A new book by Geraldine Brooks is a cause for celebration and this is one of her very best. The title is simply “Horse,” but it is so much more than a horse story! It’s a story of race, love, history, slavery, horse racing and more. The writing is superb, the characters are fascinating and complex, and the incredible research brought such depth to this unbelievable story based on a real horse. The ending had me absolutely in tears!
Absolutely, positively brilliant, profoundly tragic and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny book that I could not put down. In Elizabeth Zott, Garmus has found a perfectly original, clever and very human way to look at the role of women in the 1960s. Her writing is so insightful, thoughtful, clever and unabashedly smart. I loved everything about this book from start to finish, and it is a pure pleasure to recommend! PS This is a perfect book club selection - there's so much readers will want to talk about!
Dark's writing is so brilliant and insightful from the beginning of this book to its perfect end. This is a story set solidly on the Maine coast and deeply rooted in family, lifelong friendship and concern for the natural environment. .It is a story to savor and share with a friend!
I fell in love with Arlo, who is a young deafblind man and his gay interpreter, Cyril. There are so many insights into the world of the deafblind and challenges they face that I never knew about. When Arlo was lost, I felt what it was like to be completely unable to communicate with people or see the people around me to get help. I was so moved Arlo's struggles and by Cyril's commitment to Arlo and to doing the right thing as an interpreter. It was fascinating to learn about the new ways to communicate with the deafblind that shares more than just words, but also the speaker's position in the room, tone, etc. Utterly fascinating, enlightening and feel good story with both humor and pathos.
Kirstin Valdez Quade is an incredibly empathetic, insightful and brilliant writer! This book was a a complete pleasure to read. The book brought to life characters I loved who had lives that were nuanced and complicated, imperfect and real. Five Wounds begs to be discussed and will be ideal for book clubs.
I don't usually read true crime stories - but WOW! This fascinating, chilling, gruesome story of murder on Cape Cod in the 1960s grabbed me from the first page to the last. Sherman did an incredible amount of research and the story he weaves is completely believable and compelling. He puts the crimes in the context of the late 1960s - the drugs, the counterculture, the Manson murders and Chappaquiddick. We read about Cape Cod authors Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut, each with his own personal demons and struggles and each consumed by the murders. Sherman, a native Cape Codder, understands the Cape and he also understands the impact of murder on a family. His aunt was the last victim of the Boston Strangler.
Fabulous, unputdownable read filled with great characters I came to care so much about.
Honestly, when I heard that this book was going to take place in a storage unit, my reaction was "What?" But I LOVE B. A.'s books and within just a few pages was totally swept away by the story.
A profound, realistic and beautifully written story of a foster family that I simply could not put down. Written by the author of The Orphans of Race Point - at real favorite at our bookshop.
The story of an American family in Bangkok in the 1970s and the impact of the son's disappearance. Brilliant writing, complex and nuanced characters and a vivid sense of place made this story impossible to put down.
18th century Cape Cod comes alive through this wonderfully written story of a whaler's wife, who loses many of her rights after her husband is lost at sea. Defying convention, she stays in the home she shared with her husband of 20 years - lving in the 1/3 she still has rights to. This is one of our bookshop's best selling novels and a great read!