In case you couldn’t make it down to the store this last Wednesday night, here’s a recap of Jude and Rosie’s favorite books for the summer. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Unruly Book Group, we make a book-a-minute presentations of what to keep in mind for all your reading needs. We’ve got a full list of the titles in the store but here’s our top choices.
Twice a year Rosie and Jude stand before you and dish out their picks for the current best books to read and to give as gifts. The summer version is hosted by the Unruly Book Club and the emphasis is on the titles just released this past spring. Everyone is invited and book groups are especially encouraged to attend. There are some truly great books out there so let us highlight a few you might otherwise miss. If you can't make it, don't fret. Watch this space for a recap and pick up a copy of the list on Thrusday!
Whether you are a lover of dance or prose, you’ll enjoy the evening with Meghan Flaherty reading from her first book, Tango Lessons. Tango, with its strict gender roles and physical intimacy, could have been disastrous for a woman dealing with past trauma. But as she moved from beginner classes to late-night dance halls of New York’s tango scene, the lessons of the dance began to apply to every corner of her life.
Author Gabriel Tallent will present the paperback release of his book My Absolute Darling at Readers’ Books at 7pm on Monday, July 16. My Absolute Darling has been applauded nationally, from Stephen King to the New York Times to being named a finalist for prizes from the National Book Critics Circle and the LA Times. On a local level, the book was one of Readers’ Books top staff picks as well as Top Indie Next List Pick.
Local Joanell Serra has written her debut novel and our Sonoma audience will best recognize the truth behind this romantic tale of wine, family, and family history. Uriel Macon, winemaker and widower, is content to live his life quietly with his vines and horses until the past comes to meet him in the form of Amanda Scanlon, an ex-lover who left Sonoma years ago. Amanda returns because of a family crisis, including finding out hard truths about her parentage. The complex ties of family, love, and grapes planted long ago will hook you in.
Poet Kendra Tanacea reads from her book A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees and baker Christopher DeLorenzo reads from his book Kitchen Inheritance: Memories and Recipes from My Family of Cooks in our Readers' Garden.