I love this book. I love this book. I love this book.
I should admit that I think I feel about ghosts the same way that Dr Miles does. I love a good ghost story, and in particular, I love ghost folklore. But I try to be aware of what the stories also say about society - both the source society and the current society. I love the work of L.B. Taylor Jr., in part, because he does deal equally with history and folklore. That's where his interest lay, and while a Southern, he doesn't whitewash.
Miles taps into the question of ghost folklore and tourism in the South, in particular, the use of ghost stories about slave to sell tours. She not only digs at the history (or non-history) behind such stories, but looks at how the various places address slavery. IT is a rather enlighting and anger inducing book, but it does make you think and provides you with a reading list.
Miles' passion and prose is so clear and engaging that I want to read everything she has written and will write after reading this good book.
I really loved this book.
I've Got This Round: More Tales of Debauchery by Mamrie Hart was just what I needed after the last couple of books. Without realizing it, I desperately required a fresh dose of humor and Mamrie's voice in particular pulls one out of their own funk and reminds them that life should be fun. If you want to read a book by someone who feels like they are in your corner and rooting you on then you are in the right place. She has inspired/reminded me to continue to live authentically and for me. Also, I should travel more. Like a LOT more. If you've never heard of Mamrie I highly recommend you do two things: Watch her YouTube channels and read her first book. After you've done those two things you'll have a better understanding of just what you're getting into by diving into her second book which focuses less on the distant past and more on living in the moment. In I've Got This Round Mamrie set out to make moments that could be turned into a book and she succeeded with flying colors. She tests out a dating app which I had never heard about before and then I heard about it again the week after I finished reading this. (It's called Raya and I think it's for celebs. Full disclosure: I never researched it.) She goes on crazy trips with friends where everything is planned last minute and insane things happen. Some of the stuff that happened was so surprising that I literally looked up from the page and stared into space for several minutes. (I so badly want to tell you which things I'm talking about but I don't want to ruin it for you.) I have no idea how someone can consume the amount of alcohol that Mamrie does and still function as a normal human. It does make for hilarious content though so...worth it? This is a fun read that still manages to have a lot of heart. If you enjoyed You Deserve a Drink (the book and/or her YouTube show) then you will undoubtedly love its sequel. 10/10
What's Up Next: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
What I'm Currently Reading: Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham
I wasn't sure about this one in the beginning; the first story was from Austria, called The Soldier's Bride, and it creeped me right the hell out. No way would I read it to my nieces until they were old enough to show a ghoulish delight in scary stories.
The rest of the collection was fantastic, a few real gems and no real clunkers. Some had clearly recognisable elements, but none of them tales I'd ever heard before.
A great find.
This fits the Suspect: Arthur Conan Doyle card, as it's a collection of short-stories.
continues to be a wide variety of stories--a whirlwind of strange effects and ideas, all different. the bad news is that a few have left me cold, or confused--but there are so many tales in this book, with many of them quite short, that I wouldn't expect to like them all; the last two I did--'The Green Bottle', and 'The Closed Door', were favorites of mine. i think I prefer the shorter ones, or at least the ones that run about 10 pages. shall try to finish all this tonight.