Monday, February 7, 2011

Must-Read Mondays: New in Paperback!

Some of our favorite hardcovers from last winter and spring are starting to appear in paperback.  Here are a few that go on sale on Tuesday (tomorrow) that are sure to turn your winter frowns upside-down!

   Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett.  Here's what Emily Russo Murtagh, former Odyssey bookseller, but still ever-present in our hearts, has to say about this novel:
"Union Atlantic tells the story of Doug Fanning, a vet from the first Iraq war and a bigwig in one of Boston's largest financial firms in the years just prior to the Wall Street financial meltdown.  Fanning, eager to make a name for himself and a buck at any cost is pitched against two neighbors: a conservationist who is furious at Fanning's overt display of wealth and a teenager unsure of his place in the world and wildly obsessed with Fanning and what he may be able to offer him.  This is a very interesting novel that delves deep into one financial company, its people, and the destruction they are able to cause. Utterly compelling!"

  The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley needs no introduction for many of you.  This second novel in the wildly charming and popular mystery series is now available to purchase in paperback.  Nieves Ayala, full-time bookseller and full-time awesome, raves about these books: "Fans of Flavia De Luce, rejoice! For she is back, better than ever, in this sequel.  This time around Bradley brings back the set of characters that made the village of Bishop's Lacey so endearing.  The mysterious murder of a traveling puppeteer is enough to attract Flavia's attention away from chemistry and back to solving crimes.  Fans of the first book are sure to be just as charmed with the second of what I hope will become a long-running series."

Safe From the Neighbors by Steve Yarbrough was one of the best author events the Odyssey hosted in 2010 and I'm excited that now a whole new audience can experience his wonderful work.   Luke May teaches local history--his lifelong obsession--at his old high school in Loring, Mississippi. Having been mentored by his hometown newspaper's publisher, a survivor of the civil rights turmoil, he now passes these stories along to students far too young to have experienced or, in some cases, even heard about them. But when a long-lost friend suddenly returns to Loring, where years ago her family had been shattered by an act of spectacular violence, Luke begins to realize that his connection with her runs deeper, both personally and politically, than he ever imagined. Once his daughters leave for Ole Miss, and with his marriage at an impasse, Luke's investigation of this decades-old trauma soon spills over into his own life. With his parents unwilling, or unable, to help him unlock secrets whose existence he'd never suspected, this amateur historian is soon entirely consumed by an obscure past he can neither explain nor control--a gripping reminder that the past isn't dead, or even past. Once again Steve Yarbrough powerfully evokes--as David Guterson put it--"not only historical grief but the grief of our own time."


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