recipes and a history of the store, which, Hynds says, has “legendary status in Vermont
and does huge international mail-order business.” While Ellen Stimson’s first two
books occupied a Vermont niche and sold “extremely well” at Northshire, Hynds
thinks that many more will enjoy her new book, An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet
Traditions for Hearth and Home (Countryman, Nov.).
Rainy Day Books in Fairway, Kans.
The third installment in Pulitzer Prize–winning author
Jane Smiley’s Last Hundred Years trilogy, Golden Age
(Knopf, Oct.), is one of the Midwest-centric books that
store founder and president Vivien Jennings is looking
forward to this fall. “It’s very much about the Midwest
and covers a lot of the issues we’re facing here,” she says.
Jennings also can’t resist putting in a plug for a particular July release with Midwest in the title: J. Ryan
Stradal’s Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Viking/Dorman).
This quirky tale, about a young woman who is raised by
a foodie father and grows up to become a famous chef,
captures the character of the Midwest, Jennings says.
“We think this is going to sell all the way through the holidays,” she notes.
The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, N.C.
Tom Campbell, co-owner of the Regulator Bookshop in Durham, N.C., calls the latest
from travel writer Paul Theroux, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads (HMH, Sept.),
marvelous. Theroux immerses himself in the culture of the Deep South and visits
churches, gun shows, and mom-and-pop shops. “He goes to these places and really
talks to the people about their problems,” Campbell says, adding that “there’s some
great stuff about race relations.”
Race is also central to a memoir that Campbell is looking forward to selling: Black
Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine (Picador, Sept.) by
Damon Tweedy, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical
Center. “It’s very well written and a very thoughtful look by someone who’s at the top
of their profession and still has to confront issues of race in their day-to-day world,”
Skylight Books in Los Angeles
Skylight Books manager Steven Salardino says the staff is really excited about Lost
Canyon by Nina Revoyr (Akashic, out now). Revoyr “has been a local for years, and
her books have always done very well for us,” he notes. The novel explores class, race,
and cultural tensions as four very different hikers navigate the Sierra Nevada mountain range in search of the mysterious Lost Canyon. Salardino also singles out
Mariko Tamak’s coming-of-age YA
novel Saving Montgomery Sole
(Roaring Brook, Apr. 2016). The
author and her cousin Jillian
Tamaki, who worked together on
the bestselling graphic novel This
One Summer, a 2015 Caldecott
Honor Book and Michael L. Printz
Honor Book, have both held events
at the store. “We just think that
they’re both pretty fantastic,”