Thursday, December 27, 2012

Looking Ahead to 2013

Booksellers at Warwick’s have the privilege of reading many books long before they are released to the public, this is a great perk and an opportunity for our booksellers to get ahead of the game so that when you, the customer come in asking about the latest and greatest books out we can answer quickly and thoroughly, providing you with the best titles available whether they are from well-known established authors or debuts. 2013 brings with it many fantastic new books, some of which you won’t hear about in the national news, but you will want to read. So, in preparation for the New Year our booksellers have each picked a book that they can’t wait to share with you in 2013.

Samantha S., Bookseller:
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler (February 12 Release): Being compared to To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help, this debut novel is sure to deliver.

Heather, Marketing Coordinator:
Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman (May 28 Release): Hoffman’s (author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt) sophomore novel is an absolute delight. So well-written, with fully realized characters, and just the right amount of heartbreak and charm, Looking for Me is most definitely the book I am most looking forward to putting in people’s hands.

Alexa, Bookseller:
The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (January 2 Release): Dark, cynical humor is right up my alley! Looking forward to her being in Warwick’s also (1-30-13 appearance)

Janet, Bookseller:
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (March 26 Release): The Burgess Boys is first and foremost a book about family. Two brothers and one sister are forever bound by the tragic circumstances of their father's death and their hardscrabble upbringing in Maine. Each suffers through trials and tribulations both public and private that will eventually bind them together stronger than ever. In true Elizabeth Strout style, this is not a sugar-coated fantasy family, but flesh and blood people whose characters are so finely drawn you'll feel like you know them. This Pulitzer Prize-winning author has surpassed herself in this timely and eloquent novel.

Julie, Director of Events and Community Relations:
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (May 7 Release): This will probably be my favorite book for 2013. So well written!

Mary Lee, Bookseller:
The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh (April 4 Release): Gone with the Wind meets Out of Africa. Amy Einhorn Books—love her imprint.

Camilla, Bookseller:
Searching for Zion by Emily Raboteau (January 1 Release): Good thing this book will be released the first day of the New Year! I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of Searching for Zion, the second novel by Raboteau. As a biracial woman, Raboteau says she never really felt at ease in the still racially divided United States, but had heard of “Zion” in several contexts: used by Bob Marley as well as by Jewish friends. To a young Raboteau, Zion simply meant a place of peace, or to be at home. While visiting a friend in Israel, Raboteau sees black Jews for the first time and is surprised at their existence and is inspired to seek out other black communities who had traveled during the Diaspora to find their own “Zion” or home. The author states that her goal was to ask all these groups, “have you found the home you are looking for?”

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Special Guest Blogger Reviews "Falling Kingdoms"

Let me say that Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Roads is one of the most fascinating books that I have ever read. Falling Kingdoms has so many perspectives; there is Jonas, who is enraged at any injustice such as his brother’s murder and or Princess Cleo, who lives in royalty and likes peace. In this book, there is rich and food living Auranos, poor Palesia, and mean and bloody Lumeros. The plot of this book is that Lumeros and Palesia are jealous of Auranos, so they engage in war and overtake Auranos. I think the author was trying to tell people who read this book that jealousy can lead to bad things. I bet that if you read this book, you will not want to put it down.

I think overall this book was really good and I give it 4 ¾ stars out of 5!

Matthew is 11 years old

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Warwick's Staff's Favorite Handsells

It’s the Holiday Season and the question most heard around the store start with “I’m looking for a gift for…”. We all buy gifts for people during this time; whether it’s for a child, spouse, significant other, father, friend, or co-worker we tend to spend the majority of December rushing about trying to find that perfect gift. The Warwick’s Staff is no stranger to this gift giving frenzy, on top of purchasing our own gifts; we spend most of our days recommending gift purchases for others. So, in an effort to assist our blog readers, and to just get a generally great list of books out, we have configured a list of our top books to handsell l this holiday season.

Jan, Children’s Book Buyer:
If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder (a fun, laugh out loud picture book for the 2-4 year old group.)
The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie (two kids team up to use their wits to discover a treasure hidden in their school. Ages 9+)
Secret Letters by Leah Sheier (a young girl believes she’s the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and finds she is suddenly a detective herself. Ages 12+)

MaryLee, Bookseller:
The Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten (I wasn’t a fan before, but made 10 dishes from this book for a dinner party and they were all a huge success.)
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (appeals to all ages—charming, with a bit of edge, feel good ending sire to please!)

Janet, Bookseller:
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (a beautifully written and heart-warming story of a girl searching for more than what life has dealt her.)
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (read Sweet Tooth and savor the sweet twist! Brilliant)
Hello Goodbye Hello by Craig Brown (clever, entertaining, and very interesting tidbits about the famous and infamous of past and present. The perfect gift idea!)
Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (this edge of your seat mystery will keep you reading late into the night. Not just for teens.)
Artists in Love by Veronica Kavass (this is tops on my personal Christmas list. A fabulous collection of artists and their muses.)

Samantha S., Bookseller:
The John Lennon Letters (a collection of almost 300 letters and postcards, this book is perfect for the Beatles fan in your life.)
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (set in suburban San Diego, this debut novel follows the life of a young girl and her family as the rotation of the earth slows down. Very well-written, this is a great cross-over novel.)
A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer Dubois (this historical fiction novel, set both in New York in 2006 and Russia during the 1980’s, is unique and artfully written.)

Barbara, Bookseller:
Defending Jacob by William Landry (the best mystery I've read this year.)
The Round House by Louise Erdrich (winner of the National Book Award for Fiction)
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (this author is amazing, any of her books would serve well as a gift for fiction lovers)
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Alexa, Bookseller:
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman (a sweet read)

Julie, Director of Events and Community Relations:
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (hands down my favorite book of 2012)
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (story of friendship & redemption)

Heather, Marketing Coordinator:
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (great cross-generation fiction)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (for kids or adults)
Movie Box by Paolo Mereghetti (a great pictorial look at film, perfect for the movie fan in your life)
Sister by Rosamund Lupton (perfect fit for fans of Gillian Flynn and Tana French)

Margie, Office Supplies:
Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith (fascinating and well-written biography)
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Changing Your Life Through Positive Thinking by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanse, Amy Newmark (inspiring and heartfelt)

Samantha G, Bookseller:
The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling ( great for book clubs and Rowling fans)
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (great for someone who wants a funny story with an element of mystery)
Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn (a feel-good book perfect for Anglophiles or anyone looking for an adventure)
Broken Harbor by Tana French (great for mystery lovers looking for something more than the typical mass market spy thriller)
The Innocents by Lili Peloquin (perfect for the teen who loves Pretty Little Liars, probably going to be a very popular series)
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer (great for middle readers who like adventure stories and a great way to introduce children to classic fairy tales)