Saturday, May 21, 2005

Check out these Book Sense Paperback Picks

for Summer 2005.

1. GOOD GRIEF, by Lolly Winston (Warner, $12.95, 0446694843) "While grief is not inherently amusing at all, Lolly Winston has found the perfect tone in her breezy and humorous description of Sophie Stanton's struggles (and failure) to be a 'good' widow at age 36. The novel never makes light of Sophie's sadness, but it does deftly show the funny side underneath." --Liz Murphy, Learned Owl Book Shop, Hudson, OH [This novel is on my TBR mountain...]

2. MULTIPLE CHOICE, by Claire Cook (NAL, $14, 0451214889) "Claire Cook once again has proven that she can write a touching, witty, and sassy novel about families. This mother/daughter novel is a laugh-out-loud fun ride that every mother and daughter can relate to." --Karin Beyer, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI

3. TRUTH & BEAUTY: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett (HarperPerennial, $13.95, 0060572159) "Patchett has written a memoir of her longtime friendship with Lucy Grealy, poet and author. By turns hilarious and tragic, Patchett remains a steadfast friend to the eccentric, charismatic, and self-destructive Lucy. She is the candle that burns too brightly but illuminates the world around her, and Patchett reflects their relationship brilliantly." --Nan Hadden, Books, Etc., Portland, ME [Here's what I had to say about it!]

4. SOME DANGER INVOLVED: A Novel, by Will Thomas (Touchstone, $9.95, 0743256190) "This blend of Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe, set in Victorian England, features descriptions so compelling I wanted to gulp it down in one sitting. My favorite read in the detective genre for the season." --Jim McKee, Lee Booksellers, Lincoln, NE

5. SHADOW DIVERS: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II, by Robert Kurson (Random House Trade, $14.95, 0375760989) "This is a fascinating, true story of the deep-sea divers who discovered a German WW II U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. The book is written like a novel, carrying the reader along as the mystery is uncovered." --Connie Geverink, Chesterfield Books, Chesterfield, MI [Also on my reading agenda...]

6. THE SUMMER GUEST, by Justin Cronin (Delta, $13, 0385335822) "I am fired up about The Summer Guest. This story of a dying man's last wish was a wonderful read with authentically real and admirable characters, and I'll be hand selling it like crazy." --Wendy Morton Hudson, Nantucket Bookworks, Nantucket, MA

7. CARPE DEMON: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, by Julie Kenner (Berkley, $12.95, 0425202526) "Kenner's Carpe Demon is best described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Desperate Housewives, with all the fun and thrills of both. A demon slayer turned suburban housewife, raising a teenager and toddler, is forced to come out of retirement when her family is threatened. What follows is full of laughs and edge-of-the-seat excitement." --Rita Moran, Apple Valley Books, Winthrop, ME Available in July.

8. BITTER FRUIT, by Achmat Dangor (Grove/Black Cat, $13, 0802170064) "A chance encounter with the policeman who raped his wife during South Africa's apartheid era forces a Johannesburg man and his family to confront the pain of their past. Their individual impressions, filtered through Dangor's rich imagination, create a devastating portrait of how history haunts and transforms. Dark and deep, yet full of humor, sensuality, and the desire for life's small, bitter pleasures." --Jamie Kornegay, Square Books, Oxford, MS

9. CALL IT A GIFT, by Valerie Hobbs (University of Nevada Press, $18, 0874176123) "Talented young adult author Hobbs' first adult novel explores an unlikely and, yet, very possible late-in-life romance. Jeronimo Smith is annoyed to discover that a copy of the poems of William Butler Yeats is not on the library shelf. And, even more annoying, the person ahead of him at the checkout desk has it in her hands. A hopeful book for us aging pre-Baby Boomers." --Jody Fickes Shapiro, Adventures for Kids, Ventura, CA

10. OFF MAIN STREET: Barnstormers, Prophets & Gatemouth's Gator: Essays, by Michael Perry (HarperPerennial, $13.95, 0060755504) "Eagerly awaited by us fans of Population: 485, Perry's latest delivers more news from New Auburn, Wisconsin. Perry reviews his eclectic experiences with a Midwestern sensibility that knows there is bound to be something profound mixed up in the middle of goofiness, and vice versa." --Joyce Gray, Mitchell Books, Fort Wayne, IN

See the complete list of recommendations here.

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