05 Jan

Book Haul: Stretching, Juvie, and Dystopian Sleuthing

Did a little shopping today! Links go to Amazon and are affiliate coded.

THE YOGA BIBLE by Christina Brown

$2.99 at the time of this post

Featuring over 150 yogic postures from the main schools of yoga, including lyengar and Astanga Vinyasa, this book is a comprehensive illustrated step-by-step guide to achieving each posture. It offers advice on altering postures where necessary, enabling beginners to try more difficult positions. Experienced yoga practitioners will also find a number of challenging, advanced positions—perfect inspiration for developing their practice.

In addition to postures, the book includes notes on various types of yoga practices as well as a summary of well-known traditional schools of yoga and how they vary. Readers will also find advice from the author on breathing techniques and the benefits of yoga in healing, pregnancy, de-stressing and meditation.

I’ve returned to the state of mental strain at which I physically fold in on myself, so it’s past time to get back into yoga before moving my arm away from my torso to grab something off a shelf is enough to set off panic attacks again. There are at least two other “13 gazillion aksanas” options listed in this month’s sales, but I don’t need 10,000 variations of the same basic contortion to reverse my stress-induced prawn curls, so I went for quality over quantity.

ALLEGEDLY by Tiffany D. Jackson

$1.99 at the time of this post

Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home.

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it?

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary’s fate now lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But does anyone know the real Mary?

Stories that in any way involve dead children aren’t for everyone, but as you’ll see when I share my recent reading trend later this month, death and mommy issues will be right at home.

A STUDY IN HONOR by Claire O’Dell

$1.99 at the time of this post

Set in a near future Washington, D.C., a clever, incisive, and fresh feminist twist on a classic literary icon—Sherlock Holmes—in which Dr. Janet Watson and covert agent Sara Holmes will use espionage, advanced technology, and the power of deduction to unmask a murderer targeting Civil War veterans.

Dr. Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation. While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a sniper’s bullet shattered her arm and ended her career. Honorably discharged and struggling with the semi-functional mechanical arm that replaced the limb she lost, she returns to the nation’s capital, a bleak, edgy city in the throes of a fraught presidential election. Homeless and jobless, Watson is uncertain of the future when she meets another black and queer woman, Sara Holmes, a mysterious yet playfully challenging covert agent who offers the doctor a place to stay.

Watson’s readjustment to civilian life is complicated by the infuriating antics of her strange new roommate. But the tensions between them dissolve when Watson discovers that soldiers from the New Civil War have begun dying one by one—and that the deaths may be the tip of something far more dangerous, involving the pharmaceutical industry and even the looming election. Joining forces, Watson and Holmes embark on a thrilling investigation to solve the mystery—and secure justice for these fallen soldiers.

“Black, queer, female Watson and Holmes against a dystopian backdrop of a near-future Civil War” involves a lot of things I’m interested in reading about. Also, the cover is by Chris McGrath, whose gritty aesthetic has sold me a ton of books over the years with barely a glance at the book description.

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