The desperation and the joy: endless hour of the last minute is up on us! I've put together this quick list of my favorite books from this year. Perhaps you will find a bit of inspiration within these digital stacks for your own shopping. If you have suggestions of your own, please leave the titles and authors in the comments section!
The Macalino Authors (a.k.a. my family) publish under the imprint Crystal Mosaic Books. While we have a collective website at www.macalino.com, I put this quick catalog together, so that you could access all of our books from one page. Thanks so much for staying in touch and supporting our work!
Signings and reading events bring my family of authors together with readers from all over the globe. We have such a great time chatting about our shared love of books and learning people's stories! What an amazing community to be a part of.
In thanks for all of you sharing your thoughts and passions with us--and for your support of our own writing endeavors--we have put together this shopping guide of six books for every reader age group represented by our works. Hope it is helpful!
Here's to another year of inspiring one another!
(Want to continue the sharing? Add your reading suggestions down in the comments box. Be sure to mark the appropriate age group!)
Once upon a time…
Because isn’t that how all the best stories start? With once upon a time?
Once upon a time, two young mothers took gambles on their dreams. They created businesses in a quaint little downtown in a quaint little city called Hillsboro. One of these young ladies—we’ll call her Tonya—opened a soap and lotion business (Rustling Sage) and sold her wares in a charming boutique aptly named The Artfull Garden. The other young lady—we’ll call her Tina—opened a bookstore from the inventory she had amassed in her online bookselling.
This legendary bookstore was known as Jacobsen’s Books & More.
So Spake Mo…
It is an ancient story, a heartbreakingly familiar one.
Once upon a time in the high reaches of Tibet, a spare prince laid the foundations for a kingdom on the high cliffs north of the Indian Himalaya on the south bank of the Sutlej river. Tsaparang, the capitol city of the great Guge Kingdom, ruled largely unopposed from these highly defensible spires for nearly 700 years. As the Muslims swept through the surrounding lands, Guge grew with the influx of Buddhist refugees. Gifted artisans from the Far East, the Near East, and all the conquered lands between joined together in Guge to create a uniquely international mix of Buddhist art that can still be seen today on the walls Tsaparang’s great ruins.
So Spake Mo…
On the evening of Friday the 15th of November nearly 50 people converged on Jacobsen’s Books & More in downtown Hillsboro, OR to help me celebrate two milestones: the launch of my first book in two years, STEALING LUCIFER’S
DREAMS, and my cresting of “the hill,” my fortieth birthday.
It was a chance for me to share what stories have meant on my journey
thus far and how the people around me have helped to shape that story.
For those of you who couldn’t be there that night, this is for you.
So Spake Mo…
Albion. The name of the isle in the time of the Greeks gods, the isle populated by the sons of Albion, the giants.
Britian. The name of the isle in the time Trojans, when Brutus of Troy conquered the giants and settled there after years of war and exile, bequeathing it his name.
So Spake Mo…
Alright, go ahead, get it out. Breathe… Worst playground joke ever. Yes, this is probably the reason we never learned about the place in school. How exactly would the teacher introduce it? No one knows the origin of the name either, so translating it to English as “Rock Puma” (the lake being in the shape of a puma chasing a rabbit) or “Crag of Lead” is not academically sound.
But that’s a shame, because this lake so high up in the Andes along the Peru/Bolivia border has a fascinating heritage. It is essentially the birthplace of
So Spake Mo…
Through an expanse of years, shattering a divide of incredible distance, I listened to words of Michael Wood last night. He served as my guide we traced over the British and French landscape, as we traced back into the legend of Arthur, the Once and Future King.
So Spake Mo...
Far away, on the island of Floreana on the outer edge of the Galapagos, two lovers came to settle, to build their hermitage and live out their philosophy. Everything in their grand experiment from the shape of their garden, to their meatless diet (carefully reinforced by the removal of their teeth before they departed Germany), to their nudist lifestyle followed Dr. Friedrich Ritter’s mystical re-interpretation of Nietzschean and Taoist philosophy. His mistress Dore Strauch-Koerwin cleaved to Dr. Ritter’s philosophy long before their departure, embracing a swinger lifestyle and ultimately leaving behind her husband (and Dr. Ritter’s wife) to cross two oceans.
The Story of Place