Welcome to The Book Buyer's Corner where Adrian Newell (represented here by her cats Jinx and Lucy), the Warwick's book buyer will talk about what's new and upcoming in the world of books.
Food for thought— “Reading forces you to be quiet in a world that no longer makes place for that.” John Green
Studies have shown that reading a physical book helps reduce stress so here’s to the health benefits of reading!
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Chris Scotton
(Grand Central Publishing $26.00 1/6/15)
A remarkable debut novel! This coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of a small Kentucky mining town is beautifully written and profoundly moving. Compelling and heartbreaking, this tale of tragedy, familial love, revenge and redemption will stay with you for a long time. Reminiscent of Run with the Horseman and Peace Like a River, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is the perfect book to start a new year of great reading!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
(Riverhead Books $26.95 1/13/15)
I read The Girl on the Train in one day and absolutely loved it! Such a great read, combining an Agatha Christie (4:50 from Paddington) story line with the psychological tone of Patricia Highsmith. Definitely a page-turner. All in all very well done!
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
(Putnam $26.95) Everything I Never Told You is a haunting and profoundly moving debut that kept me reading late into the night. Elegant poetic prose tells the story of a mixed race family living in a small Ohio town during the 1970s. When Lydia, the much-loved middle daughter, mysteriously disappears, the ripple effect of this devastating tragedy forces the family to confront long kept secrets and issues of race that threatens to unravel them, both as a family and as individuals. The perfect reading group book!
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
A remarkable debut! Set in the Las Vegas rarely experienced by tourists and told in the voices of 4 people--a young immigrant boy, a housewife in the midst of a bitter divorce, an Iraqi war veteran suffering from PTSD and a committed social worker—this novel questions the “American Dream” while reminding us that the struggle to find our best self can be painful but necessary—that in the midst of horrible tragedy we can also find compassion, love and forgiveness. Not to be missed!
Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth
Lisa Howorth is the co-founder and co-owner of the iconic Square Books in Oxford, MS. When Lisa was 15 her 9 year-old stepbrother was molested and murdered but due to a botched investigation, the case remains unsolved. This debut novel is Lisa’s way of telling her story in fictionalized form. Heartbreaking, yet full of wit and dark humor, Flying Shoes is a loving tribute to her stepbrother’s short life and the South that she has called home for so many years.
Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman
(WW Norton $24.95)
This dark, atmospheric debut mystery set in the hills of rural Pennsylvania will appeal to readers of Dennis Lehane and Craig Johnson. Meth labs, heroin dealers, and fracking have brought unexpected wealth to the small rural township of Wild Thyme. Residents are already in disagreement about the oil drilling when a generations-long blood feud spins out of control and threatens to destroy everything in its wake. Fiddle-playing, deer-hunting, local cop Henry Farrell is brooding, complex and enigmatic. I’m hoping that this is the start of a new series featuring this great character!
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman
(Scribner Book Company $25.00 1/6/15)
Megan's short stories are masterfully executed with characters that are complicated and endearing despite their flaws. She is able to create a fully fleshed out narrative so that I never feel cheated (as I often do when reading short stories) and I always come away from each story completely satisfied! This collection is every bit as wonderful as her debut, Birds of a Lesser Paradise!
Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker
(St. Martin's Press $25.99 avail now)
Never Home by Laird Hunt
(Little Brown and Company $26.00 avail now)
The Swimmer by Joakim Zander
(Harper $27.99 2/10/15)
A fast-paced, adrenaline packed debut that is reminiscent of the great spy novel writers—Le Carre, Deighton, Trevanian…Tight writing, fully developed characters, and complex storyline kept me reading long into the night! I loved this book!