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Summer Reading 2018: Willful Creatures

All the book choices for Summer Reading 2018. Have questions? Ask Sarah, Katie or Hilda

Here's why Laura suggests Willful Creatures...

I find this collection of short stories delightful! Some are totally bizarre and more 'magical' than 'realism'. Some are totally realistic. All dive into what makes us human - loss, love, pain, vulnerability, wickedness, etc - with a quirky sense of humor and a tenderness for the often very flawed characters.

About the book

Willful Creatures

by Aimee Bender

"Contemporary fairy tales, cushioned by goofy humor and a deep tenderness for her characters, that aren't always as dark or as sinister as they initially appear." --The New York Times Book Review 
Aimee Bender s Willful Creatures conjures a fantastical world in which authentic love blooms. This is a place where a boy with keys for fingers is a hero, a woman's children are potatoes, and a little boy with an iron for a head is born to a family of pumpkin heads. With her singular mix of surrealism, musical prose, and keenly felt emotion, Bender once again proves herself to be a masterful chronicler of the human condition. --Goodreads.com

“Contemporary fairy tales, cushioned by goofy humor and a deep tenderness for her characters, that aren’t always as dark or as sinister as they initially appear.” —The New York Times Book Review

"[Bender] is Hemingway on an acid trip; her choices are twisted, both ethereal and surprisingly weighty. . . . Terrifyingly lovely." –Los Angeles Times 

About the reader

  Laura Hawkins, Math

Laura previously recommended:

  • Thinking in Numbers by Daniel Tammet
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 
  • An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender