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—
“Every book you’ve ever read is just a different combination of 26 letters.”
As we prepare for the hustle and bustle of the holidays it's important that we find time to relax and what better way to do that
than buried in a good book--so here's to more reading and less stressing during the holiday season!
and remember…books make great gifts!
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
(9781594205712 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
(9781476738963 Simon $25.00)
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
(9781620403013 Bloomsbury $26.00)
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
(9780393243024 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!
Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker
(9781250052001 St. Martin's Press $25.99 avail now)
Never Home by Laird Hunt
(9780316370134 Little Brown and Company $26.00 avail now)
Personal by Lee Child
(9780804178747 Delacorte Press $28.00 avail now)
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
(9780385537148 Doubleday Books $28.95 10/21)
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
(9780553418842 Hogarth $28.00 10/28) event
The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
(9780316225939 Little Brown and Company $28.00 11/03)
Let Me Be Frank with You: A Frank Bascombe Book by Richard Ford
(9780061692062 Ecco $27.99 11/04)
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
(9780385354301 Knopf $18.00 12/02)
Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott
(9781594486296 Riverhead Books $22.95 11/10)
Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini
(9780062368331 Dey Street Books $22.99 11/18)
Practicing Peace by Pema Chodron
(9781611801897 Shambhala $8.95 12/2)
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
(9781476767314 Simon & Schuster $25.99 12/30/14)
Leaving Before the Rains Come by Alexandra Fuller
(9781594205866 Penguin Press $26.95 01/22/15)
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Chris Scotton
(9781455551927 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!
Almost Famous Women: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman
(9781476786568 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!
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
(9781594633669 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!
The Swimmer by Joakim Zander
(9780062337245 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!
Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes from Our Kitchen by Zoe Nathan
(9781452123523 Chronicle Books $35.00 avail now)
Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi
(9781607746218 Ten Speed Press $35.00 10/14)
Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes by Dana Cowin
(9780062305909 Ecco $34.99 10/14)
Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
(9780307464880 Clarkson Potter Publishers $35.00 10/28)
Prune by Gabrielle Hamilton
(9780812994094 Random House $45.00 11/04)
Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes by Cortney Burns
(9781452126463 Chronicle Books $40.00 11/25)