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Hold the Dark

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ISBN: 9780871406675
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Published: Liveright - September 8th, 2014

Not for the faint of heart, William Giraldi's novel "Hold The Dark", is a bloody, brutal, ice cold look inside the darkness of an isolated Alaskan town and the cascade of violence that erupts in the wake of a child's death. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

Sweeping Up Glass

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ISBN: 9780385343039
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Published: Delta - August 4th, 2009

One of the most compelling first person narrators I've ever read. A rich and real cast of characters and darkly vibrant, depression-era Kentucky landscape combine to make this debut novel a "must-read." ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

State of Wonder

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ISBN: 9780062049810
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 8th, 2012

True to it's name, "Sate of Wonder" is truly a remarkable journey- so effortlessly rendered by Patchett that we can all only wonder at her literary grace. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

The Morels

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ISBN: 9781616953652
Published: Soho Press - March 18th, 2014

It's often unclear whether this debut novel is a challenging examination of the social limits of creative expression or a profile of the unusual and ultimately troubling life of writer Arthur Morel. The fact that it turns out to be both is most impressive. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

Writers' Support Group

Both before and during my many years of full time employment here at the Northshire Bookstore, I have been what one might call an “aspiring writer”. As those of you who partake of the craft of writing can attest, it is not a simple thing to do any serious level of writing on a part-time basis. Yet we write on, as time, energy, inspiration and faith allows, writing what we can, when we can. Some may dream of bestseller lists, some write for the sheer love of the creative process, some may just wish they had more time to pursue their writing- be it children's stories, sci-fi fantasy, memoirs, the world's greatest novel or another genre. All face the simple yet daunting task of “keeping the faith” as they face the challenges of finding sufficient and consistent time to practice their craft, of not being fatally discouraged at the inevitable rejection letters, and of finding, in their daily lives, the essential emotional support needed to keep them “on the path”.

The Northshire Writers' Support Group meets monthly here in our conference room at the store. This is an opportunity for writers of all ages, experience levels and writing interests to make connections with fellow writers, to find an interested and supportive audience for their works, and to commiserate over the challenges- and share the joys- inherent to being a writer.

If you would like to join our group, or have any questions please send a note of interest to me at jfine@northshire.com. All are welcome!

One Way Out

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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band Cover Image
By Alan Paul, Butch Trucks (Introduction by), Butch Trucks (Foreword by), Jaimoe (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781250040497
Availability: Out of Print
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 18th, 2014

Through extensive interviews with band members and crew, Paul weaves together a comprehensive and compelling accounting of the ABB's musical and cultural legacy. A chronological retelling of band history, but more so a revealing look at an American musical icon- Duane Allman. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


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