The entire Poole family, not just new owner, Lisa Poole, is heavily involved in the bookstore. Lisa, Ven, and their three daughters, Chelsea, Craven, and Caroline all provide their diverse picks from many different genres.
I’m adding my accolades to a book that so many of our staff have loved. Award-winning author Anthony Doerr’s latest work is set during WWII. Werner, a young German orphan, is coerced into monitoring radio for the Hitler Youth. Marie-Laure, a blind Parisian girl, is forced to flee the city by the Nazi occupation. Carrying on her uncle’s work, she broadcasts music to spread hope for her captive nation. Little does she know it will touch the heart of a German boy being held captive in his own way. Doerr’s evocative, vivid writing style makes the trials of war jump off the page; Marie-Laure and Werner are like living, breathing people, and their inner strength will move you. -Lisa
As a former aerospace engineer, I’m still a technology junkie, so in between my special ops thriller feast every month and my continuing goal to read every Bernard Cornwell historical fiction novel written, I have to drop in something from the science fiction shelf. Like many of you I’ve read Ender’s Game 3 times and still pick up on things I missed. A few years ago I picked up a new author by the name of Daniel Suarez and from the 5th page I was hooked. This guy writes about really cool technology wrapped into a page turning thriller. His first three books were great reads and his latest entitled Influx was so full of futurist concepts, advanced technology and action I literally had a hard time turning my mind off when I set the book down at 3 am to try and get some sleep. So if you are in the mood for action and high tech, pick up a copy of Influx, or any of his previous three books and enjoy!!! His previous titles in order of publication are: Daemon, Freedom and Kill Decision -Ven
Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time is everything a Picoult fan could want and more. Told from four different points of view, it is a story of a young girl searching for her mother, a missing elephant researcher, and the two people she has enlisted to help her: a once famous psychic who has lost her ability to communicate with the dead, and a down on his luck private investigator. Picoult employs the use of the elephants to further the story while teaching the reader countless new facts about the majestic creatures. Picoult's uncanny ability to get inside the head of each character, man or woman, child or adult, keeps us hanging on every word to find out what each individual's fate will be. Even Picoult's biggest fans, who have come to expect shocks, won't see the twist ending coming, perhaps the most impressive thing about the consistently unpredictable Jodi Picoult. -Chelsea
Biographies are hard to balance. One must avoid making the subject a mystical figure, while still giving them the credit they are due. Coco Chanel was a brilliant, but very difficult woman born in very interesting times. Chaney's biography paints a vivid portrait of the style pioneer while keeping her soothingly human. It also contains fascinating analysis on the evolution of women's style. Whether you're interested in her life or her work, this book is a superb choice for learning about Chanel. -Craven