Books to Keep You Eyes Out For
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Titles coming out in paperback are:
Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan: If you want a funny read, check out this memoir about a city lawyer returning to the Tennessee hills to help out her father, who is a country doctor. (August 19)
Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo: Road trips can be a blast or a nightmare, depending on who your traveling companion is. Otto Ringling has different concerns; his traveling companion claims to be Buddha, but Otto's skepticism won't allow him to buy into that...yet. (August 26)
American Savior by Roland Merullo: Fed up with the current state of things, Jesus decides he needs to be the next President. I have to say, I was hesitant to read this book. It just didn't fit into my reading tastes. BUT, I was surprised at its boldness and its ability to remain unbiased both politically and religiously. It truly is a great read! (August 26) Check out Roland's other titles, Golfing with God and Breakfast with Buddha (see above).
New Stories from the South, 2008 edited by ZZ Packer: Yes, THAT ZZ Packer. Contributors include Kevin Brockmeier, Bret Anthony Johnston, and Ron Rash. (August 12)
Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek: Eleven-year-old Ellie is on her own when her mother's mental illness worsens as a result of Ellie's father taking in the Tomato Girl, a young beauty both innocent and manipulative. A couple of Algonquin Readers Round Table members have had the luck of having a few exchanges with this debut novelist. I LOVE this book. As I got to the end of one page, my fingers were at the ready to turn to the next. A heartbreaking story, for sure, but style I've rarely encountered with characters that invoke both anger and empathy make this an intense and wonderful read. (August 26)
Also, Hillary Jordan had no idea how popular her book had become among booksellers until she came face-to-face with hundreds of them at a conference back in February. I had the opportunity to stand with her as person after person came to her to tell her how fantastic Mudbound was and how they couldn't wait to start selling it. Hillary was so shocked and gracious at the attention she was receiving. It was a perfect moment witnessing this author, who assumed no one would know who she was, realize that she really had created something wonderful.
goes off to just LOOK at Mudbound again.
At this very moment there is a stack of fifteen books in front of me that have no home. I have zero empty shelf space. There is a box with about the same number on my dining room table. I am trying to disguise it as a box going out.
I have hidden books under the throw pillows from my sofa and loveseat.
Despite the fact that you are both correct.... there is also the problem that all of my books seem to arrive when the husband is home... why is that?
my dream job......
Two hours a week there must seem like only minutes.
3 cheers for Mudbound! My store (Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza) had Hillary Jordan in for a signing a few months ago, and she was delightful. I can't wait to see what she puts out next.
Has anyone read The Music Teacher by Barbara Hall yet? It's not out until next February. I snagged an ARC from my bookstore and absolutely loved it. To me it was less about the story than it was about the narrator, Pearl. She was such a unique character, and I loved it. Look for it in a few months. It's great!