- Mary Buck
If you like magical realism, here are some titles you might enjoy:
"The New York Trilogy: City of Glass: Ghosts: The Locked Room"
by Paul Auster
A surrealist take on hard-boiled private eye mysteries. Fast-paced, puzzling and fun.
"The Chess Garden or, the Twilight Letters of Gustav Uyterhoeven"
by Brooks Hansen
"In the fall of 1900, Dr. Gustav Uyterhoeven left the chess garden that he and his wife, Sonja, had created together in Dayton, Ohio, and journeyed to South Africa to serve as a doctor in the British concentration camps of the Boer War. Over the next ten months he sent twelve chess pieces and twelve letters back to Sonja. She set out her husband's gifts as they arrived and welcomed all the most faithful guests of the garden to come and hear what he had written - letters which told nothing of his experience of the camps but described an imagined land called the Antipodes, where all the game pieces that cluttered the sets and drawers of the garden collection came to life to guide the doctor through his fateful and wondrous last adventure."-catalog summary
The Muse Asylum
by David Czuchlewski
A cub reporter, a mental patient and a student are all linked to a reclusive writer who harbors a dark secret.
by Thomas Pynchon
A plot so convoluted as to be unsummarizable! You'll read about rockets, free will, kazoos, sexuality, the Tarot, conspiracies, and much more.
"Kafka on the Shore"
by Haruki Murakami
"The teenager Kafka Tamura runs away from home to the island of Shikoku, where he spends his time at a private library. Concurrently, Satoru Nakata, a finder of lost cats, goes on an odyssey across Japan. Gradually, these parallel stories interweave in an engaging and moving novel."-catalog summary
"Life of Pi"
by Yann Martel
"The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes. The ship sinks and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again."-catalog summary
"Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out; with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes, to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There's Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family's most precious and dangerous, asset. As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same."-catalog summary
All of theses titles are owned by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. If you have a CRRL library card you may put any (or all!) of them on hold, either through the "library catalog"
link at http://www.librarypoint.org or by calling the branch library nearest you.