Monday, February 11, 2013

Book Review - Lottery

By Patricia Wood

Meet Perry L. (the L is for lucky) Crandall who will immediately tell you that he is not retarded.  You have to have an IQ of 75 to be considered retarded and his IQ is 76.  He is just not as fast as some people.  Enter Perry’s world and discover love, loss, deceit, friendship, honesty, ruthlessness and good old common sense.  You will laugh out loud one moment and reach for a box of tissues the next.  When Perry wins the Lottery it changes everyone around him except Perry himself.  From Perry we learn that it is not what you have in your life but who and that keeping something for yourself is very important.  
The book is well written and the characters so richly developed it is hard to believe that this is Ms. Wood’s first novel.  I look forward to reading her second.
Diane Vaughn 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Now in Paperback - January & February 2013

The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by:
People ∙ O: The Oprah Magazine ∙ Financial Times ∙ Kansas City Star ∙ BookPage ∙ Kirkus Reviews ∙ Publishers Weekly ∙ Booklist
With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a luminous and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

Believing the Lie
An Inspector Lynley Novel
by Elizabeth George
After writing sixteen Inspector Lynley novels, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George has millions of fans waiting for the next one. As USA Today put it, "It's tough to resist George's storytelling." With Believing the Lie, she's poised to hook countless more.

The Dressmaker
by Kate Alcott
“We’re all riveted by a tragedy, but what happens to the survivors?  The Dressmaker is that rare novel that asks not only what comes next but what we would do in a morally unspeakable situation—and how we live with those choices.  A brave, truly gripping novel.” —Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us

by Richard Ford

Canada, Richard Ford's long-awaited new novel, is not one to be rushed. While the plot sounds sensational -- robbery, murders, a flight across the Canadian border -- Ford's laconic, measured prose forces the reader to slow the pace and savor the story. This is a novel about actions, intentions, and consequences as well as about belonging, introspection, and the solitary nature of life. Powerful and atmospheric, Canada will excite and gratify Ford's fans and introduce newcomers to a masterful American writer.”
— Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI