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The Adult Readers' Blog
Yo Ho Ho and a new book by Roz Chast!
September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day. The National Book Awards Longlists were just announced and Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is on the list. I just love Scrabble so I'm rolling three posts into one.
Roz Chast is “the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories (three graphic novels have been Finalists in the Young People's Literature catergory).”
101 Two-Letter Words by singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, with illustrations by Roz Chast, will be released at the end of September. It's a book of poems about the two-letter words allowed in Scrabble. Scrabble is a big deal at my house. The news that four new two-letter words (DA, GI, PO, TE) were added to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary edition released in August was greeted with a hearty, ” AY, AY? NO, AR, AR!”
- Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis is the classic book on the crazy world of competetive Scrabble playing. It inspired the documentary Word Wars.
- Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay contains her essay “To Scratch, Claw or Grope Clumsily or Frantically” about her foray into the world of word freaks.
- As You Wish by Cary Elwes is the story of making the film The Princess Bride. The Dread Pirate Roberts is guy pretending to be a pirate for a while.
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"The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" by Ayana Mathis
This novel by a debut author is written in a thoughtful and very approachable style. The story is told through a series of vignettes focusing on Hattie and her eleven children and one of her grandchildren. While it is a relatively quick and easy read, it packs a big punch as the author weaves you through the years and the lives of Hattie's family. The novel is extremely compelling and I would highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor or Sandra Cisneros.
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien
This is the story of a reluctant adventurer who battles enormous forces. Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist, likes his creature comforts and is unsure as he sets out on an incredible journey to complete an important task. In order to succeed he needs to learn how to get along with others and stand up for what he believes in. It is an inspiring tale of adventure, fellowship, uncertainty, and strength.
"The Forgotten Garden: A Novel" by Kate Morton
The Forgotten Garden shifts back and forth through time to solve a mystery about a four year old girl Nell; abandoned and waiting alone on a dock in Australia for parents who never come. The only link to her past is a little white suitcase the child carried when she was found.
Nell embarks on an adventure and attempts to piece together the mystery surrounding her past. Her travels lead her to Blackhurst Manor, delving deep into a family's secrets and purchasing a cottage in Cornwall near the Manor. Before she can solve the mystery of her past, Nell dies but her grandaughter Cassandra takes up the quest. This is a fairytale-like novel with old houses and hidden gardens all containing secrets and surprises.