V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matt Sullivan
Former Tattered Cover bookseller Matt Sullivan’s debut literary mystery is an entertaining page-turner and affectionate salute to independent bookstores. Lydia Smith is a bookseller at The Bright Ideas Bookstore, a thinly disguised Historic Lodo Tattered Cover sometime in the 1990’s. Late one night as she’s closing the store she discovers that Joey Molina, one of her favorite young regulars, has hung himself in the store, a photo of her as a child in his jeans pocket. Devastated and confronted with a link to a violent crime she survived as a child, Lydia struggles to uncover the reason for Joey’s suicide and what his connection is to her past. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a gripping read and a knowing nod to all who pass their time in bookstores. -- Cathy Langer, lead buyer
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer