What we're reading in December 2010
Ever wonder what the folks who work at a mystery bookstore like to read? Well, here's your answer. Each month we ask everyone here to pick a book, current or older, that they truly enjoyed and are enthusiastic about. Of course, if you visited the store, we'd tell you directly what we like but for those of you who can't come see us, this is the next best thing. Our special thanks to Judi for pulling this feature together and to all the staff who contributed their picks.
Presented here are the picks for this month, an archive of earlier months is available from the menu at the left.
What Margo is reading
With over 600 pages, this beautifully presented reference book covers everything in the natural world from aardvarks and cycads to flatworms and zircons. And it is so visually compelling that you just can't put it down. This guide was overseen by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History with spectacular photo layouts that Dorling Kindersley does so well. It's a great coffee table book, guaranteed to elicit lots of discussion (did YOU know that there are 8 types of armadillos?) and is a must for every household with children
What Lynne is reading
From Sandra Boynton—as it could only come from Boynton—an inventive new exuberant jumble of a book for the young reader. Amazing Cows: Udder Absurdity is a picture book, a storybook, a book of fun and games—it’s all those things in one. Ages 5 to 8.
What Judi is reading
Never a fan of Renoir till I read Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland. If you have read any of Vreeland’s books, (Girl in Hyacinth Blue comes to mind) you know her ability to get inside an artist’s mind. Learn who the people are that Renoir captured in Moulin de la Gallette.
What Richard is reading
This is one of the cleverest, funniest kids books I've ever seen although I suspect adults will enjoy this even more than kids. The authors set out to answer the question: if a pair of rabbits have have a pair of babies who in turn have babies themselves in two months, how many pairs will there be after a year. The answer is hilariously demonstrated in a series of calendar pages that take the rabbits from being lonely to being parents, through hungry, bored and finally overcrowded. A simply marvelous graphic accomplishment that educates and entertains.
What Mary Alice is reading
Have Faith in Your Kitchen is the long-awaited collection of recipes from Katherine Hall Page’s famous series of novels starring Faith Fairchild—caterer, wife, traveler, and detective. Here fans can find in one convenient volume the recipes that have spiced the Fairchild mysteries and provided them with their acute and varied sense of place. In addition, the author has provided a brace of warm-hearted and illuminating personal essays on cooking, locales, and the craft of writing.
What else Mary Alice is reading
Katherine Hall Page turns to a holiday setting in the newest Faith Fairchild mystery. The Fairchild family is on Sanpere Island, Maine for an R&R holiday away from stress and bother until Faith finds a young woman from the island dead in an antique sleigh. Drugs, mysterious monies, an abandoned baby and whip-smart action envelop this mystery that still has all the hope and human treasure of the holiday too.