Smackdown Books 2017

Arlene's smackdown17 book montage

The Memory of Things
Hour of the Bees
The Gospel Truth
Ultraman, Vol. 1
The Bunker Diary
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy
The Hired Girl
An Ember in the Ashes
The Porcupine of Truth
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Goodbye Stranger
Beautiful Blue World
The Blackthorn Key
All American Boys

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I hear an echo......

Echo vs One

We’ll keep this short as there are already a lot of posts about the merits and challenges of these two books (since we are nearing the final pairing).  One, written in prose, was not only an easy read but really explored the love between 2 sisters.  We liked that the book gave you a look at what it was like to be conjoined (because, honestly, who wouldn’t be curious about that?) but the focus was on the relationships between the girls, their friends and family.  That being said, it would have been hard for it to take down Echo.  We actually read Echo in the second round and moved it forward because it was such a beautifully written book, music in our heads, hopefulness in our hearts and an inability to put it down.  We’ve given Echo to a number of our colleagues and students and they concur.  So for us, the clear winner is ...Echo.

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