As you may suspect, we read a lot of books. Almost as fun as reading books is talking about them with friends, customers, strangers sitting next to us at Stellina, hikers on Sky Trail, weekend bikers in line at Bovine Bakery... If we haven't cornered you yet to talk about our current favorites, you can check here to see what books--old, new, and forthcoming--we're currently enjoying.
Believe the hype. If you're looking for a socially relevant page-turner to draw you into another world because you're feeling pissed off and powerless in this one, read The Power.
Michael Crummey's Galore is a big, sweeping epic of Newfoundland, a foggy, wind- and snow-swept landscape where only the most tenacious can grow roots in the thin soil. A sort of northern One Hundred Years of Solitude, Galore treads the line between realism and fantasy that makes for a memorable reading experience.
Winter is when we gather. In this novel, a family gathers in various states of trouble (one is paying a stranger to act as his live-in girlfriend, another is being followed by a disembodied head, but it's fine). It's an insightful, strange, often very funny tale of the season, and all the darkness and hope it holds.
Ramp Hollow tells the story of Appalachia. It's a story of homesteaders, pioneers, and farmers in a landscape that sustained generations before mining companies assumed control of a landscape that has been famously depleted and left to fester under the weight of environmental degradation and government indifference. It's a story about how we imagine and manage the land, about the value--or lack thereof--corporations place on our environment. It's a story that has consequences that reach far beyond its immediate geographic territory.