Kat is a New Hampshire native with a passion for music, dark humor, and taking long drives to nowhere. These are her current favorites.
Before Watsky hit the Billboard 200 chart with his album X Infinity, he was just a scrawny kid from San Francisco with big dreams and a smart mouth. This collection of essays, both sentimental and comic, gives snapshots of the poet, actor, musician, and rapper’s life, through his awkward middle school existence, Alaskan fishing trips, rickety old tour busses, and even his ramshackle Boston apartment (and the other people who lived there). Equal parts hilarious and heartfelt, Watsky proves that he’s not just a clever musician, but a talented writer and thoughtful artist.
Boston-based author Chris Mooney brings every parent’s worst fear to light with this gripping psychological thriller. When his six-year-old daughter Sarah is abducted, Mike Sullivan tries tirelessly to find her and get her back, putting strain on his soul, his psyche, and his marriage. Chilling, thoughtful, and most importantly, psychologically exciting--all the best elements of story telling.
15-year-old Anna runs away from Atlanta, where she feels unwanted, unappreciated, and unloved, to her sister’s house in the city of Los Angeles, which is full of people who are unwanted, unappreciated, and unloved. Spending her summer vacation on TV sets and movie shoots, she begins to explore the city’s points of history--including the Manson murders. This novel is an exploration of girlhood and disillusionment painted against the darker side of LA.
Simon, a practical librarian, receives a package on his doorstep one day--a book that belonged to a travelling circus in the 1700’s, including details about the drowning of a circus “mermaid” on July 24th. Simon begins to fear a curse in his family, noticing that drowning is eerily similar to the one that killed Simon’s mother, another circus “mermaid”, and a string of women on his maternal side, all on the same day, all with the same profession. Simon finds himself in a race against the fantastic to save his sister’s life. Swyler's writing is compelling and elevated without being lofty and the supernatural element is meshed beautifully to the mundane.
As a child, Mia Corvere vowed to avenge her family, wrongfully taken from her, and set her heart on becoming a Blade of the Red Church, an assassin devoted to the Darkness. Now grown, Mia is on a mission to end three of the most powerful men in her country and in the process, find out who--or what--she really is. Kristoff’s story has something for everyone--love, vengeance, murder, rivalry, comedy, swordfighting, ancient magic--and be sure, gentlefriends, Nevernight does not disappoint.