Sam and Hadley West are recovering from the death of their son – Sam by an Alaskan adventure and Hadley by painting. The Letters by Luanne Rice is the story of their separation and how, through intimate letters, the couple saves their marriage from divorce.
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Though I only discovered Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle a few years ago, it feels like a book I’ve loved all my life. Cassandra is one of the most fascinating and natural storytellers you’ll ever read, and her cleverness adds spice to this extraordinary coming-of-age tale. Simply enchanting.
David Mazzucchelli’s outstanding graphic novel Asterios Polyp isn’t notable just for its satisfying story – about an arrogant architect who learns to see the world in a new way – but for the way that story is told: elegant visual devices abound in this thematically rich work.
In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents they Protect is by Ronald Kessler. This nonfiction book presents facts, interesting tidbits and the concerns of agents who try to provide quality security service to our presidents.
John of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby:
Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby’s latest novel, is a return to the elements that made his debut novel High Fidelity a hit: music, romance and arrested development. It tells the tale of a reclusive singer-songwriter who hasn’t recorded in years, the unexpected release of an acoustic version of his most popular album, and a trans-Atlantic correspondence with the increasingly disgruntled girlfriend of his biggest fan…which leads to something more. As always, Hornby’s witty characterization runs side-by-side with his sharp observations of how the way we consume popular culture shapes our lives.