Blue Belle by Andrew Vachss
“I started working my way through the Burke series, by Andrew Vachss, last year, and I just finished the third one, Blue Belle. I like the series because the character is really seedy and I like his crew/family of helpers (he calls them the family you choose in the books; there’s a lot of interesting language in the series like that). Burke, as a character, is not a good guy – he sometimes does good things, but the thing I like most about him is that he surrounds himself with misfits and losers – the entire series is about outsiders.” Copies of Blue Belle are available by special order at the store, over the phone, or via bookpeople.com.
Art in the Blood by Bonnie Macbird
“Art in the Blood is a Sherlock Holmes story that takes a look at the darker side of Sherlock’s use of drugs. It address how creative people are inclined to depression and drug abuse, when they don’t have a project to consume them. So far, Sherlock is in a funk, and Watson must encourage him to take on a new case as the remedy to despair. Their newest client is a performer at the Chat Noir, and they encounter Toulouse-Lautrec and other figures of the 1880s. The author has worked as an actor and screenwriter, and interestingly enough, wrote the screenplay for Tron.” Art In The Blood hits the shelves October 6. Pre-order now!
The White Guard by Mikhail Bulgakov
“I picked up The White Guard in violation of the First Law of Books. I judged it by its cover. The black and white, the cavalry charging, lances at the ready…It just called to me. I had intended to read Bulgakov’s better known The Master and Margarita as an introduction to his work, but here I am, and I have no regrets. The opening line is one of the best I’ve come across, and rivals that of Dostoevsky’s sick, wicked man. “Great and Terrible was the year of our Lord 1918, of the revolution the second.” How could you possibly stop reading after that?
The novel goes well with the daily lives of its protagonists, resigned in the face of war. I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but I’m pretty sure someone’s going to die before the end. What I have already learned, though, is that vodka is “better than all the aspirin in the world,” and “one small glass” always means two.” You can find copies of The White Guard on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibañez
“This book makes excellent use of chiles. Truly Mexican is a really good basic book for learning the complexities of Mexican cuisine, from homemade corn tortillas and tamales, to more complicated mole sauces. Authentic flavors and mouth-watering pictures will entice you to delve into the world of Mexican cuisine. This is a great book for those who want to branch out from Tex-Mex, and begin to appreciate the complexities of Interior cuisine – a must read.” You can find copies of Truly Mexican on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.