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I'm almost tempted to purposely read a bad book one of these days, so y'all won't think I love everything I read, but this book did not serve that purpose. The stories in this collection capture the feelings of growing up, and intergenerational tension, while balancing between beauty and danger, magic and reality. Many of them also explore gender roles, sexual preferences, and the way we're taught to behave "properly," according to the society and family in which we're raised. A few of the selections were less story, more clever idea, and those had their merits, but the ones I really loved (the majority of the stories) were the ones that made me want to hug the characters:

- "Basement Magic"
- "The Green Glass Sea" (which made me even more eager to read the whole novel of the same name, and luckily I happen to have it already)
- "Triangle"
- "Flying Over Water"
- "Time Gypsy"
- "Travel Agency"
- "A Taste of Summer"
- "Guys Day Out"
- "Portable Childhoods" (extra-special love for this sweet mother-daughter story!)
- "In the House of the Seven Librarians"

I wish I could send this book back through time to the eleven-year-old me, so that she could pass it on to be re-read by the me of each following year. I think it would have helped me through my awkward phase.

Yay for Klages!

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bzdchris
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation. Not that I need to add more books to my list, but I just put a hold on it through the library. Sounds great, and just where my interests lie recently.
were_duck
Mar. 5th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Hi, found you via brdgt's journal. I loved Portable Childhoods, too! I had to put it down and bawl after reading the one about the man with developmental disabilities. I think Klages is genius at evoking childhood in all its complexities and humours. Thanks for the lovely review.
nayad
Mar. 5th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Hi! I'm glad you liked both the book and the review. It was so easy to write positive remarks about this one!
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