True, the days are growing a wee bit shorter. As friends and neighbors take their last summer getaways, here at the bookstore we are avidly involved in reading advance copies of fall arrivals. In almost every category, publishers put their best efforts, biggest authors, splashiest productions into the fall season. Here are a few of our favorites. Stay tuned for more!
Darktown by Thomas Mullen. Atmospheric, well-plotted cop thriller set in 1948 Atlanta, the year that city was forced to integrate its police department. Mullen has written an all-too-timely story about a pair of new black recruits investigating murder and corruption while being shunned and threatened by corrupt white cops. (Arriving mid-September)
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. This brilliant, multi-layered novel could just as easily be called American Blended Family. Two marriages are torn asunder; the children of both scatter and recombine in surprising ways over many years. Tragedy and betrayal leave their indelible marks, yet they endure. The ultimate betrayal occurs when one of the children somewhat unwittingly allows the family history to be co-opted by a once-famous writer, resulting in his splashy comeback and re-opening of old wounds. (Arriving mid-September)
The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden by Johanna Silver, Photographs by Marion Brenner. Dry-gardening pioneer Ruth Bancroft grew a private landscape so remarkable, it spurred the founding of the Garden Conservancy. Since then, Bancroft’s masterpiece has become one of America’s most acclaimed public gardens. Bancroft’s example shows us how dry can be not only bold, but breathtaking. Beautifully photographed by Marion Brenner this is a book full of information for our dry climate and artistic inspiration for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. (Arriving early October)