American Wife

One of my co-workers just finished reading American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld.  This novel is about George W. and Laura Bush, or as known in the novel as Charlie and Alice Blackwell.  The novel focuses on Alice, who as a young adult was in a tragic accident that alters the course of her life.  Years later, she finds herself swept off her feet by Charlie and into the world of politics.  Here she discovers that she may love Charlie, but fundamentally disagrees with him.  Now as the First Lady, she is facing questions that are impossible to answer.  I was told that this is a fascinating story that kept my c0-worker reading late into the night.  It is an interesting tale about the behind the scenes of a First Family.  This novel is loosely based on the Bush family, but is still a work of fiction.

Mark of the Lion

Well, wouldn’t you know it we are still reading authors who attended the book festival.  One of my co-workers just finished reading Mark of the Lion by Suzanne Arruda.  This is the first book in the Jade del Cameron mysteries series.  It is about a girl who is an ambulance driver during WWI.  During the war Jade watches as her boyfriend is attacked in the air by another plane.  His dying request is for Jade to find his brother and investigate his father’s death.  This journey takes Jade to Africa.   I asked my co-worker what she thought of the novel, and her exact word to describe it was, “AWESOME!”.  In fact, she was so excited about this series that she had to have the second book immediately after finishing the first.  She said that Arruda’s novel was very well written, with no grammatical distractions.  As well as having a language that creates the most picturesque scenery, making the reader feel as if they too are in Africa.  It is a novel worth reading.

We have been adding books to purchase online at Biblio like mad these days.  If you are not a local Tucson viewer, or even if you are, be sure to check out our books online.  We have added several autographed copies from authors who attend the Tucson Festival of Books.

Charles De Lint Visit

One of the perks of working in a bookstore  is that you never know when one of your favorite authors might walk through the door, and today we had Charles De Lint.  De Lint writes urban fantasy novels that are just enchanting.  If you are at all interested in fantasy, and specifically faeries and magic stemming from art, then I recommend that you read one of his books.  He did attend the Tucson Festival of Books, but we were unable to catch up to him at the festival. However, we are delighted that he made a personal stop in our store and are looking forward to seeing him at the next festival.  Needless to say, it was a great day at Mostly Books!  (Thank goodness I was working today.)

Good Reads

We have been looking for a way to keep track of the books that we have read through the years, and stumbled across Good Reads.  This site lets you rate all of the books that you have read, as well as marking books you plan to read, or are currently reading.  It is also a social networking site, so you are able to compare your list with your friends’ list, join groups, and just get a feel for what others are reading.  We have just started to play around with the site, so we not sure of all the great things that it is capable of accomplishing yet.  We will keep you update along the way, but feel free to let us know if you find something new about the usability of the site.

Percy Jackson Series

One of my co-works has been reading the Percy Jackson series with her son.  Both readers have been enjoying the series, and are continually anxious to read the next book.  In fact, I have been told that their other books have been put on hold because the Percy Jackson story is  so captivating.  As a reader, I always find it fun to discuss what I am reading with other people, so naturally I love that she and her son get together to discuss the book.  This is such a good idea, and a great way to get kids reading. Not to mention, all generations have given positive feedback on this particular series.  According to USA Today, the first three books of the Percy Jackson series are in the top ten bestsellers for mid March, and the last two are numbers eleven and twelve.  That is pretty impressive for a series.

Don’t forget, the store’s book club is meeting this Saturday, March 20th,  at one to discuss The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.  We will be reading Society’s Child by Janis Ian for April 3rd’s book club.

Tucson Festival of Books Wrap-up

We had a great weekend for the book festival with lots of sunshine, and thousands of people.   According to the news, there were 80,000 people who attended the Tucson Festival of Books.  Hopefully, some of you were able to come down and partake in the festivities.    The Mostly Books crew had a great time selling books and meeting authors.  We met Thomas Perry, Phillip Margolin, Alice Hoffman, Elmore Leonard, Masha Hamilton, and many others.  And, we can’t forget all of the characters that came out for the event.  We met Star Wars troopers, Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Hungry Caterpillar, The Berenstain Bears parents, and many others.  Truly, this was an all out book event.

As most of you are aware we had Janis Ian and J.A. Jance do a book signing at our booth on Saturday.  It was a great turn out for the authors.  In fact, everyone had such a great time that the ladies decided to come back and do an encore signing on Sunday (and I think they had an even better turn out).

The weekend had a bunch of activities crammed into a small amount of time, and we are all exhausted, but we wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.  Let us know what you thought of the festival and the authors talks.  We would love to hear your feedback.

Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, Book review by Polly

Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger’s, new novel is full of twists and subplots that keep the reader wanting to read faster and delve more fully into the lives of the characters.  In this novel set mostly in London, twenty-one year old mirror twins learn of life, death, and relationships.  Their flat inherited from their aunt, overlooks Highgate Cemetery and Niffengger interweaves its history into the plot.  A compelling read that brings the afterlife into reality.

Don’t forget the Tucson Festival of Books is in three days (March 13th and 14th).  We will be having 20 authors at our booth for signings between the two days.  Check past posts or FaceBook for a complete list and times.  See you there.

Society’s Child-The Autobiography

One of my co-workers has been reading Society’s Child-The Autobiography by Janis Ian.  She said it is an excellent read and very fascinating.  The book tells about Janis Ian’s life and musical career.  The reader will learn that Ian convinced her father to teacher her how to play music at the young age of 3 and  by the age of 15 she was singing controversial songs that were getting her booed off the stage.  If you like any of Ian’s music this would be a great read for you.  Janis Ian will also be attending the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend so be sure to stop at the Mostly Books’ booth (booth 153 and 154) to see her.  J.A. Jance will also be conducting an interview with Janis Ian at our booth.  This will be taking place at 3 P.M. on Saturday March 13th.

If you are looking for a good cozy murder mystery check out Joanne Fluke’s newest Hannah Swensen mystery Apple Turnover Murder.  The story takes place in Minnesota and is about a three day charity event filled with pastries and a murder.  We haven’t tried Fluke’s recipes yet, but are looking forward too it.  Let us know if you like the recipes and book, we are always eager to hear feed back.

Authors that will be at the Mostly Books’ Booth

The count down has started for the Tucson Festival of Books, we have 11 days left.  With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to let you know which authors will be signing at our Mostly Books’ booth.

Saturday March 13th

10:00 Jane Eppinga

12:00 Susan Cummins Miller, Ben Small, and Barbara Marriott

1:00 Mary Ellen Barnes

1:30-2:00 Bonnie Marson

2:00 Jude Johnson

2:00-2:30 Michael McGarrity

3:00 Janis Ian and J.A. Jance

Sunday March 14th

10:00 Lee Stanfield

11:00 Barb Stahura

12:00 Marilyn Heins and Vera Martignetti

1:00 Fran Marian and Carol Costa

2:00 Allen Kates and Elizabeth Gunn

3:00 Rebecca Cramer and Kate Mathis

We are still frantically reading the works by authors attending the festival.  I have started reading The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn.  This is a romance novel about finding a lost heir, and of course forbidden love.  The story takes place in the 19th century where arranged marriages are  still fairly common, but marriages based on love are starting to become more popular.  I have enjoyed the atmosphere Quinn has created.  It strikes me as a more modern version of an Austen novel with the courting, witty banter, and the denial of love.