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Book Suggestion by Angella Meanix, Bookseller
If you're looking for a long-drawn-out book with lots of complicated characters and convoluted storylines, don't read this book.
Turbulence by David Szalay was a great read. It’s a book of short stories that took me on a journey of brief escapades. I love that I didn’t have to get too involved or keep too much track, rather I enjoyed little insights - moments, decisions, and actions. Each character's life felt brief and transient mirroring the structure of the book itself; boarding flights, Uber rides and layovers. I still felt connected to each of them and wondered how things would turn out though. I was completely absorbed.
I am a fan of short stories. Not all ideas have a full 300 pages in them. This type of book is great for a quick escape. Curled up on the couch, the stories played out around me. The Fall season coming on, a cup of tea and a blanket seemed particularly conducive to the delicate relationships in these tidy chapters.
Excerpt: GRU to YYZ: The next morning she had to lose the pilot before she could leave. He was still in her bed. Asleep. "Hey", she said, "Hey, I have to go." He opened his eyes (light blue). There was reddish stubble on his big jaw. He looked around still not sure where he was. Outside the last rain of the São Paulo summer was falling audible in occasional plinks and tinks on the window. "What time is it?", he finally asked propping himself up. "Almost eleven", she told him, "I have to leave in ten minutes".
I was lured into reading "The Gold Finch" after seeing that one of my favorite actors, Ansel Elgort, played the lead role in its movie adaptation (which is now in theatres). I am so glad I did. As a lover of art and art history, Tartt's novel is like a night at a collector's gala, ripe with drama and exquisite taste. After he is orphaned due to a bombing at the MET, Theodore Decker is scarred by the tragedy for the rest of his life. He clings to the only thing that reminds him of his mother, a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. He is taken in by a wealthy New York City family, only to learn of the ways in which the elite brush mental illness under the rug. A rather intriguing read that piqued my interest in the backstories of the paintings the world holds so dear. -Claire Zito, Bookseller
Both Toby and Rachel Fleishman are in trouble, as is their marriage, as is their sense of their place in a New York city life they had constructed with so much hard work. Both Toby and Rachel are difficult people -- demanding, possessed of a narrow focus, always looking for ways to make more time for work, to compress time, to live at 1000 miles per hour with minimal sacrifice. Yet both come across as fully rounded characters, often very funny, both competent and desperate. This is Akner’s first novel, and it is a major piece of writing, ambitious and more often than not, very good. -Mike Wall, Bookseller
It's not often I've read a book that made me blush and giggle and gasp a little with its narrative. This author, without softening or censoring the stories of her subjects, speaks plainly. Rawly. She dives right into a taboo topic of desire and unmet desire and how it all plays out in the minds and lives of these three women. I enjoyed how she began the book and ended the book, sandwiching the women's stories with a revelation of her own in relation to her kinship with her mother. The opening "scene" describes everything in such a way that it made me feel like walking to the market in a little Italian village. I felt safe and free even though I knew something unsavory was about to be told. I don't think this book is for everyone - you'll know if it's for you. It's open, refreshing and unapologetic. I kept wondering how many other varied stories there must be out there untold. This was just Three Women. -Angella Meanix, Bookseller
In the ‘50s, our high school comeback cheer called poetically to the discarded “shamrock though underfoot ‘tis trod” to flourish. That spirit shall echo as you read this vibrant set of essays celebrating the resilience and acculturation of generations of browbeaten immigrants in America. -Jim Scott, Bookseller
Miss Peregrine’s is an exciting, easy read filled with humor, adventure, romance, and suspense that will keep you turning every page and never put the book down. -Annie Hankin, Bookseller
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman is my choice to recommend this month as I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel. Eleanor struggles with loneliness, social awkwardness and has survived a very difficult past. We witness her transformation throughout the novel after she and a co-worker help an elderly man to the hospital. A friendship ensues amongst the three and she discovers feelings and ways of existing that she never knew or had experienced. I laughed, I cried, I cheered as Eleanor found herself and realizes her past doesn’t dictate her future. - Mimi Liberi, Bookseller
The narrator is an 8 year old Jewish boy in Newark, NJ in 1940 who experiences in all his youthful innocence and disorientation and terror the defeat of Roosevelt by Charles Lindbergh in the 1940 election, pacts made between Nazi Germany and Japan to keep the US out of the war, and the encroaching anti-Semitism called forth by the new administration. This is an alternate history published in 2004 but one attuned to our present state of affairs. Brilliant. -Mike Wall, Bookseller