OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “WAY OPENS,” BY PATRICIA WILD and “IN HER MOTHER’S SHOES,” BY DAWN LaJEUNESSE, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, ALONG WITH FEBRUARY’S “FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY.”
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, FEB. 9-15.
“ODD BEAUTY, STRANGE FRUIT,” BY SUSAN SWARTWOUT
This week, we’re opening another door, featuring our first book of poetry.
And naturally, being us, it’s probably not what you’d expect. Susan Swartwout’s Odd Beauty, Strange Fruit doesn’t conform to the common ideal of beauty with poems about flowers and rainbows, but challenges us to find it in unlikely places — like a carnival sideshow from the last century.
Says the Southeast Missouri University English professor: “I’ve always celebrated difference — of color, creativity, gender, style. My poetic interests are how those differences manifest themselves within quotidian life, molding ‘difference’ into girders of similarity that bridge the false waters of ‘not one of us.’
“The freak shows of the mid 1900’s in the South were a starting place …”
Poetry is going to be a regular part of our rotation in 2016.
“BENEATH STILL WATERS,” BY CYNTHIA GRAHAM
Cynthia Graham’s novel, “Beneath Still Waters,” also uses darkness to shed light. It’s a tale of a small-town Arkansas sheriff trying to unravel the death of an infant whose body is found in a swamp.
Writes Cynthia: “I often describe this book as an ‘accidental mystery.’ At its heart, there is a crime to be solved, and through this crime the reader will be able to examine issues of life and death in small=town America. Although the protagonist has lived through some dark moments, at its heart, Beneath Still Waters is a story of love, compassion, and community and stands as a reminder that there is no one beyond redemption.”
“DOUBLE IDENTITY, BY JAYE C. BLAKEMORE
But Sunday is Valentine’s Day, after all, so we have to include a book with some romance. Enter Jaye C. Blakemore’s “Double Identity.”
From the Amazon blurb: “A passionate star-crossed romance between charismatic French vintner Cecile Cardin and elusive billionaire art collector Paul Allenwerth leads to the birth of beautiful twins Gillian and Julianne, who are separated at the age of three during a mysterious divorce, and raised in completely different environments: Julianne absorbs the artsy bohemian life of a small French winery, and Gillian lives in lonely luxury in New York City. Cecile and Paul take their shocking secrets to their graves…but they also leave their daughters with great wealth, an empire to run, and a strongbox that reveals a legacy they could never have imagined.
As Julianne and Gillian learn of their parents’ past, and a family history steeped in unimaginable courage and tragedy, they must come to terms with the gifts and challenges that their parents have bequeathed to them, while making their way as independent women in the changing world of the 1970s. Only one twin will have the perfect life…but both will skyrocket through incredible journeys. Double Identity is a richly characterized, inventive thrill ride with plenty of suspense and romance!
Happy Valentine’s Day.