In addition to the wonderful Event Calendar (check out JIMMY CARTER, AMY SEDARIS, AND SALMAN RUSHDIE!!!), the newsletter is chock full of awesome reviews.
Pick one up to read my review of Gary Shteyngart's latest, A Super Sad True Love Story.
Buyer and published writer Aggie reviewed Monqie Truong's Bitter in the Mouth:
Are you hungry for a good book? How about a book that is a gourmet banquet for even the most ravenous reader? Something extraordinary happened as I was reading Monique Truong's exquisite second novel. The mesmerizing voice of the book’s young protagonist, Linda Hammerick, became a rare and succulent verbal delicacy. Linda has a secret, a neurological condition that causes an involuntary mixing of the senses, and this unusual gift enables her not only to hear words, but also taste them. The name of the boy she has a crush on tastes like orange sherbet (Wadeorangesherbet). Her beloved great-uncle has a name that tastes like celery. Back in the seventies, Linda and her best friend Kelly wrote letters to each other every day, and those pages are a nourishing soul food made from girlhood, friendship, and intimacy. They also foreshadow a secret correspondence between Linda's father and a young Vietnamese woman, a revelation that makes Linda realize that she harbors yet another secret, a secret concealed in those long-ago letters, the secret of why the bitter taste was her first memory. Truong's writing is a sensuous literary feast; it makes one want to read it aloud, to devour each word, to hear it and taste it, just like Linda, who longs for a certain word "like it was a spoonful of peach cobbler."
Nancy, who has been referred to as a 'bestseller clairvoyant,' reviewed Room by Emma Donoghue:
Room is the place where five year old Jack was born and the only home he has ever known. His ma has been imprisoned there for seven years by Old Nick, who kidnapped her when she was a college student. Ma has devised play routines and exercises for Jack, and taught him much about the outside world through the use of a television. She realizes they must escape if Jack is ever to have a normal life, and that she must depend on his bravery to make that escape possible. What she doesn’t foresee is the incredible adjustment he will have to make to become part of the real world.
This is a dark and powerful love story that celebrates the strength of the human spirit, the love of a mother and a child, and the will to go on against all odds. I highly recommend it.Grab a copy to read Megan's review of Bill Bryson's upcoming release At Home: A Short History of Private Life or Marilyn's thoughts on Ian Frazier's Travels in Siberia.
In addition to the many literary delights, the Indie also features many of our unique gifts, such as Judi Eichler's beautiful, seasonal, and HANDMADE leaf necklaces:
We are also carrying hand-painted, handcrafted (by the multi-talented Megan and her sister, Shannon!) Reluctant Dragon (there are also versions featuring beautiful fairies and other mythical creatures!) tote-bags that are great for everyday use, picking up some groceries, or school books!