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Hooked up at SAA. Are *that* couple in the reading room. Rare Books, but have no reason to be in there specifically. pic.twitter.com/txBpSEHIOL— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 12, 2018
Extremely pure of heart. Works on Shakespeare but doesn’t understand why Shakespeareans can be so mean to one another. Excellent student evaluations. Journals room at Senate House. pic.twitter.com/jE2WvOJgmz— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 12, 2018
Has a ‘conference wardrobe’. Surprises students with her ability to project her voice. You’re not sure exactly what she works on, but know that she’s racking up the publications. Leaves her suitcase in the corner in seminars. Humanities 1. pic.twitter.com/dSJmbO0IG8— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 12, 2018
Very forward in the paper review session. Thinks he’s more popular with students than he is. Secretly extremely insecure about his perfectly good research on poetic form. Has a favourite seat in Humanities 2, is upset when someone else gets there before him. pic.twitter.com/OTB6OrZ8Kb— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 12, 2018
Legal history power couple. Stage performances using church court depositions. Known to take down unsuspecting mansplainers at conferences with minimal mercy. Graduate students would follow them into battle. Local archives, where they charm and confuse family historians. pic.twitter.com/7x6Z0sGy4B— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 12, 2018
Resilient, despite having had a Bad Supervisor. Analyses accounts of natural disasters through an ecocritical lens. Feels her article on the Lisbon earthquake may currently be a bit on the nose. Alternates between Rare Books and Science. pic.twitter.com/KvpjtpbZOv— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Working on an ERC project about something intimidatingly theoretical. Always turn up at conferences together, never attend the dinner. Various libraries in the states, racking up the air miles. pic.twitter.com/2jzRZtyDS4— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Bibliographer. Learned to recreate sixteenth-century binding techniques, posts pictures of his pretty impressive work on twitter & is always surprised when people favourite them. Has a baby, who he sometimes posts photos of ‘reading’ the works of W.W. Greg. The Weston Library. pic.twitter.com/dieVRZXRMa— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Theatre historian, reliable escaper to the pub at boring conferences. Has Stories about his youth in the regional music scene. Wears mildly rude slogan t-shirts when teaching. Has your back when needed. NT archive. pic.twitter.com/QnWdKMH3Vw— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Research seminar nightmare child. Working on Hobbes, but not in an interesting way. Tries to best visiting speakers. Prefers to work in coffee shops, to be honest. pic.twitter.com/i8NaoJrKMB— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
...just a department you probably don’t want to join, to be quite honest. pic.twitter.com/kBKVWu72bM— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Digital Humanist, resolutely not a powerhouse. Gave a keynote once, made a thoughtless joke about Me Too and has never been invited to again. Is dismissive of anyone whose data he considers to be insufficiently big. Found in the Cloud, probably. pic.twitter.com/qjjh9YXh3t— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Charismatic and Problematic™️. The first academic you followed on twitter; you desperately hope she didn’t notice your quiet unfollow a few months later. Is going to be the subject of a Chronicle article one of these days. pic.twitter.com/wN3P3FKxeR— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Just, like, the actual worst. No redeeming features. You suspect him to be Reviewer 2, which is just your luck. pic.twitter.com/4gVk5h07rv— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Fashion historian, writing a trade book on gold thread in historical long-view. Consults for theatre companies. New Generation Thinker. Possessed of the best hair of any reader in the V&A archive. pic.twitter.com/x8kU2CVUWj— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Earnest social historians, co-writing a book on something worthy that you sadly tuned out because you got distracted. Tend to leave conference audiences feeling bored, & guilty for being bored. Tweets often include ‘please retweet’. Ask lots of questions at departmental meetings. pic.twitter.com/MhV3pvPIbp— Kirsty (@avoiding_bears) May 13, 2018
Ryan DeMarco Mystery #2
By: Randall Silvis
Publication Date: 1/23/2018
My Rating: 5 Stars +
Blog Tour Jan 23
Jan 15-Feb 1, 2018
When long-buried secrets come back to the surface..
Ryan DeMarco returns following Two Days Gone landing on my Top Books of 2017 with a gripping follow-up from the acclaimed author, Randall Silvis — WALKING THE BONES.
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The continuation of Ryan DeMarco leads Marco and his partner to an unsolved murder case of seven African American girls who went missing from 1998 and 2004. A story of things buried―memories, regrets, secrets, and bodies.
Dark hidden secrets are unraveled and exposed in this gripping psychological suspense crime mystery thriller (procedural) with a strong literary twist. The shocking conclusion will leave you gasping, with thoughts of Vladimir Nabokov’s classic Lolita.
“The past is never past, she thought. Every second of their pasts lay gathered inside them. Every incident of their pasts had constructed their present, every cell interlocking, layer upon layer. The past is omnipresent."
Picking up from Two Days Gone, Sergeant (49 yrs. old) Ryan DeMarco of the Pennsylvania State Police is still suffering from the loss of his best friend, Thomas Hutson, his son, Ryan Jr. and the demise of his marriage. Guilt-ridden, he continues to wrestle with his demons spending time at the cemetery.
They were all gone. Only Jayme remained. He hopes he will not ruin her life.
Currently, he is dating Jayme Matson (fellow Trooper), and she is quite concerned about his well-being. She has convinced Ryan to take a medical leave of absence for three months rather than retire. She decides to join him. They rent an RV and hit the road to visit her sick grandmother in Kentucky, her hometown.
However, when they arrive, they become involved in a murder mystery. Seven young females reduced to bone. Seven skeletons found in a four by fourteen by ten-foot space between the walls of a local church.
Each of the girls — are between fifteen to nineteen years of age. All light-skinned African American girls. Not a single Caucasian. Each cocooned in a clear plastic sheeting and sealed with silver duct tape. Each meticulously, obsessively cleaned and stripped.
One per year from 1998 to 2004. A fetish for girls of color, or a hatred of them? Cause of death?
"Sometimes the bones talk, and sometimes they hoard their secrets."
Who was the killer? It had to be someone who knew about the false wall in the church and how to access it. A regular visitor, the pastor, or someone well-known in the community? Later the church was torched.
Flashing back and forth from Ryan’s childhood to the present –we learn more about his earlier childhood. The one which still haunts him.
Between Ryan’s internal struggle, his grief and guilt, emotions, insecurities, disturbing dreams, regrets, his troubled ex-wife Laraine, and his current relationship with Jayne – he has his hands full. The tensions and drama run high. Will he screw up his second chance at happiness?
“Unless you have chaos inside, you cannot give birth to a dancing star.”—Freidrich Nietzche
Neither Ryan nor Jayne knows where their relationship may be going, but they are along for the rocky ride. (Mixed with a few family members and locals). Plus we learn about both their pasts.
In the midst of their personal affairs, they are drawn into this old mystery.
From a senior amateur group of six concerned citizens (Da Vinci Cave Irregulars). Determined to solve this case and help in any way they can —to a registered pedophile, minister, Mennonite, a groundskeeper, a foreman, a tarot-car-reading librarian, a retired coroner, a reclusive chiropractor millionaire, among others.
They have folders for the players: Suspects: Chad McGintey (statutory rape), Lucas McGintey (drug possession), Aaron Henry (teacher), Virgil Helm (caretaker), Eli Royce (pastor & narcissist), and the victims.
Each of the victims had circumstances and were reported missing in the Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri. The all were between five feet and five four. Petite. The cause, date, time, and place of death were undetermined. Runaways. Had their families given up on them long before their bones ended up in Aberdeen?
In addition to Ryan’s haunted past, afraid he was becoming his father—now the seven girls are starting to haunt him as well. Will the cemetery, a bear cage, or being trapped in the woods give him the answers they are desperately seeking?
"History never really says good-bye. History says, see you later.” — Eduardo Galeano
With rich, evocative language, a twisty plot, and well-developed characters, Silvis once again delivers an extraordinary piece of art. Not only is WALKING THE BONESa phenomenal suspense crime mystery, but it also possesses an intense character study. I loved Two Days Gone; however, the followup further delves into the heart and soul of DeMarco and his tormented childhood as well as adulthood.
Both parts of the story (Ryan’s) and the (murder mystery) are equally as gripping. The secret behind the girl’s death was unpredictable and a clever twist. Silvis lyrical prose is spellbinding. Beautifully written, and profoundly moving, an emotional and haunting meditation of acceptance, love, trust, and survival. (an intriguing character).
I enjoyed Jayme’s personality — a strong sassy and witty female counterpart to Ryan’s complicated, moody, emotional, deep, and grief-stricken side, at times. A delicate balance of humor. Enjoying Silvis’ writing and look forward to reading his backlist.
Highly Recommend both Two Days Gone and WALKING THE BONES. For fans of intelligent well-plotted literary mystery suspense thrillers. Looking forward to seeing what is coming next!
Also, recommend Only the Rain. (2018)
A special thank you to Sourcebooks and #NetGalley for an early reading copy.
The 5 Min Video Challenge: Connecting Lives Around the World
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Any video that sends a message across border and unites communities and people is welcome. With only criteria to fulfill apart from the 5-minute limitation to the video length, anybody with a camera or recording device can display their talent for to the world to see, with the help of their video. The 5 Min Video Challenge first held in 2016, earned rave reviews from people from around the world for its initiative to remove barriers of communications.
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