Jul 09, 2013
What books are making the rounds at our local newspapers? Why, these books are! Peruse and request to your heart's content.
At the Star Tribune Books  section:
Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman  by Minda Pradelski, translated by Philip Boehm - When feisty young Tsippy Silberberg receives word from Tel Aviv that a distant aunt has left her a mysterious inheritance, she decides to break her rigid routine and go collect it in person. But before she is even able to settle into her hotel room, an odd old woman bangs on her door and invites herself in. Her name is Bella Kugelman, and she is determined to talk. And talk she does, with wondrous effect.
The Center of the World by Thomas Van Essen - Alternating between nineteenth-century England and present-day New York, this is the story of renowned British painter J. M. W. Turner and his circle of patrons and lovers. It is also the story of Henry Leiden, a middle-aged family man with a troubled marriage and a dead-end job, who finds his life transformed by his discovery of Turner's "The Center of the World," a mesmerizing and unsettling painting of Helen of Troy that was thought to have been lost forever.
I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place by Howard Norman - A memoir of the haunting and redemptive events of the acclaimed writer's life--the betrayal of a con-man father; a murder-suicide in his family's house; the presence of an oystercatcher--each one, as the saying goes, stranger than fiction.
The Light in the Ruins  by Chris Bohjalian - Set against an exquisitely rendered Italian countryside, The Light in the Ruins unveils a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.
The Curiosity  by Stephen P. Kiernan - A powerful debut novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day and finds the greatest discovery is love . . . Gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original, this novel raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity--man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid novelty, as a living being: a curiosity.
Amy Falls Down  by Jincy Willett - Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer's block, she doesn't suffer from it. She's still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class members into her life. She is no longer numb, angry, and sardonic: she is merely numb and bemused, which is as close to happy as she plans to get. Amy is calm. So, when on New Year's morning she shuffles out to her backyard garden to plant a Norfolk pine, she is wholly unprepared for what happens next. Amy falls down.
And in the Pioneer Press , the focus was on "Serial Thrillers", local mystery authors' series, with:
Pickle in the Middle Murder  by Jessie Chandler - Shay O'Hanlon never knew the Minnesota Renaissance Festival was such a strange and bawdy event until JT Bordeaux--her badge-wearing, medieval-loving girlfriend--drags her along for a visit. The sixteenth-century faire is full of thrilling jousts, feisty wenches, and pickle vendors showing off their tasty tonsil ticklers, but Shay is distracted by the call of her full bladder. While trying to rein in her newest dog's overactive nose, she finds a dead body with a pickle stuffed in his mouth. A real dead body. In the privy.
Cold Coast  by Jenifer LeClair - Detective Brie Beaumont teams with the Maine State Police to investigate a grisly murder away Down East near the village of Tucker Harbor, Maine. A second death, a four-year-old mystery involving a research scientist, and a mysterious unexplained phenomenon draw Brie into an ever-tightening web of intrigue and danger. Themes of isolation and the destructive power of secrets play hauntingly throughout this gripping thriller, the third in Jenifer LeClair's acclaimed Windjammer Mystery Series.
http://aquabrowser.rclreads.org/?hreciid=%7clibrary%2fm%2framsey-hip%7c1...  ">Dead Insider by Victoria Houston - In the midst of a catastrophic August rainstorm, a grisly discovery shatters the serenity of a summer evening in northern Wisconsin. Moving quickly to prevent a panic among tourists, Loon Lake Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris enlists the forensic and interrogation skills of her close friend and fellow fly fisherman, the retired dentist "Doc" Osborne. Within hours of launching their investigation, they find themselves faced with a national media circus as Loon Lake becomes the focus of a murderous scenario that links the murder to the race for the U.S. Senate by a woman who is heir to a Northwoods fortune and other, less savory, family traditions.
And, of course:
The Ocean at the End of the Lane  by Neil Gaiman - It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.