Good reads for a rainy day |

Good reads for a rainy day

1. “Exploring Nevada County: An Illustrated Guide to Local Landmarks and Historic Sites” by David Comstock ($16.50). Through 170 photographs and 16 detailed maps, you are shown exactly how to find each of the landmarks, historic buildings and monuments found right here in Nevada County. Local historian Comstock provides the exact text of every plaque along with commentary, historical facts and photos of this wonderful place we call home. Join Dave at The Book Seller on Saturday, March 13, at 1 p.m. as he reads and answers questions.

2. “Bookman’s Promise” by John Dunning ($24.95). Dunning, the author of the spectacular “Booked to Die,” finally returns with a new mystery. Ex-cop and book dealer Cliff Janeway searches for a priceless book and a killer while trying to determine how both are tied to a Civil War-era explorer. Terrific!

3. “Pattern Recognition” by William Gibson ($14). Gibson is a master of sci-fi and his latest paperback is no exception. Cayce Pollard, a world-renowned “coolhunter,” seeks out the coolest trends. When she crosses into the worlds of the Internet and parallel universes of marketing, globalization and terror, the results are thrilling.

4. “The Birth of Venus” by Sarah Dunant ($21.95). Novels based on art history have become huge bestsellers, and this wonderful book deserves to join them. Set in Renaissance Florence, a young woman is enamored by the personal and artistic attributes of an unknown, yet talented, fresco painter. This is a suspenseful and richly detailed story set in the world of art, intrigue and turbulent politics.

5. “The Price of Loyalty” by Ron Suskind ($26). Suskind, a Pulitzer-prize winning reporter, delivers an explosive account on the inner workings of the secretive Bush Administration. Based on former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill’s experiences, this offers an insider’s view of the conduct of the president and his closest advisors.

6. “Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons” by Lorna Landvik ($13.95). The women of Freesia Court know that there is nothing that good coffee, delicious desserts and a strong shoulder can’t fix. Their AHEB book club is their rock and their lifeline. Covering over 40 years of friendship, this is a warm, funny and touching read by one of our favorite storytellers.

7. “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” by The Fab 5 ($27.50). The blockbuster television show comes into print with a guide to looking, cooking, dressing, behaving and living better. In their hilariously stylish and witty way, The Fab 5 shows how to turn an everyman frog into a dream prince. Try the terrific recipes!

8. “City of Masks” by Daniel Hecht ($13.95). Parapsychologist Cree Black is a detective of the spirit. In a mystery set in New Orleans, Cree must use her unconventional grasp of the mind and spirit to navigate the troubled history of the long deserted Beauforte House. A great read!

9. “The Swallows of Kabul” by Yasmina Khadra ($18.95). Set in Kabul during the reign of the Taliban, this is an extraordinary novel about the lives of two families: that of a wealthy and educated shopkeeper and an ideological prison-keeper. This is a compassionate story about the complexities of both the Muslim world and human nature. The author used a female nom de plume to thwart religious censors who concerned themselves only with the works of men.

10. “Colman” by Monica Furlong ($15.95). A generation of young adults has been enthralled by Furlong’s novels “Wise Child” and “Juniper.” In the stunning conclusion to the trilogy, dark times have fallen on the kingdom. Juniper, Wise Child and Colman must use their healing powers to free their land and return Juniper’s brother to the throne.

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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