‘I heard it at the book store’ – Great reads that get people talking | TheUnion.com

‘I heard it at the book store’ – Great reads that get people talking

“Nature Noir” by Jordan Fisher Smith. The book everyone is talking about! Fisher Smith’s memoir of his 14 years as a park ranger in the Auburn Dam Recreation Area is one of our new staff favorites (and the real critics love it, too). It’s a book that combines elements of nature writing, true crime, human interest, geological and political history and more. “Nature Noir” is a great read from cover to cover.

“Einstein’s Tunnel” by Sam Perone. Local author Perone’s story takes place in an “alternate time line” where the Axis powers have won WWII. To regain America’s freedom, the central characters must alter the historical events that created their current political situation. “Einstein’s Tunnel” is a very smart, believable and well-written techno-adventure that will keep readers captivated.

“Maranther’s Deception” by Nik C. Colyer. Nik is the well-known author of the “Biker Bob” series. His latest book is a psychological drama which takes place when Martin and Leigha, a married couple, are stranded in the desert. Martin must overcome the powers of Maranther, a scheming medicine woman, in order to be re-united with his wife. A powerful, mystical novel which showcases Colyer’s talent for story telling.

“Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” by John Perkins. Perkins was an “economic hit man,” a well-financed professional whose job it was to offer loans to countries of strategic importance to the U.S. This book of political intrigue, corruption and covert government activities around the world reads like a great spy novel. It is, however, nonfiction and is receiving a great deal of attention.

“Baker Towers” by Jennifer Haigh. The setting of this beautiful, atmospheric novel is Bakertown, built around coal mines, where generations of immigrant miners raise their families in identical company houses. The story centers around one family, during and after WWII, and follows the siblings as they mature and attempt to forge identities outside of the coal town environment.

“No Mercy” by Redmond O’Hanlon. The true tale of the author’s journey into the Congo, where he searches for the legendary crocodile-dinosaur of Lake Tele. As he and his crew travel deep into the jungle, they encounter endless swamplands, dangerous animals, even more dangerous snakes and insects, hideous diseases and soldiers with big guns. O’Hanlon has a witty, humorous and engaging style that makes this book all the more interesting.

“The Heart of the World” by Ian Baker. This epic spiritual and travel memoir chronicles the author’s search for a fabled waterfall hidden in the depths of the Tsangpo gorge of Tibet. After years of studying ancient Buddhist texts and legends, Baker and a National Geographic team reached the bottom of the gorge and found the mystic falls.

“How to Go Further” by Frank Condron. “Go Further” was a documentary that followed Woody Harrelson and his crew on a West Coast “Simple Organic Living” tour. This book is a compilation of speeches, interviews, photos and ideas originating from the tour. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in an earth-friendly lifestyle.

“Speak Softly, She Can Hear” by Pam Lewis. First-time author Lewis has crafted an fine novel of literary suspense. This psychological thriller centers around two friends who must keep a horrifying secret, a secret that will alter the path of their lives forever. The first charged-up chapter will keep readers quickly turning pages.

“My Sister’s Keeper” by Jody Picoult. Picoult’s new novel tackles an extremely sensitive topic: the ethics of conceiving a child as an organ donor for an ill sibling. This story is about a child born into this situation and her heart-wrenching decision to seek control over her own body when her sister needs a kidney transplant.


Compiled by Kim Carrow of Odyssey Books, 989 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. The phone number is 477-2856.

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