“Beartown: A Novel” by Fredrik Backman
c.2017, Atria $26.99 418 pages hardcover
c.2017, Simon & Schuster $24.99 Canada 336 pages paperback
As soon as they hit the court, field, or rink, they play their hearts out to win. And win. And win. The competition is… well, there really isn’t much competition but, as in the new book “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman, trouble may come from within.
A few times a year our intrepid book reviewer Terri Schlichenmeyer provides a dizzying list of book suggestions in several categories. Here are just eight fiction and non-fiction picks for that downtime between spring cleaning and summer. – Mark/Editor
The Bookworm Sez
The pile of holiday cards has finally been dispensed. They’ve been sitting in a lump on the counter for months, and you just now got around to sorting them. Some were too beautiful to let go; others had messages you wanted to save, some had addresses you needed, a couple pictures fell on your lap, and you also found at least one gift card for a bookstore. Uh oh. Is it still good? Probably, yes. So why not go look for one of these great books?
“The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” by Adrian Miller
c.2017, The University of North Carolina Press
$30.00 / $49.00 Canada 261 pages
You seriously doubted if the food was ever going to stop coming, though you hoped it wouldn’t: you’d tasted all your favorite dishes, and then some. It was a meal fit for a King or Queen. Or maybe a president, and in “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” by Adrian Miller, you’ll read about First Family feasts.
“This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel
c.2017, Flatiron Books
$25.99 / $26.99 Canada 329 pages
You must not tell.
You cannot breathe a word to anyone who doesn’t already know. That Which Cannot Be Spoken must remain buried, put away, frozen, lips sealed, or in the closet. You cannot tell because, as in the new novel “This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel, secrets change everything.
Book Review: On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories, Photographs by Mark Seliger, Foreword by Janet Mock
“On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories”
photographs by Mark Seliger, foreword by Janet Mock
c.2016, Rizzoli International Publications $55.00 / $80 Canada 160 pages
Everybody, as they say, has a story to tell.
An ancestor was captured in an early war. Parents overcame adversity in a new country. A health scare, a welcome blessing, a lucky streak, a chance meeting, we all have our tales to share. And in “On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories,” photographs by Mark Seliger, you’ll read a few.
Rainbow Gap, Lee Lynch
Review by Velvet Lounger
Sometimes it is hard to write a review because you can’t find the words, in this case it’s hard to find words big enough to describe such an epic tale. Set in Florida in the 50’s and 60’s Lee Lynch has constructed a story that creates a movie style landscape in your mind.
Book Review: Cradles of Power: The Mothers and Fathers of the American Presidents, by Harold I. Gullan
“Cradles of Power” by Harold I. Gullan
c.2016, Skyhorse Publishing
$27.99 / $42.99 Canada 379 pages
Your parents had such high hopes for you.
You were going to make it, and make something of yourself. You’d have a better life than they had: more wealth, stronger health, bigger home, more opportunities. You were going to be somebody even if, as in the new book “Cradles of Power” by Harold I. Gullan, it took everything they had.