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.
The most recent issue of Garden and Gun -- for those of you not familiar, it’s a glossy magazine celebrating the best of the South…think thoroughbreds, gun dogs, church socials, bespoke clothing, classic cocktails, and small batch bourbon -- featured a fascinating article about William Faulkner’s time in Hollywood working as a screenwriter. Lured west by an offer from Metro-Goldwyn, he worked as a screenwriter on several movie projects including “The Big Sleep.” He also fell deeply in love (despite already being married), hung out at the legendary Musso and Frank Grill, went dove hunting with Howard Hawks and Clark Gable and eventually ended up returning home to Oxford, Mississippi (and his wife). I learned a lot about Faulkner, both the man and the writer and renewed my determination to revisit his books. It also reminded me, that working in the book industry is still one of the best jobs around!
With spring officially here and summer just around the corner, the longer days will allow more time to dip into this season’s bountiful crop of fresh titles.
Here are a few favorites…
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!
The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go
(9781476704586 Simon $26 4/15)
Mountaineering, war, love and loss come together in this remarkable historical debut novel. Justin Go will be at Warwick’s on April 21st! Our May 1st eds club selection.
North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo
(9780670015658 Putnam $27.95 avail now)
A gripping, suspenseful debut thriller set in Boston--Dennis Lehane meets Smilla’s Sense of Snow. Pirio Kasparov is a gutsy, compelling heroine and I’m hoping this is start of a new series.
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
(9781439177723 Simon $26.99 5/27)
“An intelligent and taut debut thriller that depicts the collision course between two geniuses, one a tortured hero and one a determined terrorist.” The must read thriller of the summer! A smart, suspenseful page-turner with great characters, exotic locales, and tight plotting--completely and scarily believable.
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
(9780385350815 Knopf $22.95 avail now)
“The book's title refers to the return address used by both husband and wife on letters they wrote to each other while dating.” I read this in one sitting. Don’t let the slim size fool you into thinking it’s a lightweight…I haven’t stopped thinking about it since!
The Other Language by Francesca Marciano
(9780307908360 Pantheon $24.95 avail now)
by the bestselling author of The Rules of the Wild.
This collection of stories is amazing—smart, elegant, provocative--and will appeal to readers of Alice Munro and Lorrie Moore.
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
(9781616203214 Algonquin $24.95 avail now)
A clever, deliciously funny story with moments unexpectedly serious and occasionally sad. Each time I thought I knew where the story was headed there would be a slight twist or revelation that shifted the narrative--enough to keep me on my toes. The ending, while sad, is also a beautiful affirmation of life, that love is what we all seek and all that remains in the end. Our April 1st eds club selection.
Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks
(9780802121646 Grove $26.00 8/14) event
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
(9781439187036 Simon $26.95 10/14)
Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee by Marja Mills
(9781594205194 Penguin $27.95 7/14)
One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
(9780525426585 Pamela Dorman $27.95 7/14)
Now in paperback…
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
(9780143125846 Penguin $17.00 avail now)
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Mara
(9780770436421 Hogarth $15.00 avail now)
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
(9780316243926 Hachette $15.00 avail now)
Fresh and Light by Donna Hay
(9780732295639 Harper $29.99 avail now)
My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz
(9781607742678 Ten Speed $35.00 avail now)
a la Mere de Famille: Recipes from the Beloved Parisian Confectioner by Julien Merceron
(9781452118284 Chronicle $35 avail now)
A Food Lover’s Guide to Paris by Patricia Wells
(9780761173380 Workman $16.95 avail now)
Buvette: the Pleasure of Good Food by Jody Williams
(9781455525522 Grand Central $30.00 4/22)