It's Paperback Season!
Do you smell it in the air? I’m talking about that warm-spring smell, not pollen. Although, I guess it’s hard to avoid the pollen if you are outside, smelling said air. I hope those with itchy eyes can read not only this fabulous e-mail, but also the titles I recommend!
Yes, it's allergy season but it is also hot-paperback-season! Tons of exciting titles from last spring/summer/fall are now available in paperback - a second chance to those of you who have waited for just the right moment to strike. Strike now! Hardcore Paperback Action is in your sights!
The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
One of the hottest books from last summer is about a dysfunctional family and their battle over a trust fund. A funny and heartfelt look at a family looking to sort out the sins of the past. Pretty spectacular to see this debut novel garner as much attention as it did and it is also going to be a miniseries.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
When I started working for BookHampton in 2014, I remember this book coming out and over the last three years, I have watched it continue to gain popularity. It’s almost weird seeing it graduate to paperback because I’ve sold copy after copy in hardcover for years. It’s a new era!
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
This was another buzzy book of 2016 which can be nicely summed up as a post-coming-of-age-coming-of-age story. That’s to say that it is about those weird years in your twenties where college is behind you, and the world has opened up, but you're still trying to figure your life out. Perfect for those in their twenties or those looking to remember being on your own again.
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
Love a dark thriller but have become tired of the tropes in the genre? Here is your answer! This book is a literary spook-fest about a woman who is quite the unreliable and detail-hiding narrator. As the spool unrolls, the horrors come out.
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
A literary novel about the accidental death of a 5-year-old during a hunting accident and how two families try to heal the open wounds the death has caused. Steeped in Native American culture (much like Erdrich’s phenomenal National Book Award winning title, The Round House), this book asks us to find beauty in tragedy.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
From the twisted, dark mind that made In A Dark, Dark Wood comes another eerie and page turning thriller. A journalist hears a woman being thrown overboard the side of a small cruise ship but no one is missing and no one else seems to have noticed. This will be a perfect book for when those spring storms start popping up.
American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
Man, I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened with Patty Hearst. I have conflicted feelings about Hearst simultaneously acting as a criminal while at the same time, a walking, talking punk-rock album. Toobin is great at narrowing the scope of his subjects so that you are not overwhelmed and hey, the story stands on its own, really.
What am I reading?
Well, now that I’m all caught up on Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series (which is in our staff picks, by the way), I decided to tackle her other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. I put off reading these books because I love Throne of Glass so much that I didn’t want to compare the two. Luckily, this series stands on its own and is full of magic and strange beasts. Fantasy-lovers should also give this a shot because like Throne of Glass, this series is for both teens and adults. I hope to have read the first two books before the third comes out on May 2nd.
P.S. See you on Independent Bookstore Day!