Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

whiteprin.jpgPhilippa Gregory (one of my favourite authors) has long written fiction about key areas in British history. She is perhaps best known for her book The Other Boleyn Girl. Her latest series, The Cousins’ War, charts the War of the Roses, the familial civil war that preceded Tudor rule and which divided England into York and Lancaster supporters. The war ended bloodily in 1485 with the death of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Onto his throne came Henry Tudor (King Henry VII), the first Tudor king (and father to the infamous, maritally-challenged Henry VIII).

The White Princess takes place at this critical juncture: it marks the end of Plantagenet rule and the founding of the Tudors, with all of the messy political machinations in between. Navigating through this maelstrom is Princess Elizabeth of York, a complex and fascinating figure who has been largely excluded from historical attention. Yet, with her trademark dedication to both fact and personal narrative, Gregory breathes life into this character and creates an engrossing landscape rife with both political turmoil and personal upheaval.

Born the daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, Elizabeth of York soon finds herself fatherless and in hiding when her uncle Richard III takes the throne. Her life sees a seismic shift when Richard is killed in battle. The victor and new king is a young Welsh nobleman who will found one of the most infamous dynasties of England: Henry Tudor.

The scheming new Tudor house is frantic to cement its legitimacy by marrying into the old ruling family; and so, in a spectacular display of political matchmaking, Elizabeth is married off to Henry, her former enemy.

Elizabeth is caught between the machinations of two families: her Tudor husband is determined to secure his rule, but her own York mother is scheming to see him overthrown. However, Elizabeth soon grows to care for her husband and, as they build a family, she transforms from York princess to mother of Tudor royalty. Yet, when plots and rebellions surface, she must navigate between the allegiances of her own heart. Is she a York or a Tudor?
Gregory does an astounding job of creating a personal, relatable narrative around the very political machinations of crossed allegiances, confused identity, and transfers of dynastic power. Ultimately a tale of a woman’s difficult journey towards self-definition, The White Princess deftly mixes heart with history; emotion with politics (and a dash of mysticism).

The scope of this novel is wonderfully enthralling. Gregory is able to impart both raw realpolitik and its emotional toll. Infusing the early Tudor characters with an understandable inferiority complex, the novel puts a very human face on often impersonal political intrigue. This dynamic fascinated me because of my interest in Renaissance England. Further, as a reader, I was fascinated by Gregory’s sympathetic depiction of Elizabeth’s tortured feelings of divided loyalties. How difficult and complex, indeed, it must have felt to belong to two opposing royal families. Elizabeth is wholly believable, both in her love for her blood family, and in her growing concern for the one into which she has married. She is an intriguing figure of British history. This compelling work of historical fiction does her complex life justice, and is a true gem to read.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In the Dead of Winter

          When the weather becomes this blistering cold all I can think of is curling up with a book that will make me forget about all the snow that needs shoveling. What better way to escape than with a good mystery? For a limited time, in store only, Book House has a great collection of autographed mysteries to help you beat cabin fever.

        1. W is for Wasted by: Sue Grafton 
                      Sue Grafton is close to the end of her Kinsey Millhone Mystery series with only 3 letters to go, we're trying to savor W is for Wasted. Sue Grafton's mysteries never disappoint.

                                      2. The Last Kind Word: A McKenzie Novel by: David Housewright 
                     When unlicensed PI and millionaire, Rushmore McKenzie agrees to go undercover to help the ATF track stolen guns he knew it'd be a difficult task to accomplished, but soon learns he greatly underestimated the tough journey that lies ahead.
   3.  The Territory by: Tricia Fields
           If you like desert landscapes, small towns with big issues, and border feuds---you'll love Tricia Fields The Territory.  Book House also has a limited amount of autographed copies of Scratchgravel Road: A Mystery also by Fields.

       4. Arsenic and Old Puzzles by: Parnell Hall
                  An old movie, Will Shortz puzzles, and one mysterious Sudoku puzzle tucked in an elderly man's pocket set up the scene for Cora's next case to crack, but will her romantic feelings get
in the way?

       5. A Fatal Winter by: G.M. Malliet
              "There are certain things you want in a village mystery: a pretty setting, a tasteful murder, an appealing sleuth . . . Malliet delivers all that." —Marilyn Stasio. Book House also has a limited amount of autographed copies of  Pagan Spring by: G.M. Malliet. 

       6. How the Light Gets In by: Louise Penny
               "A new Inspector Gamache novel by Louise Penny is always something to anticipate, and How the Light Gets In does not disappoint, even as the nuanced and mercurial Gamache is getting older and perhaps, slightly weary of cleaning up the riffraff in Quebec. As the holidays approach and Gamache looks forward to a family trip to France, a long-term plot by those at the very top to get Gamache out of the way once and for all, the murder of the last living Ouellet quintet, and a mysterious suicide intertwine in a complex and satisfying plot that never gives itself away." -- Carol Spurling, Bookpeople Of Moscow, Moscow, ID

       7.The Wrong Girl by: Hank Phillippi Ryan
              Hank Phillippi Ryan's newest mystery has a twist at every corner. While newspaper reporter Jane Ryland investigates a corrupt adoption agency reconnecting parents with the wrong children, detective Jake Brogan is busy investigating the tragedy behind a domestic abuse case and the empty cradle that was left behind. A chilling mystery to curl up with on a chilly day.

       8. Shotgun Lullaby by: Steve Ulfelder
              "From critically acclaimed, Edgar-nominated author Steve Ulfelder-Conway Sax is back in a thrilling and heart-wrenching story of how far a father will go to save his son."

       9. Seance Society by: Michael Nethercott 
                Seance Society is a historical mystery that reads like a Sherlock Holmes novel. Full of ghost seekers, paranormal technology, and a witty duo who are out to solve a murder mystery.

     10. Blood Orange by: Karen Keskinen
              "When Lili Molina, a local teenager chosen for the coveted role of Daphne in the annual solstice parade, is murdered, Jaymie is urged to take on the case. Reluctant at first, she soon learns police are mishandling the investigation and can’t refuse. In a town where some people are filthy rich and some are dirt poor, Jaymie finds herself slipping into the fault lines between privilege and race. Her investigation turns up an array of suspects, including con artists, spoiled rich kids, and an eccentric oil heiress. Jaymie must move fast  to unravel a twisted conspiracy - before she becomes the next victim."

     Wild Beasts of Wuhan by: Ian Hamilton
11.       "Meet Ava Lee, alluring but deadly, with a mind like a steel trap, as she chases millions of dollars and dangerous criminals around the globe in this exotic and fast-paced new crime series by Ian Hamilton."

     12. Good as Gone by: Douglas Corleone
             "With lightning-fast pacing and a twist behind every turn, Douglas Corleone's Good as Gone is a gripping race against the clock for a young girl with her life on the line and a man who has nothing left to lose."

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Year, New Romance: Swoon Worthy Novels

         It's a new year and with a new year comes a ton of books. Some of New Adult and Romance's celebrated stars will be releasing the next book in their series or even starting new ones, and I for one can't wait.
        Kresley Cole's new book, The Professional, is a romantic mystery. Natalie hires a private eye to find her birth parents but it doesn't go as planned. She finds herself kidnapped by the hunky Sevastyan who throws her onto a private jet headed to Russia. I can't say too much more without giving major plot points away. Look for this book by Gallery Books in May. 

       Deceptive Innocence by Kyra Davis looks at revenge in a whole new way. Ever since Bell's mother was sent to jail for a crime she didn't commit, she has been set on bringing down the Gable family. She's smart and cunning, willing to do anything to exact her revenge, even if it means breaking her own heart. This new book is a departure from Davis's usual erotic novels, focusing more on the intrigue and character development than she has in the past. It's due out in June from Gallery Books.

      Collide and Pulse by Gail McHugh are two of m favorite books to be released in 2014.  Emily has had it really rough, when she moves out to New York City she's intent on staying with her controlling boyfriend, Dillon, who stood by her side as she watched her mother pass away. Even Gavin Blake's attention isn't enough to pull her away. But Gavin isn't one to give up easily. What happens next will leave you reading until the wee hours... Collide is due April while you'll have to wait till July for Pulse, both are published by Atria Books.
     The True Believers series by Erin McCarthy is a beautiful series about a group of college friends. The order so far is True, Sweet, and Believe- I'm on pins and needles waiting to read the next one. True starts the series off strong. Rory's friends find out she's a virgin, gasp, and they set out to correct that, in walks Tyler. In the second book, Rory's best friend Jessica has lied to her strict parents about her summer plans so she's stuck hanging out with Rory's boyfriend's brother, Riley. The sparks fly, but so does the chaos. The third book is probably my favorite. Robin was a good-time girl, never one to turn down a good party, until she wakes up in bed with her friend's boyfriend. Phoenix is just out of jail and crashing on Tyler and Riley's couch. Can these two broken souls find happiness? You'll have to read to find out! The books are due out May, June and July 2014 by Penguin Putnam.                                                                                                                                    

      Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young is the third book in the series that began with Joss and Braden in On Dublin Street. Olivia, Johanna's cousin, has moved to Scotland and has been folded into Joss, Johanna and Ellie's world. But her shy nature has limited her interaction with the opposite sex. She turns to her best friend, Nate, for assistance. Can two best friends have sex without affecting their friendship or the friendships with others? This is a can't miss book series. Available now from Penguin.                                      

        I really enjoyed Jay Crownover's Marked Men series. It began with Rule, then Jet, then Rome and soon to come Nash. The men are tatted, gorgeous and damaged. I could not put these books down, even re-reading them when the next book in the series came out. Harper Collins.

      Jodi Malpas may be considered the newest and best erotic writer with her series, This Man. I have been waiting, rather impatiently, for the final book in the series, This Man Confessed. Ava is an interior designer set on making a name for herself. Jesse Ward is used to getting what he wants, and one look at Ava convinces him that she is all he needs. Three books of pursuit, sex and fights will leave you anxious and eager for a forever after. I was really impresses by Jodi's writing as well as her ability to make you fall in love with her characters, as flawed as they are. The third book is due next Tuesday (1/21/14) from Forever.                                                                                                            

      Rachel Van Dyken's Eagle Elite series is an ebook only series which I loved. A little mob, little college drama and lots of amazing characters make this series one of my favorites. The first book explores Trace's first year at college where she meets the Elect, a group of populars who seems to rule the school, led by Nixon. The second book is full of intrigue and so many plot twists I had to re-read it to make sure I got everything.  Both books are now available from  Forever.

       I am in love with Jessica Sorensen's books! She writes from the heart about very damaged people finding love and a bit of happiness. My favorite couple has to Callie and Kayden. Luke and Violet, Ella and Micha and Lily and Ethan all have their own amazing books that will be out this year. I highly recommend them all! They are published by Forever.                      

Monday, December 16, 2013

Paperback Young Adult Novels

Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Embrace the Forbidden What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns? The final book in the amazing trilogy will be out in April 2014. Both Alexis and Courtney LOVE this series!!!

All These Things I've Done and In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family. All three books in the series are available and in stock! It's a must read!- Alexis

Rat Saw God by Rob Thomas 
Steve details his descent from bright star to burnout in this newly repackaged edition of the definitive, highly acclaimed novel from the creator of Veronica Mars and Party Down.
Houston, sophomore year: Steve is on top of the world. He and his friends are the talk of the school. He’s in love with a terrific girl. He can even deal with “the astronaut”—a world-famous hero who happens to be his father.
San Diego, senior year: Steve is bummed out, drugged out, flunking out. A no-nonsense counselor says he can graduate if he writes a 100-page paper. So Steve starts writing, and as the paper becomes more and more personal, he reveals how a National Merit Scholar has become an under-achieving stoner. And in telling how he got to where he is, Steve discovers how to get to where he wants to be. Fans of Veronica Mars will LOVE this book! -Alexis

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Read the book before the movies ruins it for you!
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. Alexis and Courtney LOVE this book and all three books in the trilogy are available and in stock!
Every Day by David Levithan
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day. With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Newly Released Young Adult Novels

Someone Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon
Dying of cancer in a hospice, 17-year-old prankster Richard Casey has big plans for his final days. Sylvie, the only other hospice inmate under 60, tells Richie she has a few plans of her own. What begins as camaraderie quickly blossoms into real love, and this star-crossed pair is determined to live on their own terms, in whatever time they have left.- Susan Taylor

Splintered by A.G. Howard
 "Alyssa thinks she's going crazy, just liker mother and grandmother- but when she listens to the clues they lead her to Wonderland to correct her great great grandmother, Alice's mistakes. It is a perfect  combination of Carrol's original story and Burton's interpretation but completely original!" Book 2, Unhinged, is due in January 2014.- Alexis Sky

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
 "Lauren's new series, The Internment Chronicles, starts off with Perfect Ruin, a novel about a city in the sky. Morgan lives in Internment, the floating city positioned well above Earth. She dreams of going to the ground and when Internment has a series of crimes that shake the people's beliefs, Morgan's dreams take flight, literally. Part love story, part coming of age this amazing novel is 100% amazing- you won't be disappointed." Alexis Sky

The Testing by Joelle Charboneau
 "In this new dystopian trilogy Cia is chosen for the Testing to see if she is a viable candidate for the Univeristy. As she's leaving her father warns her not trust no one. In a battle of wits and Cia must come out on top to stay alive. She must be strong, smart and willing to do anything to survive and get a spot at the University. This series is smart and insightful and a must read. Fans of the Hunger Games and Divergent will enjoy this new series. And bonus- Book 1 was released in June 2013,

How to Love by Katie Cotugno
 "Reena has always loved Sawyer, but Sawyer wasn't ready for that all consuming love so he left, without a word. Three years later he returns to find that life as he knew it has changed. Reena isn't the same happy-go-lucky girl she once was, but now a mother to a three year old you looks a lot like Sawyer. Told in alternating chapters, Before and After, readers will fall in love with Reena and Sawyer and travel through the pages into their loves where they'll learn that mistakes have consequences but not all consequences are bad" Alexis
Book 2 in January 2014 and Book 3 in June 2014- so no long wait."- Alexis

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Day 12 of Book House's 25 Days of Holiday Must-Haves: Paperback Fiction

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
If you are looking for a romantic love story that will leave you in happy tears, this is the book for you! Suspend disbelief and immerse yourself in the life of Louisa Clark, who takes a job as a caretaker for a young, wealthy, disabled man. After a rocky start, Lou and Will become close, and Will urges her to expand her horizons and escape from their stifling small town. Naturally, love blooms, but can there be a happy ending for two such different people? -- Susan Taylor, Market Block Books, Troy, NY.
Alexis loves it too!

Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman http://bookhouse.indiebound.com/book/9781451681758
 Tom and Isabel Sherbourne aren't sure how to react when a dead body and a new born baby, very much alive, wash up on the shore of the lighthouse they're tending to. Tom immediately wants to do the right thing and report the body and the baby to the police. Though his wife Isabel has been unable to conceive a child for so long that she's desperate to keep the child as her own. Against his better judgement, Tom gives into his wife's wishes and they go on to raise this mystery baby as their own. Some secrets you just can't keep forever...

 Part mystery, part romance and full of beautiful writing, Light Between Oceans is a book you'll want to stay up all night to finish.

-Courtney, Book House, Albany, NY

Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.
 Susan Taylor is a big fan of this book!

Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?  Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.
Alexis is a BIG fan of all of Jamie's books!

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
Imaginary friend Budo has been protecting his human friend, Max, for five years from everything from the class bully to awkward situations in public bathrooms. He worries about the day when Max will stop believing in him, and he will disappear forever. When Max is suddenly in danger, Budo must decide between Max's happiness and his own existence in order to save his friend. It doesn't take much imagination to know that this is a great read! -- Grace Firari, The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop, Fort Atkinson, WI
Stanley loves this book!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gifts to Give a Bookaholic

A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year by: Tom Nissley and Joanna Neborsky
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The title describes it all! Everyday is a new tale from the lives of writers, each one thoroughly entertaining. A gift that keeps on giving throughout the whole year.

The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by: Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin 
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Whether you're suffering from depression, too much happiness, or just plain boredom, The Novel Cure will tell you what to read and why. Winter is the season of colds and we have a novel cure.

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop by: Ronald Rice
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'In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes."

Literary Tote Bag
Being a Bookaholic often means you're toting around more than one book at a time so it's only appropriate that you rock a literary themed tote bag. At the Book House we have a variety of literary totes that show off your love of books.

Book Journal
Book journals are a great way for Bookaholics to track what they've read and what they thought of the books they've read throughout the year. Different book journals offer different features but all are equally fun!

Book House has a ton of other literary related items like little storage boxes that look like actual books and a Shakespeare Magnet set. We hope you think of us when you do your holiday shopping this season!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Note-Worthy Novels for Your Middle Reader

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachman
Kiara has Asperger’s syndrome, and it’s hard for her to make friends. So whenever her world doesn’t make sense—which is often—she relies on Mr. Internet for answers. But there are some questions he can’t answer, like why she always gets into trouble, and how do kids with Asperger’s syndrome make friends? Kiara has a difficult time with other kids. They taunt her and she fights back. Now she’s been kicked out of school. She wishes she could be like her hero Rogue—a misunderstood X-Men mutant who used to hurt anyone she touched until she learned how to control her special power. When Chad moves in across the street, Kiara hopes that, for once, she’ll be able to make friendship stick. When she learns his secret, she’s so determined to keep Chad as a friend that she agrees not to tell. But being a true friend is more complicated than Mr. Internet could ever explain, and it might be just the thing that leads Kiara to find her own special power.
In Rogue, author Lyn Miller-Lachmann celebrates everyone’s ability to discover and use whatever it is that makes them different. This is the first book about a child with Asperger's written by someone with the syndrome. Lyn is a local author and loved by all at the Book House and Market Block Books.

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachman
This international bestseller and debut novel by a teenage author and classical musician is part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part clockwork adventure. A changeling suddenly finds himself at the center of a web of intrigue and danger when he is stalked by a sinister faery.
The sequel, The Whatnot is now available in hardcover.

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Well by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
Book 2 The Enchantress Returns is now available in hardcover.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes were Made by Stephan Pastis
With perfectly paced visual humor, Stephan Pastis gets you snorting with laughter, then slyly carries the joke a beat further — or sweetens it with an unexpected poignant moment — making this a comics-inspired story (the first in a new series) that truly stands apart from the pack.

Monday, December 9, 2013

9th Day of Book House's 25 Days of Holiday Must-Haves: Do-it-Yourself Books

Homemade Gifts by DK
Containing more than 70 projects, from candle making and crocheting to paper-crafts and baking, Handmade Gifts is the perfect guide to making handcrafted items that people will love. Each project is clearly explained using simple step-by-step images along with photographs of the finished item and variations on how to make each piece unique. There are even ideas for green and up-cycled gifts.

Fashion Timeline Journal by the Victoria and Albert Museum
This exquisite journal features color fashion illustrations from throughout the 20th century and comes with a pretty ribbon marker. The special fold-out fashion timeline nestled at back can be removed and displayed on a bookshelf, mantel, or desk.
Made By Dad: 67 Blueprints for Making Cool Stuff by Scott Bedford
Bedford presents 67 unique projects that will turn any dad with DIY leanings into a mad scientist hero.

Knit your own Moustache by Vicky Eams
Knit your way to a new secret identity; dress to impress with a unique woolly beard, wig or moustache; become a dapper dandy, pirate or even a rabbit with this great book that includes 20 knit and crochet disguises. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Day 7 of Book House's 25 Days of Holiday Must-Haves

Havisham by Ronald Frame
In Havisham, Ronald Frame unfurls the psychological trauma that made young Catherine into Miss Havisham and cursed her to a life alone, roaming the halls of the mansion in the tatters of the dress she wore for the wedding she was never to have.
Alexis and Stanley can't wait to find this under their Christmas trees!

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. 
Stanley and Susan Taylor highly recommend this title.

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
Someone Else's Love Story is Joshilyn Jackson's funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love and learning that things aren't always what they seem--or what we hope they will be. It's a story about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need.
Susan Taylor highly recommends this book.

Princess Bride, 40th Edition by William Golding
Here William Goldman's beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment.
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts--"The Princess Bride" is a modern storytelling classic.

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
As a boy, William Bellman commits one small, cruel act: killing a bird with his slingshot. Little does he know the unforeseen and terrible consequences of the deed, which is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, William seems to be a man blessed by fortune—until tragedy strikes and the stranger in black comes. Then he starts to wonder if all his ha
ppiness is about to be eclipsed. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, William enters into a rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business.And Bellman & Black is born. 
Susan Taylor recommends this to all!

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
Fans of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood rejoice! Lauren Graham's debut novel about a struggling actress in New York City is a must read. Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job. Alexis adores this book and recommends it to all!