking about it. I even folded pages down and made notes in the margins and I NEVER DO THAT!