“The beginning of the end can feel a lot like the middle when you are living in it,” Karen Russell.
Amidst a crowded library book sale—where there’s a fair amount of friendly competition to grab the best books—I saw a book on fire.
“I had only some dim and unformed sense, a sense which struck me now and then, and which I could not explain coherently, that for some years the South and particularly the Gulf Coast had been for America what people were still saying California was, and what California seemed to me not to be: the future, the secret source of malevolent and benevolent energy, the psychic center.”
"Even a book can be dangerous in the wrong hands, and when that happens, you blame the hands, but you also read the book.” ― Erika Johansen, The Queen of the Tearling
I thought this novel would be stale—it was written in the 1960s and it’s the first book that was frank about sex and drugs. Instead, it was stunning.