Litstack Recs | Thunderstruck & Other Stories & A Fort of Nine Towers

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Thunderstruck & Other Stories, by Elizabeth McCracken Early on in Elizabeth McCracken’s extraordinary story collection, Thunderstruck, a grieving mother instructs her seventeen-year-old son to seal up the room of his dead sister. This, she imagines will somehow purge the house of the evil that caused her daughter’s lymphoma. “Don’t touch […]

Litstack Recs | Sophie’s Choice & Hearts of Oak

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Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron In 1979, John Gardner wrote in his review of Sophie’s Choice, “guilt is everywhere,” a jolt in an otherwise positive review. He called the book a “splendidly written, thrilling, philosophical novel on the most important subject of the 20th century.” The assertion must have seemed […]

Litstack Recs | Middlemarch & The Expanse Series

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Middlemarch, by George Eliot The first thing I knew about Middlemarch, George Eliot’s classic novel, was the ending. The year after the BBC’s series based on the book appeared, it came to public television in the States, and one evening, I caught the final scene. I’d seen none of the […]

Litstack Rec | Earn It & Class A

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Earn It! by Cinders McLeod This is the perfect book for young readers on your list, because it’s never too soon to learn financial literacy. Knowing how money works, and having the skills to make informed decisions about personal money matters, is said to be a concept best started early. […]

Cover Reveal: The Night’s Chosen by EE Hornburg

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The Night’s Chosenby EE Hornburg(The Cursed Queens Series, #1)Published by: City Owl PressPublication date: October 6th 2020Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Retelling, Romance SYNOPSIS: CHOSEN OF THE MOON GODDESS. DESTINED TO RULE. FATED TO MARRY. A QUEST TO SAVE HER FAMILY, KINGDOM, AND HEART. In this retelling of Snow White, for the past five years Princess […]

LitStack Recs | Space Opera & Fear: Trump in the White House

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Space Opera, by Catherynne Valente Having recently watched the surprisingly good Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix, I’ve been thinking a lot about Catherynne Valente’s novel Space Opera. The book is in the same vein as the movie – funny, weird, occasionally touching – but being […]

Litstack Recs |Three classics of Writing Craft & The Poet X

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If you’re devoting some of your stay-at-home to a work-in-progress, here are three classics of writing craft to see you through. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them, by Francine Prose In this collection, comprised of a series […]

Litstack Recs| Ship Fever & A Wild Sheep Chase

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Ship Fever: Stories by Andrea Barrett The eight stories in Andrea Barrett’s 1996 story collection, which won that year’s National Book Award for fiction, run from historical to contemporary settings, yet there is an essential and unifying voice. Like Edward P. Jones, Jim Shepard, and Hilary Mantel, authors whose work […]

Excerpt: TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini

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Today on LitStack, we’re proud to host the full excerpt of Christopher Paolini’s space odyssey, TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS from Tor Books. The book “follows Kira Navárez, who, during a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders […]