I've been a bookseller here at Main Point Books since the Fall of 2014 and am enjoying every minute of the time I spend in the store, whether helping customers or leading the Fiction Book Group. I read primarily fiction, but my tastes are wide ranging. You're just as likely to find me reading Literary Fiction, as Sci-Fi & Fantasy, as Mysteries & Thrillers. When I pull myself away from fiction I love to immerse myself in history and biography, with the occassional science book for good measure.
A single sudden and shocking occurrence jolts Astrid Strick — widow, mother, and small-town stalwart — into reassessing her life, especially her failings with her three grown children. Even as she tries to find a path toward redemption, it’s clear her offspring are nursing different hurts. Straub’s lovely and charming comic novel explores the messy and dissonant truths that underpin the illusions we maintain about those closest to us. No one is at fault, and everyone is to blame. Even adults have to grow up. Utterly charming and completely engrossing.
I've been meaning to read Anne Enright for more than a decade and kept putting it off. Now I'm kicking myself because I've clearly missed some beautiful writing and exploration of characters and relationships. In her latest book the focus is on novelist Norah as she tries to make sense of her life, her long dead, famous mother and their relationship. The upside? I have more Anne Enright novels to read.
I love murderbot. It's silly, full of action and so perfect for those of us who never feel completely at home with other people. This series (their are four novellas which precede this first full length entry into the series) follows a Security Unit who is an AI cyborg who has hacked it's governor module that means it no longer takes orders from the corporate service that created it. All Muderbot really wants to do is stream media, but it keeps getting dragged into messy human affairs. As soon as I finished reading this all I wanted was for there to be a new installment. Alas, I have to wait, but you do not. If you want to start at the beginning, the first book is All Systems Red (9780765397539 paperback or 9781250214713 hardcover)
What a great book, especially now with New York City so besieged by the coronavirus. Jemisin’s ability to encapsulate each borough perfectly in the human avatars that are fighting for the city against the faceless Lovecraftian horror emerging from other dimensions is so apt. You will root for these newly special humans as they discover themselves and step forward to fight on the front lines in a battle for the future of the New York. These are the super heroes to give us heart as we confront this epidemic.
It’s easy to judge asymmetrical abusive relationships from the outside. How often have you looked at the newspaper and thought, she should have reported it, or they should have known? But, the sad, horrible truth is that abuse is often crafty and sly, balanced uneasily on the emotional needs and wish fulfillment of both parties. In My Dark Vanessa Kate Elizabeth Russell takes you inside a relationship we know is wrong and explores the insidious, pervasive, and long-lasting damage it wreaks in one young woman’s life. Brilliant doesn’t even begin to describe the craft of a writer who simultaneously forces us to experience the seductive power of an older man for a teenager who believes she loves and is beloved, while also ensuring we see exactly how her abuser manipulates her reality for his own ends. This novel shocks and compels, forces you to look even when you don’t want to. It will rattle the cage of complacency of readers who think they have the answers to breaking free of the sticky web of sex and power is deeply woven into our culture.
Tuesday Mooney is smart, intrepid and just a little bit lost -- even twenty years after her best friend disappears without a trace. A prospect researcher by trade, when a strange and reclusive billionaire dies and leaves puzzles through the city in an elaborate treasure hunt, she's quickly in deep. While the book could win me over just by being a romp, there is more here. Tuesday and her compatriots are all forced to confront the traumas that have stunted their lives and find new strength in their relationships. Fun and affecting, I couldn't have asked for more!
What could be more fun than the adventures of a group of disgraced MI-5 Agents who for one reason or another cannot be fired, despite serious missteps. This group of misfits toil away at menial tasks while in exile at Slough House -- which is nowhere near a slow, but does provide the moniker for the poor sods stuck working there. All of them hope to get back to the mother ship in Regent's Park, but the odds are stacked against them. The plotting is intricate, the pacing is fabulous, the writing is breezy and sardonic. It all adds up to great good fun and if you like this one, there are two more entries in the series with, fingers crossed, more to come.