So cold outside. So many books to read!
Is there a better time of year for books? The temperature is dropping, the fire place is crackling, and with all of the boots, gloves, mittens, hats, snow pants, and puffy jackets you’d need to enjoy outside, wouldn’t it be easier to curl up on the couch and get lost in a great novel?
The New York Times loved Steve Weddle’s novel in short stories, Country Hardball. Booklist said Joe Nelms’ debut novel, The Last Time I Died is “…One of the most compelling first novels in recent memory.” Seems to us you couldn’t go wrong with either of those books or anything from the rest of our collection.
Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins has had an easy summer in Fort St. Antoine, Wisconsin; the only problem is that her daughter Meg is leaving for college soon. When Claire walks down to the park to watch the Burning Boat—a large replica of a Norwegian long boat set on the shores of Lake Pepin, burned at the autumnal equinox—she has no idea that more than just a wooden structure is going up in flames.
Christian Franco is truly embracing the despair of divorce, doing nothing to slow the implosion of his career, friendships, and relationships. He camps out at bars and picks fights, finding that getting his ass kicked allows him his only meditative moments, something he explores with sardonic zeal.
“One of the most compelling first novels in recent memory, The Last Time I Died is chilling, cinematic, and unapologetically brash, a heady mixture of all-consuming desire and mortality.”
—Booklist (starred review)