Weather Report, August 1

OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “FAULKNER & FRIENDS,” BY VICKI SALLOUM, “THE COLLECTOR OF TEARS,” BY MICHAEL C. KEITH, “UNSAFE ON ANY CAMPUS,” BY SAMUEL STALEY AND “THE DEVIOUS MR. MISCHIEVIOUS,” BY SCOTT SCHAFER, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.

It has occurred to me that it would be hard to tell whether or not a book might interest you simply by scanning the names on the Author page — that is, unless you happen to know the author.

Therefore, I’m swapping this month’s First Tuesday Replay for a list of all 176 books we’ve featured since May of 2015, divided into categories. If any of these intrigue you, just click on the author’s name on the Author page and the featured post on that book will pop up. I will also keep this list on that page under “Books by Subject,” and update it weekly to include new books.

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD

Besides that list, this week will feature two creative forms that we’ll be offering more and more — short stories and poetry. We welcome Mary Beth Pope and Ellen Foos to the Snowflake circle.

“DIVINING VENUS,” BY MARY BETH POPE.

The stories in Divining Venus are thematically linked by characters who, from blind dates to back seats to a drinking game gone wrong, discern something true about love. In “Reunion” a divorced empty-nester faces up to the one who got away. In “Junior Lifesaving” a young woman conceals her competence to maintain a relationship with a man who is threatened by her strength, only to be faced with a terrible choice. In “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” a newly-minted college graduate must choose between adolescence and adulthood when she finds herself falling for her boyfriend’s father. And in the title story “Divining Venus” an eleven-year-old turns to a Ouija board with questions about love when her classmates, teachers and parents don’t have the answers.

“THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS” BY ELLEN FOOS.

One reviewer wrote: “In her new collection of poems, The Remaining Ingredients, Ellen Foos takes on the challenges, frustrations and, ultimately, joys of ‘marrying and adopting’ in one giant late-middle-age swoop.’ And that’s just the beginning of a wide-ranging perspective that she offers, with reflections on humanity’s incongruities, death’s inevitability, family roots and enduring ties, old friendships, and so much more. The poems are rendered masterfully with plain-spoken candor—some graced with a gentle but insistent social consciousness and others with a touch of soft-spoken humor. Having attained a lifetime of varied experience, Foos knows, ‘It’s okay to stir instead of shake / the remaining ingredients.’”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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