Tucked away in attics, basements, barns and storage units are countless bound volumes of prized ephemera. School texts, journals and diaries, long out of print books and antiquated family bibles, filled with the now-defunct practice of documenting genealogy and family history are retained, out of sight but not out of mind. Rarely are these family heirlooms pulled out of storage, but those who own them take comfort in knowing that they are there. Sadly, these books are typically not cared for as well as they deserve.
Halloween is almost here and, to gear up for the excitement of costumes and candy, I found a few other holiday treats to get us in the mood (or help calm us down after a good sugar-rush):
I had no trouble at all last year coming up with a list of my ten favorite books. With 2017 coiming to an end, alas, all I can come up with are four titles that have engraved themselves upon my memory (no small feat, I assure you). Here are some capsule reviews of my choices (in no particular order)...
It began as a game between my co-worker and I: who could be the first to snag a copy of Rupi Kaur’s milk & honey? Every day two books would come in, and immediately two books would be snapped up by customers. We asked ourselves, who was this new poet no one had heard of , with her books flying off the shelves? When was the last time a book of poetry had been a bestseller, even in the hayday of our greatest writers? As of 9/8/17, milk & honey had more than 89K ratings on GoodReads and over 10,000 reviews, averaging to a 4.26 out of 5-start rating. The book surpassed one million sold copies only one year past its publication date.In January 2017, it reached #1 on the New York Times list, and remained on the trade paperback bestseller list for 41 consecutive weeks. Bustle called it "Essential Reading" echoing The Huffington Post's article titled "The Poet Every Woman Needs to Read".
When I was a lad I went through a phase, as many children do, of enjoying ghost stories. I read many a volume of supernatural lore, some scary and some disappointingly tame. When pressed to name the scariest book of my childhood I don’t need to give it a thought. That honor goes to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.
Launch Party for local author Eric Rickstad
The Names of Dead Girls Friday,
September 15th 6:00 pm
We don’t throw parties for every new book release but when a local author hand delivers an ARC (advanced readers copy) and our booksellers fight over it, we know it’s likely worth toasting to! Stop in and help us celebrate! We'll kick off the night at 6:00 pm with wine, soft drinks and small bites. At 7:00 enjoy an author presentation followed by Q&A and a book signing. Eric is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. The Names of Dead Girls is the much-anticipated sequel to The Silent Girls and it does NOT disappoint! The story once again features detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a depraved killer through rural Vermont