Adam Mars-Jones teaches at Goldsmiths. Second Sight , a collection of his film writing, is due in September. Literature and literary criticism , Fiction , Short stories , Gender , Sex.
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I am speechless in the face of their courage. Perhaps this testifies to a nuanced sense of the status of different parts of the book. Hodges , so shallowly rooted in law. Inside the stories no party lines need be observed. Hips and enough flesh for you to grab onto, you know? What would you do without something to hold?
Roar review: Cecelia Ahern’s fairy tales get real
Her stomach was the television set hurled through the window. After the operation she becomes aware of something in her house, listening and breathing. She tries to talk to it but gets no answer. She asks her sisters if they experienced anything similar, and their response has the patterning of a folk tale. We almost broke two vases that way! It will go away, after a while. She kept talking. I stared at the receiver. When did my child sour? She was furious constantly, she was all accusation. Close Cart. Despite their diminutive size, these tales promise to pack a punch.
Nadxieli Nieto is an editor and art director. Her collaborative artist books may be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum.
It's as if editors Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Neito skimmed the best and strangest tales from all the strongest mystery magazines going, and packed them into this intense block of well-designed illustrated pages. Ultra-short pieces, most only a few hundred words, feature fictional tales as well as real-life crimes from authors like Elizabeth Hand, Adam Sternbergh, Brian Evenson, Amelia Gray, and Carmen Maria Machado. If you've ever spotted the spine of a book with a title so irresistible you bought it blindly, then you know it's not always such a bad idea to judge a book by its cover.
Of course, there are exceptions, but when an author captures the mood of a book with the few words that line the spine, you can bet that there will be more treats to feed your inner bookworm inside its pages. As much as we love the expansive concision of their glorious titles, the pages sprawling with inspiring, life-changing ideas, emotionally impactful prose, narrative experiments, and language that gives rise to goosebumps makes these books prime candidates for a spot on your bookshelf.
When you find books like these, they tend to make great conversation starters when toting them around on the go, keeping them on your desk , or displaying them at home. They're hard to put down even before you open them. So below, start curating your own reading list inspired by the best book titles around, and get a sense of the tone of each book.
Some people ask.
I never ask. It takes place in s Hollywood and is told in first-person vignettes that will enthrall and haunt you. As a California native, Didion eloquently captures both the beauty and the danger of Southern California. Tone Teaser: "I know what 'nothing' means, and keep on playing.
What's in a Name: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake sounds like a metaphor, but in this book, it's both allegorical and literal, as the protagonist, a young girl, eats feelings that aren't her own. With each bite she takes, she absorbs the feelings of whoever made it. So when she bites into a lemon cake baked by her mother, she discovers that under the cheer and love, there is a deep despair.
Aimee Bender is true master when it comes to drawing us into the interior worlds of people and describing the most mundane things with such poignancy you could cry. Tone Teaser: "We hit the sidewalk, and dropped hands. How I wished, right then, that the whole world was a street. What's in a Name: What is a round of books with life-changing abilities without at least one William Faulkner shout-out? As I Lay Dying takes on a unique form, as it's first told from the perspective of a dead matriarch and then by living members of her family.
Tone Teaser: "How do our lives ravel out into the no-wind, no-sound, the weary gestures wearily recapitulant: echoes of old compulsions with no-hand on no-string: in sunset we fall into furious attitudes, dead gestures of dolls. What's in a Name: The title spells out exactly what happens in the book, but just because we know the plot and the point of tension doesn't mean we can't be emotionally affected by the story and all the other things that stories do aside from the plot.
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This is one of those books that's written for teens but makes an impact on adults, too. Tone Teaser: "To hear people talk, you would think no one ever did anything but love each other. But when you look for it, when you search out this love everyone is always talking about, it is nowhere to be found; and when someone looks for love from you, you find you are not able to give it, you are not able to hold the trust and dreams they want you to hold.
What's in a Name: The God of Small Things is the kind of book you'll remember forever for its relentless brilliance and beauty. Its author, Arundhati Roy, writes with such poignancy that the setting of Kerala, India, is sure to top your travel bucket list. It's nicknamed "God's Own Country" because of its natural beauty hence the novel's title.
The Foolish Friend: Folktales of Type
This story has a little bit of everything, from family tragedy to forbidden love, political unrest, and alliteration galore. In this book, everything has a personality, whether it's the house, the feeling, the country, and then the characters themselves, a coffin, and a dead child in the coffin. You can read this book as a teen or an adult, and each time you return, it's a humbling, eye-opening experience. Tone Teaser: "But what was there to say? Only that there were tears. Only that Quietness and Emptiness fitted together like stacked spoons.
- And One More Thing….
- Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder edited by Lincoln – Catapult.
- “The Tribute” by Jane Gardam (1980);
- What makes a good bite-sized book?.
- Breaking the Silence: Survivors speak about 1965-66 violence in Indonesia.
Only that there was a snuffling in the hollows at the base of a lovely throat. Only that a hard honey-colored shoulder had a semicircle of teethmarks on it. Only that they held each other close, long after it was over.
Only that what they shared that night was not happiness, but hideous grief. Only that once again they broke the Love Laws. That lay down who should be loved. And how.