We want to say that Decemberlands, by local writer and occasional Desert Companion contributor Greg Blake Miller — a slim, highly readable volume of three short stories with holiday themes — would make a great stocking stuffer. But that would shortchange the book: By the time the recipient opens it on December 25, he or she will be pretty much holidayed-out. And it would be a shame to set aside a book that, really, isn’t about seasonal clichés.
How do you imagine the modern woman? Does she stuff her bra with tennis balls? Does she drink too much at class reunions, or steal animals from the zoo? According to Alissa Nutting, she definitely does. The BMI writer talks about her fresh approach to the modern-day, dysfunctional woman.