's blog | Northshire Bookstore's blog

The Hummingbird's Daughter

Staff Pick Badge
The Hummingbird's Daughter Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316154529
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Back Bay Books - April 3rd, 2006

The Hummingbird’s Daughter took my breath away. With beautiful prose and an incredible gift for storytelling, Urrea recounts the life of his Great-Aunt Teresita who has a gift for healing. Set in turn-of-the-century Mexico, civil war is imminent and tension is high. An orphan, Teresita is taken under the wing of a curandera and taught to develop her gift. What she does with it is up to her. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

Half of a Yellow Sun

Staff Pick Badge
Half of a Yellow Sun Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400095209
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Anchor - September 4th, 2007

Adichie explains Biafran struggle for independence through the eyes of three very different characters: an educated Nigerian woman, a young house boy, and an English journalist. For someone who had little to no knowledge of the subject, this was the perfect approach. The conflict intertwines with their personal stories - their romances, desires and ambitions - so that their once separate tendrils braid together creating one front united in survival. One of those rare novels I can’t imagine anyone disliking. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

The Name of the Wind

Staff Pick Badge
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756404741
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

Such a satisfying fantasy. A young orphan on the streets, a scholar sneaking between the dark stacks archives, a powerful sorcerer turned fugitive - Kvothe has been all of them and now he tells his tale. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

The Goldfinch

Staff Pick Badge
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316055444
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Back Bay Books - April 7th, 2015

The Goldfinch is as long and drawn out as Theo’s miserable existence, but that won’t keep you from needing to know how he comes out. Months after finishing I still worry about him, the little boy whose mom was killed in a terrible tragedy, the young man plagued by a moment of foolishness. Tartt’s masterful writing makes the length forgivable. Highly recommend. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

Station Eleven

Staff Pick Badge
Station Eleven: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385353304
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - September 9th, 2014

Almost the entire world’s population has been wiped out, but Kirsten’s theater troupe travels the US performing Shakespeare, living by a motto borrowed from Star Trek: Survival is insufficient. A fantastic telling of the survival of art after the collapse of civilization. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks

My Brilliant Friend

Staff Pick Badge
My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781609450786
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

Set in 1950s Naples - a time when girls went uneducated but were frequently beaten - this is the story of friendship and all its flaws. Jealousy and competition go hand in hand with generosity and encouragement. Ferrante’s story is raw and true to life. ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks


Subscribe to RSS -'s blog
Northshire Manchester Store

Northshire Manchester
4869 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255
ph. 802.362.2200
ph. (toll free) 800.437.3700
Daily 10am-6pm
Directions to Manchester

Northshire Saratoga Store

Northshire Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
ph. 518.682.4200
ph. (toll free) 855.339.5990
Daily 10am-6pm
Directions to Saratoga Springs