What we're reading in December 2007
Ever wonder what the folks who work at a mystery bookstore like to read? Well, here's your answer. Each month we ask everyone here to pick a book, current or older, that they truly enjoyed and are enthusiastic about. Of course, if you visited the store, we'd tell you directly what we like but for those of you who can't come see us, this is the next best thing. Our special thanks to Judi for pulling this feature together and to all the staff who contributed their picks.
Presented here are the picks for this month, an archive of earlier months is available from the menu at the left.
What Judi is reading
This is not as the title may indicate, a love story. It is the unsentimental sophisticated story of an intelligent and ardent feminist, Mamah Cheney whose desires for love and motherhood were in direct opposition to the role society decreed for her. Her love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright was a scandal of epic proportion. Mamah wrote in her diary, I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. She did swim in that river and was swept away by the current
What Margo is reading
Down River, a thriller, by John Hart of King of Lies fame, is reminiscent of John Grisham's early work. Multiple layers with subplots make for an interesting, can't-put-down read. After being acquitted of a murder rap in his hometown five years ago, Adam Chase returns to North Carolina only to find the murdered body of a former friend and his father's partner accused of the murder. Afraid that his family's world is lost, Adam struggles to untangle a web of family secrets, greed and distrust that leads to a powerful ending.
What is Mary Alice is drinking
The Numi Flowering Tea Gift set is the perfectly elegant gift for the tealover. A glass pot and 5 hand sown tea flowers are ready for an elegant and colorful indulgence with the finest teas and flowers.
What is Richard is reading
An absolutely marvelous large format picture book that spans a wide range of ages from as young as 4 or 5 all the way up to 9 or 10. Each spread shows a composite photograph that give the reader an idea of the size of some really large things. A photo of a giant squid shows it perched on the lawn of a suburban house so you can really grasp the size. My favorite is the polar bear paired with the NBA game where the tall players don't look quite so tall. Each photo is accompanied by extensive text that can be read (or summarized) for younger kids but will provide plenty of info the older ones.
What Kathy is Playing
Endless hours of fun for adults and kids in the fast-moving strategy game Mix-up. One player tries to win using the shapes, while the other player uses the colors. The first player to get four tiles in a row, or into a two-by-two square, wins. But take a good look— what first appears like a winning strategy could actually be helping your opponent! This illusive two-player strategy game takes only seconds to learn and minutes to play. Ages 8 and up.
What Buff is reading
My favorite pigs, Toot and Puddle, are back with a wonderful Christmas story in which they solve that age-old problem of what to get for your best friend. Solve your problem of what to get for a favorite child, or your best friend, with this snowy story that is warming and full of watercolor artwork that will delight.