Adriana joined the Warwick's staff back in aught-6 and has proved to be an utterly invaluable Bookie. Here are a few of her latest reads. (By the way, Adriana is represented here by her dog, Abbey.)
- Bookie since April 2006 -
Sisters are once again the heart of Maynard’s latest novel that proves to be part murder mystery, part family drama. Rachel & Patty must rely on each other as their disconnected Mother and their hero detective Dad are busy with their own dramas. Their life takes a terrifying turn when a serial killer starts systematically attacking women on the mountain near their home and their father struggles to keep up with a murderer who is ten steps ahead of him. With Maynard’s effortless writing style, she deftly recreates what it’s like to be thirteen and on the cusp of womanhood. She expertly delves into the secret world of sisters, family, & the terrors of childhood. Fast paced & thrilling, this heartwarming story ends with a twist.
Although the title may sound a little like something your teacher might have assigned you in high school, a textbook this is not. Whether or not you’ve actually read all six of her novels, this thoughtful study of Austen’s works is not to be missed. Have you ever wondered what her characters look like, or whether or not any of her characters actually have sex? These and many more (20 more to be precise) questions are answered with wit and aplomb. This will leave you longing to reopen one of your old and dusty copies of Pride & Prejudice.
Amy falls down: literally. After accidentally knocking herself out on a birdbath in her yard, writing teacher Amy Gallop gives one hell of an interview to her local paper. Her hallucinatory interview rekindles interest in her long out of print work and causes Amy to question what it means to be a writer, successful or not, in today’s market . Beautifully written and and extremely funny, you won’t want to put this one down.
This is “The Glass Castle” for the Park Avenue set. An exhilarating story of survival, Mommie dearest style, with an international backdrop that includes New York, London, Paris, Morocco, and an explosive final show down between daughter and mother in Boston. Lawless is able to recount her Dickensian childhood with strange clarity and humor, leaving us the reader intensly grateful to meet Georgann Rea only between the pages of this heartbreaking and sensational memoir.
It’s not often every bookseller in Warwick’s raves about the same book at the same time. This is one spectacular novel we all can agree on. Set in New York City in 1938, the world is about to change, and our character’s lives will never be the same. Don’t take our word for it: read it for yourself. You’ll be recommending this to everyone you know!
What we know about Sylvia Plath’s twenty-six days as a guest editor at Mademoiselle magazine comes from her one and only novel The Bell Jar. A twenty-year old Plath arrived in New York City in the summer of ’53 ready for the experience of a lifetime. What she got was an assignment that would send her to the brink and back. Her time in the city would end up changing the way she saw herself, her friends, her family, her future. Winder interviews many of Plath’s fellow guest editors who worked alongside her and were witness to the metamorphosis of a girl who was quickly becoming the writer of her generation. Stunning in all its detail, this will redefine what you thought you knew about a bright flame that was extinguished far too quickly.
Do you ever wonder what happened to little Danny Torrance from The Shining? I know I did, & luckily for us, so did Stephen King. After years spent dampening his shining with booze, Danny is now sober and using his abilities to help others. Life is pretty good until a twelve-year old girl named Abra, with shining stronger than his ever was, needs his help. He must face foes far stronger and ominous than any at the Overlook Hotel all those years ago, and it’s up to Danny and Abra to try and stop them. This is Stephen King at his best. I could not put this book down starting at page 1. You will not be disappointed. One of the best books of 2013.
London 1972: Beautiful & intelligent Serena Frome, newly recruited by MI5, has been tasked with finding writers whose views align with theirs under “Operation Sweet Tooth.” Serena gets in over her head when she falls in love with the young writer chosen. Part espionage tale, part love story, you will not be able to put this down. Full of gritty suspense & the beautiful prose we’re so used to getting from McEwan.
Maynard has outdone herself with this coming of age tale of two girls born on the same day in a small New Hampshire town. Told in alternating points of view, we travel along with Ruth & Dana as they experience first love, marriage, children, tragedy, and the unearthing of a secret so dark it will leave you breathless. This is absolutely one of Maynard’s best novels yet.
Marking her 40th year as an author and containing a new preface, Maynard’s sensational memoir is haunting and beautiful. Detailing an intense childhood spent writing to please her parents, her one fateful year with Salinger, the birth of her children and the end of her marriage, Maynard’s ups and downs will have you on tenterhooks. Fascinating!
Read Ann Patchett’s collection of essays as you would a stack of letters from an old friend: Carefully, tenderly, and with the nagging suspicion that the author may perhaps be a better person than you are. So effortless is her writing style, it seems there is nothing between her imagination & her pen. Revealing, touching, at times hilarious, & always personal, these essays will make you feel like Ann Patchett is your best friend!
McCann’s latest novel proves without a shadow of a doubt that he is easily one of the finest writers of his generation. Wielding a narrative that will leave you breathless, he leapfrogs through time and continents, between Ireland, Newfoundland, & America. The transatlantic journeys of historical figures Frederick Douglas & American Senator George Mitchell crisscross those of three generations descended from a young Irish maid making her way across the Atlantic to start a new life. Amazingly and beautifully written, take your time reading what will certainly be considered one of the best books of 2013!
This is how to read this book: Open the first page and don’t stop until you’ve finished. That’s exactly what I did. I shut out everything else in my life because I couldn’t stop reading. The only time I paused to engage with another human being was to stop and read a passage to my husband. This is the best “self-help” book you will ever need or want. In Burroughs’ own words, it will help you survive what you think you can’t.
North Carolina 1960: Luce’s solitary life is interrupted by her murdered sisters’ disturbed twins whom she has inherited by default. When the murderer comes looking for the children, Luce must put her life and the life of the children in the hands of a handsome stranger. Darkly riveting and beautifully written, you will not want to put this down.