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Love Rocks: Exploring "New Adult"

Folks, we’re halfway through February and if you’re like me, the shiny and bright promise of a new year is already a little bit tarnished and we’re dug in, doing what we do, moving forward into 2013.  Working. Playing. Taking care of the kids, family… taking care of ourselves.

 

For me this new year was all about my writing and making time for things that I enjoy, like reading. And what have I been reading lately?  A whole lot of a newish romance sub-genre, something labeled ‘new adult’.  Which, to me, are stories revolving around the grey area—you know, the one between teenagers and adults.  That block of time meant for experimenting, finding yourself, making life-long connections.  A time where responsibilities are slowly beginning to pile up, but not so much that you can’t have fun.

 

I love this genre and today I’m going to share a few books I’ve read over that last month or so that, for various reasons, I enjoyed a lot.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).