Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan
“Green Island is written from the point of view of young girl, born the day of her father’s arrest and disappearance in late-40s Taiwan. Her father was taken to prison for ten years and survives only because he can work as a doctor. She, her mother, and her siblings move in with the grandparents. When her father is released, the family tries to understand this broken man. The book is beautifully written and so, so real. The family’s reaction to the father’s return, and his experiences from his point of view, ring so true.” Green Island comes out February 2016. Pre-order now!
No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
“I’ve been a Cormac McCarthy fan for several years at this point, but I’ve yet to see any of the film adaptations of his books. Since No Country For Old Men is the most acclaimed of these adaptations, I decided to start there but I still wanted to read the novel first. I am now just a few pages away from the end. McCarthy originally wrote this story as a screenplay and it shows. The novel is extremely cinematic and packed with a huge amount of action – even for a McCarthy novel.” You can find copies of No Country For Old Men on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight by James Redfield
“The main character is on a journey, a very adventurous jouney. He hides from the Chinese government while seeking out the Shambhala group – a high-power zen group. He is a part of that group, but he doesn’t know it yet, and his journey is an exploration of Shambhala spirituality. The Secret of Shambhala is a Buddhist, zen novel that is both factual and fictional.You can find copies of The Secret of Shambhala via bookpeople.com.
“OK, I’m going out on a limb here: I’m recommending a book I haven’t read yet. I’m only on page 11, but I’m already laughing loud enough to make strangers stare. I know I’m the biggest fan of Bill Bryson here at BP, and maybe his biggest fan ever, anywhere! Which would I rather have, a Christmas present or a new Bill Bryson book? Can I have a new Bill Bryson book for Christmas? I’d take that in a hot second!” The Road to Little Dibbling: Adventures of an American in Britain comes out January 2016. Pre-order now!