Tag Archives: Quirky

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroTitle:  Never Let Me Go

Author:  Kazuo Ishiguro

Call #:  ISH

It is the 1990s in an alternative reality England and the reader is introduced to Kathy, our narrator and a student at the exclusive Halisham, a British boarding school for “special” students. This book is both a coming-of-age tale and a true dystopian science fiction novel in which the reader is asked to question the price we are willing to pay for scientific and medical advancements in our every day
lives.
Recommended by:  Becky

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan LethemTitle:  Motherless Brooklyn

Author:  Jonathan Lethem

Call #:  LET

Meet the unforgettable Lionel Essrog, a gonzo detective with full blown Tourette’s syndrome, trying to solve the murder of his small-time mobster boss. Essrog narrates this mystery novel in the hard-boiled mold with all of the grunting, swearing, and tics typical of the syndrome. We follow Essrog along, begin to adjust to his odd rhythms and join him in the race to avenge his boss.

Recommended by:  Becky

Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser

ImageTitle:  Martin Dressler:  The Tale of an American Dreamer

Author:  Steven Millhauser

Call #:  MIL

Millhauser follows the life of entrepreneur Martin Dressler as he rises from cigar shop clerk to hotel magnate in the 19th Century in New York City.  Dressler’s outrageous imagination and desire to create a hotel that will be “a world within the world, rivaling the world,” and ultimately replacing the real world, is doomed for failure.

Recommended by:  Becky

The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone

Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-StoneTitle:  The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors

Author:  Michele Young-Stone

Call #:  YOU

The magic and power of lightning threads through the lives of strange and quirky characters in this imaginative story that is ultimately about redemption.

Recommended by:  Bobbie

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Family Fang by Kevin WilsonTitle:  The Family Fang

Author:  Kevin Wilson

Call #:  WIL

This book is about a family in which the parents are artists whose art involves creating chaos in public spaces and then filming it.  When their two children are born, they include them in their schemes.  The book alternates chapters from the present, when the kids are grown and the past when they detail one of their art installations.  It has all my favorite things – family dysfunction, a discussion of what makes art, a coming-of-age story and dark humor.

Recommended by:  Kathy

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor GischlerTitle:  Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse

Author:  Victor Gischler

Call #:  GIS

Do you like girls with guns? How about civilization getting blasted to smithereens? A divorced insurance salesman survives the end of the world by hiding in a cave.  When he emerges he finds little left that is worthwhile except a chain of strip clubs run by Joey Armageddon and his well-armed strippers. He teams up with some lethal company and heads out in search of the Lost City of Atlanta.

Recommended by:  John

Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta

Stone Arabia by Dana SpiottaTitle:  Stone Arabia

Author:  Dana Spiotta

Call #:  SPI

Nik Worth is an eccentric musician with a huge catalog of recordings but little success.  Yet he has created an alternate life history for himself, complete with newspaper clippings, reviews and album covers.  Nik’s sister Denise is his most loyal listener and the narrator of the story.  Not only is this a realistic portrait of a sibling relationship but a unique look at outsider art and maintaining your artistic identity in the face of a fame obsessed society.

Recommended by:  Kathy