Madison (she/her pronouns) is a Creative Writing major who is very glad to be here. Her great thrills in life include early morning runs, taking pictures of the people and places she loves, and written sentiments that stick to the brain. (Currently, it is the term "subtle caretaking" from Ross Gay's The Book of Delights.) She hails from the reading world of fantasy but has more recently ventured out into poetry, fiction, and essays. Please talk to her about the writing you love! She also accepts trail running recommendations with open arms.
Ross Gay set out to write an essay a day about things he found delightful. The result is a collection of joyful and beautiful
reflections. Some highlights include what ensues when you carry a tomato plant onto an airplane and why, just why, trains are sacred spaces. I devoured this book like I was a fifth grader sitting on the bus with my knees pressed to the back of the seat in front of me.
(This book cannot be returned.)
The opening lines of this book-- 'I will tell you something about stories, / [he said] / They aren't just entertainment. / Don't be fooled. / They are all we have, you see, / all we have to fight off / illness and death. / You don't have anything / if you don't have the stories.' A tale about a young Laguna Pueblo man returning from war severely traumatized to be steeped in the ceremonies and storytelling of his community.
Dragons, mages, queer love! The immersive fantasy of a lifetime!
This book yanked me out of a three-year reading stupor. A ragtag (and undeniably charismatic) group of teens get together to pull off a heist. You will get emotionally invested in this.
What can I say? The most formative books of my youth.