Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

... book cults, vertical bookshops, hot geeks, theft, and the pursuit of immortality."     -Nick Harkaway Yes, all of these things can be found in this book.  Clay needed a job, so he found one at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, but it didn't take him long to figure out there was something strange going … Continue reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

I had never heard of Charlie Lovett, but he sounds like an interesting man.  He is a writer, teacher, and a playwright.  He is also a former antiquarian bookseller, like the main character in his novel, and has collected rare books and other materials related to Lewis Carroll for more than 25 years. This book … Continue reading The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

A beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam

Praise for A Beautiful Truth: "Haunting.  Heartbreaking.  A Curious George for grown-ups, it is a tale of empathy and honesty, deftly told and beautifully rendered."   - Will Ferguson "A Beautiful Truth is a story about love and beauty and our dreams for our children and our inescapable loneliness.  The characters, human and animal, are sad … Continue reading A beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Half-Blood Blues tells the story of a group of jazz musicians, called the Hot-time Swingers, and their time on the jazz scene in Berlin and Paris in the late 1930s.  While in Paris, the young up-and-coming trumpet star, Hieronymus Falk, gets taken by the Nazis and is presumed dead.  50 years later, Sid relives the events that take … Continue reading Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

A Marker To Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik

At first, we don't know anything about Jacqueline or how she ended up on a beach in the Greek Islands.  All we know is that she is hungry, thirsty, homeless, and alone.  Slowly, gradually, we start to learn about her family and her past through her memories and the conversations that she has with her … Continue reading A Marker To Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik