This is Banned Books Week in America, a time when the spotlight is focused on books that have been challenged or banned or that might include the word underpants in the title. The ten most challenged books of 2012 can be found here and include the hanky-panky-oriented fanfic work, Fifty Shades of Grey, the intriguingly-titled Captain Underpants, and my all-time favourite banned novel, And Tango Makes Three, a charming picture book about a pair of gay penguins and their adopted offspring that I picked up a few years ago, mostly because gay penguins are basically fabulous.
There are a number of events that are going on this week, including one with NYT bestseller Jamie Ford, whose latest, Songs of Willow Frost, I've just finished reading (and you should too!). If you get a chance, swing by www.bannedbooksweek.org and check it out.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
From the author of the Kobo bestselling novel, The Sock Wars comes The Migraine Mafia.
On paper, Viive McBroome lives the perfect life—a key player in a fast-paced, technical field, one promotion away from real success—but that’s only if you ignore one little problem.
Sandwiched between one migraine and the next, Viive’s life is like those choose-your-own-adventure books you read as a kid, only less fun and with a lot more drugs. And lately, as her bosses politely march her toward a vacation that might never end, even the good days seem like a struggle for survival.
Faced with frustration from her loved ones and the dark machinations of a new coworker, Viive feels herself getting pulled under by guilt, apologies, and workplace shenanigans. But then she meets the Migraine Mafia, a quirky, vibrant support group, and her fragile camouflage begins to crumble. She discovers that a room full of strangers just might be able to change the way she views her illness—and realizes that if she doesn’t learn to ask for help, her health isn’t the only thing she stands to lose.
Sometimes painful, frequently hilarious, never dull, The Migraine Mafia is the story of one woman’s life-altering decision to thrive in the face of chronic illness. Pre-order a copy on Kobo today.