The Vermont Book Shop

09/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY —New England author Mary Beth Stevens will read her new picture book, “Tippy Finds a Home,” at a special afternoon children’s story time on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Vermont Book Shop. Tippy, her canine inspiration, will make an appearance as well. They will be joined by representatives from Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, who will be raising awareness and funds, and collecting donations for the animals in their care. Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow.  
09/09/2019
(W. W. Norton & Company) A collection of stories as refreshingly cool and bright as these last few weeks have been in our Land of Milk and Honey, and shot through with startling observations on the human condition that are occasionally as difficult to grasp as the strands of a dream. These stories reveal the vivid and mythic imagination of Ayşe Papatya Bucak, an author born in Istanbul, Turkey — to an American mother and a Turkish father — who grew up in the United States. Each one is like a steppingstone to a new world somehow contained within itself. In “Little Sister and Eminem” a...
09/02/2019
(Minotaur Books) Steadfast readers of Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache series of murder mysteries: rest assured that “A Better Man,” the 15th book in the award-winning series, will exceed your expectations. Gamache returns to the Sûreté du Québec, though not quite as Chief Inspector, but rather as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with Jean-Guy Beauvoir — once under his command and also his son-in-law, who is preparing for a career move to Paris with his family. An intense storm bears down on the Canadian province, including the village of Three Pines, when a call...
08/26/2019
(G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers) In a follow-up to Small Spaces, Katherine Arden, bestselling author of the Winternight series, has crafted another spellbinding ghost story about a trio of young kids who must navigate a treacherous path relying on their own inventiveness and courage. Ollie, Coco and Brian, along with Ollie’s dad and Coco’s mom, brave a serious snowstorm in their trusty Subaru (yes, this story is set in Vermont) to enjoy a free weekend at a newly reopened ski area and lodge; they were the lucky prizewinners. Before they are safely ensconced in the lodge,...
08/19/2019
(Graywolf Press) Rereading is its own simple pleasure, and discovering a book that you want to reread is a treasure. I first read “Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson, when published in the U.S. in 2007 and since then, it is often the book I name when asked: “What’s your favorite read?” We first meet Trond, the story’s narrator, in 1999; his two children are grown and he lives pointedly alone, “in a small house in the far east of Norway.” He is set on fixing up the property, living out his days there, much in the manner of his father before him. In 1948, Trond spent a formative summer with...
08/05/2019
(Gallery Books) It is 1953, and Iran’s intense political upheaval, that culminates with the democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh being overthrown, coincidentally orchestrated by the United States, is at its peak. Amid this unrest and cultural shift, two young people meet and fall in love, in the eponymous stationery shop located in the heart of Tehran. The proprietor is not only introducing great works of classic and foreign writers to the young people who frequent the shop, he is also distributing political tracts, in support of Mosaddegh. Bahman Aslan, charismatic, brash...
07/29/2019
(Tin House Books) “Costalegre,” Courtney Maum’s slim new novel (smartly designed with a colorful textured jacket), will whisk you away to the beaches along the western coastline of the Mexico. Narrated by Lara — the 15-year-old daughter of Leonora Calaway, an heiress intent on creating an artist’s haven as World War II bears down — a young girl, left mainly to her own devices, desperate for affection, and finding none coming from her mother, who turns instead to the artists who have commandeered her mother’s attention. In particular, she develops a crush on Jack Klinger, a sculptor, whom she...
07/22/2019
The Nickel Boys — by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys” is a masterpiece of fiction rooted firmly — and disturbingly — in fact. Inspired by the real life horrors which occurred at a boys’ reformatory in northern Florida well into the 2000’s, Whitehead brings to life the story of Elwood Curtis, a sweet, hardworking boy who, upon being arrested for unknowingly taking a ride in a stolen vehicle, is sent to Nickel Academy. There, Elwood experiences first-hand the segregation, discrimination, and humiliation — to put it mildly — his hero Dr. King spoke out against so...
01/08/2019
(Berkley Books) Seraphine’s life has long been defined her family, born, as she was to influential parents and grandparents, as one of the infamous Summerbourne twins. Their lives and legacy are shrouded in mystery, shaped by the house itself, rife with rumors. Her older brother barely recalls the day Seraphine and Danny were born, the same day their mother tragically took her own life. Now, in the aftermath of her father’s suspicious and untimely death, Seraphine discovers a previously unseen photograph of her mother holding just one new infant. Which baby is it? Is it possible Seraphine isn...
12/18/2018
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux) This collection of previously uncollected essays showcases an artisan of creative nonfiction, John McPhee, in a two-part book — Part I focuses on the sporting life, and Part II — a reworked amalgamation of fragments from magazine articles and other publications, which may sound messy but is actually quite polished, like a gem plucked from his oeuvre. Accounts of fly-fishing, golf ball hunting, men’s lacrosse and more figure in the first part. Brief biographical sketches of notable figures and visits to notable places, passages plucked from both public and private...

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