Recently someone asked me which woman leader I most admired and I almost instantly answered with Rebecca Solnit. She's passionately devoted to her causes - look up her writings on the Google bus and "mansplaining" - and she has written over a dozen books about such a wide range of topics that her books are shelved in at least four different sections of our store. This memoir is the first book of hers that I read, sparking an obsession with all things Solnit and all things Iceland.
~ recommended September, 2014
An English family comes to the Croatian village of Gost to summer in an old house, and they hire a local man, Duro, to help them fix it. But beneath Gost's lush landscape simmers a brutal history of a very recent civil war. Duro's past is revealed in such a way that by the end my heart was pounding. This is an incredible, unforgettable novel.
~ recommended May, 2014
A British spy held captive by Jihadists; a bio-mathematician obsessed with reaching the deepest part of the ocean. The two once met, fell in love, and then parted, but with an everlasting connection. If you like your novels sublime and unforgettable, and don't mind them a little complex, you must read Submergence.
~ recommended March, 2014
Imagine living in a boat that is perched on top of a building in one of the world's largest cities. Thirteen writers had the chance to do just that and this collection of their essays reads like a series of diary entries, raw, intimate, with flashes of brilliance.
~ recommended January, 2014
My used copy of this book has four different cracks in its spine and has been marked up twice: 7-16-09, on the top right-hand corner of the first page and 7-17-09 on the bottom right-hand corner of the last page. It took me only one day longer to read this dark novel. Even in translation, the energy of Ferrante's angry, vivid prose will pull you in.
~ recommended October, 2013
Romanticize the wild west? Ehrlich's ode to her love for Wyoming will indulge you. Cowboys, open skies, long drives and big weather - it's all here, delivered in her spare, beautiful prose.
~ recommended June, 2013