Our second batch of Oooh Shiny! book subscriptions shipped out last week and we’re ready to reveal the books to you! And for anyone not yet familiar with our subscription, it’s real easy! You order the subscription and we’ll send one of the newest books of that month right to your doorstep! So have a look at our second batch of books and procure yours for next month!
Our regular subscription has a book that we’ve been waiting for ever since The Middlesteins was published. We’re big Jami Attenberg fans and it makes us very happy to share her newest book with all of you. Saint Mazie is about Mazie, a girl growing up in the Jazz Age in New York, spending her days between selling tickets at The Venice movie theater and brawling about town at night. We follow her through her life, told in diary excerpts and interviews with the people left behind. She’s not just a fun-loving girl, behind this tough act, there’s a woman with a big heart. The Great Depression hits NY hard and Mazie opens the doors of The Venice to help those in need, establishing herself as the beating heart of the Lower East Side. The book is inspired by the life of a woman profiled in Joseph Mitchell’s classic Up in the Old Hotel, to which Jami Attenberg added a whole lot of wit and heart to make the story really tick.
For our YA subscription we have More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. It’s his debut novel and already a big critical hit. Also set in the state of New York, More Happy Than Not takes us to a near-future Bronx where the shady sounding Leteo institute has created a memory-relief procedure. This kind of just means deleting memories. Aaron Soto, a young boy living in the projects, finds himself turning to the memory-machine. Not to forgot that he’s poor or that his father killed himself in their one bedroom apartment, but because of Thomas. When Aaron feels like no one is there for him, Thomas is. They laugh together, watch movies on the roof and talk about his past. But being happy doesn’t go over well in a neighborhood filled with unhappy people. He needs to fit in, because being happy and being gay will not be accepted. So he turns to Leteo to get himself straightened out at the cost of forgetting who he really is.
These are our second books and if you ordered them or read them, please let us know what you thought of the books! You can now also sign up for our third Oooh Shiny! subscription through our shop and we’ll guarantee that the coming books will be just as great as these two!