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Author Archive: "Danielle"

Annie Barrows Unabashedly Charms

Annie Barrows's creative process for co-authoring The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was, by her own admission, unusual. It's not often that your adored librarian aunt hands you a rough manuscript to finish. And allowing for the fact that we are prejudiced towards the novel's pure expression of love for booksellers, we found it to be absolutely delightful. Barrows takes the time to explain her experience of co-writing Guernsey, what it means to be a community of readers, and why we hunger for charm in these modern times.

In Hovering Flight

Joyce Hinnefeld has written a wonderful first novel. Love, loss, and the delicate beauty of nature are all explored within these richly written pages. Absorbing details about bird life fascinate, but at its core, In Hovering Flight is really about what it means to find your "wings."

A Good and Happy Child

Part thriller and part horror novel, this is among the best of its genre: shelves populated with the likes of Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, and books by Joe Hill. A Good and Happy Child is a masterpiece of suspense and subtlety, full of psychological depth and theological examination.

Water for Elephants

Well, first, I am a sucker for any book set at the circus. But throw in the massive talent that Sara Gruen has and then tell me a love story? Far from the cliché book club pick, Water for Elephants will be read for your next club meeting and then you'll sneak time away to reread it. The highest praise that I can give this book is that I have never loaned it to anyone and can't even imagine giving it away. It's a keeper.

Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir

A memoir I would put up against any in recent memory. Full of heartbreak and love, this portrait of a father-daughter relationship lives in the mind far beyond the turn of the last page. Trussoni's gift transcends all; far from a rote recitation of details, a watercolor picture emerges, evoking the feeling and emotions of that time. Highly recommended.

Promise Not to Tell

A semi-spooky modern day ghost story. But the real allure of this book is the amazingly drawn character, Del. An outcast in her grammar school, dubbed "The Potato Girl" because of her dirty, worn clothes and her scent reminiscent of moist earth, Del is denied the one friendship she has, because fellow student Kate doesn't want to admit to the popular crowd that she and Del hang out. A wonderfully written tale of the things that haunt you, both real and imagined.

Between Here and April

"The highest praise I can give Between Here and April is that I had to put it down several times in order to take a deep breath and savor what I had just read. Rarely has a book made me think as deeply, weep as openly, and recommend as heartily as I will Kogan's debut novel."

Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4)

I can't remember a more highly anticipated book that doesn't begin with "Harry Potter and the...." Far from just a young adult horror book, this last volume in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga is an old-fashioned romance of the highest order, with legions of fans ages 8 to 80. Don't let another dawn break without Breaking Dawn. Or join in the fun and start with the first book, Twilight. It will engulf you; I dare you to attempt to get any other tasks done once you've started the series.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Perfect for book groups, a charming series of letters make up this short novel set in post-WWII Europe. The correspondents, drawn together by their love of books and affection for each other, collectively tell a moving tale of endurance and friendship in the shadow of war.

After the Ball

[Editor's Note: Our kids' team guest columnist is Frances, who emceed Powell's Bella's Ball event. Click here to see pictures from Bella's Ball!]

On Friday, August 1st, I had the pleasure of being the emcee to Bella's Ball, an event hosted by Powell's to celebrate the release of Stephenie Meyer's fourth book in her Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn. It was a fun night for me and the rest of the staff, as well as the participants. We had games such as 'Pin the Tail on the Werewolf,' quiz questions, and a costume contest with some really creative outfits! My favorite part of the evening was seeing how much people were enjoying themselves dancing and meeting fellow book lovers. It was an honor to be a part of such a successful evening.

I will say, on a personal note, that though Bella's Ball was wonderful, the book Breaking Dawn has been a disappointment. In fact, this was the first time in my life I've ever stopped a book 150 pages before the end ...

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