Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2012 - Now In Paperback

Wondering what's new this month in Paperback? Here are a few selections you will be sure to find at Hattie's Books!

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
by Amy Chua
"Yale Law professor and history scholar Chua bravely and honestly relates her experiences in raising two daughters. Her ‘Chinese parenting’ approach presents a challenge for readers to understand how her unconditional love can translate into ‘foreign’ parental strategies that, impose stringent strictures on her children’s development. Their accomplishments in violin, piano, and academics strongly argue for the effectiveness of her method, although the pitfalls of the approach manifest themselves, and the difficult process of reevaluation results in a provocative and instructive work."  —Ed Conklin, Chaucer’s Books, Santa Barbara, CA

Ghost Light
A Novel, by Joseph O’Connor
"Occasionally, a novel will come along that breaks the bounds between fact and fiction, romance and reality, to create a story so insightful and true that the scenes come to life before your eyes. Ghost Light is the fictionalized account of the famed Irish playwright J.M. Synge and his lover, the actress Maire O’Neill. Alternating with the Dublin tableaux is the tale of Maire’s later life as a poverty-stricken alcoholic in 1952 London, where she haunted by the memories of both her days with Synge and her acting career, and struggling to make her way, day by day. Bravo!" —Carl Hoffman, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

The Other Life
A Novel, by Ellen Meister
"Quinn’s artistic mother took her own life, leaving Quinn wondering why. To help her cope on this journey, Quinn has the ability to travel between two parallel worlds via hidden portals. One world is a safe, suburban life with her husband, Lewis, and their young son Isaac on Long Island, albeit a world filled with the reality of her mother’s death. The other is a dramatic life in New York City with neurotic Eugene, a life in which her mother is still very much alive. The premise of these portals may seem strange, but Meister makes it work and does it very well." —Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

You Know When the Men Are Gone
by Siobhan Fallon
"Surprising, get-under-your-skin characters populate the spare landscape of Fort Hood, Texas, in this collection of linked stories that will have a compelling effect on even the most skeptical reader. Fallon opens a window into military base life from the perspective of the quiet supporters—spouses, children and injured vets—who stay home when the men deploy. A riveting debut!." —Nicole Magistro, The Bookworm of Edwards, Edwards, CO

Which of these books appeal to you? Let us know what you think!

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