Pam's Staff Picks
Pam became the owner of The Bookloft in May, 2016. She reads and recommends many genres, from literary fiction to suspense to YA and cookbooks.
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Title: Not That Bad
Essays from a number of writers about their own experiences with varying degrees of sexual harassment, assault, rape, that we tell ourselves are "not that bad" (we didn't die; we weren't physically damaged; he used a knife, not a gun . . .)
These are not my memories; not my words; but all are relatable. Some may make you cry; others rage. All are important. Many people should read this book and perhaps learn something from it.
Edited by Roxane Gay
Title: Country Dark
A taut, sparse tale of the choices we make for the sake of family and love. Filled with evocative descriptions, there is a memorable line on nearly every page. Like this: "She hoped for a rainbow but none came and she understood that she was an adult now and adults didn't hope for what they couldn't control, but accepted what was there -- the tree in the road, the woods, the soft thin blue of the sky."
If you haven't read Christopher Moore, you've been missing some of the funniest, quirkiest novels of the past 20 or so years. This latest is classic Moore in terms of characters and humor, but with a 1940's noir vibe and some aliens from the Roswell, NM crash site . . . Up there with such Moore classics as "Lamb" and "Sacre Bleu," it includes a charming romance between a (not very) tough guy bartender and a five and dime waitress, and a reliable narrator in the form of a black mamba snake named Peter.
Title: The Salt Line
A dystopian future described through a literary-suspense thriller not quite like anything else I've read. The characters are vivid and true. The story is complete in itself, but I'm left wanting to know what happens next for Edie & West & Marta & Violet as they each move on from the closing scenes. Even the "villains" are well-rounded and empathetic each in their own despicable ways.