LitStack Rec: Cutting Teeth & The Dead Lands

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Cutting Teeth, by Julia Fierro For those who have young children, there’s a lovely innocence to summer—its sprinklers and days at the beach, its long days and late evenings. Julia Fierro’s debut novel, Cutting Teeth, captures that sense of fleeting summer pleasure, as well as the pleasures and the challenges of navigating parenthood. On a [….]

LitStack Recs: Cutting Teeth & Back Roads and Frontal Lobes

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Cutting Teeth, by Julia Fierro When October comes, I’m always caught off guard by how quickly summer has gone. Afternoons at the beach or by the lake already feel distant. For parents especially, summer vanishes in the transition of back to school—but as the summers pass, you come to miss the time of children in [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe: Words of Power

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When I was young, we were not allowed to swear.  Nor to take the name of the Lord in vain.  It wasn’t just profane words, not just swear words, but ugly words, too.  We weren’t allowed to say “crap.”  Or “geeze” (too much like “Jesus”, I guess).  So for years, even as an adult, the [….]