Hot reads for a cool summer |

Hot reads for a cool summer

1. “The Gift of the Ancient Grove” by Ken Ramirez ($16.95). Ramirez, a popular Nevada Union teacher, wrote this fantasy novel for his daughters who wanted a story about gnomes. Naida is a young troll who sets out on an extraordinary quest with her best friend and pet lynx. Ramirez will appear at The Book Seller on Friday at 6 p.m. during the Friday Market.

2. “Sam’s Letters to Jennifer” by James Patterson ($24.95). When a young widow returns to her hometown, she discovers a series of letters addressed to her. Each is a piece of her grandmother’s story – a story Jennifer thought she knew but was mistaken. Two love stories, full of hope and heartaches, intertwine in this sweet and moving novel.

3. “The Narrows” by Michael Connelly ($24). The Poet is back. The ingenious serial killer, subject of an early Connelly thriller, returns to lead PI Harry Bosch deep into a puzzling and terrifying investigation. Connelly is at his best in a mystery filled with shocking twists and turns.

4. “The Big Horse” by Joe McGinnis ($22.95). Every stable hopes to find a “big horse” that will bring fame and fortune. Horses such as Seabiscuit and Secretariat are rare. In 60 years as a trainer, P.G. Johnson never had a big horse until Volponi, a 43-1 long shot, won the 2002 Breeder’s Cup, the richest race in America. “The Big Horse” is filled with Johnson’s witty stories and lore of a life with horses and racing.

5. “California Top 10 Garden Guide” by Sunset ($19.95). Sunset magazine helps you make the right choices for your garden. This is a guide to plants that deliver the best results. Filled with easy-to-understand growing instructions, gardening and landscaping tips, and the 10 best trees, roses and more for any situation.

6. “Breaking the Limit: One Woman’s Motorcycle Journey Through North America” by Karen Larsen ($23.95). “Breaking the Limit” is Karen Larsen’s memoir of a three-month journey featuring adventure and self-discovery. Aboard her Harley, she explored the back roads of North America from New Jersey to Alaska, the Southwest to the Southeast. She writes of back road cafes, biker rallies and the wonder of beautiful places. Terrific!

7. “Forty Signs of Rain” by Kim Stanley Robinson ($25). Robinson, a best-selling sci-fi author from Davis, delivers a near-futuristic look at climactic change and its effects on the world. The imminent melting of the Arctic ice pack mixed with Washington political intrigue combines in this thrilling start of a trilogy about an event that could bring about the end of the world.

8. “Lost in My Own Backyard” by Tim Cahill ($16). Yellowstone is a favorite summer destination for thousands of Americans. Cahill has explored Yellowstone’s villages, sites, and backcountry for over 25 years. Living only 50 miles away, Cahill’s stories and travel guide is perfect for anyone who has or has wanted to visit this national treasure.

9. “When I was Cool: My Life at the Jack Kerouac School” by Sam Kashner ($25.95). When Sam Kashner discovered the words of the Beat Poets he wanted to be one of them. He convinced his parents that college could wait and became the first certificate student at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. This is a funny and irreverent look at the Beats and how they changed Kashner’s life.

10. “Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II” by Robert Kurson ($26.95). The subtitle says it all. The wreck of a German U-boat is discovered 230 feet below the surface of the frigid North Atlantic. With no revealing marks, the identity of the sub was a mystery that a team of elite divers had to solve, with dire consequences. This is absolutely thrilling!


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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