Check out some good reads
1. “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Pop-Up” by Stephen King and Peter Abraham ($24.95). King is a master of the bizarre. Here he brings his grim fairy tale about a girl lost in the woods to 3-D life in an amazing pop-up book. With only her radio and imaginary companion Boston Red Sox pitcher Tom Gordon for company, Tricia McFarlane must call on her indomitable spirit and imagination. Who says pop-up books are just for kids!
2. “The Darling” by Russell Banks ($25.95). Banks is at his best in this insightful novel about a privileged radical who flees the FBI and reinvents herself in Liberia. Now the wife of a politician in a nation torn by civil war, Hannah Musgrave makes misguided choices with catastrophic results. “The Darling” is a political thriller with engaging narrative and style.
3. “Hand to Earth” by Andy Goldsworthy ($40). Sculptor Andy Goldsworthy not only sees art in nature, he creates it. Using materials such as rock, sand and snow, he is a unique and exciting artist. This book is filled with photos of his stunning creations accompanied by essays by leading writers who were commissioned for this work.
4. “How To Be Lost” by Amanda Eyre Ward ($24). When 5-year-old Ellie Winters disappears from her home in suburban New York, her family falls apart in grief. Fifteen years later, her sister sees a photo in People magazine and is convinced it is of grown-up Ellie. Armed with photos, an amateur detective guide and a cooler of Dixie beer, she sets out to find her sister and mend her broken family.
5. “The Clerkenwell Tales” by Peter Ackroyd ($24.95). Ackroyd, best known for his excellent English histories, turns to fiction in this imaginative novel. In London of 1399, a nun has visions that Henry Bollingbroke overthrows Richard! Are these prophecies or the ramblings of a crazy woman? Or is Sister Clarice part of a treasonous plot? This tribute to “The Canterbury Tales” is an impressive historical thriller.
6. “Mistress of the Elgin Marbles” by Susan Nagel ($24.95). The Archeological Museum in Athens has an entire floor dedicated to the Elgin Marbles – and it is empty. Mary Nisbit, wife of the Earl of Elgin, financed their removal from the Parthenon and their safe passage to England. This biography tells the story of this remarkable woman and how her achievements were overshadowed by a scandalous love affair.
7. “The Hummingbird Wizard” by Meredith Blevins ($6.99.) Young widow Annie Szabo must join forces with her mother-in-law to solve the murder of her oldest friend. The only problem is that “mom” is Madame Mina, an outrageous gypsy fortuneteller with a penchant for petty theft and ancient curses. This is the start of a very enjoyable mystery series set in San Francisco.
8. “Knit Scarves!” by Candi Jensen ($14.95). The cold weather has arrived, and it’s time to wrap up in a cozy scarf. Knitting is hot, hot, hot and Jensen shows you how to use this cool craft to make fun and fashionable scarves for all occasions. Once you master these, try “Knit Socks!” for toasty feet.
9. “No Matter How Much You Promise To Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain’t Never Coming Home Again” by Edgardo Vega Yurque ($16.95). With a title like this, how can you go wrong! Set amidst the ethnic mosaic of New York’s lower East Side, this is a brilliant novel of family, love and jazz.
10. “Your Favorite Seuss” by Dr. Seuss ($34.95). This is a baker’s dozen in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ 100th birthday. These are his most loved classics, including “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Lorax” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” Complete with all of the original illustrations, this beautiful volume is a fantastic value.
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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