Geoff takes great pleasure in managing The Book Rack! In addition to alphabetizing the shelves, you can spot Geoff playing drums and percussion with various music groups up and down the east coast of Massachusetts. Ask him about his favorite new historical or science fiction novel, or book of short Irish fiction (hint: It's Donal Ryan)!
Thomas F. Meagher led anything but the dignified life his noble father intended for him. A poet, orator, banished revolutionary, American Civil War hero, and frontier governor, Meagher cast off the trappings of wealth and devoted himself to the welfare of the Irish across the globe, defying death at every turn.
Henry Hayden, a famous author who never wrote a word of his own books, has made a huge mistake. He jeopardizes his perfect life with an affair and a slew of choices best suited to a total psychopath. Dogged by the police, an obsessive nemesis, and carefully hidden past, Henry The best (and most disturbing) book I've read since The Dinner!
Who'd have thought Cuba is producing some of the great modern talents in Science Fiction? Literary activist and heavy metal rocker Yoss brings to life a dystopian hell where aliens “annex and enlighten” Earth, only to transform it into a tourist colony plagued by corruption, sex trafficking, and narcotics. Each tale follows a different life in the oppressive new Earth.
In the midst of economic collapse, a small Irish community begins to fracture. Donal Ryan expertly illustrates the panic sparked by growing lines at the dole, as laborers, teachers, and secretaries all scrounge for lost wages and pensions. Shame and fear leave some folks mired in depression and drive others to violence. Ryan’s vignettes perfectly capture the voices of a people whose plight has shattered their identities.
Post-war England suffers from the deluge of stolen futures as the formerly affluent Wrays welcome the middle-class Barbers into their home as lodgers. Housekeeper Frances and dreamer Lillian strike up an unlikely friendship, which slowly evolves into a fearsome devotion and sparks a dire series of events that may lead both families to ruin. Waters has crafted a totally thrilling period drama!
Whether you're an animal lover or not, you have to read this wonderful book! Virga, a veterinarian focusing on animal behavioral therapy, reflects on the lessons he has taken from his patients. He identifies qualities in animals enduring hardship that humans can better embody – mindfulness, forgiveness, and adaptability – to live fuller lives.
This expertly-paced epic history follows the story of Red Cloud, the great Sioux chieftain who defeated Union forces at Fort Phil Kearny in defense of his territory and the buffalo runs therein. Drury and Clavin also present a tense account of the soldiers' woes in an unforgiving country, subjected to constant attack by foes and neglect by leaders in Washington.
The absurd drawings and even more absurd memoirs herein will reduce even the stony-faced to convulsive heaps of laughter and tears! Brosh not only entertains, but offers insight into her struggles with depression, ADHD, and reclusive tendencies, which inspire her less-than-glamorous exploits in childhood and adult life. Plus, DOGGIES!!!
One of my all-time Top 5 books! Paul Lohman learns that his son and nephew have performed a terrible act of violence. The parents of the two boys meet for dinner at an upscale Dutch restaurant to discuss what should be done regarding the boys' futures. The brilliantly flawed narrator offers a skewed perspective of the family's previous troubles and how bias twists the minds of even the most steadfast parents.
After a horrific pandemic wipes out humanity, Hig has only his dog and a gun enthusiast for company. After years of keeping his airfield perimeter safe, Hig decides to seek out the source of a distant broadcast amidst the decay of civilization. The best book you never heard of this year!
This brilliant debut novel follows typist Katey Kontent as she assimilates into the wealthy circles of 1937 New York City after a chance meeting with the investment banker Tinker Grey. Katey carves out her own territory in the concrete jungle as she advances her career and navigates the pitfalls of Old Money society.
Ivey (The Snow Child) weaves a Melvillian tale of adventure in her sophomore novel. Col. Allen Forrester leads an expedition to chart the interior of Alaska in 1885, a task which pushes the team to the limits of their skills and sanity. At Vancouver Barracks, his young wife Sophie strains against the confines of social decorum, instead seeking adventure of her own.
Now a major motion picture starring Charlize Theron!
Gone Girl author Flynn’s sophomore novel opens with possibly the most brilliant and visceral first page I’ve ever read. It then steams ahead with rising tension, shifting perspectives to reveal the events leading up to the massacre of a Kansas family, and follow the surviving daughter on her re-examination of the night of the killing by request of a group of true-crime fanatics.
You will be floored by this sharp, snowballing satire of life in a well-to-do English village. Rowling illustrates the great disparity of those on the extreme ends of the socio-economic spectrum in a town that has just lost its only real hero. Petty infighting and small-town gossip turn grudges in vendettas and drive a contentious special election to its boiling point.
Life is looking up for Shadow when he is released from prison. Except his wife is dead. Sort of. Also, he's out of a job. When the charismatic Mr. Wednesday presents him with a new job offer, Shadow plunges into the invisible world of forgotten deities as they struggle to survive a cosmic war with the new gods of modern-day America.
Coming to Starz Television in 2016!
Sixteen year-old Hazel of Indianapolis falls into a cautious romance with a fellow cancer support group member. Her grim diagnosis thwarts their future, but Augustus implores her to enjoy life. Together, they travel to Amsterdam to meet the author of Hazel’s favorite, yet unresolved story. A sad but dazzlingly beautiful story.
In the strictly regimented Community, Jonas and his adolescent peers prepare to receive their Life Assignments at the age of twelve. When he is singled out to be the Receiver of Memories, Jonas learns of the emotions and history that have been removed from his society. Isolated from his family and friends by his new status, Jonas and his mentor devise a plan to reintroduce humanity to their people.
A Massachusetts Assist District Attorney is taken off a high-profile murder case when his teenage son is named the chief suspect. As he preps his family for the challenges of the trial, Andy Barber is forced to confront the violent history of his ancestors and the troubling opinions of Jacob voiced by his classmates. Gripping and masterfully crafted, the shocking conclusion will leave you speechless!
A six-year-old and his tiger friend explore the wonders of an idyllic American youth, spurred along by a wild imagination and a penchant for mischief. Watterson's artistic and narrative creation remains the greatest comic in American history!