2008 Books #12: Portable Childhoods, by Ellen Klages
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.