1. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669 2. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586 3. A Spool of Blue Thread Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271 4. The Nightingale Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223 5. Trigger Warning Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062330260
1. Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780553508758 2. Being Mortal Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159 3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307 4. Believer: My Forty Years in Politics David Axelrod, Penguin Press, $35, 9781594205873 5. Killing Patton Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
Heads or Tails
Very short (flash) fiction in graphic novel format.
Carre has really done something special here, creating intricate stories that last only a few frames. The artwork is lovely, the tales melancholic and slightly gothic.
It goes by quickly, but you'll want to keep revisiting the individual stories to pick out each and every nuance.
Heads or Tails by Lilli Carre, LILLI Carr (Fantagraphics Books) Recommended by Amanda at Inkwood Books Tampa FL
Sisters of Shiloh by Kathy & Becky Hepinstall
A best-selling novelist enlists her own sister to bring us the story of two Southern sisters, disguised as men, who join the Confederate Army--one seeking vengeance on the battlefield, the other finding love.
In a war pitting brother against brother, two sisters choose their own battle.
Joseph and Thomas are fresh recruits for the Confederate Army, daring to join the wild fray that has become the seemingly endless Civil War, sharing everything with their fellow soldiers--except the secret that would mean their undoing: they are sisters.
Before the war, Joseph and Thomas were Josephine and Libby. But that bloodiest battle, Antietam, leaves Libby to find her husband, Arden, dead. She vows vengeance, dons Arden's clothes, and sneaks off to enlist with the Stonewall Brigade, swearing to kill one Yankee for every year of his too-short life. Desperate to protect her grief-crazed sister, Josephine insists on joining her. Surrounded by flying bullets, deprivation, and illness, the sisters are found by other dangers: Libby is hurtling toward madness, haunted and urged on by her husband's ghost; Josephine is falling in love with a fellow soldier. She lives in fear both of revealing their disguise and of losing her first love before she can make her heart known to him.
In her trademark "vibrant" ("Washington Post Book World") and "luscious" ("Atlanta Journal-Constitution") prose, Kathy Hepinstall joins with her sister Becky to show us the hopes of love and war, the impossible-to-sever bonds of sisterhood, and how what matters most can both hurt us and heal us.
In which Mr. Thomas Pierce thinks that every teenager is looking for a bible, Mr. T. Geronimo Johnson thinks you can go home again, but you might not recognize it when you get there, and the Booksellers at Laurelwood cheerfully answer some not-dumb questions.
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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