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JMM Insights: What We’re Reading

Posted on May 29th, 2020 by

A little light reading on deck during a Friedenwald family trip to Amsterdam, Holland, and Switzerland, 1923. JMM 1984.23.594.

Whether on your night table or in your hammock or on the beach (six feet apart from other beachgoers); whether it’s e-reader, hardcover, or paperback; there has never been a better time to exercise your mind by reading. Our library at JMM may be closed but our ever-expanding selection of ideas for reading is open for the summer season.

~Marvin


THE DIGITAL MUSEUM: WHAT WE’RE READING

This week, we’re sharing an extended “What We’re Reading” with our JMM family –if you have an appetite to expand your knowledge or merely a taste is for a story to escape into, we think you’ll find some great suggestions here from staff and volunteers.

We also wanted to share two resources that any reader needs to know about – the first is Bookshop.org. Bookshop is a way to purchase books online while supporting your local independent bookstores, which is perfect for stocking up on your pandemic reading! In Baltimore alone you can choose to support Greedy Reads, Red Emma’s Booksellers, Station North Books, or The Ivy Bookshop through your Bookshop purchases.

The second is a browser app called Library Extension. When installed on your browser, whenever you look up a book on Amazon, it will tell you if there is a copy available at your local library (both physical copies AND digital copies – including audiobooks)! This may be one of the best technological innovations of our times – we love supporting libraries and stretching our book-buying dollars.

Below you’ll find all kinds of reading suggestions – some of us had a lot to say, so make sure to click through the “read mores” to see the entire post! Be sure to let us know what your reading – how do you find new books, or choose which old favorites to pick up? And don’t forget – you can also purchase books from Esther’s Place, find some new reading material and support JMM at the same time (and members – make sure to apply the code “member” at checkout to get your 10% discount).


Talia Makowsky: I grew up escaping into fantasy novels.

Reading about extraordinary people in fantastical lands was always a safe place to retreat when the real world was a little too real for me. And so, it’s no surprise that I’ve returned to some of my favorites during this time, while I’m staying home as much as possible. Having these fantasy novels to immerse myself in have been like opening a door out of quarantine, even just for a little bit. I encourage you to check out a fantasy novel, or at least a fiction novel set in a place you haven’t visited before, to get the feeling of escape for a moment. Here are some of my favorites. READ MORE.


Tracey: Over the long weekend I ditched it all — high-brow lit, non-fiction explorations of the natural world, memoirs, and historical fiction.  I escaped into classic fantasy, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was the perfect respite from the world of Covid-19.

First of all, it reminded me of my first reading of these books at age 16.  And I relished in the opportunity to briefly inhabit a world where goblins and dragons, wizards, hobbits, giant flying eagles, elves, and dwarves, and yes, even mankind are learning how to live together in some kind of delicate balance.  It was reassuring to immerse myself in a place where good and evil have clear distinctions. My mind was able to wander through landscapes that ranged from enchanting to desolate and sometimes downright frightening.  If you have never read Tolkien but love fantasy, give it a try. It might interest you to know that C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were contemporaries and were part of a literary group in London called the Inklings. If ever there was a good time for great fantasy read, it is now.


Chris: I’ve been re-reading the book Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust. While all books by Faust are excellent pieces, this is probably one of her best written and widely acclaimed books on Civil War history. Faust leads the reader into a world in chaos as aristocratic society across the South is upturned in 1861 and daftly shows how high-class Southern women navigated the crisis of war. Focusing on the home front rather than the military front means Faust is able to thoroughly parse through thousands upon thousands of letters, memoirs, and diary excerpts to create the image of a society in change. READ MORE.


Marisa: Ever since the release of the final episode of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television show earlier this month, it has been non-stop Star Wars content in my home.

Re-watching the movies (check), re-watching The Mandalorian (check), eagerly waiting for updates on the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi television show (check). There’s been a lot of watching involved, so I decided to turn to a different medium this week – graphic novels. READ MORE.


Marvin: I do most of my reading for work.  As you might suspect this means most of my reading is non-fiction.  Recently though there was an exception.  In preparing for my talk on our upcoming exhibit, Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit, I was inspired to read Wandering Stars, a collection of science fiction stories about Jews in space written by Jewish authors here on Earth.  The thirteen stories that editor Jack Dann selected for this volume include both stars of the scifi world such as Isaac Asimov and Robet Silverberg as well as authors better known for work in other genres (e.g. Isaac Bashevis Singer and Bernard Malamud).  My personal favorite was William Tenn’s “On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi” … a story that takes a novel look at questions of Jewish identity.


Joanna: A few people I know are having difficulty settling in to read anything these last few weeks (months, now), finding it hard to focus long enough to get into a book. I’m not having that trouble, thankfully, but I’m not diving into the high-tone literary novels I panic-borrowed before the brick-and-mortar library closed; nor am I taking this as an opportunity to work through the non-fiction books that have been waiting patiently in my TBR pile. While I’ve enjoyed a few e-book mysteries and such from the library, I’ve mostly been rereading old favorites from my shelves at home. Even if something bad happens in these stories – and sometimes it’s been long enough that I’ve forgotten that something bad happens – I already know that the ending will come out right, and I don’t have to think too hard or invest too much of my scattered energy on a convoluted plot or tormented characters. READ MORE.


Trillion: I decided to revisit a couple of favorites during the last few weeks starting with Atonement by Ian McEwan.

I have been a fan of the author for years and this is likely my favorite of his novels. The book is essentially about one family and the way in which a child’s misunderstanding of what she is seeing can have a far-reaching impact. The book is mainly set in England during the 1930s and 1940s, though as you might guess it does also feature wartime France. If you aren’t a fan of reading, the book was also adapted into a film starring Kiera Knightly, James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan. In terms of movie adaptations, it is one of the better ones. One particularly memorable scene shows Dunkirk during World War II.


Laura: One of my favorite pastimes over the past several months has been reading. I recently finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. The book tells the story of Eleanor, an intelligent, yet odd woman, who is satisfied with her routines and with being alone. Over the course of the novel, she begins to realize that she isn’t happy with the solitary isolating life she feels she has deserved. I really enjoyed the mix of humorous, heartwarming, and heartbreaking moments and the overall theme of the importance of connection.


Tracie: I am currently making my way through DeRay McKesson’s On The Other Side of Freedom. It is a beautifully written account of one activist’s experiences agitating for police reform and anti-racist changes for both policy and culture. It doesn’t hurt that he is a fellow Baltimorean.

Last weekend I read Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane in one sitting. It was a delicious escape into a spooky and ultimately redemptive universe. I’m also dipping my toes into Gregory Hays’ new translation of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. It is truly fascinating to read words so old. Though if I am fully honest with you, I have to admit that regardless of the time of day, when I read this text, it almost always ends with me sleeping.

Check out more of Tracie’s book reviews here, here, and here.


Ayana: I’m currently reading Curtis Jackson’s Hustle harder, Hustle Smarter.


Paige: During a visit to D.C. with my sister in the winter of 2017, we stopped by the Renwick Gallery to see the exhibit Murder is her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. The Nutshells, crafted miniature crime scenes created by Frances Glessner Lee in the 1940s/50s, are still used as teaching tools at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. The exhibit put us in the shoes of an investigator (magnifying glasses and all) to see if we could decipher what took place in these doll-house sized crime scenes. The two of us still talk about this exhibit. So, what does this exhibit have to do with what I’ve been reading lately? READ MORE.


Sue: The new Dabl TV station has a very nice program called Escape to the Country, set in the United Kingdon. It features two people looking to move to the countryside.  They are shown three properties that maybe fit what they are looking for.  The third property is a mystery home that the reality people think might pique their interest. The show also features amazing scenery and local craftsman.

Rachel: Y’all – it’s time to come clean: I’m a reader.

I read a lot. From daily blogs (like Ask a Manager, Captain Awkward, Wardrobe Oxygen, and The Financial Diet) to various museum blogs (like Leadership Matters and Collen Dilenschneider) to many random articles posted by friends, family, and colleagues on social media. Frankly, I have a problem when it comes to reading – but especially when it comes to books. READ MORE.


Lorie: Like most of us I am getting tired of cooking and my normal recipes are boring me. I am lucky to have a wonderful cookbook collection because my aunt, Renee Comet, is a food photographer and gives me copies of her incredible books. I decided to try some recipes from one of my favorite cookbooks, The New Jewish Table by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray, owners of Equinox Restaurant in Washington, DC. What I love about this cookbook, besides the fact that all the recipes I have tried are wonderful, is how it is organized. The table of contents is by season and then divided into brunch, starters, lunch, dinners, sides and desserts and they also include Jewish holiday menus. I have tried a few new Spring recipes and will be heading in to summer but my family’s favorite is the roasted chicken with rosemary and lemon. I’m finding I have to change ingredients a bit just to fit what I have at home, but the cookbooks are inspiring me to try something different and learn something new.


Wendy: I found that during the past year or so, one of my favorite books that I have been going back to often is called “Bubbe and Me in the Kitchen” by Miri Rothkovitz.  Yes, it is a cookbook.  It is filled with traditional Jewish cooking recipes with modern twists. I have yet to find a recipe in it that hasn’t been a winner with my family.

Wendy, who serves as JMM’s volunteer coordinator, has also been collecting a great list of recommendations from our volunteer core. They’ve got some great suggestions for your reading, watching, and listening pleasure!


JOIN US – LIVE!

Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 3:30pm

Join us for a unique program where we will explore the stories in our collection and create stories about what is happening today through writing, drawing, and photography. This program is designed for participants aged five to ten.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

with Bambi Galore
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 3:30pm

Listen to stories, sing songs, and join in activities that celebrate acceptance and inclusivity. This program is open to all, and the activities are perfect for children ages 3-8.

Register for this Live Stream Event here!

Monday, June 8 at 7:00pm through Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00pm

Intrigue, tragedy, reconciliation, love, and death – After Munich is more than the story of the 1972 Munich Olympics and the terrible events that unfolded. This documentary looks through the eyes of four women forever changed by that day – an athlete, a widow, a high-level Mossad agent, and a reluctant assassin.

Buy Virtual Tickets Now

Presented in partnership with the 32nd Annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.


WONDERNAUTS: READING…IN SPACE!

This week we’re highlighting two Wondernaut activities in honor of Shavuot – Write a Review and Design a Sci-Fi Book Cover. We can’t wait to hear about the awesome books you read and the ones you come up with in your head!


ESTHER’S PLACE: ONLINE

New In Shop: Choose Your Color!
Remember – Members of the Museum get their membership discount
by using promo code “member” at checkout.

Don’t see something you’re interested in at the online shop? Contact Shop Manager Chris Sniezek at csniezek@jewishmuseummd.org and let us know.


 

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Recommendations from our Volunteers

Posted on May 27th, 2020 by

Recommendations from our Volunteers, collected by JMM Volunteer Coordinator Wendy Davis!


Reading

Maxine G, front desk volunteer, said she has been reading A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Parnell.

“It’s the true story about an American spy that helped win WWII, Virginia Hall. Virginia was born and raised in Baltimore. She went to Roland Park Country School and is buried at Druid Ridge Cemetery. Very interesting story of what one woman could accomplish.”

Rita P., docent, shared: “I am working my way through a 700-page biography of Golda Meir titled Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel by Francine Klagsbrun.”

Robyn H., docent, shared that she is reading Appalachian Trail hikers’ memoirs, including The Unlikely Thru-Hiker by Derick Lugo. “It’s a great book! And available on Amazon.”

Vera K., archives volunteer shared: “I am reading Abba Eban: A Biography by Asaf Siniver.

I find it very interesting, because it also tells about the early life of Palestine-Israel.”

Sarah L, docent, shared this book recommendation:  “Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson. Novel.  A story of growing up in post-World War II York, England. Funny and touching.”

Ted C., docent, shared: “A book I read is Running Breathless by Morey Kogul. It is the true story of his father who barely escaped the Holocaust. He was about 18 when he was separated from his family in Poland and fled east into Russia, where he was conscripted into the Russian army. It is an amazing story of survival.”

Sarah L. docent, recommended reading Becoming Eve by Abby Stein. It is about a Hasidic man transitioning to live as a non-Orthodox woman.

David S., docent – “I’ve been reading Bill Graham Presents. My Life Inside Rock and Roll.

The book documents the life of Bill Graham who founded The Filmore concert halls and launched the careers of Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, the Grateful Dead, and more. The book starts with an extensive account of Graham’s survival as an orphaned Jewish holocaust survivor who through intense determination became the quintessential icon of classic rock promotion.”

Laraine F., museum shop volunteer, shared:  “One book I actually got from the Jewish Museum when they were giving some things to take – The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning. (Amazon describes it as “a lush, provocative, and beautiful story of friendship, motherhood, the price of love, and the power of hardship and courage that can shape us all. A gripping historical novel that tells the little-known story of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai during WWII”).  Another one I did like was Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (which has been made into a movie).”

Helene G., docent, shared: “I just finished reading The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michigan. It’s nothing earth shattering, but charming, quick and an easy read about Buddhist philosophy.  Many chapters can be applied to how to deal with life at this time.”

Phil S., docent, shared: “I recommend a book that Robert Keehn highly recommended to me – These Truths, a History of the United States by Jill Lepore

It covers cultural and political developments from 1492 to the present that have shaped our current environment. Now that we all have a lot of time on our hands, readers will find getting through this 787-page book to be especially worthwhile.”

Sarah L, docent, shared: “A book that is for history enthusiasts (and World War II buffs in particular) is Appeasement by Tim Bouverie.  It is an account of the diplomatic path the English took of appeasement, led by their Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.  Also documented are the struggles of the anti-appeasers in government and Parliament including Winston Churchill.”

Bruce L., docent, shared “I read American Dirt (by Jeanine Cummins) a few weeks ago. It’s about a mother and son escaping from the drug cartels of Mexico. They headed at all costs for the safety of the USA. Very gripping, exciting story. Also reading The Hemingses of Monticello (by Annette Gordon-Reed).  Sally was the enslaved woman who bore Thomas Jefferson children. The book is interesting, I would recommend it to anyone with a strong historic interest.”

Bob B., docent shared: “Just finished Bastard Brigade by Sam Kean about our efforts to stop Hitler from getting the A Bomb.

Lots of interesting characters including the Jewish baseball player Moe Berg.  Now reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership In Turbulent Times. Very Needed today and very missed.”

Lola H., archive volunteer shared: “This is truly a fun read if one is interested in the subject: Ruth Reichl’s memoir, Save Me the Plums. The author, a former NY Times restaurant critic took the job and the risk of a lifetime – spending 10 years at Gourmet magazine which had inspired her at a very young age. As a fan of her books and restaurant reviews for many years, I truly enjoy Ruth’s storytelling abilities and how she turned Gourmet around from a stodgy, dying magazine to a more relevant one.  She brought in many interesting characters as staff members which contributed to the book being a fun read!”

Karen R., docent, recommended The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.

“It is a work of historical fiction with a Jewish angle. It is based on the story of a Jewish woman from the Virgin Islands who was the mother of the artist, Camille Pissarro. She also shared “We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. It was written by a woman who discovered that she was a descendant of holocaust survivors. The book tells the story of her family’s “escape.””

Helene G., docent shared: “I’m rereading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Actually, I’m listening to it from the library. When I read it the first time, years ago, I loved it so I recommend it to my Hadassah Book Group. Since I’ll be leading the group, I figured I’d better reread it. It’s every bit as good the second time around. The story is based on the imagined events surrounding the protagonist and real historical past of the Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the oldest surviving Jewish illuminated texts. Fascinating. A real page turner.”

Harvey K., docent shared: “I highly recommend a book titled Father, Son, Stone by a local author named Allan H. Goodman.  It is historical fiction but tells a very good story based on very real events and years of research by the author.”


Watching

Volunteers came through with a number of Netflix television series!

Sarah L., docent, shared: “Right now, I’m into Anne with an E on Netflix. Very good, sensitive; a solid period drama with several seasons available.”

Maxine G, front desk volunteer, shared the Kominsky Method. “Very cute and really hits home for us of a certain age!”

Sarah L, docent, shared: “I want to recommend Fauda … basically is about an Israeli undercover unit operating against terrorists. There’s a lot of personal stuff going on, including romantic interests.”

Laraine F., gift shop volunteer, shared: “Just finished watching Black Money Love – 164 episodes!!!! I persevered. My son recommended Kim’s Convenience, a funny show about a Korean man who owns a convenience store and his family.”

Karen R., docent shared: “Steve and I have been watching The Crown.  We are really enjoying it and I would highly recommend it if there is anyone who hasn’t seen it yet (we are a little behind). It makes you almost feel like you “know” the British royal family.”

We’ve got two recommendations for the Amazon Prime series Srugim, from Harvey K., docent, and Roberta G., front desk volunteer and board member.

Roberta describes it as “watching the young adult Orthodox version of Friends without the comedy” and Harvey says it’s “very entertaining and presents some interesting questions at the same time.”

Laraine F., gift shop volunteer, recommended The Last Word, a “really cute movie on HULU with Shirley McLaine.”

Wendy D., volunteer, has two recommendations:

The film “Molly’s Game,”  based on an autobiographical novel by Molly Bloom who was arrested for running high stakes poker games, which she found “entertaining and far different from the who-dun-it and war movies that seem to be proliferating” and ESPN’s The Last Dance series, a 2020 American sports documentary miniseries about the career of Michael Jordan, with particular focus on the 1997–98 Chicago Bulls season.

Ted C., docent, recommend “The Plot Against America” on HBO, an alternative history series that asks what might have happened if Charles Lindbergh, an anti-Semite and admirer of the Nazis, had defeated Franklin Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election. He found it “very disturbing and thought provoking.”


Local

I love that some of our volunteers have shared a variety of local online arts and culture experiences!

Shelly M., front desk volunteer, shared Chesapeake Shakespeare’s new video series PAST IS PROLOGUE, where each week their Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar highlights stories and reflections from some of the world’s leading Shakespeare artists, educators, and fans, which they are sharing on their YouTube channel.

Shelly M., along with Roberta G. (both front desk volunteers), shared that all three of Baltimore’s independent movie theaters, The Charles, The Senator, and The Parkway, are offering streaming movies!

Wendy D., volunteer coordinator, shared the Baltimore Heritage “Five Minute Histories” series. Her favorites thus far have been on the Hebrew Orphan Asylum and the McKim Free School & Old Town Friends’ Meeting House.

You might also want to check out the virtual offerings from our fellow Baltimore museums like the Baltimore Museum of Industry, The Walters Art Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. (After you’ve explored all of JMM’s virtual offerings, of course!)


Shorties: Beautiful, Funny, and (mostly) Fast

Vera K, archive volunteer, shared this delightful video of birds performing Mozart.  Don’t miss looking at the credits!

Maxine G., front desk volunteer, shared this giggle-worthy “Baltimore Hon” video:

David S., docent, shared that his wife Judith recently retired after a 30-year career of social work with Baltimore County Department of Social Services and that the Baltimore Sun recently published her op-ed thanking child welfare workers stepping up and taking risks during these difficult times.

We’ve got a number of recommendations for Musical-related videos, including two different Fiddler on the Roof parodies!

From Roberta G, front desk volunteer, we get this clever take on “Tradition:”

And from Howard D. docent, we get a parody on “Matchmaker, Matchmaker:”

Howard also shared this clever musical video variation on Les Misérables:

This one is more of a full-length feature; Phil S., docent, shared this tribute to the works of Sondheim:

Nancy K., docent sent this link for Hativah being song around the world. And a bonus read from Bruce L., docent, about a young violinist playing Hatikvah.

Howard D., docent, shared a sweet video called The Great Realization, a “bedtime story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020”:

Lola H., archive volunteer and board member, shared this wonderful video from the Juilliard School:

And from Wendy herself, give yourself a good belly laugh with this comedian talking about his Bubbe’s speeding experience.

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What We’re Reading: Rachel Kassman

Posted on May 27th, 2020 by

Blog post by Development and Marketing Manager Rachel Kassman. To read more posts from Rachel, click here.


Y’all – it’s time to come clean: I’m a reader. I read a lot.

From daily blogs (like Ask a Manager, Captain Awkward, Wardrobe Oxygen, and The Financial Diet) to various museum blogs (like Leadership Matters and Collen Dilenschneider) to many random articles posted by friends, family, and colleagues on social media. Frankly, I have a problem when it comes to reading – but especially when it comes to books.

Once I pick up a book or turn on my e-reader, I find it almost impossible to stop until I’ve reached the end (or I’ve quit – sometimes you and a book are just not a match made in library heaven!). This means I have to be very careful about when I pick up a book (case in point: this week’s multiple 2-and-a-half hours-past-my-bedtime bedtimes because I just had to finish Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! and Sarah Gailley’s Magic for Liars before turning off the light). I also have a tendency to stick to buying new books from favorite authors (Seanan Mcguire! Neil Gaiman! Lois McMaster Bujold! Tanya Huff!), often re-read the books on my home shelves, and sometimes steal the books my housemates are currently reading (like Tom Rademacher’s It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. Sorry Brent. At least I didn’t lose your bookmark?) The common factor is ease – tried & true authors who I know I will love, and books that are already at hand. But I’ve been trying to break out of this lazy book selection method and support new authors by acquiring new books.

Which is where the Fantastic Strangelings Book Club comes in.

Remember those blogs I mentioned? One big one is The Bloggess, written by Jenny Lawson (also one of my favorite authors – and be careful with that link, the language isn’t always safe for work!). This spring she was slated to open her very own bookstore in San Antonio, TX. In preparation, she decided to reach out to her online community and start an internet book club. Which was remarkably prescient, as once this pandemic hit, it was clear that the shop’s physical opening would be delayed. Thankfully, enough of us internet weirdos signed up to receive a book (selected by Jenny herself) each month to keep the bills paid – in fact, because so many people joined, a book that was about to have its publication date pushed back got printed in time instead, because it had been chosen for the book club (I think that’s pretty cool, and helps remind me how much of a difference one person can make, when they reach out to other people)!

I’ve honestly been surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve gotten so far!

It started with the darkly fantastic Follow Me To Ground by Sue Rainsford, followed by the non-fiction biography of Edward Oscar Heinrich, American Sherlock: Murder Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI (and after reading Paige’s bit about the Nutshell Studies, I’m popping this one in the mail to her!). March’s book was We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry, a fictional sports story unlike any I’ve read before (seriously – if you had asked me last year if I would ever read a fictional book about a Massachusetts’s high school girls’ lacrosse team? Seemed unlikely. Then again, once you add a deal with the devil, turns out I’m 100% on board with the story). The tone lightened up in April with Samantha Irby’s autobiographical essays in Wow, No Thank You and this month we were back to the dark and weird with Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas. The club has also started recommending additional books each month, which is how I bought a copy of the creepy, yellow-wallpaper-esque horror book The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (which was quickly followed by borrowing an e-book copy of his newest book Horrorstör- a knock-off Ikea turned haunted house? Yep, I’m in).

What I’m trying to say, is if you like weird, quirky, unexpected books – and the idea of being in a giant, virtual book club where you don’t actually have to talk to anybody unless you want to? You might want to check out the Fantastic Strangelings Book Club. Also, find me on Goodreads! Let’s be book-friends.


 

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