SO Much Good Stuff, it's hard to believe.


Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

If you picked this book up right now, this very second, you'd never see the end of this newsletter. You would get sucked right into Zusak's stunning prose, into the saga of the Dunbar brothers, and into one of the best books of the year. You probably won't get anything done in the foreseeable future. You've been warned.

I can say this with confidence because that is exactly why this newsletter is a day late. I opened it up just to get a taste, then whoosh - time went missing. I'll get you a full review when I'm done, but so far... wow.

Lea & Dana's Pick of the Month

November Road by Lou Berney

Every once in a while you find a perfect review, and nothing you write even compares, so we're borrowing from fellow bookseller Mike Wysock at the Book Stall here:

November Road unfolds in the immediate aftermath of JFK’s assassination, but the heady confusion and shock of that dark day play second fiddle to the stories of Frank Guidry and Charlotte Roy, two desperate individuals seeking to outrun the entanglements of their very different lives. Frank, a once-trusted player for the Marcello mob, is a marked man fleeing for his life; Charlotte, a weary housewife, seeks better prospects for herself and her daughters, so she must escape from both her dead-end town and deadbeat husband. Told in sharp, cinematic prose, this novel explodes the boundaries of the typical crime novel and offers up something more literary, a finely tuned exploration of the will to change.”

For fans of Dennis Lehane.

Tana's Back!

Witch Elm by Tana French

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.



Stretch to the Sun by Carrie Pearson Illustrated by Susan Swan

By chronicling the growth of the world’s tallest tree in Redwood National Park, California, Pearson and Swan have honored an ecosystem that is worth far more than money, paper, and even time. This book is profusely illustrated with paintings overlaid with collage work and text that describes a remarkable being that supports life every day. As in her other natural history books for children, Marquette author Pearson delves into the subject matter so everyone can appreciate these living entities that are our companions throughout life and beyond. ~Dianne

Pearson will be discussing this book at PWPL on Nov. 26th and will be here at Snowbound for our annual Author Extravaganza on Dec. 1st.

Debut Novel

Where the Crawdad's Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumors of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild, unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say...

The mystery will pull you along, but try to linger awhile in the incredibly lush landscape of North Carolina. Kya’s life is full of small town judgements and adolescent naivete, but it’s her immersion in nature - the water, birds, insects, and plants of her convoluted backwater - that makes this story so compelling. I would liken it to a literary version of The Marsh King’s Daughter, and I can also highly recommend it to fans of Barbara Kingsolver. I couldn’t put it down and had to re-read the ending. ~Dianne

Reading tip: don’t skim the poetry!