Brad explains why he's excited about our event with Daegan Miller on Tuesday, 5/22 @ 7pm.
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"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!"
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"
I promise this book will leave you gobsmacked! When it arrived in the store, I joyously carried it around with me for an entire day, pressing it into the hands of every co-worker and customer available. Seemingly drawn in colored chalk on a blackboard, double-page spreads show vibrant renderings of fish certainly not found in nature, swimming on one page with the single word emotion they portray printed on the opposite one in a style that corresponds to their feeling. Simple, right? Yep -- but I defy you not to be completely caught up in their "lives." "Confused," looking wide-eyed and made from variegated yard fragments; "Sure" smiling and with all his scales in orderly rows swimming confidently toward the page's edge. "Bored" is droopy-eyed and seems to be floating in place, while "Delighted" is making great progress through his ocean with joyful eyes and cherubic smile. Twenty-one emotions -- 21 images that are unforgettable. Whether you're 3, 30, or 300 years old, this book is all about how it makes you feel every time you read it...and it won't be just once!
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.