1. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586 2. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669 3. Gray Mountain John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148 4. The Goldfinch Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437 5. The Secret Wisdom of the Earth Chris Scotton, Grand Central, $26, 9781455551927
1. Being Mortal Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159 2. Small Victories Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $22.95, 9781594486296 3. Deep Down Dark Hector Tobar, FSG, $26, 9780374280604 4. God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy Mike Huckabee, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9781250060990 5. The Motivation Manifesto Brendon Burchard, Hay House, $19.99, 9781401948078
There's Something I Want You to Do: Stories
Often anthologized and quoted writer Charles Baxter has a new collection of stories, There’s Something I Want You to Do.
The stories are broken down into two sections, Virtues and Vices, each containing five stories. Characters come and go through the ten stories, set mostly in Minneapolis. That Baxter understands the failings and strengths of humans is evident, and we see once again why he is considered such an authority on the short story form.
A great choice for book clubs as members can explore Baxter’s interpretation of each of the virtues and vices.
There's Something I Want You to Do: Stories by Charles Baxter (Pantheon) Recommended by Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC
Hall of Small Mammals by Thomas Pierce
A wild, inventive ride of a short story collection from a distinctive new American storyteller.
The stories in Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals take place at the confluence of the commonplace and the cosmic, the intimate and the infinite. A fossil-hunter, a comedian, a hot- air balloon pilot, parents and children, believers and nonbelievers, the people in these stories are struggling to understand the absurdity and the magnitude of what it means to exist in a family, to exist in the world.
In “Shirley Temple Three,” a mother must shoulder her son’s burden—a cloned and resurrected wooly mammoth who wreaks havoc on her house, sanity, and faith. In “The Real Alan Gass,” a physicist in search of a mysterious particle called the “daisy” spends her days with her boyfriend, Walker, and her nights with the husband who only exists in the world of her dreams, Alan Gass. Like the daisy particle itself—“forever locked in a curious state of existence and nonexistence, sliding back and forth between the two”—the stories in Thomas Pierce’s Hall of Small Mammals are exquisite, mysterious, and inextricably connected.
From this enchanting primordial soup, Pierce’s voice emerges—a distinct and charming testament of the New South, melding contemporary concerns with their prehistoric roots to create a hilarious, deeply moving symphony of stories.
In which a wise man notes that some men are given the plow and some are given the pencil, a bookseller remembers the legacy of her father, and a hopeful author sends Oprah Winfrey a treasure map (and a shovel).
HOLD LOVE STRONG by MATTHEW AARON GOODMAN – “Goodman’s relevant and enlightening debut novel belongs somewhere on the shelf between Richard Wright’s Native Son and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, both for its social importance and literary beauty. The novel is told in a series of vignettes, and centers around Abraham Singleton, a young man using all his available resources to navigate the housing projects of New York City. For Abraham, desperation and hope always coexist, but with the ups and downs of his life he finds one constant: the enduring love of his family. A brilliant read, everyone should be able to get into this coming of age story.” Amanda at Inkwood Book in Tampa, FL
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