Month: March 2016
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe by Benjamin A. Saenz
Artistotle and Dante are becoming very close friends, but Dante is gay, and Aristotle is lonely and angry and just doesn’t accept himself…..beautiful struggle of a teenager finding his true self. #identity
City of Darkness by Ben Bova
Manhattan is under a dome. Ron is under the pressure of a controlling Dad. He is forcing Ron into a career he abhores. he decides to run, to have one last adventure in New york City. It is forbidden. It contains all the contamination. No one is let in, and no one there is allowed to leave. Ultimate act of redlining here because the only people remaining are poor, starving, fighting. Once there, his ID is stolen and he can’t get out. He gets robbed, trapped, and falls in love, all in a day, in a dark world full of gangs and misery and scarcity. #dystopia #futureisbleak #NYCteenlit
No way Out by Peggy Kern
Harold is gripped by fear when his grandmother, his only kin alive, gets hospitalized and their budget shrinks with all the bills….His only way out turns into no way out! Gripping, tragic, hopeful book about growing up without parents. #urbanfiction #gangs #orphans
The Tao of Wu
“I think most of my approach to life has been like that, to find order in chaos, to be in the middle of a bunch of things happening at the same time, but find focus. I strive to be like the sun sitting in the middle of the solar system with all the planets spinning around it–millions of things going on. It’s just sitting there being the sun, but exerting gravitational effect on everything. I think man should look at himself that way. Similarly to the sun or to the nucleus of an atom, and all the confusing things going on around him are okay as long as he’s staying focused on what he’s doing as long as he’s being himself.”
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut
Pair this with “The Great Gatsby.” Does art have meaning after war? Does life? Meet two male protagonists that struggle to create meaning in their lives after their war experience.
#abstractart #longisland Thanks, Alex for recommendation!