Tuesday, November 17, 2009

At 06:34 PM 11/17/2009, Kathy wrote:
Hi Ellen,
My book group is trying to come up with our next selection to read for our Jan. meeting. We just had our first where we discussed "Edgar Sawtelle." We are trying to find a book no one has read yet and wondered if you could suggest a few for us.
Thank you.

Hi, Kathy,

A bookseller's favorite question, one I enjoy so much, I'm replying on my day off!!

Perhaps you want something a little less dense to read through the holidays? Check the customer reviews on Amazon.com and see if any of these appeal to you. I trust you would purchase them at Copperfield's Books or another independent bookstore!

Coming out in paperback in January is a charming English mystery, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I read it in hardcover and greatly enjoyed the plot, set in the 1950s in a sleepy British village, with an 11-year-old girl, a chemistry nut, determined to solve the murder. And the style is lovely. I read so many memorable sentences to Eric that he broke down and read it too, although it isn't in his usual genre, and afterwards he said wistfully, "I want another book like this one."

For something quirky and delightful, I'm reading the new Margaret Drabble book, The Pattern in the Carpet. It's a memoir of her Auntie Phyl, along with a wide-ranging survey of jigsaw puzzles, games, and other pastimes. It's on my Staff Recommends, so read a few sentences and see if it intrigues you.

Wolf Hall, the Man Booker prize winner, is also getting rave reviews from our more discriminating readers. If you guys liked Edgar Sawtelle, then Wolf Hall, an historical novel set in the court of Henry VIII, would be a good choice.

And for something completely different, a humorous novel called The Pig Did It, "an Irish country comedy of manners," is a quick read that will have you laughing out loud.

If you ask any other Copperfield's bookseller, you'll get different recommendations, which is part of the fun.

Let me know what you end up picking!

~~ Ellen

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