Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Constellations, by Kevin Cunningham.

JacketSeveral months after his mother dies, 8 year-old Eric is obsessed by astronomy.  His widowed, semi-employed, semi-drunk father struggles to understand his son, the world, and the universe.

Leave a comment

Filed under Staff Picks

A Question of Identity, by Susan Hill.

JacketOf course it’s no surprise that this is the perfect title for the newest (Chief Superintendent) Simon Serrailler novel.  Every one, not just the murderer, seems to be trying to figure out who they (currently) are.

Leave a comment

Filed under Staff Picks

White Vespa, by Kevin Oderman.

As long as we’re reading about photography, add this one to the list.  Myles fiddles with his recalcitrant camera and inadvertently snaps a photo of a man in white setting out on a white Vespa.  Later, when he develops the print, he decides he wants to be that man on the white Vespa, so he returns to Greece and finds the used vehicle.

Leave a comment

Filed under Staff Picks

Eight Girls Taking Pictures, by Whitney Otto.

These “eight girls” are based on eight nonfictional women who were photographers (Imogen Cunninghame, Madama Yevonde, Tina Modotti, etc.) and the fiction is based on cited research.  Eight girls/women who each felt the pull between a creative passion and living a woman’s life of wifehood, motherhood, selflessness.

Leave a comment

Filed under Staff Picks

My Ideal Bookshelf, art by Jane Mount, edited by Thessaly La Force.

Marvel at the renderings of the “ideal bookshelves” of some known names (Hugh Acheson, Jennifer Egan, David Sedaris) and think about what would comprise yours.  Meanwhile, jot down titles to discover.  Wonderful!

Leave a comment

Filed under Staff Picks

The Devil in Silver by Victor D. LaValle

A nice mix of Alfred Hitchcock and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  Sounds weird?  It is, but in a good way – suspenseful psychological thriller in an understaffed, overwhelmed city psychiatric ward.

Leave a comment

Filed under Staff Picks

Two-Part Inventions, by Lynne Sharon Schwartz.

Suzanne, a gifted pianist from an early age, never quite conquers the stagefright that ultimately ends her performing career.  To keep her reputation in the eyes (ears?) of the public, her husband Richard issues CDs of her performances enhanced, unbeknownst to Suzanne, with the recordings of others.

Leave a comment

Filed under Staff Picks