Inside the O’Briens

Lisa Genova’s newest novel is Inside the O’Briens which focuses on Huntington’s disease. Her book is elegantly written and captures the emotions and turmoil of the characters so well. Joe O’Brien has been a Boston Police Officer for years. He knows everyday that he leaves for work could be his last. His wife and children have always held their breath when they hear sirens. Joe thinks he has seen it all, but nothing can prepare him for the hardships that he has to face once he learns he has Huntington’s disease.

I love Genova’s writing style. She is excellent at humanizing and teaching about the illness. I always find it easy to connect to all of her characters and it was no different with this book. You really feel the struggle of the children not knowing if they should get tested for the disease or live in the unknown. You could feel the frustration that Joe goes through in order to deal with the disease. Yet, somehow Genova still finds hope and happiness. The book could have such a dark outlook but instead she shows many moments of joy. The entire Mostly Books staff has enjoyed Lisa Genova’s books and are continually recommending them. If you haven’t read one yet, start today with this one or Still Alice.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (Hardback)

The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer (Hardback)

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory (Paperback)

The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank (Paperback)

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (Paperback)

Falling in Love by Donna Leon (The latest featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti) (Hardback)

Field of Prey by John Stanford (Paperback)

Predator One by Jonathan Maberry (The latest featuring Joe Ledger) (Paperback)

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (Hardback)

Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong (Age of Legend Trilogy) (Hardback)

A Forest Divided by Erin Hunter (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans #5) (Hardback)

August Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for August:

August 7th (7 PM) Non-Fiction Book Club:  The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction by Linda Gordon

August 14th (7 PM) Local Author Book Club:  La Malinche by Jane Eppinga.  Jane will also be joining us for our book discussion.

August 17th (4 PM) YA Book Club:  Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne, Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, Unremembered by Jessica Brody, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.  This is our FIERCE READS party so read one or read all four.  Also online at Goodreads.

August 21st (7 PM) Fiction Book Club:  Left Neglect by Lisa Genova

August 28th ( 7 PM) Mystery Book Club:  The Expats by Chris Pavone


Join us for our FIERCE READS party on August 17th at 4 PM.  We will be chatting about the four books mention above and having raffles for for the following books with autographed nameplates:  Of Triton by Anna Banks, Monument 14:  Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, and Unremembered by Jessica Brody.  We will also be raffling off tote bags with a selection of YA advance reads.  Everyone is welcome to attend our fabulous event.

April’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of April:

1  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2  Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition) by Diana Gabaldon (autographed copies available)

3  Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

4  Wicked by Gregory Maguire

5  A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

6  Left Neglected by Lisa Genova (autographed copies available)

7  Just One Day by Gayle Foreman (autographed copies available)

8  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

9  Breaking Point by CJ Box

10  Tucson Hiking Guide by Betty Leavengood

Please call if you are interested in any of the autographed books, 520-571-0110.

Final Schedule for Tucson Festival of Books Authors 2013

Here is our final schedule for the authors who will be signing with us at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books. Out booth numbers are 127-130 and we are directly south of the U of A bookstore located in the Student Union Building. Our booth is directly off the sidewalk. As you can see, we have a fantastic group of authors who will be joining us. Be sure to come meet the authors and get their latest book autographed.

Saturday March 9th

10:00 AM Charles de Lint, Thomas Perry, Nina Kiriki Hoffman

10:00AM Jennifer Nielsen ( this is a half hour signing)

11:00 AM Patrick Rothfuss, JA Jance, Hilary Davidson

11:30 AM Lisa McMann, Joanne Levy

12:00 PM Michael McGarrity, Karen Thompson Walker

1:00 PM Michael Palmer, Jeri Westerson, Conrad Storad

1:30 PM Maggie Stiefvater

2:00 PM Craig Johnson, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Susan Vreeland

2:30 PM James Rollins

3:00 PM Lisa Genova, BA Shapiro, Mary Casanova

4:00 PM Kate Mathis

Sunday March 10th

10:00 AM Michael Palmer, Daniel Palmer, Betty Webb, Judith Knight

11:00 AM Deanne Stillman, Fran Marian, Betty Leavengood

12:00 PM Andrew Gross, Kerrelyn Sparks, Nancy Turner

12:15 PM Susan Cummins Miller

1:00 PM Dana Stabenow

1:30 PM Gayle Forman, Alice LaPlante

2:00 PM Jane Eppinga

2:30 PM Diana Gabaldon

3:00 PM Ellen McMahon

4:00 PM Ben Small

Love Anthony

Lisa Genova’s newest novel Love Anthony is a poignant look at motherhood and love.  Beth’s life on Nantucket is fairly routine and average until she discovers that her husband has been having an affair.  Now everything has been turned upside down, leaving Beth confused, embarrassed, and disheartened.  She decides she needs to find the person she once was and has started writing again.  Olivia has had a challenging ten years.  Her son was diagnosis at the age of three with autism leaving him unable to speak, make eye contact, or have the  desire to be touched.  At the age of eight, after Olivia was finally coming to terms with her son’s prognosis  he passes away.  Grief stricken and estranged from her husband, Olivia escapes to Nantucket in hopes of working through her grief and learning why her son’s life was the way it was.

Genova has such a gift for taking emotional subjects and turning them into something positive.  I always pick her books up and think, okay how upsetting is this going to be?  By the time I finish I find myself not upset but hopeful that even the worst things can be good.  I was amazed at how well she was able to portray a parent of autism.  The emotional turmoil that Olivia went through was astounding.  You watched her celebrate her son and also feel resentment.  Genova captured the roller coaster ride of emotions that Olivia would go through on daily base perfectly.  I really liked the snippets of Beth’s book and wished we would have had more of her book.  Genova did such a great job of giving life to Beth’s book, and I always enjoy reading books within books.  The characters are easy to relate to and the story is so well written.  Genova fan’s and contemporary fiction readers are  sure to love this book.

October Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of October:

1  Mark of Athena by  Rick Riordan

2  The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

3  No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden by Mark Owen

4  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

5  A Wanted Man by Lee Child

6  Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

7  Winter of the World by Ken Follett

8  Zoo by James Patterson

9  America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t by Stephen Colbert

10  Love Anthony by Lisa Genova