Friday Five, August 19th: Books I Think You Should Pick Up (And Read, Obviously).
Mother Ocean, Daughter Sea (Book #1 of a Witch of Two Suns), by Diana Marcellas. Easily one of my favourite fantasy novels. Brierley is a compelling character and the world is rich and vast. Highly recommended.
La Chiripa, by Kaimana Wolff. This rich novel, set in Todos Santos, Guatemala, gives young people a voice in situations where they are usually ignored. You will sympathize with young Pira as she fights for everything she holds dear.
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin. An undisputed classic from the First Lady of Fantasy.
Happiness, by Will Ferguson. Winner of the 2002 Leacock Medal for Humour, this book will have you giggling so hard you won’t be able to help but be happy.
Orfe, by Cynthia Voigt. A short read. Poignant retelling of the myth of Orpheus. Heart-wrenching and real.
In 1773, a popular pamphlet called The Alarm attacked the monopolistic intentions of the East India Trading Company. The Alarm's dogged reporting of the Company's exploits in Asia and its control over laws governing America convinced many colonists to stage the Boston Tea Party, as well as similar anti-corporate protests in Annapolis and Charleston. Today, Wall Street and K Street interests pose an existential threat to American liberty and self-government.