Viana's brand new to the bookselling scene although her love of reading began back in high school, reading old existential and spiritual fiction. Now, her taste has expanded to memoirs, transcendalist poetry, and coming of age fiction. In college, Viana studies Youth and Social Innovation and English, where she is able to constantly expand her writing and reading tastes and styles with other lovers of literature. When not working with the best group of women at Fountain Bookstore, she is steadily practicing her crochet and sewing, scrolling first edition classics on Ebay, and eating take-out empanadas at the river.
When 14-year-old Mary Jane is offered a nannying job in the summer of 1975, she doesn't expect her strict ideas of her way of life within her own straight and narrow family to shatter. Over the course of the summer, Mary Jane is thrown into a household opposite of her own, and she takes on the role of cooking, cleaning, and watching the Cones' daughter, Izzy. Dr. Cone is a psychiatrist and Mrs. Cone left school to marry him. Together, they have taken on the Summer task of guiding a rock-star through his drug addiction, a secret Mary Jane must keep in order to keep his and his wife's, Sheba, identity safe. This book follows Mary Jane through her own realizations and differences between households, and how deeply relationships can develop based on those differences. It's a nostalgiac, quick and immersive read!
I fell in love with how Patricia Hanlon relayed her swimming experiences in New England. This story arc, which began when her and her husband started their initial descent into swimming around the New England, turns into a poetic account of what it feels like to start something new, and make a list of terms and conditions that will keep it enjoyable. Patricia recounts her experiences in log format and essays, while also providing context and scientific facts on the underwater world of The Great Marsh. This is a splendid read, not only to learn something new, but to also immerse yourself in the literary account of a married, artistic pair of New Englander's falling in love with an activity together.
City, a heavy set kid from Mississippi is the main character of both stories intertwined in Long Division. The two stories meet in the middle at the height of Baize's, an orphaned teenager's disappearance, flowing between three different time periods, and is written in an incredibly witty and engaging way - edging Sci-Fi, touching on institutional racism, and the meaning/importance of love.
This book weaves science and mythology with the age old Snow White fairytale. Between each snippet of Snow White's adventure and her fleeing escape from the wicked queen, the reader is thrown contextual facts behind the story and our earth. What else lies underground besides the wicked queen's dungeon? What other animals live and work underground alongside the seven dwarfs? This encyclopedic mash of fact and fiction will excite any young reader!
Before the Coffee Gets Cold: A Novel takes readers through a series of emotional meetings through time travel. The story is centered on a quirky, often times empty Japanese coffee shop that is known for allowing customers to travel back in time. Kawaguchi vividly captures the emotional turmoil characters go through before, during, and after their adventure to another time. The four customers that take advantage of this opportunity do so with a definitive motive to change a moment of their past. These characters must grapple with expressing their love, their truth, and their desire to resolve their past before the cup of coffee gets cold. They way Kawaguchi writes the anxieties of these characters is beautiful, weaving their different motives and struggles for entering the past into a story that ends up intrinsically connected!