October 2016

home       I owned a used bookstore. I loved it all, the books, the people, the groups, and then along came ebooks.  And I knew the times they were a-changing.


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A FRIEND IN QUESTION:  Local Florida author Jessica Lyn Elkins has been at the writing game for several years.    When Katherine Phillips, a well-known community leader with a failing marriage, accidently strikes a pedestrian who steps in front of her vehicle on a snowy day, she has no idea how her life will change. The unconscious victim, an unidentified homeless person, is taken to a hospital. It isn’t until police release a photo that Katherine realizes the person is someone from her past.  As family secrets, fraud, and betrayal emerge,both women come to know the truth about the consequences of their choices.

THE WOMEN:  Think you know about Frank Lloyd Wright?  Maybe, maybe no – but give this book a try:  From “America’s most imaginative contemporary novelist” (Newsweek), a novel of Frank Lloyd Wright and the women in his life.   T.C. Boyle turns his fictional sights on an even more colorful and outlandish character: Frank Lloyd Wright. Boyle’s incomparable account of Wright’s life is told through the experiences of the four women who loved him. Olgivanna Milanoff,  Maude Miriam Noel, Mamah Cheney, and his young first wife, Kitty Tobin. Blazing with his trademark wit and inventiveness, Boyle deftly captures these very different women and the creative life in all its complexity.

THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE:    The next time you are enjoying a bowl of Kellogg’s cereal, you’ll think of this book.   Will Lightbody is a man with a stomach ailment whose only sin is loving his wife, Eleanor, too much. Eleanor is a health nut of the first stripe, and when in 1907 she journeys to Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s infamous Battle Creek Spa to live out the vegetarian ethos, poor Will goes too.  T. Coraghessan Boyle‘s wickedly comic look at turn-of-the-century fanatics in search of the magic pill to prolong their lives–or the profit to be had from manufacturing it. Brimming with a Dickensian cast of characters and laced with wildly wonderful plot twists, Jane Smiley in the New York Times Book Review called The Road to Wellville “A marvel, enjoyable from beginning to end.”

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE:  From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.   Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.  Love Affairs