Quick Takes (July 2016)


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“do not stand at my grave and weep”

28007948 Is it possible to go home again? What if that home was the last place you saw your sisters before they vanished in the blink of an eye? Would you even want to? In Laura McHugh’s sophomore novel, Arrowood (August 9; Spiegel & Grau), those questions are asked of the title character as she finds herself thrust back into the mystery that stole her youth and her sisters.

A graduate student and history buff, Arden has only to complete her thesis in order to fulfill her university requirements. Easier said than done. Dealing with a romantic fallout with one of her professors, Arden’s bad luck continues when she receives word that her father has passed away, leaving her with the surprising inheritance of the house she was raised in: Arrowood. Located in Keokuk, Iowa, Arden’s heart has always belonged to Arrowood. Rich in history and owned by her family for generations, she jumps at the opportunity to start fresh in the home she loved and was forced away from as a little girl. Encouraged by her mother, who is remarried and born again, to sell the old mansion and finish her studies, Arden feels the pull of her childhood home and can’t help but return. Her arrival becomes the talk of the town and old memories stir, the worst of which brings her back to the tragic day her twin sisters, only two-years-old at the time, went missing. Never found and the only suspect still claiming his innocence, Arden has lived with the guilt of having taken her eyes off of them for one second. Now, back in Arrowood, she wonders: Can she finally find closure or will her sisters haunt her forever?

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you’ll come round and be human again

This song could have not come at a better time. Perfection in lyrics and melody.

I know that it’s been rough
It shows in your reflection
You’ve fallen out of touch
Got lost along the way
I know it’s not enough
But these things they all get better
And even if its tough

This is us, you know it on the inside
This is us, so you should show it on the outside
This is us, dust the dust up off your shoulders
Feet on ground, you’ll come round
And be human again

there is no me without you

What do you take me for?
Don’t you see the tears in my eyes?
I’ve bled for you
Cried for you
And you laughed at my scars
Do you expect me to apologize?
Do you expect me to beg?
Forgive me if I flip you off
and leave without a word
I’m fine on my own
I don’t need your false love
But I smile
When your screams echo at dawn,
“There is no me without you!”

a long way down from here

Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down has many amazing quotes. I read the novel after watching the film, of which Hornby adapted himself. Both are touching, despite their differences. Below are a few of the book quotes that spoke to me and wanted to share.

Sensitive people find it harder to stick around.

…because sometimes it’s moments like that, real complicated moments, absorbing moments, that make you realize that even hard times have things in them that make you feel alive.

Human beings are millions of things in one day.

It’s a currency like any other, self-worth. You spend years saving up, and you can blow it all in an evening if you so choose.

Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.

the darkness of my mind

My faults are my own
They will forever be cruel
Shoving me into oblivion
Do not follow
I would never wish this for you
Let me sink
No matter how far I fall
I still see your face
On the edge
You wait
Do not jump in after me
Just be there with open arms
I’ll resurface in time
Knowing that you are there
I always will

the words ring true


I finally got around to seeing The Words and my god, it hurt. It hurt a lot because it holds true to the hard road we—as aspiring writers—put ourselves through.

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