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The Rival Queens
by Nancy Goldstone Joan’s summer favorite, which she calls “riveting” and “absolutely fascinating.” Set against the backdrop of the Huguenot-Catholic conflict in Europe, Queens features two Renaissance queens — Catherine de Medici and her daughter Marguerite de Valois. Goldstone spins a tangled tale of rivalry, ambition and sheer self-preservation, and Joan says it will probably be one of her all-time favorite books. Make it yours, too!
Pirate Hunters - Robert Kurson by Robert Kurson The author of Shadow Divers delivers thriller-like narrative non-fiction that Gordon could not stop reading! We go back to the golden age of piracy and the wreck of a pirate ship, the Golden Fleece, which is buried deep in the Caribbean Sea. John Chatterton and John Mattera are willing to risk everything to find this longlost, incredible, unbelievable piece of history. The best kind of summer read!
The Ghost Army of World War II - Rick Beyer & Elizabeth Sayles by Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles In the summer of 1944, a handpicked group of young GIs landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Armed with rubber tanks, fake artillery, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, their job was to create a traveling show of deception on the battlefields of Europe with the German Army as their audience. Fabulous, fascinating history comes alive!
Keepers - Richard Schickel by Robert Schickel Who doesn’t love a great movie? And summer is a perfect lazy time to indulge! Film critic Richard Schickel saw his first film in 1938 and started reviewing movies professionally in 1965. In Keepers, he presents readers with a primer on film history and shares his unique insights on movies, big and small.
1001 Walks You Must Take Before You Die
And who doesn’t love a good walk?
Never before have so many itineraries been
profiled within one illustrated volume. With
more than 800 photographs, this visually
stunning compendium contains information
about walks from rugged trails in the
Rockies and Jamaica’s Blue Mountains, to
urban walks in Paris and Boston. Plan that
walk you’ve always dreamed about!
The Road to Character - David Brooks
by David Brooks One of the most important books of 2015, Brooks challenges us to reexamine the powerful and perhaps sadly forgotten word — character. And his prescription is crystal clear: focus on generosity, honesty, compassion, courage, curiosity and humility because these are the paving stones as we walk this path of life. That old adage, “it builds character,” is a powerful truism after all!
Tiny Little Thing - Beatriz Williams by Beatriz Williams Oh, Beatriz, what a beautiful hymn to love in all its many disguises! The year is 1966 and the hell of war once again descends. Tiny, the eldest daughter of a prominent family, is brought up to do her duty, which for now is to stand beside her husband, an aspiring politician, through all kinds of weather. Congratulations, Beatriz, our very own Greenwich literary star, how you care about words and our lives! $26.95
One Mile Under - Andrew Gross
by Andy Gross Diane’s Books loves Andy Gross and all the Diane’s Divas are cheering loudly for Andy’s newest! This time he walks us into the provocative world of fracking. And former Greenwich police chief Ty Hauck is back in the middle of this maelstrom of politics, murder, lies, bribes, science, family and money. CHEERS, ANDY! $26.99
Madeleine's War - Peter Watson by Peter Watson Michael’s summer fave! Watson is a celebrated historian but his latest is historical fiction, based on actual events in Britain and France leading to D-Day in 1944. Michael adds: “Only such truthful horrors of reality could spawn a fictional story of the quality of Madeleine’s War. This great WWII story is so gripping you will not be able to tear yourself away from it.” $26.95
Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee by Harper Lee An historic literary event — the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work, from Harper Lee, the beloved author of To Kill A Mockingbird! Originally written in the mid-1950s, this was the novel Lee first submitted to her publishers before Mockingbird. Assumed to be lost, the manuscript was discovered in 2014 and features many of the same characters some 20 years later. $27.99 ON SALE JULY 14!
HAPPY SUMMER 2015!
GLORIOUS, FRIVOLOUS SUMMER!
It’s time for stolen time to wrap yourselves in stories. Stolen time, as author Ian McEwan says, to: “Draw that neglected cloak of silence around you.”
Ahh, what an image, the stillness of a flawless summer day and the pure incandescent beauty of imagination and storytelling with a perfect book. AND Diane’s Books has her own story to tell this year of 2015.
The doors of Diane’s Books opened on November 3, 1990, so we are celebrating 25 glorious years of being your bookseller, your keeper of the flame, your partner in raising readers together!
Our celebration already began on April 30 when Diane’s Books was honored with the Malcolm S. Pray Excellence in Business award and the Chamber of Commerce dubbed all the 2015 winners TOWN HEROES!
I love Diane’s Books being recognized as a TOWN HERO. In mythology and legend, a hero is a man celebrated for his bold exploits and perhaps that so aptly suits the journey of an intrepid independent bookstore today — a bold exploit — and myself and all my Dazzling Divas are loving every minute.
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!
HAPPY READING OUT LOUD!
AND, OF COURSE, HAPPY SUMMER!
Circling the Sun - Paula McLain
by Paula McLain Simply stunning historical fiction sweeps us away to exotic Kenya and into the lives of the glamorous and decadent circle of British expats living there in the 1920s, and one life in particular: the iconic and fearless Beryl Markham. Paula McLain writes: “Beryl’s spirit flared to life for me, igniting my imagination and running away with my heart.” And mine, too! $28 ON SALE JULY 28!
The Marriage of Opposites - Alice Hoffman by Alice Hoffman We now travel to St. Thomas to unveil the story of renowned French Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro and his extraordinary mother, Rachel. She was born in an enclave of Jewish settlers who fled to the safety of the Caribbean during the Inquisition. A mesmerizing and sometimes heartbreaking journey of a mother and a famous son, told by a master storyteller. $28 ON SALE AUG. 4
The House of Hawthorne - Erika Robuck by Erika Robuck Author Robuck is fascinated with authors from the past and here she embarks on the life’s journey of Nathaniel Hawthorne. He was an often brooding but brilliant artist whose real love was his wife Sophie and their three children. Told in the voice of Sophia, I was quickly transported to Concord, Mass., to Europe, and this “House” became my home. I loved every minute. $25.95
The Mapmaker's Children - Sarah McCoy by Sarah McCoy John Brown’s daughter, Sarah, a powerful force in the Underground Railroad, is the heroine of this stunning novel. Our heroic mapmaker takes us deep into the treacherous world of slavery in the mid-1800s, when she created maps in deadly secret so slaves could find their way to safety. And 150 years later precious secrets are found in Sarah’s house. A phenomenal time in history! $27.00
A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson by Kate Atkinson Susie’s literary summer favorite! Always a thought-provoking author, Atkinson muses on main character Teddy Todd’s musings: “If I did survive, then in the great afterward I would always try to be kind, to love a good quiet life.” Once again, the universal and timeless question war spawns — is our postwar life, in fact, a “god in ruins” or a gentler God and a good and quiet life? $28
The Left Behinds: The iPhone that Saved George Washington - David Potter by David Potter A new twist on time travel! Who needs a big clunky time machine when an Apple iPhone app will do the trick? When a history teacher escorts 12-year-old Mel and his two other classmates to a Christmas Day re-enactment of Washington’s crossing, things go strangely haywire and Mel, Bev and Brandon inexplicably find themselves thrust back in time to December 25, 1776! Mel determines that a rogue iPhone app, iTime, is to blame and he and his friends must fix history, save the Revolution, and return to the 21st century. But will they have enough power? HERE’S TO IMAGINATION AND HISTORY! $16.99 A great, fabulous family read-aloud!
When On Earth: History as You’ve Never Seen It Before HISTORY REIGNS! This one-of-a-kind history book by Dorling Kindersley shows where, when and how history happened! Discover the Viking world, Darwin’s voyages or learn about the Arab Spring. When On Earth is an amazing bird’s eye view of history on Earth, and DO NOT MISS Where On Earth, the companion book. All of a sudden history and geography leap off the page as never before! What a great family activity and discussion — Gordon loved it, too. DK AT ITS VERY BEST. $19.99 BOTH A FAMILY BOOKSHELF MUST-HAVE! BUY
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