Book Review: Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

Book Review: Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher MorelyParnassus on Wheels
by Christopher Morley

Fiction; Novella
Melville House; Aug. 31, 2010 (original pub 1917)
Paperback; 142
Source: Book Riot Quarterly Box

Helen lives a quietly contented life on a farm in Upstate New York, which she runs with her dreamer of a brother, Andrew. When Andrew writes a popular book, his success spoils him a bit, and he goes traipsing off around the state collecting material for his next book, neglecting his farming duties.

One day, a man named Roger arrives at the farm with the most curious contraption Helen’s ever seen: a horse-drawn van covered with books, with a living space in the center. Roger introduces his bookmobile as the Parnassus and tells her about his travels selling books all through the country. When he tells her that he came hoping to sell his bookmobile to Andrew, who had gone out for a few hours, Helen knows her brother would jump at the chance to own it — but for the good of the farm, she can’t let him have it. He would never get any work done again! Instead, she buys the Parnassus herself, and she embarks on a grand adventure with Roger, his horse Pegasus, and his trusty dog Bock. Continue reading

Book Review & Giveaway: Late Lights by Kara Weiss

Book Review: Late Lights by Kara WeissLATE LIGHTS
by Kara Weiss

Fiction: Novella
Colony Collapse Press, June 13, 2013
Paperback, 123 pages
Source: TLC Book Tours

Late Lights is a novella-length book that reads like a collection of linked short stories about three childhood friends, Monty, B.J., and Erin, who are trying to figure out their relationships with each other in their late teenage years. Monty has been in and out of juvenile detention for years, B.J. is a sexually confused tomboy who can’t come to terms with her changing body, and Erin is struggling to figure out how her wrong-side-of-the-tracks friends fit into her privileged life. Continue reading

Book Review: Circulation by Tim Horvath

Book Review: Circulation by Tim HorvathCIRCULATION
By Tim Horvath

Fiction: Novella
Sunnyoutside, 2008
Paperback, 67 pages

When a story begins with the magical words, “When we were awash with youth,” you know it’s going to be a stunning read. Tim Horvath’s Circulation, a 67-page novella, did not disappoint. I picked up this little piece of fiction at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair a few months ago and have been saving it, this book described on the back cover as a “swirling ode to maps, dreams, and the redemptive power of fiction,” for a relaxing summer afternoon. That day finally arrived, and Circulation proved to be a lovely read. Continue reading