Jul 02, 2013
What books are the local papers buzzing about in this last week of June? We've got that all taken care of for you! Read on!
The Pioneer Press  featured "Happy Tales to You" with a selection of fiction for your summer reading including:
The Aviator's Wife  by Melanie Benjamin - Despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness.
Full Moon Over Madeline Island  by Jay Gilbertson - A dreamy full moon hangs over Madeline Island, yet things are anything but quiet on what the locals call, The Rock. Get ready for Eve and Ruby's wildest ride yet!
You and I, Me and You  by MaryJanice Davidson - Candice (and her sisters) have moved in with Patrick and everything is more than she could have ever dreamed. Then suddenly she (they) are in knee-deep in new case that brings the escaped Threefer Killers back onto the scene.
Tina of Grand Avenue by Karin Winegar - A remarkable Minnesota horse named Tina was born too small and had an imperfect leg, but she had an "I can do it!" attitude that made her fearless. She was donated to the St. Paul Mounted Patrol, where she went through special training, encountering everything from sirens to gunfire and where she found the right partner. This is the true story of Tina, her adventures and career with Officer Mark.
Also mentioned: Totally Sweet '90s  by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont - If you can tell the difference between the Petes in Pete & Pete, know every step to the Macarena by heart, and remember when The Real World was about more than just drunken hookups, The Totally Sweet 90s will be a welcome trip down memory lane.
And in the Star Tribune Books  section, we have:
The New York Review Abroad: Fifty Years of International Reportage edited by Robert B. Silvers - For the past fifty years, The New York Review of Books has covered virtually every international revolution and movement of consequence by dispatching the world's most brilliant writers to write eyewitness accounts.
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities  by Chris Kluwe - A collection of personal essays from the NFL punter, best known for a searing letter in defense of marriage equality written to a Maryland politician, discusses religion, guns, the Pope, in-helmet cameras, and his children.
The Home Jar by Nancy Zafris - In this short story collection, Zafris reconfirms herself to be among the keenest observers of the human condition around. Zafris's very loyal following of readers will herald The Home Jar as a major event in American letters.
Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns by David Margolick - American author John Horne Burns (1916-1953) led a brief and controversial life, and as a writer, transformed many of his darkest experiences into literature. During World War II, he was stationed in Africa and Italy, and worked mainly in military intelligence. His first novel, "The Gallery "(1947), based on his wartime experiences, is a critically acclaimed novel and one of the first to unflinchingly depict gay life in the military. "Dreadful" follows Burns, from his education at the best schools to his final years of drinking and depression in Italy.
Moth; Or How I Came to Be with You Again by Thomas Heise - A young man probes the mystery of his past, including abandonment by his parents and a childhood in an orphanage.
The Matchmaker, the Apprentice, and the Football Fan: More Stories of China  by Zhu Wen, translated by Julia Lovell - This story collection moves between anarchic campuses, maddening communist factories, and the victims of China's economic miracle to showcase the absurdity, injustice, and socialist Gothic of everyday Chinese life.
Three Women in a Mirror by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt - Anna, Hanna, and Anny. Three young women, free spirits all, each one at odds with the age in which they live. Despite the centuries that divide them, their stories intersect--a surprising narrative technique that lends increasing tension and richness to this novel, which builds to a thrilling crescendo of unexpected revelations.