New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel (Hardback)

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (Hardback)

Rebel Yell:  The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S. C. Gwynne (Hardback)

The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen (Hardback)

Deadly Heat by Richard Castle (Paperback)

Storm Front by John Sandford (Paperback)

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks (Paperback)

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (Signed editions available at the store) (Hardback)

Party Games by R. L. Stine (Hardback)

The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter (Hardback)

Some Assembly Required:  The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen by Arin Andrews (Hardback)

Rethinking Normal:  A Memoir of Transition by Katie Rain Hill (Hardback)

Enough:  Our Fight to Keep America Safe From Gun Violence by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly (Hardback)

Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for the month of October:

In-Store Book Clubs:

October 1st, Non-Fiction (7 PM):  The Girls of the Atomic City:  The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII by Denise Kiernan

October 22nd, Mystery (7 PM):  Adrenaline by Jeff Abbott

 

 

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October’s Theme: Ghost Stories

Sea of Shadow’s by Kelley Armstrong

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

 

 

September Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the end of  September:

1.  Maze Runner by James Dashner (Paperback)

2.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Paperback)

3.  Personal by Lee Child (Hardback)

4.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Paperback)

5.  Death Cure by James Dashner (Paperback)

6.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Paperback)

7.  Still Life by Louise Penny (Paperback)

8.  Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson (Paperback)

9.  Divergent by Veronica Roth (Paperback)

10.  Raging Heat by Richard Castle (Hardback)

October’s Events at Mostly Books

Here are our in-store events for the month of October:

Saturday October 4th, 11:30 – 12:30 PM:  Author signing with Barbara Neville , On the Rocks

Sunday October 5th, 12:00 – 2:00 PM:   Cat Adoption with non-profit group S.A.R.A.

Sunday October 5th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM:  Author signing with Lynn Romaine , Wander:  A Two Year Journal of a Woman Who Chose to Downsize Her Life and Follow Her Dreams

Sunday October 12th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM:  Author Talk and Signing with Barry Hirsch, No Room for Error

Thursday October 16th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM:  Flash Fiction & Poetry Open Mic

Friday October 17th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM:  Tucson Minimalist Meeting

Saturday October 18th, 1:00 – 2:30 PM:  Story Time and Signing with Juliana Ashe, Adventure Beyond Human:  Into Sparkling Forest

Sunday October 19th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM:  Book Talk & Signing with Laurie Stevens, The Dark Before Dawn

Saturday October 25th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM:  Book Talk & Signing with JoAnna Senger, Reservation Ravaged

Saturday October 25th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM:  Book Talk & Signing with Jack Erickson, Thirteen Days in Milan

Sunday October 26th, 12:30 – 2:00 PM:  Book Talk & Signing with Alan Day, The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustang.  

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (Hardback)

Reality Boy by A. S. King (Paperback)

Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie (Hardback)

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan (Paperback)

Killing Patton:  The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Hardback)

The Guardian Herd: Starfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (Hardback)

The Whatnot by Stefan Bachmann (Paperback)

 

Cryer’s Cross

Lisa McMann’s Cryer’s Cross is a riveting mystery with a fun love triangle twist.  Kendall loves living in her small town in Montana but she is aspiring to go to college in New York.  The only thing that concerns her is leaving her amazing boyfriend behind. Then a tragedy strikes the town and children go missing.  Now everything has changed and Kendall knows she has to put her dreams on hold until she can find her friend.  This means spending time with the one boy she shouldn’t.

The narrative is great, the characters are memorable and the story was scary enough to keep me reading through the night.  In fact it was  so haunting and so addictive that I read it in one sitting.  Aside from a gripping story,  I also found it interesting that the main character struggles with OCD.  McMann did an incredible job of putting you right into her mind and making you see the ups and downs that go along with this syndrome.  This is a young adult book  but it is so well written that everyone will enjoy it.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (book 2 in the 5th Wave series) (Hardback)

Made For You by Melissa Marr (Hardback)

Sway by Kat Spears (Hardback)

I’lll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Hardback)

Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (book 3 in the Burn for Burn trilogy) (Hardback)

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (Paperback)

Raging Heat by Richard Castle (book 6 featuring Nikki Heat) (Hardback)

Stone Mattress:  Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood (Hardback)

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle (Hardback)

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck (Paperback)

Wheat Belly Total Health by William Davis (Hardback)

The Fork Over Knives Plan by Matt Lederman (Hardback)

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green creates such amazing characters and when you add the talents of David Levithan you find yourself falling in love with the book.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson is the story about two different boys living two very different lives who happen to meet in the same windy city and are both named Will Grayson.  On a chance encounter, the two strike up a conversation which leads to friendship, new adventures (at times musical adventures) and a whole new path.

I really like that this story is written by two authors and then told from two different perspectives.  This writing style gave you insight on both of the Wills and the ups and downs of their lives.  The characters are incredibly realistic, it feels like you know them.  I was impressed with how well the authors were able to capture the humor, depression, and the nerdiness of growing up.   I also liked that Green and Levithan continually added plot twists.  I never knew where the story was headed or how it would end.  This is a great YA contemporary novel that has you laughing out loud sometimes,  as well as contemplating the trials and tribulations of being a teen.

September Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of September:

1.  The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (Hardback)

2.  Remains of Innocence by J. A. Jance (Hardback)

3.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Paperback)

4.  The Girls of the Atomic City:  The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan (Paperback)

5.  The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure (Paperback)

6.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (Paperback)

7.  Four by Veronica Roth (Hardback)

8.  The Giver by Lois Lowry (Paperback)

9.  The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Paperback)

10.  The 39 Clues:  Unstoppable:  Flashpoint by Gordon Korman (Hardback)

 

The Paris Architect

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure is a fascinating historical fiction novel set in Paris during World War II. Overrun by German soldiers, the citizens of Paris are left distraught. Architect Lucien Bernard is asked to design factories for the Germans and persuaded to start building secret nooks inside the walls of houses for people to hide. To some he is a traitor and to some a hero. His new, rather lucrative albeit dangerous career is never as simple as one hopes and soon Lucien finds himself forced to make life altering decisions that will forever change the person that he is.

It was intriguing to read about Paris during WWII and how the people felt while being occupied. Most people are fighting to survive and yet there are others who are so consumed with greed that it astounded me. The Paris citizens were faced with cruelty on a daily bases from both Germans and other Frenchmen. The were forced to decide to either help others to survive or turn a blind eye. The intense look at humanity was both heartbreaking and joyful. Written by an architect this book was clearly a nod to design and building, but also a wonderful book on the human condition.