North Dakota coal train (Photo from The Atlantic).
Our currently featured books, “Posing Nude for the Saints,” by Elizabeth Genovise and “Aunt Edwina’s Fabulous Wishes,” by Lynne Christensen, can be found by scrolling down below this post, along with the Monthly Replay.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, JUNE 20-26.
“48 STATES,” BY EVETTE DAVIS.
Widow, single mother, and Army veteran Jennifer “River” Petersen works as a truck driver in Energy Territory No. 1, formerly known as North Dakota. Forced to enlist after her father’s death, the lines of River’s life have been redrawn, much like the United States’ map has changed. Living in a motel room with nothing but her books and a Glock handgun for company, River is weeks away from returning home when an injured man standing in the middle of the highway upends her plans. From the moment he encounters River, Finn Cunningham knows he must conceal his identity or be left for dead. His deception draws them into a megalomaniac’s deadly conspiracy to ignite a civil war and overthrow the government. If River and Finn want to survive, they’ll have to learn to trust one another and themselves.
“THIS WORLD IS NOT YOUR HOME,” BY MATTHEW VOLLMER.
Writes on reviewer: “This World is Not Your Home is a collection of versatile, volatile, and virtuosic essays. Each essay begins with the self and rappels deep inside and then catapults out, out to the mysterious and unfathomable world, and then out further, to the sun, and out further, still, to parameters of space, the limits of understanding, all while challenging any stable expectation for what an essay should be or even look like. From reckonings of God with Science to the near witnessing—how close does one need to be to qualify as witness?—of massacre to the special beauty of boyhood friendship, Vollmer’s essays show us how common the exceptional can be and how the quotidian is really quite extraordinary and profound.”
“THE UNSINKABLE GUS DAVIS,” BY LAURIE RRUMBLE DAVIS.
Gus was a strong-willed, lovable French bulldog dog with a quirky little bark who insisted on doing things his way and on his terms! When Gus insisted on swimming—against all odds—I knew I had to tell his story. Not many people know this, but Gus was bitten by a Lyme tick when he was young. As a result he became stiff and lacked mobility in his hind quarters making it extra difficult to swim, but that didn’t keep Gus down! His desire to participate in any activity by the water inspired us to find a way he could safely. His story is one that celebrates friendship, determination and creative problem solving while bringing awareness to water safety in a non-scary, non-confrontational way.