I'm Cathy Fiebach owner of Main Point Books. I opened the store in 2013 because I couldn't live somewhere without a bookstore and starting a business made more sense than moving. My goal was, and continues to be, creating a space that provides the Main Line with a place to discover and discuss great books whether newly published, or just new to us. I read a broad range of books, but especially enjoy literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.
Here are some of my current favorites:
A page turning mystery/thriller set on the Main Line, follows Carrie Morgan whose toddler son, Ben, was snatched from the back of her car as she searched for quarters outside of Starbucks. Fifteen months later, Ben reappears in his crib and hasn’t changed at all. The characters are well-drawn and believable. They suffer from guilt, desperation and doubts about each other's motives. Even when you think you know where the story is headed, I promise, you don't. A book by a local author that will keep you reading late into the night.
A book that evokes the glamorous New York of the 1950s and 1960s -- beautiful and elegant, cruel and sordid. “The Swans of Fifth Avenue" focuses on the relationship between Truman Capote and Babe Paley, the wife of the founder of CBS. Babe's established place in society is strong enough to insure that both her husband and Truman are included wherever they want to go. Melanie Benjamin illuminates the character and emotional issues that draw Babe and Truman into close friendship. She also allows us to understand the desperation that led Truman betray that friendship and when he publishes his short story, “La Cote Basque, 1965." Fun historical fiction that gives you insight into the rich and famous.
In "My Name is Lucy Barton" Elizabeth Strout, as always, evokes deep feeling with a few carefully chosen words. This is a very quiet novel that only takes a few hours to read but leaves you thinking about it days later. Centered on five days that her mother spends visiting Lucy who is hospitalized with complications from surgery, the book manages to encompass Lucy's life before and after this central event. While not estranged from her mother, they haven't seen each other in many years. This book is about being alone, about the relationship between a mother and a daughter, between a writer and a reader. “Books brought me things. This is my point. They made me feel less alone. This is my point. And I thought, I will write and people will not feel so alone!” Both Lucy and Elizabeth write and make us feel not so alone.