Staff picks from Addison.
When recently divorced Victor Forde falls in with a crowd of men at his local pub, the newfound camaraderie prompts unwanted recollections of boyhood as a student in a Christian Brothers' school. As Victor delves deeper into his dark past, the appearance of an old friend threatens more than just his sanity.
An ambitious novel dealing with race, adoption, and family, Little Fires Everywhere raises the question of what it means to be a mother. Is blood or love most important, and how do you qualify the latter? Celeste Ng's examination of these themes and many others has resulted in yet another powerful and exciting read.
When Christopher Knight entered the Maine wilderness three decades ago, he had no intention of making it a Walden Pond venture. He had no desire to formulate grandiose dispatches on the nature of the human condition. He merely wished to live by his own design and did so until modern society forced him to return to a less obtuse lifestyle.
Imagine a world where bells can tell stories and give directions, milk jugs produce light, and a simple paperclip can become an unbreakable set of handcuffs. In this same world you may need your yo-yo or trusty drumsticks to defend against marauding selkies and shadowmoths. Now if you are ready to visit, put on your gloves and climb into your suitcase. You'll be in Lundinor in no time.
When Charlie Fisher, Jr. witnesses an incredible heist, he does the last thing anyone would expect from the son of the American consul general to Marseilles. He joins the Whiz Mob and learns to pick pockets like a real class cannon. However, Charlie soon realizes that his newfound whiz know could lead to even greater problems than being made by the police. Kids will devour this exciting new book from the creators of the Wildwood Chronicles!
Baltazar's new world is enthralling from its story alone, but to also see it in countless full color illustrations is...wow. This book has left me completely speechless, and yet I cannot stop talking about it. A world with robots, gravity boards, AND dinosaurs! The possibilities are endless and I cannot wait to read about every last one. So, so much love for Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic!
As a bookseller, each day is spent explaining your emotional connection to a book in the hopes that this ink and paper, which has affected you so greatly, will find similar reception in another. History of Wolves is the first book I have ever encountered that has left me completely incapable of explanation. You do not read this book. You experience it, and when you do, it will tug at the deepest depths of your soul.
No region of the American South has experienced a more diverse history than the Gulf of Mexico. This so called "American Sea" has been the sight of some of our nation's greatest triumphs while also being the source of our greatest tragedies. Davis' marvelous book chronicles every moment in prose as refreshing as a summer dip in cool, coastal waters.
What is there to say about Adams's masterpiece other than simply wow? Watership Down is like reading a grown-up version of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. It tugs on your heartstrings as you follow Hazel, Fiver, and their friends across the English countryside. This incredible piece of literature will leave its mark on you long after you have read the last words, and is a remarkable eye-opener to the evils of human society.
This masterful psychological thriller is a delight from beginning to end. Full of murderous seagulls, unreliable narrators, and letters to a dead mother, Geni's debut novel is so hauntingly beautiful that you will be begging for more. Also check out her short story collection, The Last Animal.
Alice Clowd? Charles Darwin? A runaway slave named Siam? How could these three possibly be connected? Read Gregory Maguire's delightful new novel After Alice, written in honor of the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, to find out.
Armchair travelers beware! Bryson's descriptions in "The Road to Little Dribbling" are so insightful, witty, and stunning that you may find yourself on a spontaneous flight to Great Britain. Other side effects may include irreversible wanderlust and a deep appreciation for all things British.