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A FEAST OF FICTION! The Invention Of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd
Beloved author Sue Monk Kidd now uncovers a piece of forgotten Charleston’s slave history. It stars the Grimble sisters, who came from a prominent and wealthy family and who both owned slaves. They eventually became two of the earliest female abolitionists as well as two of the first feminist thinkers. In fact, one could argue that in the late-1830s they were the most famous, as well as infamous, women in America. Yet they were only marginally known, even in the city of their origin. The Invention Of Wings is their story, and it is historical fiction based on this fascinating, little-known chapter. Sue writes: “Few 19th century women misbehaved so thoroughly, not only for emancipation but for racial equality.”
The exciting news is Sue Monk Kidd will be our honored guest at the Greenwich Library, January 7, at 7 p.m. PLEASE COME!
The Gravity Of Birds
by Tracy Guzeman
An amazing literary debut novel! It seems we are taking flight this new year with wings and birds! The Gravity Of Birds is about hope and about families who tear themselves apart but fight to come together again. At the heart of this beautiful, dazzling novel is a haunting painting depicting three young people — one is young Thomas Bayber, now a famous artist, and two sisters, Alice and Natalie, who seem to have disappeared. Forty-four years later we meet an art historian and an associate seeking to authenticate and sell a heretofore unseen Bayber masterpiece. We travel to the past, always remembering The Gravity Of Birds and their wisdom. This novel is filled with beautiful and caring language, as well as indelible characters and great storytelling, that I adore!
I Always Loved You
by Robin Oliveira
Author Robin Oliveira (My Name Is Mary Sutter) leaves the world of the Civil War and takes us now to the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris, where Impressionists and post-Impressionists alike struggled to be different artists in the late-1800s. In the midst of this artistic hothouse is the American painter Mary Cassatt. She meets Edouard Degas and their mutual love and respect is the catalyst for this gorgeous novel. I Always Loved You is delicious and fascinating — set during one of the most important and exciting years in the pantheon of art history. Imagine being there?
Written and illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin
The most important picture book of 2013! Peace ponders the eternal and impossible question asked in the Tao Te Ching: “How can we bring peace to the world?” And so we follow Wendy’s glorious illustrations and quotations from nations to cities; from cities to neighborhoods; from neighborhoods to schools; from schools to homes; from homes to hearts. The profound but simple wisdom in this brilliant picture book is this: “When there is peace in our hearts, there will be peace in our homes.” What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family, says Mother Teresa. Peace is something extraordinary for children, as well as a picture book for families, teachers and classrooms. Don’t forget Mother Teresa’s adage: “Peace begins with a smile.”
The Blossoming Universe Of Violet Diamond
by Brenda Woods
The Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author writes: “It is my belief that every child, every person, has a drive to know where he or she comes from.” Violet Diamond is 11 years old and biracial. Her beautiful sister, Daisy, is blond and blueeyed. So who is Violet Diamond? We walk with Violet, and fall in love with her, as she struggles to find answers and we rejoice in who we are, too. Violet embraces being different, being biracial. She muses: “Mostly I’ve been like a violet, small and shy, but lately I’ve begun to feel like a diamond. It was as if the sparkly part of me was growing inside.” AGES 11 AND UP
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure HISTORICAL FICTION! A gifted architect reluctantly begins a secret life devising, designing and creating a hiding place for Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris. The Paris Architect, Belfoure writes, “explores the enormous bravery it took to help Jews and the fact that not all gentiles turned their backs on them.” $25.99 P.S. It’s not just for gals — guys will enjoy this great story, too! BUY
No Man’s Nightingale
by Ruth Rendell
MYSTERY! Oh my, the Queen of Crime once again dangles her tantalizing threads, weaving a tale and taking us into her brilliant maze of crime. And we readers are only too willing to follow! This book will soon mark the 50th anniversary of the masterful Inspector Wexford series. Wexford may be retired, and not legally an inspector, but once an inspector, always an inspector!
by Leila Meacham
GREAT SAGA! You loved, we loved, Roses, Leila Meacham’s first delicious family saga starring two families — the Tolivers and the Warwicks. But who were they before they settled in Texas and began dynasties? Somerset is the prequel, set in 1869, as these families bravely leave the Carolinas to make a new life. And Somerset is the name of that beginning in Texas, the name of a new plantation.
The Bird Skinner
by Alice Greenway
LITERARY! Lush, poetic and at the same time a shocking novel about war in the South Pacific and lost love. Inspired by author Alice Greenway’s grandfather, this is the unforgettable tale of Jim Carroway, who was once an esteemed ornithologist with the Museum of Natural History in New York. Then came war, then hell, but the circle always goes back to nature, to glorious birds. As Jim muses in the midst of his hell: “Birds are always predictable and, of course, life and war never are.” Wise and wrenching!
The Longest Ride
by Nicholas Sparks
YOUR FEEL-GOOD BOOK! This is Nicholas Sparks’ 17th novel and his magic, his caring, his storytelling and his characters have never been better! The Longest Ride is a love story framed by two couples — one couple in their 90s and a much younger couple. How their lives and loves intersect in the most unlikely and surprising way will have you cheering and crying. Yes, it’s true, I cried! And by the way, cheers to Nicholas Sparks. In 2011 he established the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students’ lives through education and life-changing international experiences. FABULOUS!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!
Another fabulous have-I-got-a-book-for-you year at Diane’s Books! Oh, and we turned 23 years old, too! Our Diane’s Books shelves are groaning with so many treasures, so many take-me-away books — the selection has never been this resplendent! This winter newsletter is entitled A Feast of Fiction, and so it is — a feast of not only fiction, of course, but pearls and jewels, too, for everyone in the entire family!
Our now famous signature Diane’s Books Reading Wagons (yes, we have a brand!), large and small, are rolling out of the store in record numbers, giving the gift of story and imagination to small children all over this country. And these famous Wagons have even traveled to Europe, Australia and India! And, of course, we create Diane’s Books Reading Wagons for all occasions, for all ages, so why not give one as a retirement gift or for a bridal shower? They’re even great as a group gift or a corporate gift.
that Diane’s Books has always had curbside service. Just call us, please, then drive to the store and we will be waiting with your purchase! After all, Diane’s Books always has been and always will be about great customer service, every time!
Listen, please, for a moment to a fifth-grade book lover who wrote a poem entitled, Where I’m From. The first line reads: “I’m from Diane’s Books, discovering a new nook, cranny and great novels every weekend.”
Imagine, this is where this precious child is from — Diane’s Books! What an honor, what magic, it leaves me breathless! This darling fifth-grader reminded me what beloved author T.A. Barron told us in 2008, a compliment that touched my very soul. T.A. said: “Do you know Diane’s Books is the best bookstore in the universe?”
A customer replied: “In the universe?” And T.A. replied: “Yes, in the universe,” because it reminded him of Merlin’s Den — nooks and crannies everywhere filled with wizardry!
On the news scene, the most important and exciting book news in 2013 was this: Alice Munro, age 82, beloved, brilliant, magnificently eloquent author of “quietly radiant short stories,” won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature! We say loudly: “HOORAY, HOORAY!” Alice Munro once observed: “The complexity of things … the things within things … just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.”
HAPPY READING EVERYONE!
HAPPY READING OUT LOUD!
by Mike Maden
Drones are the newest invisible terrorist tools and they are also the speciality of Troy Pearce, CEO of Peace Systems, a private firm specializing in cutting edge drone–based security. A former CIA operative, Pearce used his intelligence and combat skills to hunt down America’s secret enemies during the war on terror, but now he’s on the other side as Drone blurs the lines between fiction and reality. Gordon gives it an easy 10-plus-plus! DEBUT!
by Michael Sears
The author of Edgar-nominated Black Fridays returns with a sensational thriller of murder, financial corruption and one man’s search for redemption. William von Becker ran one of the largest privately held investment banks in North America until the bottom fell out and the whole edifice proved to be a fraud. After von Becker dies in prison, financial investigator Jason Stafford is hired by his family to find the missing money. But whose money is it? Great escape!
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Just in time for winter escape reading, our favorite FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast is back, the beloved expert in the psychology of serial killers. White Fire takes us to Aspen, bodies long buried and a modern-day fiend who is murdering wealthy residents and incinerating their bodies by burning down their mansions! GORDON AND DENNIS LOVED IT!
by M.A. Lawson
THERESA’S PICK! Meet sexy, tough-gal DEA agent Kay Hamilton, who is bold and, of course, beautiful. Tito Oliveira, the younger brother of a Mexican drug czar, is within her grasp and if she takes him down Kay is positive she can deal a major blow to cartels in Mexico. But when a mysterious stranger lands on her doorstep everything changes. This will keep you up all night turning the pages!
A DIVINE MYSTERY!
The Blood Promise: A Hugo Marston Novel
by Mark Pryor
AHH! My winter surprise — a new Hugo Marston! You loved meeting Hugo in The Bookseller and The Crypt Thief, so what a treat that he’s back! Hugo must figure out what lies hidden inside an old sailor’s chest before a 200-year-old blood promise is revealed and claims another life! Our trusty hero Hugo is safeguarding a popular senator who is in Paris negotiating a dispute and 200-year-old secrets are the last thing on his mind!
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