"It's difficult to remember a time when there weren't books and the love of them in my life. My greatest joy was the Christmas gift that I knew contained that new hardcover carrying with it its smell, feel and prospect of hours spent delving into some new and magical place.
When, a few years ago, I saw a reissue of one of those books with a medallion affixed to the cover announcing its 50th Anniversary, I was at first depresed I was so old and stunned that so much time had scurried past! Then I realized that I've carried no other consistent passion with me for all those years, and smiled contentedly.
I'm still captivatd by those same childhood sensations and fortunately have found a place where I can try to share them with you!"
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In breathtakingly beautiful prose, Gabriel Tallent has written one of the most harrowing but ultimately hopeful and redemptive novels I've ever encountered. "Turtle" Alveston is a survivor. She will grab you by the heart and not let you look away as she navigates growing up with a damaged, survivalist father -- an environment filled with both emotionally and physically brutal landmines that is juxtaposed against a gorgeous portrayal of Mendocino. Their conflicted relationship and what she learns from it is like nothing you've read before.
Start with a few historical kernels, mix in generous portions of love, loss and humor seen through the eyes of Bardo spirits, add George Saunders' genius and you have a unique and memorable feast set over one night in a graveyard after the death of Willie Lincoln.
The author has ingeniously corraled so much between the covers of this novel that it's a difficult one to describe without destroying both the suspense and the fun you'll have once you crack it open. Yes, it's a homage to those Golden Age mysteries many of us love, but it's also one of the best contemporary novel-within-a-novel crime creations to come along in a long time.
Engross yourself in the world of Isaiah Quintabe (IQ), high school dropout from East Long Beach who tackles the cases that aren't being solved. Both the protagonist and the novel are intelligent and memorable. Author Stephen Hunter calls it "Conan Doyle channeled through Scorsese"
A very personal and utterly compelling rendering of the Japanese internment told from the perspectives of different members of a single family. I first read this 10 years ago and love it...still do! A slim novel with huge staying power.
Having always been a sucker for folklore, fairy tales (also try Uprooted!), and old Russian settings, "The Bear and The Nightingale" and its sequel "The Girl In The Tower" combined it all into one luscious borscht and had me from page 1. Set in a medieval Russian forest during midwinter, meet Vasya, an unforgettable character bestowed with her grandmothers magic who uses both it and her bravery to save her family. Curl up and drink it in!
Would knowing the date of your death change your life? Follow four siblings who learn this as children. Wonderfully plotted, fascinating characters. Wrapped in an intriguing and beautifully written novel the author looks at a number of the issues this knowledge might raise. Gives you much to meditate on long after the last page. Loved it!
This is a masterpiece! At one time I wrote a masterfu review (blush) that vanished and I can't duplicate it...So just trust me and READ THIS.