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Fun Reads

I have been looking for fun reads and I can find them in the oddest places. But usually I find them by just by going to the shelves of the store and picking up one. And recently I have found three: Bats in the Band by Brian Lies; Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon and Oh So Brave Dragon by David Kirk. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780544105690
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - August 5th, 2014

People who mean well

I liked Nora Webster because of her contrariness. I liked her for the bad moods that she embraces without hesitation. I understood her impulse to stand behind a curtain and hope that the next person coming up the walk, pedaling sympathy like it was a magazine subscription, would think no one was home and just go away. All of them say that they won’t stay long, but Nora felt obligated to at least offer a cup of tea while she steeled herself for the next onslaught of fond reminiscences about her recently deceased husband.

There are a lot of well-meaning folks in County Wexford, Ireland. They shake their heads at Nora’s reluctance to get out and mingle with people and worry over her polite refusal to do what needs to be done to get on with her life. Nora’s life had died in small increments during her husband’s prolonged illness. Its restoration may take even longer. The person who was the pinion for her life is gone, so Nora does let things get her down. She gets tired of people with their good intentions and their irritating advice. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9781439138335
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 7th, 2014

The turning point

If the world of national politics can be said to occasionally resemble epic tragedy, then Gary Hart might be its Hamlet. Matt Bai, a former correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, has written a blow-by-blow account of Hart’s meteoric fall from grace, an event that not only ended one of the most promising public service careers of its time, but -- even more significantly -- forever altered both the tone and the tenure of political reporting. It is probably fair to say that the trek has pretty much been downhill since May 6, 1987, when a reporter for the Washington Post asked the senator from Colorado, front-runner for the Democratic nomination, and probable next President of the United States if he had ever committed adultery. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780307273383
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 30th, 2014

Judging a Book By The Cover

Do not judge a book by the cover. You have all heard this. Maybe even said it. I know I have. And yet...I did just that.

I was browsing books from Summer 2014 Kids' Indie Next List (a list of Independent Booksellers recommendations. Comes in Adult flavors too. You can pick up a copy in store or browse it here on line. It is at the bottom of our main page) and saw the cover for Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan.  I want to read it. Why? Because of the cool cover! Yes. A cover does grab your eye. And what a cover. I now will run out and find this book....purchase copies of it and look for other covers that grab my eye.

And here are a few other eye grabbers for you to look for when you come to the Northshire Bookstore to  see what there is to see. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780545639125
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 29th, 2014

A return to the earth

Jane Smiley writes, in an enthusiastic preface to her new novel, Some Luck, that it is the first volume in a trilogy that chronicles the century-spanning history of an American family. Each chapter advances the story by a single year, often focusing upon a different member of the rapidly expanding Langdon clan. Beginning in 1920, the book takes us through the depths of the Great Depression, the carnage of World War II, and advances through the Red hysteria of the early 1950s. Some Luck weaves the nation’s traumas into the more intimate trials and triumphs of its large cast of characters. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780307700315
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 7th, 2014

Nightmare under the desert sun

Abduction, murder, torture, sex, infidelity, drugs, con men, blackmail, national security risks, free-spirited women, J. Edgar Hoover, and Nazi spies. A true-crime lover’s theme park and it’s all neatly enfolded within the covers of a single book!

Hazel Frome and her 23-year-old daughter, Nancy, weathered the worst years of the Depression just fine. Mrs. Frome’s husband, Weston G. “Pop” Frome, was a high-ranking executive with the Atlas Powder Company and there is always a need to blow things up. And with Adolf Hitler creating ominous rumbles in Europe, the future only looked brighter for Atlas Powder.

Winston Frome wasn’t an exemplary incarnation of the word “Pop,” at least in the endearing, Frank Capraesque sense of the word. Frome was gone on business sojourns much of the time and his interaction with his wife and two daughters’ lives was economical at best. The family flitted on the periphery of high society in the Bay area of San Francisco. They were not wealthy enough to be accepted into the core of old, established money, but the Fromes were rich enough to get invitations to all the best parties.

Pop was home to say goodbye to Hazel and Nancy as they set out in a new Packard to visit his other daughter. Mada had married a serviceman, much to her parents’ disappointment, and lived at Parris Island, South Carolina. Women with good backgrounds and better sense didn’t cross the country alone in 1938, but Hazel and Nancy were seasoned travelers. When Weston Frome turned back to the house at 2560 Cedar Street, he very likely had business, not potential danger, on his mind.

He would never see his wife and daughter alive again.

Clint Richmond’s intriguing new book, Fetch the Devil, is about the torture and murder of the two Frome women, a mystery that still lingers in the dry desert air a few miles east of El Paso, Texas. It proved to be a whodunit with an impressive array of suspects, including an international con man, who performed illegal abortions to supplement his income, and a cadre of Nazi spies with vested interests in Weston Frome’s explosive business. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9781611685343
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Published: Foreedge - June 3rd, 2014


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