May 12, 2010
Ann and I decide to put our literary fates in your hands,
and are asking you to vote on which book
we each should read this summer. Next, I interview Karen Corvello
from RJ Julia Booksellers, who tells us about a book she loves and
the amazing review it recently received. And in "Two Books We Can't
Wait for You to Read," Ann discusses The
Invisible Bridge and I talk about The
Other Wes Moore.
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You've all heard me whine and moan about all of the books I regret not having read yet. Well, this Summer Ann and I are facing our perpetual-TBR piles and letting you pick which book we'll read. We've each chosen 5 books that have been patiently waiting for us to pick them up. You vote for one title for each of us, and we'll read the top vote-getters! I've chosen A Fraction of the Whole, Tinkers, Waiting for Columbus, Middlesex, and The Yiddish Policemen's Union. Ann has chosen The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Lonesome Dove, The Poisonwood Bible, War and Peace, and Middlesex (great minds...). Click on the image below to vote!
I sat down with Karen Corvello, the Adult Books Buyer for RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, one of the many wonderful stores Ann and I get to work with. She told me about The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, a book she loved long before Christopher Buckley's gushing front-page New York Times Book Review rave. In fact, in a recent RJ Julia blog post, Karen told her customers that if she didn't convince five of them to read The Imperfectionists, she was going to shave her head and move to the Himalayas to become a nun. Thankfully, Karen has sold far more than five and got to keep her hair! Karen and I also discussed book reviews in general (she mentions the New York Times' Dwight Garner as someone who writes particularly entertaining reviews), and the incredible "book opinion" resource that is your local bookstore's staff. Be sure to check out the Staff Suggestions section on RJ Julia's website, for more from this wonderful store!
Ann raves about The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer, calling this story of two Hungarian Jewish brothers during World War II, the best book she's read this year. I tell you about The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, which is the true story of two young men, who grew up in similar circumstances, but whose fates were polar opposites of each other. Click here to see a section of the author's visit to The Oprah Winfrey Show.