Welcome to The Book Buyer's Corner where Adrian Newell (represented here by her cats Jinx and Lucy), the Warwick's book buyer will talk about what's new and upcoming in the world of books.
Summer is officially here and that means more time to read!
A good book is the perfect travel companion so don't leave home without one.
Here are some recommendations for summer reads.
In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
(Gallery/Scout Press $26.00)
When Lenora Shaw is invited to a weekend hen (bachelorette) party for a former friend, Nora, she wonders why. Once very close, they haven't spoken in years because of an earlier falling out. But against her better judgement she reluctantly agrees to go. The guests arrive at their destination—a modern glass house deep in the woods of rural Northumberland where there’s no reliable cell service o close neighbors—and, in true Agatha Christie fashion, things immediately start to go downhill. Nobody, except the hostess, seems particularly happy to be there and after a bombshell revelation and a series of sinister events, Lenora wakes up in the hospital with serious injuries and no memory of what happened to her. The details and long jet secrets unfold as her memory returns. Creepy, dark, psychological and compulsively readable—I read this page-turning debut in one sitting!
Kitchens of the Great Midwestby J. Ryan Stradal
(Pamela Dorman Books $25.00) Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a delicious, heartwarming debut that hits all the right notes—moving, quirky, humorous with characters that are fully developed, complicated, and intriguing. Don't be fooled into thinking that this is a light read—there's depth and darkness as well as love and light... just like real life.
Freedom's Childby Jax Miller
(Crown Publishing Group $25.00)
This dark modern noir is not for the fain-of-heart but it's oh so good!Freedom Oliver is in witness protection for killing her cop husband twenty years earlier. She has two children that she put up for adoption but has never forgotten, When her daughter goes missing she risks everything to find her. Freedom is wild, complicated, fearless with a hair-trigger temper. Despite her many flaws she possesses a capacity for love that surprises even her—one of the best fictional characters I've encountered in a long time!
The Given Worldby Marian Palaia
(Simon & Schuster $25.00)
Everyone copes with grief in different ways. This soulful coming-of-age debut set during the Vietnam era tells the story of Riley, whose much-loved brother disappears after combat. Unable to cope with this decastating loss and unwilling to believe that he's actually dead, Riley leaves home and drifts westward in search of news of her brother as well as something to fill the hole created by her grief. Riley is complicated impulsive, damaged yet unforgettable.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
(Riverhead Books $26.95)
I read The Girl on the Train in one day and absolutely loved it! Such a great read, combining an Agatha Christie (4:50 from Paddington) story line with the psychological tone of Patricia Highsmith. Definitely a page-turner. All in all very well done!
Now in paperback!
Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
(Scribner Book Company $16.00 - July 14, 2015)
I love this author! Megan's shot stories are masterfully executed with characters that are complicated and endearing despite their flaws. She is able to create a fully fleshed out narrative so I never feel cheated (as I often do when reading short stories) and come away from each story completely satisfied. This collection is every bit as wonderful as her debut, Birds of a Lesser Paradise.
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman
(WW Norton $14.95 - April 6, 2015)
This dark, atmospheric debut mystery set in the hills of rural Pennsylvania will appeal to readers of Dennis Lehane and Craig Johnson. Meth labs, heroin dealers, and fracking have brought unexpected wealth to the small rural township of Wild Thyme. Residents are already in disagreement about the oil drilling when a generations-long blood feud spins out of control and threatens to destroy everything in its wake. Fiddle-playing, deer-hunting, local cop Henry Farrell is brooding, complex and enigmatic. I’m hoping that this is the start of a new series featuring this great character!
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
(Simon $15.00 - April 28, 2015)
A remarkable debut! Set in the Las Vegas rarely experienced by tourists and told in the voices of 4 people--a young immigrant boy, a housewife in the midst of a bitter divorce, an Iraqi war veteran suffering from PTSD and a committed social worker—this novel questions the “American Dream” while reminding us that the struggle to find our best self can be painful but necessary—that in the midst of horrible tragedy we can also find compassion, love and forgiveness. Not to be missed!
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
(Putnam $16.00 - May 12, 2015) Everything I Never Told You is a haunting and profoundly moving debut that kept me reading late into the night. Elegant poetic prose tells the story of a mixed race family living in a small Ohio town during the 1970s. When Lydia, the much-loved middle daughter, mysteriously disappears, the ripple effect of this devastating tragedy forces the family to confront long kept secrets and issues of race that threatens to unravel them, both as a family and as individuals. The perfect reading group book!
The Rocks by Peter Nichols
(Riverhead Books $27.95 - available now)
This enchanting tale set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean is a bittersweet double love story told in reverse. The Rocks begins with a dramatic shocking event then goes backward in time to reveal the sixty-year secret that caused the unraveling of a marriage and forever altered the lives of the two families involved. A page-turning family saga with a mystery at its core--the perfect book to usher in a summer of great reading! (Good for reading groups and for readers who loved Beautiful Ruins.)
Paula McLain has done it again, this time retelling the life of Beryl Markham, adventurer, aviator and author—and a woman way ahead of her time.
Beryl’s unconventional childhood in Kenya coupled with her fearless and rebellious nature lays the foundation for a life of non-conformity and adventure, both in love and in work. Best known for setting a world record as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, Beryl was also an accomplished horsewoman and the first female licensed horse trainer in Kenya. She had a passionate star-crossed love affair with Denys Finch Hatton and after his tragic death began to take a serious interest in flying eventually becoming the first woman to earn a commercial pilot’s license. Circling the Sun is an absorbing fictional memoir that portrays in vivid detail a remarkable woman who lived life on her terms but at a price. I loved this book!!
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
(Riverhead Books $27.95 - September 15, 2015)
Using the framework of Greek mythology, Pates and Furies is the story of a charismatic couple, Lancelot (Lotto) and Mathilde, who are madly in love. Friends and family, despite being impressed by the seeming strength of the union, assume that the marriage, like many, will flame our quickly. But against the odds it remains strong through the decades or so it seems to observers. Told from two perspectives, the story unfolds to reveal a partnership that while loving is also obsessive, complicated, and full of dark secrets and one that ultimately ends in tragedy, isolation, and heartbreak. Sexy, profound, compelling, riveting—a completely satisfying read!
Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
(St. Martin's Press $26.99 - August 18, 2015)
Browsings by Michael Dirda
(Pegasus $24.95 - August 15, 2015)
I couldn’t wait to read this and once I started reading, didn’t want it to end! This is good, old-fashioned storytelling at its best—a story of love, loss, obsession, isolation, and the things we do to survive, that will keep you turning the pages until the end. I was late to work on several days because I didn’t want to stop reading. Donna Tartt takes years to complete a book but they are certainly worth the wait! -Adrian
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 21st, 2015
I loved every minute spent reading this book--a beautiful love story arising out of such profound loss, and retold as only a poet could write it. Elizabeth’s husband, Ficre, was a lovely man with so much left to give...sometimes it's difficult to understand the "why" of these passages in life. I also loved the inclusion of recipes & her descriptions of meals shared. I could smell the coffee as I read.