OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “PRAYER BOOK FOR THE ANXIOUS,” BY JOSEPHINE YU, “STONES,” BY MARK SEELY AND “LETTER TO MY FATHER,” BY G. THOMAS COUSER, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST, OR BY CLICKING THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHORS PAGE.
Snowflakes in a Blizzard always looks a little different at Christmas time.
For example, I don’t put up any posts over the last two weeks of December, for the simple reason that they would probably get overlooked amidst the holiday chaos.
Instead, I usually highlight four or five books on the site (snowflakesarise.wordpress.com) for the first two weeks of the month, instead of the usual three, and also take a month off from the “First Tuesday Replay,” which will resume on Jan. 2.
Finally, at the bottom of this post, several Snowflakes authors are offering special holiday deals on their books. As I say every year, books make great stocking stuffers.
Our offerings this week include a collection of short stories (Cyn Vargas’ “On the Way”), a couple of very different memoirs (“An Incredible Talent for Existing,” by Pamela Jane and “Sit and Cry,” by Burgess Needle”), and a Christmas book about a dragon.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, DEC. 5-11
“THE ICE DRAGON,” BY LAUREN SCHARHAG.
We don’t normally feature children’s books, but this one is obviously timely. A versatile writer, Lauren has been previously featured on Snowflakes for her novel “Under Julia” and her poetry collection, “West Side Girl, And Other Poems.”
“There are two sources of inspiration for this story. First, was Neil Gaiman’s short-short story “Nicholas Was.” (Read it– it’s less than 100 words.) I first read the story in his collection, Smoke and Mirrors. It included a brief introduction in which Gaiman said he wrote it as a Christmas card to send out to close friends. Ever since, I’ve been enamored with the idea of writing Christmas stories to give away as gifts. My favorite gifts have always been handmade.
“Mind you, my stories will never be 100 words or less, or even 1,000 words or less– that’s just not how I roll. Well, ‘The Ice Dragon’ was my first successful attempt. (The next year, I wrote The Winter Prince. I’m hoping to write at least one more someday, so I’ll have a nice little box set.)”
“ON THE WAY,” BY CYN VARGAS.
“My stories don’t have happy endings. I enjoy Disney movies, but I don’t want to write them. I write about real life. A sense that if you are courageous enough to explore and delve within parts of yourself you have never before, that there is where growth lies; to live is to grow. These stories will resonate with those that have fought personal battles and come out stronger. For those going through something right now and are looking for hope. These stories will (I hope) make the reader feel less alone.”
“AN INCREDIBLE TALENT FOR EXISTING,” BY PAMELA JANE.
It is 1965, the era of love, light—and revolution. While the romantic narrator imagines a bucolic future in an old country house with children running through the dappled sunlight, her husband plots to organize a revolution and fight a guerrilla war in the Catskills. Their fantasies are on a collision course. And then, just when it seems that things cannot possibly get more explosive, her wilderness cabin burns down and Pamela finds herself left with only the clothes on her back.
From her vividly evoked existential childhood to writing her first children’s book on a sugar high during a glucose tolerance test, Pamela Jane takes the reader along on a highly entertaining personal, political, and psychological adventure.
“SIT AND CRY,” BY BURGESS NEEDLE.
SIT AND CRY is a day-by-day account of the author’s life as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in the late 1960s. The narrative offers the reader insights into rural Thai life and culture, the impact of the Vietnam War, the angst of living in a completely strange environment, the struggles of trying to communicate in an alien language, loneliness and the desire for love or at least physical contact. We join the author as he eats fried morning glory leaves, enormous duck eggs with gigantic orange yolks and some of the tastiest, and hottest, food on the planet. Needle tries to sleep beneath an all-too-short mosquito net and wonders if the giant Dookeh lizard above his head will ever loose its grasp of the ceiling.
The narrative paints a picture of an area surrounded by red clay dust, unfamiliar smells, constant humid heat, buzzing insects, and the lack of America’s creature comforts. Yet all of this is overshadowed by the affection, the curiosity, and the countless small kindnesses of his fellow teachers. The kind people of Nang Rong Village, each of whom is laboring for their own survival, reach out to welcome him We are also with him as he experiences intestinal distress and as he struggles to make a home for himself home in The Land of Smiles. Just as we develop an affection for his Thai room mate, we find our casual preconceptions dropping away as we sense our own affection for these village folk and get a tiny peek at how others see us. This memoir also documents a critical point in time, the late 1960s, for Americans in southeast Asia. Whether or not one lived through the turbulent Sixties, this volume offers a singularly unique perspective on that era.
You can go to our Author page, click on the author’s name, and see all you need to know about that particular book. Then, if it interests you, drop the author an e-mail and arrange to purchase a signed copy.
Persis Granger will sell her Adirondack Gold 1890s novel series (designated as YA, but holding appeal for adults as well) at the special two-book seasonal rate of just $12, plus the cost of mailing, Books will be signed unless requested otherwise. If you wish a gift subscription, please give dsetails. See the book info at http;://www.persisgranger.com/Books.htm. Do not use the shopping cart for this holiday, but contact the author directly at PersisGranger@aol.com to receive the discounted price.
Scott Arthur Jones writes: “I’d like to offer all three of my books as part of your Christmas list. The deal would be $8 and I pay shipping. The three are Jupiter and Gilgamesh, A Novel of Sumeria and Texas (this one just won Eric Hoffer awards in 2 categories), The Big Wheel and A Rising Tide of Peopole SDwept Away.
(Note: The last two books were featured on Snowflakes).
From Kate Kort: “I’d like to offer LAIKA for $10 (includes shipping) for November and December.” firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lina Landess (email@example.com) is offering “Heart Breaking Open” for $8.95 plus shipping.
K.E. Lanning (firstname.lastname@example.org) says “I’ll offer a signed print of my novel, A Spider Sat Beside Her, for $9.99 (it’s normally 12.99) including shipping for the Christmas event.”