Luisa Smith is the Buying Director for Book Passage. She's been a part of the store staff for almost twenty years.
To read Get in Trouble is to go down the rabbit hole and enter a world which at first appears to be normal until a little twist reveals its magic. From the daily grind of caring for magical creatures to jealousy over an animated boyfriend doll, in each tale the emotional struggles of the characters are familiar, while the situations are often beyond this world. Darkness and light play together in these stories, highlighting Kelly Link’s extraordinary gift for creating worlds you dream to explore even though you might find them a bit alarming.
Like an honest talk with your wittiest friend, Abigail Thomas’ new memoir will have you both laughing out loud and on the verge of tears. Examining a life that has changed dramatically over the years and the friendship that has endured it all, What Comes Next and How to Like It reveals simple truths we can all recognize in our own lives. Struggling with aging, loyalty, and drinking after the passing of her loving husband, Thomas’ gentle humor is evident in every moving passage. What makes this all the more brilliant are the sparkling moments of insight she so beautifully paints for the reader, full of depth and emotion, making one feel more connected to the world.
One of the great mysteries of the Catholic Church, The Shroud of Turin, has inspired one of the great writers of our time to create this masterful thriller. Two brothers, one an Eastern Catholic priest the other a Roman Catholic priest, are drawn into the mysteries of the Shroud and the origins of the Church by the murder of their friend Ugo, an eccentric curator obsessed with the Shroud. Simon and Alex are dedicated brothers and priests, and yet as different in temperament and faith as they are similar in conviction and loyalty. Ian Caldwell reveals the fascinating world they reside in behind the Vatican walls along with the hidden feelings of the people that have devoted their lives to the church. The beautiful craftsmanship in weaving together this intricate plot, building tension as more is revealed, is a spectacular achievement. Some signed first printings.
The euphoric times of Ireland’s remarkable growth has passed and along with it perhaps the best parts of these characters lives. The grit, determination, and depression of post boom life is worn like a comfortable old suit. Colin Barrett’s characters are brimming with life, grim details glow like gems, and somehow lead to something akin to hope. Here we find jilted lovers, close friends, rivals, addicts, and criminals, often sharing a drink, and always a story. Barrett’s impressive debut, which brings to life a dark world both unique and familiar, will have the reader hoping for one more draught with this writer.
When Lieutenant Black is assigned to investigate a ridiculous complaint deep in the mountains of Afghanistan, his only concern is getting back in one piece. Already disheartened with the army and his situation, Black soon finds himself battling for the truth in the dark heart of the war. John Renehan’s beautifully executed thrill ride brings the characters and place to life with the adroitness of his prose. I cannot wait to surprise my customers with The Valley, which will grab them from the first and delight them throughout.
Etta and Otto and Russell and James is a touching journey across time and the heart. Etta wants to see the ocean before her memory fails; her abrupt departure on this quest awakens the memories of those she loves back to the beginning of all of their stories. As they grapple with who they have become, Emma Hooper’s enchanting novel reminds us of the ocean of love and longing that can exist.
Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye is more than an examination of post-tsunami Japan, more than a memoir of family and grief, more than a beautifully written travelogue, it is the poetry that results from a talented writer weaving together all of these remarkable stories. Marie Mutsuki Mockett has crafted an extraordinary book where the story is fascinating in all its unique details, and yet the emotional landscape will resonate deeply for every reader that has grappled with love and loss.
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is a beautiful story of friendship, family, and community. Christopher Scotton’s expressivewriting brings Appalachia to life with striking mountain landscapes and unforgettable characters. This remarkable story is set in America’s past, however the emotions and struggles resonant deeply today.
For the reader that loves to travel, Laurie R. King’s latest mystery is the perfect choice. Once again she brings Sherlock Holmes and his young wife, Mary Russell, to life in a trip that begins on a luxury ocean liner traveling from Viceroy’s India to Imperial Japan. An intriguing Japanese woman catches their attention and draws them into a mystery involving Japanese royalty, ninjas, and blackmail. King is at her best describing Japan in the 1920s, while carefully revealing each twist in the plot as Holmes and Russell employ their numerous talents to solve this complex mystery.
Wes Carver, former musician and retired prison guard, abandoned his hometown years ago. A horrific riot at the prison and the scars it left built a wall between Wes and the place he previously loved. A promise to his recently deceased wife, whose ashes accompany him, is the only reason he returns home. S.M. Hulse has written a wonderful novel which weaves together classic Western themes of family, obligation, love, anger, forgiveness, and music. Wes is confronted by all he has lost in this powerful story, and yet, in the end, this is a story of how he finds himself again
Unstable, drunk, and depressed, Rachel fantasizes the perfect life for a couple she spies through the window of her train on her dailycommute. When one of them goes missing she is shaken by the belief that something terrible has happened. As Rachel begins to investigate a darkness is uncovered that she may have invited into her own life. A haunting story, which unfolds through the voices of three unreliable narrators, The Girl on the Train twists and turns, building tension, until the chilling end.
Obsessed with the time in his young life when his innocence was stripped away, the narrator of this stunning novel constructs a wonderful portrait of Baton Rouge in the late 1980s. Everything changes for the narrator and his friends the summer a rope is stretched tight across a quiet street, sending Lindy Simpson, and her life crashing, to the ground. Suspicions spread quickly and the consequences are felt for years to come. The mystery deepens as the narrator reveals that he was one of the suspects. While this one story haunts him, there are many stories here and each is riveting. Beautifully crafted and always surprising, My Sunshine Away is nearly impossible to stop reading once you start.