Best Quotes from ‘Her Body and Other Parties’

Best Quotes from ‘Her Body and Other Parties’

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado was published on this day, October 3rd, three years ago. It was short listed for the National Book Prize in 2017 and for the National Dylan Thomas Prize in 2018. In this collection of short stories a wife refuses her husband’s entreaties to remove the mysterious green ribbon from around her neck, a woman recounts her sexual encounters as a plague spreads across the earth, a salesclerk in a mall makes a horrifying discovery about a store’s dresses, one woman’s surgery-induced weight loss results in an unwanted house guest, and in one …

Short Books for a Busy Week

Short Books for a Busy Week

We’ve all been there: you’re swamped with assignments, essays and exams at school or you’re in over your head at work. Sometimes it can be difficult to find time to read when life gets hectic. Here’s a list of short books for when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands! Sharp objects by gillian flynn image via imdb This novel will have you on your the edge of your seat throughout, which is important when you’re trying to read in the middle of a busy week. It’s a gripping story of a reporter, recently released from a …

National Book Award Finalist, Debut Collection Wows Critics!

National Book Award Finalist, Debut Collection Wows Critics!

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Her Body and Other Parties is a collection of eight fables that weave between science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Carmen Maria Machado reroutes classic fairytale narratives to portray a series of women nearing sanity’s edge which in turn sheds light on the realities of fear in relationships and in ourselves. Such stories include a woman who realises there are ghosts sewn into the seams of her dress, a woman who has a gastric bypass and is haunted by the body parts she has lost, and a woman who struggles to keep her husband from removing a ribbon from around her neck. Each character …

5 Books by Latinx Authors You Have to Check Out In 2017

5 Books by Latinx Authors You Have to Check Out In 2017

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When many of us take a look at our bookshelves, we might not see diversity in terms of the authors that write our favorite novels. There are so many great books coming out this year from diverse writers.   Here are just a few 2017 books from remarkable authors such as Carmen Maria Machado to Jenny Torres Sanchez.   1. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado   Image Courtesy of Amazon   This debut collection includes a wild novella that reinvents Law & Order: SVU as a tale featuring ghosts and other fantastic creatures. From Graywolf Press, Machado’s first release has been long awaited, …