Monday, April 16, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Davidson is one charming North Carolina town. We drove up from Charlotte to check out a few places - Birdsnest Music, Toast for Lunch and Main Street Books. The bookstore is small and rather haphazardly arranged. I did not see a very large fiction section but rather books about gardening, cookbooks and children's books.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This book garnered lots of early praise as one where a tragic opening scene is followed by a thought-provoking study of how different individuals cope with tragedy. Carmen marries Matt in the opening chapter, and when a car full of drunk - and drugged - wedding guests kill a young girl walking on the street on their way home from the wedding, all of these characters lives become knit in a variety of ways. The story begins in 1983 and follows the characters up through - you guessed it - 9/11. I would call the events believable, the characters a bit shallow, and the prose clear and fresh.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
We found this independent bookstore on a visit to visit my #1 son last year during spring break. He took us for breakfast at The Flying Biscuit (highly recommended) and mentioned there was a pretty cool bookstore in the same strip center. This year we returned because I love bookstores that feature lots of employee recommendations displayed with the books. These people talk books. As I was browsing, I overheard a conversation between the bookseller and a customer - obviously a frequent customer - about the paperback cover of Ron Rash's Serena. It was a compelling enough conversation to make me find the book on the shelf and eventually buy it on the way out. Nice store!
Monday, April 09, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. I had received an Advance Readers copy and kept it on the shelf, and decided to kick-start spring break week with a fun book about a Utopian commune in New York State, circa 1970. I found the protagonist, Bit, who is little bitty small child at the beginning of the novel, charming enough. But when the sham of idealism takes over Arcadia, and the novel moves forward many years, I lost interest. Not enough hippie in me - not enough drug use? For whatever reason, I was happy to leave this perfect place.