Introducing! December’s Book Club Pick of the Month: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

It’s December 1st, so you know what that means! This time we polled and you picked, so allow us to officially announce the winner: our wintery book club pick for December: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey!

(Click link above to hear what folks are saying on Goodreads, or the photo below to purchase on Amazon.)

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We are stoked to read, explore and discuss this dark, modern revisioning of a Russian folktale, and it’s perf for winter without dipping into the murky water of overly-sentimental, Hallmarky holiday novels so popular this time of year. I mean, we can dig it, but not for our purposes here, where we focus on more literary works. The book has received really stellar reviews, and was also a Pulitzer Prize finalist, so that’s saying something about what we have in store. Hope you’re as excited as we are!

We will also be running things a little differently this time around, where there will be options for readers of all styles to join the fun. So stay tuned for more details on that!!

DM either Amelie or Gitana on Insta for more info on how to participate!

Pulitzer Prize Nominee for Fiction (2013)Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Debut (2013)Tähtifantasia Award Nominee (2014)The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Nominee (2012)Specsavers National Book Award for International Author of the Year (2012)

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow.

The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness.

As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

“Stunningly conceived, beautifully told, this story has the intricate fragility of a snowflake and the natural honesty of the dirt beneath your feet. . . . It fascinates, it touches the heart.”
— Robert Goolrick

— Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A magical yet brutally realistic tale.”
— O, The Oprah Magazine

San Francisco Chronicle

— Reader’s Digest

“Full of wonder, longing, hope, pain, and beauty. . . . The Snow Child will keep you frozen in its spell until the very last word.”
— Cleveland Plain Dealer

Holiday Book Party Photo Challenge!


For details about how to participate in our second annual TGBP Challenge, click on the my Holiday Photo Challenge post below to view my Instagram post with all the diets.

To join us, all you have to do is tag your holiday photos that are inspired by these prompts with #bookpartychallenge! 

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The Incendiaries on the Web – Articles, Interviews (& Other Stuff) to Dig Deeper

As promised, here are some rad and gloriously informative resources on the web to give you some insight into our fav October read, and it’s author, the cool AF R.O. Kwon. Check it out, and let’s get critical!
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The Swallow’s Flight Pop-up Event in DTLA – Saturday, October 13, 2018 at As We Dwell

Over the weekend, we had the amazing opportunity to be a part of The Swallow’s Flight’s pop-up event at As We Dwell in downtown LA. We also got to partake in our very first podcast experience with the Your Angry Neighborhood Feminist Podcast, hosted by Keegan and Madigan who were both so lovely and made chatting about Dead Girls by Alice Bolin (the topic of the episode) all the fun! 

We got to meet tons of creative folks and had great conversations about books and everything in between. We drank delicious homemade tea blends and scored badass handmade goods (how did I live life without a batik cross-body water bottle satchel for so long?!)—all made with love by the super talented Arielle. And we closed the night out with a totally rad jam session from Bad Snacks!

After the super happy-making experience of this event, we are so pumped to take part in future collabs where we all get to nerd out about books and feminism and DIY, that it warms our little hearts.

Most awesome of all, it was just so cool to be part of something creative that supports other woman and their visions. ✊🏻💕✊🏽💕✊🏿

Tons of photos were taken (and more to come), so we wanted to share some them with you all. A HUGE thank you to Arielle and YANF for allowing us to be a part of such a special and magical event.

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