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Swamplandia! by Karen Russell - Swamplandia! is about the Bigtree family who owns an alligator-themed park on an island in the Everglades of Florida. After Hilola Bigtree (who performs the main act of swimming with the alligators) dies, and a new theme park on the world ending comes to the mainland, Swamplandia! is in trouble. . . and so are the individuals of the family!
This collection is definitely not his best work and way too dark for my taste. I didn't even finish about a third of the essays because I just couldn't bear to keep reading. Included here are a handful of fictional narratives from someone else's point of view, and I hated every one. (Soooo dark. No thanks.) In my mind, nothing since Me Talk Pretty One Day has been half as funny.
Bellman & Black: a Ghost Story, by Diane Setterfield. Click on the cover to read the review of this title by Lori. This review was also featured in the Chronicle Journal Newspaper.
Lexile: N/A. The Martian. Andy Weir. Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone. Recommended by Rebecca Vasilakis. Eastland-Fairfield CTC