My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s May 2017 Book Haul

New Book Releases

Lord of Shadows (UK Limited Edition) by Cassandra Clare
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
House of Furies by Madeleine Roux
Chuck Klosterman X by Chuck Klosterman
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: September 23, 2014

HorrorstorHorrorStör by Grady Hendrix

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first century economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Have you ever been to an IKEA? If you’re not careful you can get trapped there. For forever. Bonus points for making the book look just like an IKEA catalog.

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Have Some Non-Fiction: Cassie-la Hunts for Villains in “I Wear the Black Hat” by Chuck Klosterman

I Wear the Black Hat Chuck KlostermanI Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) by Chuck Klosterman
Genre
: Non-fiction, humor, essays, villains, pop-culture, where does this man come up with these awesome parallels?
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary: Pop-culture writer Chuck Klosterman’s new book has taken a turn for the evil, exploring villainy in fiction and in real life in order to determine what makes a person a true villain. Whether or not he arrives at a conclusion about what constitutes a villain is a different thing entirely. Featuring Klosterman’s typical brand of wit, humor and penchant for essay-writing into one cohesive thesis, it’s good to see him back at what he does best. Even if his quirky footnotes have been replaced with brackets.

I happened to attend Chuck Klosterman’s reading/Q&A for his new book in Jersey City at an arcade slash bar (Barcade for anyone in the tri-state area) that was held by the eventually to be opened bookstore WORD, an offshoot of the popular New York based bookstore WORD in Brooklyn. Yes, they can only seem to function in hipster central but it was okay, I got to drink some alcoholic pear cider and listen to Klosterman talk with the assurance of a semi-entitled author even though he had a voice you would expect to hear emanating from a closed locker in high school.

And regardless of the $26 cost for a 200 page book and the fact that the signing was such a clusterfuck that I didn’t even take advantage of it, I was glad I went. Despite his hints of arrogance (some of which are deserved), Klosterman is a funny guy. He knows his pop culture, he’s supremely intelligent and even though I disagree that Kanye West will one day be a joke (because he currently is a running joke, see proof in my own writing HERE, HERE, and HERE) I’m in line with the majority of his beliefs. Except about Young Adult being the most underrated Diablo Cody film of the past decade. That would be Jennifer’s Body sir.

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Authorial Adventures: David Sedaris in Morristown

Who: David Sedaris
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ
When: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Why: David Sedaris is like a gateway drug into the world of creative nonfiction. I was sucked in by Holidays on Ice, a collection of essays about the joys of the holiday season. For how could you not love the grown man who works as a Macy’s elf, and, bored with his job, makes up lies like “Step on the Magic Star and you can see Cher!”? Or that bad children no longer get coal; no, Santa “comes to your house and steals things.” While Holidays got me hooked, my favorite collection is Me Talk Pretty One Day, with stories focusing on communication. And learning how to say things in French like “you now need to deliver the afterbirth.”

Naturally, when Mr. Sedaris was speaking in Morristown, I jumped at the chance to see him.

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