November 19, 2013
by Betsy Burton
Not many books can make me laugh out loud at four in the morning, but this one did. Meet Don, a distinguished geneticist high on the Asperger’s continuum who’s decided it’s time he found a wife—using scientific methods, of course. Meet Rosie, a feminist, extroverted barmaid who’s searching for the identity of her biologic father. Meet Gene and Claudia, two psychologists attempting to co-exist peacefully in an open marriage.
Told in the pitch-perfect voice of someone wired “differently” who has coped with his differences through his intellect, compulsive interest in his career, and an even more compulsively scheduled life, this is a love story that is also a tale of coming of age in middle age.
It is crisply written, the characters are complex and fully conceived, the dialogue is both clever and compelling, as is the plot. But most of all it is hilarious. Uproariously so. Save Simsion’s novel for the aftermath of some personal disaster when you’re sure nothing will ever make you laugh again. The Rosie Project will, I guarantee.
– The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, Simon & Schuster, $24
Editor’s note: Graeme Simsion will be at TKE on Saturday, December 7, at 7 p.m. to read from and sign a staff favorite we’ve picked as best stocking stuffer of the year.
October 24, 2013
by Rob Eckman
Tonight we will be reading The Lorax. Amazingly, when it was first published in 1971, sales of The Lorax were slow. The environmental movement wouldn’t take off for another ten years or so, but Ted Geisel was already telling friends that it was his favorite of his books.
Filled with some of the best Seuss nonsense word–like miff-muffered moof and gruvvulous glove–reading The Lorax out loud is fun when I twist the words, say them slowly, and then watch the eyes of the children grow wide.
But no Seuss word may bring greater giggles, or more reproach, than Thneed, which, as we all know, is A Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need! Don’t remember what a Thneed is? Come on in Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and find out!
October 22, 2013
Bookseller Paula Longhurst is a great reader of mysteries. Her new pick: Mortal Bonds by Michael Sears.
Jason Stafford and “the kid” are back! Jason, who we first met in Black Fridays, still has to visit his parole officer every week. Hired by the squabbling Von Becker family, Jason is asked to locate a fortune that the FBI, SEC, and many other interested parties have so far failed to find. And no one can ask the head of the household: he hanged himself. “The kid” is now six years old and thriving–his autism will always be a challenge and Jason still has a lot to learn about what sets him off–but the pair are coping. Until Angie, Jason’s duplicitous ex-wife, announces a visit to New York. She’s coming for a month and bringing family.
Jason has the SEC and the Feds looking over his shoulder and a softly spoken aristocrat named Castillo telling him tales of dead lawyers and bearer bonds before offering his help. But the interests Castillo represents are deadly and they’ve just made the mistake of threatening Jason’s son. (Putnam, $26.95)
Originally from England, Paula has been living in Salt Lake City for ten years. A self-professed NaNoWriMo addict (she’s completed it four times now), blogger (Cool Books), and avid reader, she loves a good twisted mystery but anything with a great story will grab her attention.
September 9, 2013
Bookseller Paula Longhurst is a great reader of mysteries. Her new pick: A Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan.
Can you hear me now?
Literary agent Jo Donovan, widow of famed writer Hugo, has stepped into her mentor Molly’s shoes. Running a literary agency in New York City is a far cry from Jo’s hardscrabble background, but she’s going to need that toughness because when a would-be writer turns stalker things can fall apart really fast.
Jo weathers the attacks on her agency, is gifted an attack dog by a client, and protected by her staff, but has the stalker turned killer? Clients, friends, staff–no one is safe. The police investigation brings Jo another piece of her past: Tommy Cullen now working NYPD homicide. Could he have pulled strings to get Jo’s case?
Originally from England, Paula has been living in Salt Lake for ten years. A self-professed NaNoWriMo addict (she’s completed it four times now), blogger (Cool Books), and avid reader, she loves a good twisted mystery but anything with a great story will grab her attention.