ebarnum@northshire.com's blog


Staff Pick Badge
Brewster: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393239751
Availability: Special Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 5th, 2013

A coming of age story, but so much more - an invitation to live in the hearts of four teens in a blue-collar town in the late 1960s. The writing is spare yet evocative, brimming with touchstones that evoke the common threads of experience running through us all. Highest recommendation. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Devil in the Grove

Staff Pick Badge
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061792267
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Harper Perennial - February 19th, 2013

Although it reads like a suspense novel, a well deserved Pulitzer went to this chilling account of an incident that forged the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The courage and resolve exhibited by Marshal in the proceedings has made him one of my personal heroes. This is a totally compelling read and it has my highest recommendation. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

The Presidents Club

Staff Pick Badge
The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439127728
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Business Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 12th, 2013

The President's Club is about the "most exclusive fraternity in the world" - ex-Presidents of the United States. It is a completely fascinating book, chock full of surprising facts, political intrigue, and odd friendships (Clinton and Nixon, really?). Add to this a spare writing style, and this book gives the political junky a potent drug that won't wear off for awhile. A great read, and highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


Staff Pick Badge
Mortality Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455502769
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Business Days
Published: Twelve - May 13th, 2014

Hitchens documents the onset and progression of the esophageal cancer that eventually took his life. A book to shake you to your soul. There really aren't words, but I'll give you two, eloquent and affecting. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Just Plain Dick

Staff Pick Badge
Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon’s Checkers Speech and the “Rocking, Socking” Election of 1952 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620400685
Availability: Special Order
Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 20th, 2013

An interesting take on Richard Nixon, the Checkers Speech , and the election of 1952. It's a slim book made sensational by the author's claim that Nixon was on the verge of a nervous breakdown over the accusations that he profited from his political life. The Checkers Speech was a do-or-die effort. If the ploy had failed, it was likely that Ike would have dropped him from the ticket. Luckily for him it succeeded, painting Nixon as a plain old regular guy when he was anything but - and thereby giving us the title of the book, Just Plain Dick. Definitely a must for political junkies, and there is a wealth of analogies to today's political furor. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Live by Night

Staff Pick Badge
Live by Night: A Novel (Joe Coughlin Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062197757
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Business Days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 14th, 2013

If William Kennedy were Raymond Chandler’s editor, the result might resemble Dennis Lehane’s latest and most wonderful novel, Live by Night. Set twenty years after Lehane's epic novel, The Given Day, this literary masterstroke is much more than the story of a small time gangster’s rise during Prohibition. It is a dark, stylistic tour de force for the author. Lehane cavalierly dances a razor's edge, evoking pulp fiction without ever lapsing into it and working his literary legerdemain to elevate this tale to truly classic status. What a ride! ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum


Subscribe to RSS - ebarnum@northshire.com'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