BORN WEIRD

feb13-Must-Reads-01ANDREW KAUFMAN

Weird is about the redemptive power of family. At the moment of their births the Weird children were given a blessing, a special power by their grandmother. As time passed the blessings seemed more of a cures than a blessing. The children call it a “blursing.”  Lucy never gets lost, Abba never loses hope, Richard is programmed to keep himself safe from harm, Kent is able to defend himself from all threats, and Angie always forgives. On her death bed the grandmother, who the children nicknamed, The Shark, predicated the exact time of her death and stated that if all the children were present that the curses would be lifted. What follows is a madcap race to gather all the sibling and convince them to come for the good of all. The children have been on their own since their father died in a car crash, the body was never found, and the mother slipped into a kind of madness at the loss of her husband.

“It became clear to her that the only thing powerful enough to transform people into brothers and sisters and and mothers and fathers, is the ability to forgive each other. That what really gets handed down from generation to generation isn’t blood or history but the will to forgive.”

THE WOEFIELD POULTRY COLLECTIVE

woefieldSUSAN JUBY

This is a great read: fun and funny yet poignant.

Ingrediants: Prudence Burns of Brooklyn, failed young adult novelist and a bit of a righteous cause-ist, inherits a farm on Vancouver Island; Seth, an alcoholic shut-in blogger who hadn’t been out of his mother’s house for over five years; Earl, a crotchety old farmhand who comes with the land and plays bluegrass and passes along nuggets of wisdom like “[it] don’t pay to ask questions about things that is none of your business”, Earl has an important secret; and Sara Spratt, an adorably plucky teen from a broken home, Sara is the one with the chickens and a lot of guts to put up with the likes of Seth and Earl. Put them all together and you end up with this wonderful book.juby