Cary Chandler comes from a long line of ’Headers. She loves quirky British novels, children’s books, and dystopian apocalyptic futuristic Speculative-Fiction. She agrees with Jane Austen who said, "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." Cary studied bookbinding at The North Bennet Street School in Boston and majored in creative writing at Harvard Extension School.
When she’s not selling books at The Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, Cary can be found walking her French bulldog (Bert), drinking coffee at the Atomic Cafe, or framing art at Yankee Doodler.
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First serialized as a weekly column in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who searches for a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read.
Walls reimagines the life of her grandmother, Lily Casey, who by age six was helping her father break horses. At 15, she left home to teach in a frontier town — riding 500 miles on her pony to get to her post. She learned to drive a car, fly a plane, and with her husband, managed a vast ranch in Arizona, surviving tornadoes, droughts, floods, and the Great Depression
Brimming with charm and whimsy, this exquisite novel set in the Tower of London is a magical, wholly original novel whose irresistible characters will stay with readers long after they turn the stunning last page. It has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics "Chocolat" and "Amelie."
Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey — with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake — through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.
An addicting novel for the memoir lover. Jeannette Walls’s own memoir The Glass Castle is an almost unbelievable tale about growing up with parents who are dreamers and drifters. In Half Broke Horses, Walls goes back a generation. The story is a true one, but Walls writes it as a novel in the voice of her own grandmother. A poignant and sometimes heart-wrenching story, Lily is a bright cowgirl who longs to gain an education and a choice in a man’s world. She does not let life get her down despite heartache and disappointment — she bucks up. As engaging as The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses is the type of book you read in one sitting.
Love HBO’s series True Blood? The books are better, and you don’t have to wait to see what happens! Vampires, shape-shifters, and fairies are fun — but especially when they are written for grown-ups. Harris has written a fun, surprising and sexy series — which should not be overlooked.
A hilarious romp through literature — literally. Meet Thursday Next: the literary detective responsible for the success of Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre (she knows Jane and Mr. Rochester personally and they owe their ending to her). Other characters include Pickwick (Thursday’s pet Dodo bird), Humpty Dumpty (a gambling alcoholic), Mary Mary (that chick from the nursery rhyme) and Great Expectation’s Miss Havisham (who has a bit of a drag racing problem these days). Jasper Fforde’s blend of nerdy enthusiasm for classic literature and sci-fi, results in a fantastically readable mystery series reminiscent of the British humor of Douglas Adams.
If you like historical fiction and you like spooky, you’ll love The Historian. A mysterious book appears in the life of a young scholar leaving him no choice but to hunt down its immortal source. The story is told through the eyes of his intelligent daughter who happens upon the book, and subsequently, the secret that plagues her father’s life. Follow the characters on a journey through libraries and ancient texts (with librarians who seem a bit paler than usual), and cryptic monasteries to Transylvania, on the hunt for Vlad the Impaler!
Fingersmith is a dark Victorian tale about intense friendship, greed, and betrayal. Sue and Maud are both orphans but come from different worlds. As Sue attempts to convince Maud that she is trustworthy (with intentions of robbing her blind), she discovers that she has deep feelings for the heiress. A sudden plot twist will keep you reading this creepy story long into the night.