mnoonan@northshire.com's blog | Northshire Bookstore

mnoonan@northshire.com's blog

Race Point by Dennis Snyder - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Race Point Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781719398428
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - December 24th, 2018

The setting; Saratoga Race Course; 1946 A race like no other.
Gardner Museum; 1990 An art heist like no other.
Current Day.; A mystery ensues from a bequest that follows mobsters, artists and thieves and oh yes; Nazis. This is a great winter read full of local flavor & details by a local author.
This novel is hard to put down! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594633157
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - January 22nd, 2019

This is a crucially important book in contrast to Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and more in the vein of Deloria's Custer Died for Your Sins. Treuer has written a new classic that confirms that, although Native Americans have suffered enslavement, diaspora, and both cultural and physical genocide, the tribes have also persevered, adapted, and often thrived. This is a passionate, articulate, and expertly documented reassessment of American history from a very different perspective by a successful Native American author. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
The Wolf in the Whale Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316417150
Availability: Click Title for IN STOCK Location
Published: Redhook - January 29th, 2019

This novel is a truly mystical read, full of Inuit traditions, myth & spirituality entwined with Viking lore and history. Omat, born with Shamanic memories is catalyst in her community's survival in a time of climatic change and meeting tall fierce new people. This is a marvelous tale of warring gods, heroes & shapeshifters. Based on an ancient Inuit myth & Icelandic Sagas. I don't want this book to end, perfect for a snowy day. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel by Trent Dalton

Staff Pick Badge
Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062898104
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019

This is an amazing book, a heavily veiled memoir wrapped up as fiction that is vivid and lurid.This novel left me tongue tied and dumbfounded at how Dalton uses a myriad of beautifully constructed sentences to build his characters and situations; he paints the page. The narrator, 8 year old Eli is swamped yet clear eyed by his feelings for the people who surround him, the mute "gifted" older brother, the junkies (Mom & Step-father) & ex-cons and lunatics and everyday saints. Yet these people are heroes of epic proportions including Eli himself. Ebullient, bitter-sweet, funny but not and miraculous on par with There There by Orange. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781524732714
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - January 15th, 2019

Inheritance is about memory, love, loss and self, all things often written about but here the truth of identity is weighty and profound. But never sloppy or over sentimental. In a truly astonishing personal twist to the social/scientific fad of DNA testing, Shapiro tells her personal story in nail tearing detail. You know what I mean the half painful, sometimes necessary ripping of a nail when no clippers are available. I read this book in one sitting and if you don't think this story could apply to you - just read the 1st paragraph. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385521314
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

This is an account of the murder and "disappearing" of Jean McConville, a widow with 10 children in sectarian Belfast in 1972, and the growth and development of IRA's Provos wing, Sinn Fein, and the evolution of today's uneasy peace. Keefe calls it "narrative nonfiction." It is the story of a deliberately broken community. Being partisan, how quickly can nativism turn into nationalism and then radicalization? And what is the result? This is a study in morals, ethics, and loyalties. Terror and justification of violence quickly becomes the norm and has horrendous results on both the victims and the perpetrators. This book is a profound and truly important work that is timely and relevant in many varied ways. Say Nothing will reverberate today and tomorrow, and will ask the reader to pay attention. It is about collective memory, action, guilt, and communal and personal P.T.S.D. Most of all, it is a clear eyed, unromantic record of a horror that was perpetrated for decades and where reconciliation and truths are still in abeyance. I read this brilliant book in a week and turned around and started it again! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Pages

Subscribe to RSS - mnoonan@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