Blessed by the heavens, which obviously aligned the stars, which landed me in Leavenworth, a Bavarian town in Northern Washington, for the first day of their Oktoberfest celebrations.
CHRIST WAS IT A JOLLY GOOD TIME.
I can’t imagine a better fall day for a freak of a fall lover.
AGAIN… thank you to the universes for coming together and bringing me to the best place on earth to celebrate my love of fall.
And thank you for the gift of a bookstore that is A Book for All Seasons, it gave me many new titles that I have to toss around on my bedroom floor because I literally have no place to put them because BOOKCASES DON’T JUST APPEAR WHEN YOU NEED THEM I GUESS…
Whatever, it’s your planet God(s), do with it what you want.
On the first day of Oktoberfest I got:
Lovecraft Country – Matt Ruff
I LOVE HARDCOVERS THAT DON’T HAVE DUST JACKETS… AKA DACKETS. I love love love them. And this one looks tattered, but, like, the good tattered. The, old dog wise tattered. It sort of has the feel of like a first edition, which I also love.
IDK, mostly picked this one up because of how it looked.
The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.
Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’s ancestors—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.
At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his—and the whole Turner clan’s—destruction.
A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.
Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs
I can’t believe I didn’t have this book yet. I have the other two and obviously, every time I look at them, all I can think is, the series is incomplete. So I finally bought it.
A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.
The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued inHollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.
They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
I needed this book because it’s October and I won’t tolerate any non-spooky reads thank you very much. Also this is a classic, if you don’t know it, look into it.
Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate. This edition features a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior, and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.
As their adventure unfolds, Jonathan imagines the history of his grandfather’s village, conjuring a magical fable of startling symmetries that unite generations across time. As his search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, until reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power.
So there ya have it, great haul, great.