Author Archive: Misha Stone

Misha Stone is a readers' advisory librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Follow her on Twitter at @ahsimlibrarian.

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A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack
By November 25, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

A British Gem Is Back in Print: Barbara Trapido’s Brother of the More Famous Jack

I’ve been anticipating the reprint of British author Barbara Trapido’s 1982 debut novel, Brother of the More Famous Jack, for some time now—and it’s finally here! I’ve read pretty much everything that Barbara Trapido has written and have written about her here before. I have found no one else to match Trapido’s wit, style, and uncanny ear […]

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Coming Back to Jeanette Winterson: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
By November 14, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Coming Back to Jeanette Winterson: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

I read Jeanette Winterson’s debut autobiographical novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit years ago, so I was intrigued to see what her memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, would be like in revisiting some of the same material. I am preparing to lead a discussion on this book next week for […]

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Growing Up Too Fast: A Rock-and-Roll Coming-of-Age
By October 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Growing Up Too Fast: A Rock-and-Roll Coming-of-Age

Caitlin Moran’s debut coming-of-age novel, How to Build a Girl, tackles two topics that not enough literary or even coming-of-age fiction does: the sex-obsessed teenage girl and a family living in poverty. I found both topics refreshing, even eye-opening at times, and believe that both will give book groups a lot to discuss. What she […]

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The Book to Read in 2015? The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, by Sharma Shields
By October 7, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

The Book to Read in 2015? The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, by Sharma Shields

I usually wait to write about a book until we’re closer to its publication date, but in this case I just can’t wait. The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, by Sharma Shields, is a debut novel by a Spokane, Washington author coming out in January 2015 from Henry Holt. Full disclosure: I worked with Sharma in a bookstore many […]

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A #bloggersdesk in Seattle
By October 6, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

A #bloggersdesk in Seattle

I live in a cupcake-sized house with my husband and two kids so I have to carve my blogging space out of a corner of my bedroom and the time out of my night hours after work. And yes, I still own lots and lots of CDs. And I have been re-watching The Gilmore Girls, season […]

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Choosing Race: Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row
By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Choosing Race: Your Face in Mine, by Jess Row

What if you could choose to become another race? What if you could change your skin color, your eye appearance, voice and body? Jess Row’s novel Your Face in Mine explores these questions and more. Kelly Thorndike has returned to Baltimore after the sudden, devastating loss of his wife and daughter when he runs into […]

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Ferrante Fever: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels
By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Ferrante Fever: Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels

A curious thing has happened: all of a sudden, an elusive Italian novelist is garnering adoration and speculation in American popular culture. From The New York Times’ “Who is Elena Ferrante?” article to Entertainment Weekly’s interview with the author, interest abounds. No one knows who Elena Ferrante really is so critics and fans alike question […]

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
By August 25, 2014 2 Comments Read More →

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Over the years both Gary and I have written about author Emily St. John Mandel as a young author to watch. Well, it’s time for another reminder because her latest book, Station Eleven, will be out early next month. While St. John Mandel’s first three works could be characterized as literary novels with mysterious twists, […]

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Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
By August 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

Janet Mock became a media sensation when she went head to head with Piers Morgan earlier this year. Janet Mock, a transgender activist, clarified with Piers Morgan how to let trans women speak for themselves and how to respect and honor them by using the pronouns that are real for them. She further clarified that […]

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Satisfaction in One Year: Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy

Satisfaction in One Year: Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy

If you read trilogies, then you are used to waiting. Sometimes you only have to wait a year between books and other times it’s six or ten (not naming any authors here, I promise!). So it is with distinct pleasure and awe that I learned that Jeff Vandermeer planned to release all three of the […]

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