American Gods is a book by Neil Gaiman, first published in 2001. It is also a television series based on the book which aires on the STARZ network. Both iterations tell the story of Shadow Moon, a felon who is released three days early from prison due to a family tragedy. On the way to the funeral, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a chauffeur, valet, and overall manservant. This encounter sets in motion events in Shadow’s life that are amazing, devastating, tragic, and triumphant. It sends him on a journey of discovery, whether he wants to go or not. In the end, Shadow could end up a hero, a martyr, back in jail, or the King of America.
I work in an office. Sister Geek, Taylor, works in the office across the hall from mine. In another office on another hall works a friend of ours named Sierra (name changed for her protection). Some mornings, Sierra comes over toting her mason jar filled with warm coffee and almond milk to say, “Good morning!” and chat a while about life, love, the importance of a fashionable day planner, the current f*@%3d up political climate of these United States, and the pursuit of happiness in the field of conservation (in which we all work).
Last week, on one such morning, our talk turned to books, as it often does. In the course of our discussion, each of us received a recommendation (or two) for books to read. By the next day, we had all acquired the books that had been recommended to us, either by our own means or because the friend who recommended them had brought them to us from her personal collection. And just like that, we inadvertently created The Accidental & Impromptu Conservation & Collaboration Book Club (because ridiculously long book club names are all the rage these days). The recommended books for this round of reading are as follows…
The Fall is a great time to curl up with a steaming mug of your favorite hot beverage and a really good book. Depending on your location and the day’s weather pattern, you can either hang outside under the shade of a tree or bundle up inside beside a nice, warm fire. Either way, it makes for a great setting to relax and escape into a good book. This month, SisterGeeks is featuring books for our Top 10 category. I’m kicking us off with my Top 10 Favorite books. Continue reading →
Magonia, by Maria Dahvana Headley, is about a young girl named Aza. Aza has been dying of an unnamed disease that makes it difficult for her to breathe- as if she’s drowning in air. Her mother has been working on treatments since before Aza can remember, and her dark humor has pushed most people away, except Jason. He’s been her friend from the beginning, and even death won’t keep him from being there for her. Continue reading →