Thursday, February 26, 2009

march's pick

Any suggestions for a book to discuss? How about Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls, out mid-March? Here's the synopsis (taken from B&N's website):

"Dead girl walking," the boys say in the halls.
"Tell us your secret," the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend's restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

I know I'll be reading that one. Or I'd be up for something by someone more obscure, or another YA classic (like when we read Dance on my Grave). Maybe for May we can read the new Sherman Alexie, Radioactive Love Song. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Any ideas for a March book?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hey, Y'all!

This is my first ever Misfit post! I've been running into fellow Misfit Margaret most Sunday evenings when we engage in the same trivia face-off (M, I have been noticing and appreciating your 30 Rock-inspired team names) and it reminds me how much I love being part of this club.

I'm wondering what everyone's reading these days? Personally I've been on a drug memoir tear, but I think I need to put that to rest for awhile - all that destruction is not good for one's soul. I also devoured Jellicoe Road, which I adored and was very happy that it won the Printz. I'm awaiting a few things on my queue at the library, but right now I'm looking for the next thing to sweep me off my feet.

Anybody got some great recommendations? Anything interesting going on in general? Hope you are all well and making the best of this long, cruel winter.

Nerd up! Dawn