Books for rain or shine
1. “High Country” by Nevada Barr ($24.95). Barr is a proven master of outdoor mysteries. In “High Country,” National Parks Ranger Anna Pigeon travels to Yosemite, where four employees have mysteriously disappeared. Barr tells a terrific tale and gives us Yosemite in all of its glory.
2. “Holy Fools” by Joanne Harris ($24.95). The acclaimed author of “Chocolat” returns with the passionate story of intrigue and folly. In 1605, a young pregnant widow seeks sanctuary at the small island Abbey de Sainte Marie-de-la-Mer off the coast of Brittany. With the death of the beloved abbess comes drastic change and a collision with the past. This is a wonderfully dark story, beautifully told.
3. “Positively Fifth Street” by James McManus ($15). In the spring of 2000, McManus went to Las Vegas to cover the backstage goings-on of the World Series of Poker for Harper’s. But when he arrived, the lure of the tables brought him to risk his entire advance on a long-shot chance to play poker with the big boys. A suspenseful, exciting and fun account of this popular “sport.”
4. “Forest Lover” by Susan Vreeland ($24.95). The best-selling author of “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” takes us to another gorgeous place – the wilds of British Columbia – to discover the life and art of Emily Carr. This is a deeply imaginative novel about the artist credited, along with Georgia O’Keefe, of being the pivotal female artist of the western landscape.
5. “American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush” by Kevin Phillips ($25.95). Phillips, a former Republican strategist and respected commentator, gives a gritty account of how four generations of this powerful family have influenced America’s economic and political destiny.
6. “As Cool As I Am” by Pete Fromm ($24). Lucy Diamond is a tomboy on the verge of the dreaded “growing-up.” Her relationship with her mother is filled with storminess and a great love and need for each other. Lucy is a great character – witty, funny and completely unforgettable.
7. “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America” by Erik Larson ($14.95). This National Book Award Nominee brings to vivid life the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the horrible serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their deaths. This is a historical account told with a narrative reminiscent of the best crime fiction writers.
8. “Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman” by Elizabeth Buchan ($14). Rose Lloyd, a woman of a certain age, proves that starting over doesn’t have an age limit. When she unexpectedly loses both her job and her husband, Rose screams, cries and moves forward with great aplomb. Terrific fun!
9. “Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession” by Mark Obmascik ($25). Every year on Jan. 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers sets out across North America in a competition of extreme bird-watching. The 1998 winner-takes-nothing race is chronicled in this rollicking tale that anyone will enjoy.
10. “A Great and Terrible Beauty” by Libba Bray ($16.95). In 1895, young Gemma Doyle is sent from her home in India to a proper English boarding school, where she discovers new and mysterious talents. Bray draws her teen readers into this dark and compelling coming-of-age story. A store favorite!
Compiled by manager Alison Jones-Pomatto at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley, 272-2131. The Book Seller is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.
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