A Bookseller’s Stash

The name of a small independent bookstore in Pacific Grove – Book Works – reminded me of the last remaining Inde bookstore near my home – Book Ends in Kailua. Good coffee is close by for both, and the booksellers not only read but are happy to recommend books and engage in a conversation about mutually appreciated stories.

On my way to buying more fabric for “quilt camp” (or material, as my mother called her stash), I accidentally found the bookstore on Lighthouse Avenue – Pacific Grove’s Main Street, and came away with three paperbacks – all given glowing recommendations by the bookseller:

For some humor and a lot of Woody Allen angst, the bookseller handed me a copy of Jonathan Tropper’s “This is Where I Leave You.” If you think Thanksgiving with your family is tough, imagine sitting shiva with them for seven days and nights – the premise of the novel. The movie version, starring Nashville television star Connie Britton is due to be released in the Fall.

Peter Lovesey’s “The Last Detective” is next on the list. This Anthony Award winning classic, celebrating 20 years in publication, is the first book in the Peter Diamond detective series. Since I am headed to the Left Coast Crime Conference soon, this book seemed an appropriate purchase.

Finally, how could anyone ignore a book the bookseller proclaims as the best book she ever read? Jose Saramago’s “The Elephant’s Journey,” translated from Portuguese, is a slim promising volume. The author, Saramago, won the Nobel Prize for Literature. On scanning the pages, however, I noticed no paragraphs or identification of dialogue in the chapters. The translation seems to flow without breaks – might be a challenge to read -but I trust the recommendation.

What books have booksellers recommended to you?