User menu

Shopping cart

0 Items $0.00

Spring Reading

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander

Following the national bestselling collection of stories For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, award-winning author Nathan Englander presents a new compilation of Judaic-inspired stories that are memorable and bold. Balancing between the locked up and locked in, Englander's short stories spill wisdom in well-incremented doses while leaving many things unsaid. This irresolution and ambiguity becomes as important as what is said between the characters, and a world of parallels circles the characters and the readers, making this a very thought-provoking collection.

Reviewed by: 
Tracy
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780307958709
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Knopf - February 7th, 2012

History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason

A young man enters service for the upper crust of 1900s Amsterdam in this great historical novel that positively drips with sensuality. I loved the depictions of the life of the absurdly wealthy, the interpersonal conflicts of the house staff, and the wonderfully tasty prose that evokes the feel of the times. It's a novel to slowly devour and to take pleasure in reading.

Reviewed by: 
Nici
History of a Pleasure Seeker Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780307599476
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Knopf - February 7th, 2012

Rebel Wife by Taylor M. Polites

My favorite part of this incredibly rich novel set in Reconstruction-era Alabama is the heroine, Augusta Branson. I fell into her as a character—submerged and sympathetic—and felt her struggle for security and safety and her painful growth all the more keenly for that identification. The details are intoxicating, the characters are memorable, and it’s a bit of a nail-biter all the way to the end.

Reviewed by: 
Nici
The Rebel Wife: A Novel Cover Image
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9781451629514
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 7th, 2012

Malcolm X by Manning Marable

The late Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X does justice to one of the most influential and controversial figures of twentieth-century American history. Filled with new information and revelations, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America. “An extraordinary portrait of a man and his time. . . .A masterpiece.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143120322
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2011

Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

I’m not much of a cook, but I adore a good memoir. Gabrielle Hamilton’s incredible Blood Bones and Butter sparked my literary and culinary appetite like few other books I’ve read. Hamilton is a spitfire and an amazing writer, and her journey from tedious catering gigs to creative writing classrooms to opening her first restaurant (the famed Prune in New York City) is un-putdownable from first page to last.

Reviewed by: 
Kat
Staff Pick Badge
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812980882
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 24th, 2012

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Newspaper journalist Joshua Foer was originally given the U.S. Memory Championship as an assignment, but rather than just writing a story, Foer became a participant. Through his research for the article, Foer interviewed the likes of Ben Pridmore (the current Memory Champion winner) who could memorize the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour, to meeting with a man who could only remember as far back as one thought. Foer found that in many ways memory can learned; it turns out there is a secret language for our brains—that our minds have a preference to remembering one way over another. Foer basically studied this “memory language” and decided to join the Memory Championship to test his skills. The results are laugh-out-loud funny, but also fascinating. This book needs to be your next read—especially for all those Bill Bryson fans out there!

Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
Staff Pick Badge
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143120537
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

This vividly detailed book follows the lives of various slum dwellers, all with different positions and castes, over almost four years, hinging on one event that ties them all together. Boo completely removes herself from the narrative, letting the people tell their story, and the result is a fascinating look at an extremely different culture that reads like a novel. It kept me up late into the night, anxious to know what would happen.

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
Staff Pick Badge
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400067558
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - February 7th, 2012

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

Full of rigorous research and wonderful analogies, this a fascinating book. The history of the Americanization of Hawai'i—first by Puritans then by politicians—is made highly memorable through Vowell's wry sense of humor and easily accessible through her personal connections. The end of Hawai'ian independence is still a tough issue and deserves a whole library of it's own, but for the uninitiated, this is an excellent start.

Reviewed by: 
Nici
Unfamiliar Fishes Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594485640
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2012

Kayak Morning by Roger Rosenblatt

This is a companion title to Rosenblatt’s first memoir, Making Toast, which chronicled the early aftermath following the sudden death of Rosenblatt’s 38-year-old daughter, and how he and his wife moved in with their son-in-law to help care for their young grandchildren. In that book, Rosenblatt touched me with his delicate, true, and even (and often) humorous writing about life marching forward. But Kayak Morning is a more lyrical and grand view. Rosenblatt speaks less of the details of his life, but rather contemplates his grief, which has settled and is steady, with the observations of nature and water he makes while kayaking. There is a poetic pace to the writing, and his sadness and longing is present and profound, but I was also deeply moved by the quiet pull of peace and joy that Rosenblatt finds in his journeying.

Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062084033
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Ecco - January 3rd, 2012

Moby-Duck by Donavan Hohn

Donavan Hohn travels far and wide in a journey to uncover the story behind a shipment of 28,000 rubber toys lost at sea. From Alaska, where the shipwrecked duckies floundered ashore, to the Chinese factory where they were made—this quest is both outright silly and environmentally poignant. Hohn not only explores the science and facts of the incident, he delves into the disposable nature of our culture.

Reviewed by: 
Kimberly
Staff Pick Badge
Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanograp hers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143120506
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - February 28th, 2012

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Spring Reading