My favorite book of the new year, crazy good!! For a review far better than I could write, please look at Ann W.'s staff picks. She's written a concise description of this book which is very hard to describe. We are both excited to share this quirky, literary and we think, award winning novel with you all.
What a great read! A coming of age story about a 13 year old boy who helps his father steal architectural antiques off buildings in New York City in 1974. Adventure, hijinks, young love and wonderful, wise writing had me turning down pages so I can go back and savor them again. Ultimately a love letter to New York City. I'll never visit there again without looking up.
Mary Frances (Frankie) Lombard is my new favorite character. She's reminds me of Harper Lee's Scout - funny, fierce, determined and loyal to a fault. She loves the farm where she lives and worries that extended family will move in on her turf. All the kooky characters that inhabit her world make this novel a joy to read. That and Frankie's growing pains, of which there are many. Funny, rich, heartwarming, a feel-good story for all.
Two boys, brothers, flee Hungary in 1956 with their family, bound for Paris. Life is bewildering, terrifying, brutal and at times hilarious. Loved it!
Grief is a giant crow that bursts in to your home and follows you around and won't go away. It mocks you and embarrasses you and tries your patience. This tiny novel is a slap in the face and then a warm snuggle. A gem of a book that you can read in an hour or so but that will stick with you for a long time.
This is a dark, twisty story set in a cold and bleak northern Minnesota. A lonely girl is hired as a babysitter for a sickly boy. The warmth of this new little family is different from her own harsh life. When you are young and looking for love, signs of disfunction may be overlooked.
This is a good read for a cold winter night.
Colomba Caselli, a police detective and Dante Torre, a consultant are thrown together to solve a kidnapping and murder that may have ties to Dante's horrific past. This is a twisty psychological thriller that keeps you reading way past your bedtime.
The first book in a planned series with these two fascinating characters.
For fans of Jo Nesbo and Jussi Adler-Olsen.
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel by a Bolshevik tribunal. A man who never worked a day in his life is forced to live in attic rooms and watch the world around him change forever. In his quest to keep from going insane he meets and befriends many people from different classes and situations and as a result his world is opened to him in ways he never dreamed. Count Rostov makes the best of a bad situation and learns that often the most inconvenient things are the most worthwhile. Loved it!
This novel, aimed at grade 5 and up, is the best thing I've read this summer! Three children, each with a special skill, and a very special dog named Gwenforte, are on the run. The year is 1242 and farting dragons, evil knights and wicked queens are all too common. The children are rumored to be saints and King Louis has declared war on them as heretics. Jeanne, a peasant girl has visions of the future. Jacob, a Jewish boy can heal wounds with plants and prayers, William is a very tall young monk with super strength. And Gwenforte killed a snake to save Jeanne when she was an infant.
This is a story about acceptance, love, learning and grit. Goodness wins out over evil and ignorance in this tale that is timeless and relevent today.
This is a wonderful read! Who knew scientists were so funny? Hope Jahren can write about dirt and make it funny and interesting. Then she can write about her life in the lab and her relationship with the natural world and her travels with side-kick and fellow scientist Bill, and make you wish you were a scientist too.
I don't think I have ever read a better novel. Period. Ms. Erdrich can rip your heart out, mess around with it and then give it back to you much improved from it's original state.
Brutal, bloody, violent and I couldn't put it down. Wait, I take that back. I often had to put it down after scenes that were gruesome. I'd take a little break and then was right back to it. Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon signs on to be the ships medic on a whaling vessel. Also on board is a serial killer. They are headed for the Arctic Circle and what is believed to be rich waters filled with seals and whales. McGuires's writing is mesmerizing. The rich details of life on the ship, the stark beauty and violence of the landscape, the violence of war and men. If you have a strong stomach, give this a read. It's quite a book.
From the author of MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND, a store favorite. This novel again takes place in a little British village with an eccentric cast of characters. In the months before WWI starts, Beatrice takes a teaching job in the village. Her father has passed away and she is on her own. A local woman takes her under her wing and helps Beatrice navigate the strict social rules of the village. The woman's nephews, one a fun loving poet, the other a young doctor, keep things lively the summer before school starts. With war looming, the village joins the war effort by hosting refugees. Strict moral codes, gossip, and small-minded villagers restrict Beatrice's life so that she must work very hard to make a place for herself where she is valued for her talents and intelligence and not succumb to the heavy heart that threatens to weigh her down. A good read.
A lovely book about sisters and the bond between them. A story of dreams and the power they can have to change lives. Sisters Sol and Ming long for a better life and then begin to learn how to make that happen. For fifth or sixth graders.
The story of a marriage told in two parts, first half the husband, second half, the wife. As they say, there's always two sides to the story and this fantastic book shows the truth in both sides and then leaves you with a deeper understanding of these very interesting people. Loved it!