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V.25 No.4 | 01/28/2016

Literature

The Healing Tree

Margaret Cheasebro visits local bookstore

Margaret Cheasebro talks about and signs her new book for young adults.
V.25 No.3 | 01/21/2016

Literature

Former TWA Employee Talks Poetry

A signing event for "Dirt Roads: Poetry and Memoirs"

Barbara Jean Ruther, former corporate speaker for Trans World Airlines (TWA), will be at Page One Books 3pm Sunday, February 21, to talk about and sign her new book of poetry, Dirt Roads: Poetry and Memoirs.

The book touches on life, love and memories.

Ruther was a corporate speaker and writer for Trans World Airlines. She wrote destination travel programs, and gave presentations and seminars to travel groups. She is a poet and has been published in small press publications. She also has written a novel, Saving Snowflakes in My Pocket. Barbara was born in New Mexico, has lived in New York and Chicago, and is now back home, living in Santa Fe.

Page One Books is located at 5850 Eubank Blvd NE, Suite B-41, in Albuquerque's Mountain Run Shopping Center (southeast corner of Eubank and Juan Tabo). The Ruther event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 294-2026 or visit www.page1book.com.

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"Saving Snowflakes" book

Poem in Santa Fe New Mexican

V.25 No.2 | 01/14/2016

comics

Skim

The graphic novel by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

I spent a lot of this weekend up before dawn with a pair of binoculars banging against the zipper of the embarrassingly large jacket my mom bought for me one Christmas. Birdwatching, yes, the sport of the elderly, really took a toll on me.

So I spent my Sunday evening finally digging into Mariko and Jillian Tamaki's graphic novel, Skim, which has been on my shortlist of "to reads" for some time. Mariko handled text for this goth, Wiccan coming-of-age tale, while her cousin, Jillian, covered the illustration in fine black ink. The story is about Kimberly Keiko Cameron AKA "Skim," called so because she's not.

In a relatively concise number of pages Skim deals with the suicide of a classmate, very much on her periphery, whose death has a ripple effect through the school. In addition, she attends her first coven gathering/AA meeting, falls in love (and makes out with!) her quirky English teacher, and drifts apart from her best friend.

One might think this amount of action would make it seem as if no one story gets rendered completely, but on the contrary, each functions well as a part of the larger story. That is, the story of a thoughtful, serious young woman navigating life's difficulties for the first time.

In addition to deft dialogue and excellent pacing, Jillian Tamaki's illustrations are spot-on, illuminating the story in indispensable ways.

I'm late to this party. The book was published in 2009, but the fourth edition of the paperback just came out in 2015. There's not enough good things to say about this story of an outcast surviving high school at its most treacherous.

V.25 No.2 | 1/14/2016
Unbecoming: A Novel

Book Review

Steal Life of Bad Fruit

Unbecoming: A Novel

In the immortal worlds of Buckaroo Banzai, “No matter where you go, there you are.”
V.25 No.1 | 01/07/2016
He may have penned a song called "I Can't Read" by David Bowie was, in fact, an avid reader

David Bowie's Reading List

You, too, can become great

In case you live under a rock and only get your news from the Alibi's blog- David Bowie passed away on Sunday.

As images and playlists crowd your various feeds, it might be revealing to take a look at the books that fed an impressive creative mind.

Here New York Public library compiled Bowie's top 100 books as drawn from a 2013 Facebook post from Bowie himself. Stand outs for me include titles by Don DeLillo, James Baldwin and Yukio Mishima. Cue up your preferred Bowie mix and get to reading.

David Bowie's Top 100 Books

V.24 No.51 | 12/17/2015

Here's to Dickens

And the greatest Christmas story every told

My favorite Christmas story of all time is … A Christmas Carol. Maybe it is because I love Halloween and the story is a nice marriage of the two. Three ghosts showing up at the strike of an eerie old clock? And those children hiding under The Ghost of Christmas Future's cloak? Jesus! There's nothing scarier than taking a look at all the decisions you've made in your life and really flinching. Even the Muppets couldn't really make the story totally lighthearted. The horror of the past, the horror...

Charles Dickens was said to love a night time stroll around the gaslight illuminated streets of 19th century London. I can only imagine the spooky stories culled from those cobbled streets, how the coughs born of a grimy, coal-fired city and the figures huddled for warmth in the winding alleys might have produced the works we're familiar with today. Dickens wanted to write a political pamphlet about the social ills he saw in the city, instead, he decided to write A Christmas Carol, declaring that a bit of fiction would have much more force.

The endearing image of Scrooge, sickly old Tiny Tim and the cadre of spirits that direct the story certainly have a moral to teach that translates through the centuries.

V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015
Isabel Allende
Isabel Allende

Bookstore Events

“I Don't Know Any Weak Women”

A conversation with Isabel Allende

Allende illuminates her life and her work in this interview by Maggie Grimason.
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V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015

literature, arts, reading

Crafting my Winter Reading List

Getting cozy with the female greats

I want to preface the following with the assertion that I am not in the habit of taking Buzzfeed quizzes. Never the less, this morning, still bleary eyed and sitting at my table, coffee in hand, I numbly scrolled through social media feeds that led me to a Buzzfeed quiz.

It begged the simple question: How many of the greatest books by women have you read?

Who curated this list? I have no idea, but it contains the literary heavyweights you'd expect as well as some contemporary writers that deserve the homage of avid readers. I took the quiz, checking off the books I knew and loved from the long list and clicked the button to get my results.

25. 25 out of 102. I pride myself on being well read, so I was understandably a little disappointed. Buzzfeed gave me this consolation, "maybe you haven't fully explored the world of books written by women, but the good news is that you now have so many wonderful books to read." No shit.

I have a friend who once spent a whole year reading only books written by women. I'm planning on a spending this winter doing the same. Thanks, Buzzfeed.

First up: White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

Take the quiz here.

V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015

The Daily Word in Halloween, Feminism, and Leonardo DiCaprio

The Daily Word

The Author of Wicked wrote about how dumb men can be in his new take on Alice in Wonderland.

Looking for your next read?

If you're not a feminist, move out the way.

I thought things may be better in Canada, but there's no borders for the patriarchy.

Albuquerque officer Daniel Webster died overnight from injuries sustained during a traffic stop last week.

Here's some Halloween party prep for you.

According to SXSW, to fight sexism, you should succumb to it.

Some last minute costume ideas for the ladies.

Leo D. may actually get an Oscar???

A grocery store in Pennsylvania isn't selling eggs to minors Oct. 24 through Nov. 1.

Finally, happy Halloween from me to you.

V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015

Books

Where Is Edward Abbey?

The search for an environmental hero's final resting place

Author Sean Prentiss discusses his haunting new memoir about searching for the secret grave of Edward Abbey.
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V.24 No.20 | 5/14/2015
The Marble Orchard

Book Review

The Ties That Bind

The Marble Orchard

Dark literary thriller The Marble Orchard explores how loyalties can shape a man’s choices—and doom him.
V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015

Summer Guide 2015

Swimming Holes, Cement Ponds and Summer Reading

Get your RDI of sunshine and prose

Summer reading so good you’ll unburden yourself from gravity and float through the heat waves.

Book Review

Just Say No to Prohibition

Johann Hari challenges a devastating 100-year experiment

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

We’ve lost the War on Drugs. So what’s next?
V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015
Curious George stops by Page One at 2pm to help them celebrate their 34th birthday.

Culture Shock

Contra-ception

Between learning contra dance, scoping artsy houses from the inside and celebrating both Independent Bookstore Day and Free Comic Book Day, there’s no time for boredom in ABQ.

Book Review

Radical Quest and Loss

All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West

One worked from within the establishment while one sought to overthrow it. David Gessner finds a deep love for the American West in the work of Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey.
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