Life in fact and fiction |

Life in fact and fiction

“Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium” by Pope John Paul II. The publication of the pope’s last book coincided with his death. In this compelling volume, he publicly speaks for the first time about world politics, democracy, and his hopes for mankind.

This is his extraordinary message of peace, hope, and salvation, and is a fitting finale to an exceptional life.

“Ultra Marathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner” by Dean Karnazes. Some of us jog for fitness, others run for the thrill, but what could possibly possess anyone to run 226 miles nonstop? Karnazes’s memoir explains just that in an insightful and humorous manner.

Meet Karnazes at The Book Seller on Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m., hear his story, and join him for a short run.

“My Life So Far” by Jane Fonda. The controversial actress has penned a very intelligent and honest autobiography. Love her or hate her, she has lived a fascinating life. With the violent suicide of her mother, her famous father, and three famous and powerful husbands, this is the story of an insecure young woman who has finally grown up.

She shows great insight into the events and people that shaped her into the strong and confidant woman she has become today.

“A Brief Lunacy” by Cynthia Thayer. A beautifully written novel about an older couple that is enjoying retirement in rural Maine when they open their home to a disturbed young man who has invisible ties to their family.

This is a literary and emotional thriller about the power of family and the despair of mental illness.

“Everything Changes” by Jonathan Tropper. I loved Tropper’s “Book of Joe,” and his follow-up novel is just as good. Zack King has a gorgeous girlfriend, steady job, and free rent in a fabulous New York apartment. So what’s missing? His best friend has died, Zack has feelings for his widow, and his long-lost father has made an unsettling reappearance.

This is a wonderfully funny, warm, and, sometimes wicked read.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer. The innovative author of “Everything is Illuminated” returns with a novel about Oskar, a 9 year-old amateur inventor, tambourine player and Shakespearean actor. With the loss of his beloved father in the World Trade Center, he becomes obsessed with a secret search to find the one lock that fits a mysterious key that his father left behind.

Foer is a brilliant writer who really delivers.

“The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century” by Thomas L. Friedman. The acclaimed New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner demystifies today’s complicated world.

Friedman helps make sense of complex foreign policy and economic issues. He explains how technology and globalization have flattened the world and what this means for our future.

“Song of Susannah” by Stephen King. Finally in paperback! Stephen King’s next-to-last book in his Dark Tower series is a sprawling saga of suspense, demons, monsters, narrow escapes and magic portals. King is a masterful writer and storyteller and this book won’t disappoint.

Of course, there is a huge cliffhanger ending, but lucky for you, the last volume is available in hard cover!

“Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen” by Deborah Madison. Although I’m not a vegetarian, I love to cook, and Deborah Madison’s cookbooks are among my favorites. Her latest focuses on casual suppers that are creative but not fussy.

Even my kitchen-challenged daughter found the goat cheese soufflé easy to prepare, and we all found it to be delicious.

“Our Tree Named Steve” by Alan Zweibel and David Catrow. In honor of Earth Day, a wonderful picture book about an ordinary tree that becomes extraordinary when a family arrives to build a house. Named Steve by the young child, this special tree is there for all of the family’s milestones.

Catrow’s humorous illustrations beautifully compliment Zweibel’s touching story.

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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