Heading up to Middlebury, where I'll be hand-selling some of my favorite books at The Vermont Book Shop from 1-3 pm as part of Indies First - Small Business Saturday. Hope to see some of you there: 380 Main St., 802-388-2061.
Some of my favorite books, in no particular order.:
GLORY O’BRIEN’S HISTORY OF THE WORLD – A.S. King. I think her best book since VERA DIETZ. Young adult; this author has won tons of awards.
THE DOG LIVED (AND SO WILL I) – Teresa J. Rhyne. This is memoir, the story of a woman whose dog got cancer (and survived) – shortly followed by her own cancer diagnosis. Funny, heartwarming, informative, and just had a new printing. There’s a sequel just out, THE DOGS WERE RESCUED (AND SO WAS I), which delves into beagles used for testing cosmetics (the Beagle Freedom Project) and the author ultimately seeking out a more compassionate lifestyle toward all animals.
MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND – Matthew Dicks. Didn’t expect to like this book from the description but could not put it down. Loved it. Quirky, immensely powerful.
THE KILLER NEXT DOOR – Alex Marwood. A psychological thriller with lovely character development and a wonderful case of characters – she won the Edgar for her first crime novel last year, THE WICKED GIRLS (also most excellent).
SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY – Joshilyn Jackson. Loved it. I’ve quite liked others of her books, but this one grabbed and wouldn’t let go in a particular way.
STATION ELEVEN – Emily St. John Mandel. Unless you think this one has been sold to death already!
WANT NOT – Jonathan Miles. I can’t normally read books that switch back and forth between viewpoints, but this one flows, smoothly and powerfully.