Amelia has been living in RVA for 4 years and nowhere has felt more like home. She found Fountain after graduating from VCU and now she is living the dream helping others find their next favorite book. You'll most likely catch her reading horror, sci-fi, anything dystopic, and craft/ hobby books. When she's not at the store she's curling, brewing beer or chatting with her cat Clementine (in a totally normal way). Come in and talk to her about whatever new and obscure hobby a book has convinced her to jump into.
Get your TBR (To Be Read) list out, it’s about to double! Monster, She Wrote is a guide to the amazing female pioneers of horror, speculative fiction, and to the women propelling these genres today. Organizing the authors you love into time period and theme, Monster, She Wrote builds a comprehensive history on how women have impacted the genre. For each author profiled authors Kroger and Anderson give another with comparable works and styles. Love gothic novelist Margret Cavendish? Try some selected works from Regina Maria Roche or Ann Radcliffe. With so many more wonderful authors to explore, Murder, She Wrote is sure to be a staple reference for seasoned horror fans and newcomers alike!
Johanna Stoberock’s Pigs is a captivating commentary on consumption and greed. Set on an island inhabited by an incredibly lavish class of people, a small group of abandoned children, and the feral pigs tasked with cleaning up the refuse imported to the island. Not only must the children survive the abuse of the adults around them but also must fend off the persistent attacks of the insatiable pigs. Stoberock holds a mirror to how we treat our environment, animals, and our most vulnerable.
Get swept up in this amazing picture book following Mama Mable’s All-Gal Big Band! A joyful celebration of female jazz musicians with nods to real-life artists like Ella Fitsgerald and Willie Mae Wong. This is a lovely picture book allowing young readers to look up to and embrace creative talented women.
In a future too close for comfort, The Test follows Idir as he takes his British citizenship test. The fate of his family depends on his performance and of course, things are not as simple as they may seem. The stakes are high in this intense sci-fi thriller which, despite its brevity, manages to touch on many of the great ethical conundrums of our time. An excellent summer read!
Foe is an eerie and subtle story built on the experiences of a small ensemble of characters, a man, his wife, and a stranger. Classic sci-fi pit against a claustrophobic pastoral backdrop creating a uniquely tense atmosphere buoyed by great dialogue. FOE is a thought provoking exploration of how relationships evolve. Reading Foe you'll feel as though you are piecing together a puzzle, while slowly the whole picture comes into view.
Immediately after finishing The White Book I flipped back and started it all over again. Kang writes in intense bursts, vividly describing a series of memories thematically linked by the color white. These interleaved vignettes build the story of a woman and the death of her infant sibling. Evocative imagery from breast milk to snow create this narrative of personal loss. The emotions feel so real you'll have to keep reminding yourself it's fiction.
Author Domenica Ruta builds a wonderful and complex narrative around the fictional holiday of Last Day, a superstitious holiday of cleansing celebrated every year on the supposed eve of the apocalypse. Last Day follows a collection of misguided characters as they navigate their relationships and the events leading up to the next Last Day celebration. Ruta builds dynamic characters who are always capable of surprising you, no matter how wrong they seem to be about everything.
Absolutely ridiculous and silly fun. Kill the Farm Boy has everything you want in a quest: dark lords, elves, romance, and CHEESE. Hitting every fairytale cliche you can imagine you will laugh and groan through this whole book. The perfect mixture of irreverent humor and action that keeps the pages turning, you won't want to leave the world of Pell.
Book Love is a sweet, lighthearted collection of comics that any book lover will instantly relate to. A slam dunk for any reader, read it over and over to brighten your day.
Klawde is a smart and silly page-turner perfect for any little conquer. After Klawde is banished from the planet Lyttyrboks the evil alien warlord needs to make the best of his situation and get off this horrible new planet called Earth. He will have to enlist the help of Raj a young ogre (or Earth boy) who finds himself surrounded by nature for the first time after his family's move to Oregon. Together they will face down any challenge in their unfamiliar environment.
This Cookie has had a terrible day. From bad haircuts to sold-out ice cream this grumpy lump doesn't want to talk. But if you stick with him he just might start to share why he is so angry. Complete with adorable illustrations by Maria Karipidou, Dockrill's misunderstood baked good shows that good friends listen and maybe that's reason enough to soften this cookie.
If you like taking on a challenging new hobby, the NOMA Guide to fermentation is the perfect way to go all out. This book will take you from the basics of fermentation all the way to the kinds of projects that would be right at home among the best restaurants in the world. Just like its namesake, the NOMA Guide is a beautiful, clean, and logical. Combined with brilliant photographs, the NOMA Guide to Fermentation is sure to inspire.