Books in the News - 10/27/13

Suitable AccommodationsHere's the scoop on the books featured in the Sunday papers this last week of October--with links to our catalog for your convenience!

From the Pioneer Press Books section:

Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: The Letters of J.F. Powers, 1942-1963 edited by Katherine A. Powers - A wry, moving collection of letters from the late J. F. Powers.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. Lowertown

Lowertown by Richard A. Thompson - Herman Jackson is a former bookie and small-time racketeer from Detroit trying to live down his shady past by running a legitimate bail bond business in St. Paul, but it is January, and definitely the winter of his discontent. Somebody has used his name and license without his consent, or even knowledge, to bail out a vicious killer who immediately disappears. The only solid lead Jackson has is a laptop computer found in the killer's apartment which contains details of vicious crimes, past and future.

Strangers in Our Midst by Kathleen Vallenga - Two young women learning to survive in their own worlds are forced to confront even greater challenges when those worlds collide. Elisabeth, a passenger on the Mayflower, and Attitash, a young Wampanoag, discover differences in their core beliefs-but also a common humanity.

Nice Woody by Gerry Stimmler - Before there was Joe and Margie, there was Joe and Jillian and there was Margie and Jack. To find out how Joe and Margie got together read the book. To find out how Magoo entered the scene, read the book. To find out... Oh, shoot, just read the book; it's funny.

Aimless LoveAntics on Woodhouse Avenue by Bob Garland - In the first sequel to Bob Garland's Woodhouse Avenue Follies, we again find Humboldt Prior still residing diffidently in his old row-house on Woodhouse Avenue; still be-deviled by the schemes of his fellow executives at the moldering Prior & Cousins Leather Works; and still enmeshed in the plans of the glamorous TV newsanchor, Penelope Rote.

The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr - Life has never been easy for 17-year-old Riley Frost, but when she's publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes a social outcast at her high school. So Riley throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher. Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help.

Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins - From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years.

Whew!  And over at the Star Tribune Books section:The Death of Santini

The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and his Son by Pat Conroy - A memoir by the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides about his father--the inspiration for The Great Santini--and a reaffirmation that love can conquer even the meanest of men.

The Cartographer of No Man's Land by P.S. Duffy - When his beloved brother-in-law goes missing at the front in 1916, Angus defies his pacifist upbringing to join the war and find him. Assured a position as a cartographer in London, he is instead sent directly into the visceral shock of battle. Meanwhile, at home, his son Simon Peter must navigate escalating hostility in a fishing village torn by grief.

Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines by Jack El-Hai - The story it tells, touching on everything from airline food and advertising to smoking regulations and labor relations, encapsulates the profound changes to business, travel, and culture that marked Days of Firethe twentieth century.

Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House by Peter Baker - From the senior White House correspondent for The New York Times comes the definitive history of the Bush and Cheney White House.

How to Read a Novelist by John Freeman - Freeman has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed scores of writers. This collection pulls together his very best profiles (many of them new or completely rewritten for this volume) of the very best novelists of our time.

Happy reading!

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