A very cute, mostly wordless collection of anthropomorphic animal comics from one of my favorite illustrators. Sweaterweather collects a number of VarA very cute, mostly wordless collection of anthropomorphic animal comics from one of my favorite illustrators. Sweaterweather collects a number of Varon's short comics and essays, reprinting all the work in the original edition and including others. I love the simplicity and expressiveness of her drawings. This book is cataloged as children's but I think it is great for all ages....more
3.5 stars. I was completely spellbound by this fascinating and frightening history of the 1692 Salem witch trials. I knew a little bit about the trial3.5 stars. I was completely spellbound by this fascinating and frightening history of the 1692 Salem witch trials. I knew a little bit about the trials from having read (and loved) The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Crucible in my youth, and having visited Salem in high school. But I did not fully grasp how truly horrifying they were until reading Schiff's meticulously detailed yet completely captivating account of one of the darkest chapters in our nation's history. Schiff does an excellent job bringing the major players to life: Reverend Parris, in whose parsonage the scourge first erupted, Cotton Mather, the Boston cleric who fanned the flames of the witch hunt, the judges who served on the court, the doomed innocents who hung at the gallows, and of course the girls who accused them.
However, Schiff's account is definitely a popular history, and she doesn't really advance a compelling argument about why this fiasco occurred at this particular time. She touches on a number of intriguing themes (the stifling nature of Puritan society, especially for women & children, the trauma of numerous attacks by the French and Indians on the colonists, the tenuous status of the Massachusetts Bay Colony's government and its conflicted relationship with the Crown) but never fully explores them. Reading this book left me with many more questions than answers. But it definitely reignited my interest in the subject, and I'm planning to check out more scholarly histories of this episode as a result. ...more
I recently finished watching the first season of the TV show based on this novel, which I really loved. Watching the show first may have slightly ruinI recently finished watching the first season of the TV show based on this novel, which I really loved. Watching the show first may have slightly ruined the book for me -- I found myself preferring the actors' characterizations more than Perrotta's in most cases. The show is also much more disturbingly weird than the book (think David Lynch directing the "Left Behind" series). Perrotta provides a more distant, satirical perspective on his characters and their situation than the series does -- I think it's a little more difficult to care about most of them reading the novel. That said, the premise of the novel is fantastic (2% of the world's human population disappears suddenly one day in October and no one knows why; the book centers on the social and emotional fallout from this catastrophic event three years later on) and the book is definitely worth reading, especially if you enjoy stories of suburban malaise, people figuring out how to move past incomprehensible loss and/or bizarre homegrown cults. The Leftovers has all that and much, much more....more
Stark and compelling teen novel about Tariq Johnson, a black teenager who is gunned down in the street by a white man, Jack Franklin. Tariq's story isStark and compelling teen novel about Tariq Johnson, a black teenager who is gunned down in the street by a white man, Jack Franklin. Tariq's story is told from the perspective of his friends, family, and community -- those who witnessed the event and those who did not. Magoon's skillful pacing and realistic characters will appeal to teenagers who have come of age in the era of Trayvon Martin and Black Lives Matter. ...more