Is it time for a new book?
“Tools of the Writer’s Craft” by Sands Hall. Local author Hall is a most talented woman. An actor, director, playwright and novelist, she is also a writing instructor through UC Davis and the acclaimed Iowa Writer’s Workshop. In this new book, she shares exercises, anecdotes and examples to help aspiring writers hone their craft. Come meet Sands at The Book Seller on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
“Brooklyn Follies” by Paul Auster. Cancer patient Nathan Glass, looking for a quiet place to die, moves to Brooklyn. His literary cab-driving nephew Tom, a scheming book dealer, and a silent 9-year-old niece are just some of the characters who help bring meaning back in to Nathan’s life. Auster’s writing especially shines with Nathan and Tom’s discussions of books and literature.
“Sight Hound” by Pam Houston. From the author of “Cowboys Are My Weakness” comes an unusual love story between a woman and her dog, an Irish wolfhound who teaches “his human” that love is the strongest thing we know. Told in many voices, including Rae, an impulsive playwright; Dante, her dying dog; their friends; and even Stanley, a jaded cat, this is a fabulous read. Yes, I cried, but I laughed, too. New in paperback and highly recommended.
“She Got up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana” by Haven Kimmel. In “A Girl Named Zippy,” Kimmel told of her growing up in small-town Indiana. In this continuation of her memoir, Kimmel is now a teenager looking to escape her small town for the college life. Her distinct and charming voice and quirky characters make this memoir quite special.
“The Illuminator” by Brenda Rickman Vantrease. In 14th century England, a time of plague and political intrigue, Finn is a master illuminator working for the church. But he is also working in secret for the heretical cleric John Wycliffe illuminating an English translation of the Bible, meant to bring the word of God to the masses. His secret leads him into increasing danger in this elegant and fascinating novel.
“Honeymoon With My Brother” by Franz Wisner. A jilted groom, former Davis resident Wisner decides to take his estranged younger brother on his nonrefundable honeymoon trip. Along the way they reconnect and decide to ditch their jobs and leave their old lives behind. Two years and 53 countries later, they have seen the world and rediscovered each other and themselves. A very enjoyable read!
“The Closers” by Michael Connelly. Are you looking for the perfect paperback mystery? No body beats Connelly for his twists and turns in the latest installment in his Harry Bosch series. After two years of semi-retirement, Harry is back on the force and is assigned to the cold case squad. New DNA evidence may help him solve the 17-year-old murder of a teenage girl, but will this evidence lead back to the LAPD itself?
“The Accidental” by Ali Smith. In the summer of 2003, the Smarts rented a dreary cottage in an unfashionable village. When Amber MacDonald arrives, it is sometime before they realize that no one has invited her. She insinuates herself into their lives like a puppeteer, and this unhappy family becomes tangled in her strings. This is a truly fine novel by one of Britain’s rising literary stars.
“Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003” by Kevin Starr. The former state librarian, Starr is the preeminent historian for California. His most recent book focuses on the collapse of the California dream as we’ve stumbled and been humbled, yet often flourished in spite of it all. A fascinating work by someone who truly understands life in California. A great read in paperback for anyone who wants to know all the ins and outs of our golden state.
“The Hello, Goodbye Window” by Norton Juster. Winner of the 2006 Caldecott Medal for illustrator Chris Raschka, this is a delightful picture book by the acclaimed author of “The Phantom Tollbooth.” The window in Nanna and Poppy’s kitchen is truly extraordinary. From it, our narrator and her grandparents watch stars, see dinosaurs and tigers, and say hello and goodbye to one another. Juster and Raschka capture the emotions and imagination of children in a wonderful and vibrant book.
Compiled by manager Alison Jones-Pomatto at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley, 272-2131. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.
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