When his older brother opened a bookstore on Martha’s Vineyard in the early 60’s, Bob was inspired to try his own hand at owning a bookstore, and opened the Spirit of ’76 in 1965. Fast-forwarding to 2007, Bob now owns three bookstores in Massachusetts (the Spirit of ’76, the Andover Bookstore in Andover, and the Book Rack in Newburyport) and co-owns two in New Hampshire (Water Street Bookstore in Exeter and River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth). Bob enjoys reading social histories, contemporary fiction, and mysteries.
Lin’s life mimics that of the author, who was sentenced to nineteen years in prison, but escaped an Australian prison for a new life in India, setting up a free-clinic for slum-dwellers. As Lin and his faithful friend and guide Prabaker try set out to make new lives for themselves, they are met with colorful and unsavory characters on the streets of India’s underbelly. A sweeping retelling of the author’s experiences while on the run.
A coming of age story of conjoined twin brothers born from a secret union between an Indian nun and a British surgeon. Orphaned by after the death of their mother and disappearance of their father, the two share and bond over their interest in medicine, as Ethiopia teeters on the brink of a revolution.
Mr. March- the absentee father from Little Women- comes to life in this retelling of the Civil War. As he joins the Union to help in the cause, he finds that both he and his family are forever changed by the war.
Dr. Peter Brown is talented and has the slight misfortune of working within Manhattan’s worst hospital. Pietro Brnwa is a hitman for the mob, with a gift for violence. When a new patient with only months left to live is admitted under Dr. Brown’s care he has a sneaking suspicion that the good doctor and dreaded hit man may just be one in the same.
1952 in a small town bordering South Africa and Mozambique the new apartheid laws have been put into effect. And when an Afrikaner police office is murdered the Security Branch sets out to rid the area of all Black communists. But not everything is as it appears to be when Detective Coopers starts out on his own path to investigate the murder- finding a forbidden love and the complicated lives of the people within the tiny town.
Inspector Montalbano is called in to investigate a the murder of Silvio Lupanello, found dead in his car with pants around his knees. As the rumors and corruption spread, Montalbano must find out what happened and who the killer is in this funny and fast paced mystery.
Although Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson may have proven their bravery fighting in WWII, at home in small town Mississippi they are on opposite sides of the Jim Crow laws. Both try to work their land and provide for their families, while struggling within the confines of the South.
When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle through Vermont's back roads, her life is forever changed. Formerly outgoing, Laurel withdraws into her photography, spending all her free time at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box of photographs that he won't let anyone see.
From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World’s Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work.
Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for "a reliable wife." But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she's not the "simple, honest woman" that Ralph is expecting.
Jakob, a seven year old boy who escaped the Holocaust when the rest of the villagers did not, is discovered by a Greek geologist. Although he is somewhat feral Jakob finds meaning in art as he grows and attempts to come to terms with what happened.
Where I Want to Be
Through Anna's eyes we experience the year of 1666 while she and her neighbors confront the spreading plague, rooted in superstition. To keep from infecting its surrounding towns the villagers decides to quarantine themselves until the disease is no longer a threat.
When Kate Whouley saw the classified ad for an abandoned vacation cottage, she began to dream. Transport the cottage through four Cape Cod towns. Attach it to my three-room house. Create more space for my work and life. Smart, single, and self-employed, Kate was used to fending for herself.
A modern classic, Einstein's Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, about time, relativity and physics. As the defiant but sensitive young genius is creating his theory of relativity, a new conception of time, he imagines many possible worlds. In one, time is circular, so that people are fated to repeat triumphs and failures over and over.
One of the most celebrated novels of its time, the Pulitzer Prize winner A Summons to Memphis introduces the Carver family, natives of Nashville, residents, with the exception of Phillip, of Memphis, Tennessee.
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Winner of the Lannan Literary Fiction Award
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award
Coffin, who served for 18 years as chaplain of Yale University, offers us an antidote to the politics of the religious right with a call to liberals to reenter the fray with an unabashedly Christian view of social justice, arguing that “compassion demands confrontation” on many controversial topics.
Set in a gritty Boston suburb and reminiscent of Dennis Lehane’s Mystic River, Hogan spins together a thriller involving a hostage takeover at a bank, one which leaves the victim and the thief mutually attracted to one another in an inexplicable twist of fate.
A marvelous book of brief quotations and observations by the foremost American advocate for social justice. This former chaplain of Yale University and Williams College offers us his wisdom on patriotism, war and peace, the Church, from the perspective of a thoughtful, intellectual octogenarian.
An unbelievable — and completely true — piece of travel writing. A journalist, an 84-year-old pathologist, and Albert Einstein’s brain rocket across the country through the palpable zeitgeist of contemporary America. Part travelogue, part memoir, part history, part biography, Driving Mr. Albert is one of the most unique road trips in modern literature.
From the author of The Day After Tomorrow comes an even more action-packed story of global proportion. What will happen to John, the youngest of an elite force of LA police and his beautiful-but mute-sister, at the hands of an international hit man? And the sensuous baroness who has designs on major world governments? Fast-paced thrills; you can’t miss this one.
This second title in The Baroque Cycle series that began with Quicksilver takes place in 1689 with a race to the stash of legendary gold. Alchemy, science, a countess cheated out of her fortune, a handsome privateer. Definitely the perfect summer vacation book.
A book about the hottest new form of gaming via the computer, McManus (who is a writer, not a poker player, which is an important distinction) brings you inside the world of poker in this beautifully written, highly readable book.
The year is 1911. The narrator of this haunting novel is a bird artist on a remote village in Newfoundland, who admits on the first page that he has murdered the local lighthouse keeper. The who, what, when, where and why will keep you riveted until the very end.
Some of us just can’t get enough short fiction — and this chestnut of an anthology is tailor-made for hectic schedules. Most stories here are just two pages long, but they are packed full of situations that go right to the heart. Just try to keep silent after reading “The Paring Knife,” or “The Haircut.” You’ll demand the person closest to you read it immediately so you can ask what they think.
New York Times bestselling author John Dunning brings us another adventure starring homicide-detective-turned-bookseller Cliff Janeway, this time involving a priceless lost library of 19th-century books belonging to a famous British explorer.