What We're Reading Now

Before I say "goodbye" - here's the list of my Final Faves, in no particular order
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin
My favorite book about bookstores and booksellers, and one of the few books I’ve ever read that made me cry (page 256, you’ll know the line when you see it). 
Algonquin Books, paperback, $14.95

by Brian Doyle
I love this book not for its plot, but for its language. Doyle writes with such texture and muscle, you can just feel the city of Chicago thrumming around you. Add to that a cast of very memorable characters, including the wisest dog you’ll ever meet, and you’ve got one heck of a read here. 
Macmillan, hardcover, $25.99

The Railwayman’s Wife
by Ashley Hay
This is a beautifully written novel about the life that comes after loss, and the healing gifts of books and poetry. Set in a small seaside town in post-war Australia, it is deeply emotional, yet quiet as the human heart.
Atria Books, hardcover, $26.00

Journey to Munich
by Jacqueline Winspear
A new Maisie Dobbs mystery is always good news, and this one sets Maisie on a new direction in her career. Maisie is finally ready to return to England after suffering great loss, but she isn’t sure she can take up her career as a private investigator where she left off several years before. But soon, a personal request to trace a missing person in Nazi Germany turns into a mission for the British Secret Service, and Maisie Dobbs, the spy, is born. 
Harper, hardcover, $26.99

The Road to Little Dribbling
by Bill Bryson
Touring Britain with Bill Bryson had me laughing out loud - and that was just the preface...
Bryson is at his grumbly best here, traveling the island he calls home with an eye for the quirky, and a distrust of change. 
Doubleday, hardcover, $28.95

The Summer Before the War
by Helen Simonson
In the last sunny summer days right before the outbreak of WWI, the new Latin Master arrives in the East Sussex town of Rye. Beatrice Nash is educated, modern-minded, and very broke. She desperately needs this job teaching the village boys the rudiments of a language they will probably never use, but small-town mores, the drums of war, and the possibility of love all conspire against her. 
Random House, hardcover, $28.00

Anna and the Swallow Man
by Gavriel Savit
This is one of those books written for young readers that we believe is better suited for adults - because of the beauty of its language, and the depth of its meaning. Anna is just 7 years old when she is left to survive on her own on the streets of Krakow. Then she meets the Swallow Man, a mysterious, maybe even magical being who shows her how to survive in times of great trouble. 
Knopf, hardcover, $17.99

A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman
Ove is the perfect picture of an elderly curmudgeon, unbending, tied to his routines, and ready to blow at the slightest provocation. When chatty new neighbors move in next door, Ove’s orderly if lonely life is thrown for a loop. Some people, it seems, just have to be friends. 
Washington Square Press, paperback, $16.00

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry
by Fredrik Backman
Elsa knows that her grandmother is more than just a little bit crazy, but she’s still Elsa’s very best friend. When grandmother dies, she leaves behind a cache of letters of apology to all the people she has wronged, and Elsa sets out to deliver them. 
Washington Square Press, paperback, $16.00

The Soul of an Octopus
by Sy Montgomery
Fascinating read about the physical, intellectual and (yes)emotional world of the octopus - a fellow sentient being most of us only see inside a tank at an aquarium. I learned so much in this book, some of it amusing, some of it amazing, I’m sure I’ll never look at the waters of Puget Sound without remembering who lives below the surface. 
Atria Books, paperback, $16.00

The Immortal Irishman
by Timothy Egan
Local author Tim Egan’s wonderful new book chronicles the life of the most famous Irishman you’ve never heard of: Thomas Francis Meagher. From Ireland in the days of the Great Famine, to a Tasmanian penal colony, to the battlefields of the American Civil War, to the empty Territory of Montana, Meagher’s heroic life exemplified some of the greatest political and historical events of the 19th Century.
Houghton Mifflin, hardcover, $28.00

The Abandoned
by Paul Gallico
Peter would dearly love to have a cat as a companion, but his parents are too busy, and his Nanny just says “no.” Then one day, when Peter runs into the road to pet a kitten, he is struck by a truck, and everything changes. When he wakes up, he discovers that he has become a cat himself, and now must find a way to survive in London’s cruel streets.
Our store cat Jennie is named after the kind, brave and wise street cat who takes charge of Peter’s new life. 
New York Review Children's Collection, hardcover, $15.95

The Strangler Vine
by M. J. Carter
Great beginning to a new mystery series set in the days of the British Empire’s supremacy. Two English agents are sent out into the countryside of India in 1837, in search of an infamous writer apparently lost or captured. Danger exists around every corner, from the mysterious cult known as the Thugees, to the officers of the East India Company with an agenda of their own. 
Putnam, paperback, $16.00

The Infidel Stain
by M. J. Carter
The sequel to The Strangler Vine. Returning to London after their adventures in India, Blake and Avery have trouble adjusting to the stuffiness of Victorian England. Soon enough, however, they find themselves investigating a series of bizarre murders among London’s gutter press. Lots of action and great historical detail make for a fabulous read. 
Putnam, hardcover, $27.00

Girl Waits With Gun
by Amy Stewart
Constance Kopp is not about to be pushed around by the small-town thug whose car collides with her family’s wagon. Seeking just recompense for the damage done, Constance teams up with the (at first) reluctant local sheriff, and matters quickly escalate from veiled threats to shots fired at her family home. Based on an actual case in Hackensack in 1915, this fast-paced and witty novel introduces us to a winsome new heroine. 
Mariner Books, paperback, $14.95

The Atomic Weight of Love
by Elizabeth Church
Meridian Wallace wants more than anything to be a scientist and study her beloved birds. Her academic ambitions are thwarted, however, when love and the expectations of the day come into play. Meridian puts her own dreams on hold when her husband is called to a job at a secret site in Los Alamos, where she struggles to find her place amid the canyons of New Mexico. This is a beautiful story about a woman who rises above expectations to find true meaning in her life. 
Algonquin Books, hardcover, $25.95   Signed copies available

For Young Readers

The Nocturnals
by Tracey Hecht
Three unlikely friends have one very important thing in common - they all are creatures of the night; they all are Nocturnals. When other animals begin to disappear in the night, our three friends, a fox, a pangolin and a tiny sugar glider band together to solve this mysterious case. Told with plenty of humor and a good dose of suspense, this will delight young and old readers alike. 
Fabled Films Press, hardcover, $15.99

by Sara Pennypacker
Beautiful and haunting, this is a true classic in the making. When a boy and his pet fox are separated by the forces of war, each must learn to go on alone, and each must find the way back together again. This is a sweet story, full of danger and adventure, but also full of a sense of longing for that friend who seems like the other half of you. 
Balzer & Bray, hardcover, $16.99   Signed copies available

Waiting for High Tide
by Nikki McClure
On a perfect Puget Sound day, a boy waits for high tide to lift his newly-built raft. As he waits, he watches the other little creatures on his beach, going about their business while the tide is low, or patiently waiting for the water to come back to them. For any little reader who knows what it means to watch the tide creep slowly back up the muddy beaches of our Sound. 
Abrams, hardcover, $19.95

The Night Gardener
by Terry & Eric Fan
Grimloch Lane is a grey little neighborhood, until, in the middle of the night, someone starts to turn the trees on the street into works of art. Watch as the neighborhood and its families are transformed, one tree at a time, in this beautifully illustrated picture book.
Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $17.99
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