Books in the News - 11/10/13

The Valley of AmazementWhat books are being discussed in our local papers this chilly November Sunday?  Here you go!  With links to our catalog for your convenience.

Excitingly, we have three books profiled in BOTH papers--it's a trifecta of recommendations!  In both the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan - Violet Minturn, a half-Chinese/half-American courtesan who deals in seduction and illusion in Shanghai, struggles to find her place in the world, while her mother, Lucia, tries to make sense of the choices she has made and the men who have shaped her.The Death of Santini

The Death of Santini 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 Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder and the Light from Ancient Sky by Kent Nerburn - In this moving finale to the trilogy that began with Neither Wolf Nor Dog, Kent Nerburn blends history, humor, and heartbreak with a gripping mystery.

And a few more from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

The Bully PulpitJunkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter - How can garbage turn into gold? What does recycling have to do with globalization? Where does all that stuff we throw away go, anyway?

The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin - A dynamic history of the muckracking press and the first decade of the Progressive era as told through the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Play Pretty Blues by Snowden Wright - A novel of the life and death of blues legend Robert Johnson, as told by all six of his wives.

Monument Road by Charlie Quimby - Leonard Self knows where he's going to end his life. But the road there is winding, and he has company.

Happy reading!

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