Don’t you just love it when you come home to discover that you got new books in the mail? Yeah, me too.
This is just what happened today; 4 new books in a box. There was a little Baader-Meinhof phenomenon surprise waiting for me as I unpacked them, almost to the point of being creepy. But books aren’t creepy. Well, not all of them. I look forward to reading each one of these.
A thing to note about the books I bought is that… well, first let’s take a look at what the books are, then I’ll tell you what point I’m making by buying these books.
The Wilds, Stories by Julia Elliott
I bought this because Jeff Vandermeer recommended it and then did so again. I’ve been on quite the Vandermeer binge this year (Wonderbook, Finch, Southern Reach trilogy) so when he says I need to read something I just go right ahead and obey.
We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson
I read The Lottery a while back and it is one of those short stories that, once read, burrow into your brain and stay there. I read Haunting of Hill House last year and loved it. Creepy and delicious. So when I happened upon We Have Always Lived In The Castle, and a lovely edition at that, I knew I had to have it. And now I do.
I mean… just look at that cover!
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
One of the Bookriot overlords, Rebecca Schinsky, told me that this one would be perfect for me. So. Here it is. The words used to describe the stories in the book are: “ghostly”, “magical”, “filled with inventiveness and heart”, “one of the strangest, creepiest” “of the darkest and most disturbing sort”.
I can’t wait.
The Best American Short Stories 2014, edited by Jennifer Egan
This needs no explanation. Just…. Jennifer Egan choosing short stories.
In Which Things Alluded to are Explained.
Now, I need to explain two things. First, the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon referenced earlier. This is what it is called when you hear of something for the first time (like the Baader-Meinhof complex) and then for some reason you hear about it again and again. This, for me, is Karen Russell in this very order. I picked opened the package of books and saw the books. I then flipped The Wilds over to read the back and who should the first blurb be by but… Karen Russell. I thin flipped through Best American. Guess who has a story in it. Yes, you are right, it’s Karen Russell.
So far, however, no luck finding a Karen Russell connection in We Have Always Lived In The Castle.
Second thing needing explanation: money meeting mouth. I recently wrote about what I learned reading only books by women for a month. And one of the things was that we needed to buy more books by women. So I did.