Nagasaki by Eric Faye

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Happy Are The Amnesiacs

Fifty-six year old meteorologist Shimura Kobo lives a quiet, unassuming life alone in his house in the Nagasaki prefecture of Japan. Alone, or at least he thinks so. What he doesn’t know is that for the past year an intruder has been secretly cohabiting with him. She only dares to venture out from the cramped confines of the cupboard space where she hides herself at night after he leaves for work each morning. While he’s gone she uses his bathroom to freshen up, browses his library of paperbacks to discover her next great read, drinks his tea, and eats sparingly from his refrigerator. How did she get there? What does she want? More importantly, how will Shimura react when he finally discovers her uninvited presence in his home?

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Sex Criminals: Volume One by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

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Get on your bikes and ride

Who can an awkward young teen first discovering his or her budding sexuality turn to in order to get their burning questions about erotic pleasure answered? Certainly not their parents. Yuk! School mandated sexual education classes? They cover the “this piece fits in here” and “keep it safe by using these” bits, but not what the deed itself should feel like physically and how performing the act will affect them emotionally. Their friends? Yeah, because their peers should be trusted as the super know-it-all experts on the subject. The internet? Some of what they could potentially be exposed to there is downright frightening. When it comes to having an open, honest discussion about sex, it seems that a teenager’s options are frustratingly limited.

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This is the Garden by Giulio Mozzi

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We’re still alone

“Dear Signorina” begins Cover Letter, the first story in Giulio Mozzi’s captivating collection This is the Garden.  It’s a story that’s not, as its name would suggest, about a hopeful candidate applying for a legitimate job, and instead goes on to explain the many reasons behind pulling a criminal one.  For it seems that in Mozzi’s world, even the lowliest of thieves can get bored, lonely, and introspective, and even if it can only ever be one-way, they still need someone to connect with on an emotional level.  It’s this story about a purse snatcher returning letters to his victim that he found while rifling through her bag, with his own running commentary attached about their possible meaning, that sets the stage for an all-out exploration of what it’s like to live a life in which you’ve become boxed in by your own personal rules of confinement.  The thief must adhere to his own set of homegrown standards and practices for his personal safety and ongoing survival, but it’s these very things that prohibit him from forming any kind of lasting, meaningful attachment with another human being.  Yet still he tries.

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The Creator by Gudrun Eva Minervudottir

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Can this world really be as sad as it seems?

In the opening moments of The Creator a divorced mother of two named Lóa steers her car towards what she believes to be a service garage after it suffers a flat tire.  Much to her dismay however, she quickly discovers that the location has changed hands.  When a solitary man named Sveinn emerges from the building and offers her his assistance their chance meeting sets in motion a chain of events that neither could have ever hoped to foresee.

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A Conversation with Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson

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Recently we had a chance to connect with the filmmakers responsible for Finding Kind, a documentary picture that aims to raise the level of awareness surrounding girl on girl bullying.  The film helped spark a national movement and led the pair to found the Kind Campaign, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting anti-bullying education in school systems both at home and abroad.

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