A Kim-Jong Il Production:The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and aYoung Dictator’s Rise , by Paul Fischer [Adult Nonfiction]
“Paul Fischer does an exemplary job doing his research and making this book addictably readable. You've heard of Kim Jong-Il kidnapping people, but to the extent of what he did seem like an act of lunacy. Also, take in to consideration the painfully, slow process of acquiring western films to watch, and Kim Jong-Il appears to be a simple, insane son of a dictator. Nothing could be further from the truth. He used shrewd political moves to ensure his succession as the leader of the people by using anything he could lay his hands on; and that started with cinema of North Korea.” —Jason Kennedy
“Miss Queenie Hennessey is dying and she starts writing an extended letter that takes readers into the backstory of her relationship with former brewery colleague, Harold Fry, who is walking a 637 mile trek to see her, sending postcards along the way, asking her to 'wait for me.' Simultaneous quixotic journeys taken, one by foot along the open roads and one with a pen on paper from the confines of hospice, this gracefully written story reveals Queenie's life and what led to her sudden move away from Harold 20 years ago to the consolation of a sea garden cottage in the north of England. Confessional in tone, this compassionately written novel can be read as a companion to the Booker shortlisted title The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye or as a stand alone story of one woman's life filled with steadfast hope and selfless love. Destined to be one of my favorite books of 2015, this is storytelling at its best. I loved it!” —Jane Glaser
“Following the life of Ivoe Williams, founder and editor of Jam! On the Vine, the first female-owned and operated African American newspaper, this splendid novel is one southern African American family’s Jim Crow survival story, the rare bildungsroman of a budding female activist and entrepreneur, and the alluring love story between two disparate African American women. Jam on the Vine is written in such evocative prose with so much historical accuracy that you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time—yet so familiar that you’ll jump to answer the call to action still so relevant a century later. Not since Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God have I been as sweet on a book as I am on this lovely and much-needed debut novel!” —Mel Morrow
How to Be a Heroine: Or,What I’ve Learned from Reading too Much, by Samantha Ellis [Adult Nonfiction]
“Traveling the Haworth moor of the Brönte sisters sets off a query between the author and a friend as to whether Jane Eyre or Catherine Earnshaw is to be the more admired heroine. Part memoir of growing up in an Iraqi-Jewish family and part literary commentary from an authorial perspective, readers will travel on a journey of self discovery focusing on the impact that the joy of reading has on shaping our lives, in all its fluidity. Among chapters revisiting the heroines of favorite books, as diverse as fairy tales’ The Little Mermaid, Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennett, Margaret Mitchel's Scarlett O'Hara, E. M. Forster's Lucy Honeychurch, etc., the author culminates with a reflection of the tales of Scheherazade. Writers and readers alike will enjoy this multilayered examination for its honest and witty insights. For readers who enjoyed Rebecca Mead's nonfiction My Life in Middlemarch or Alan Bennett's fictional The Uncommon Reader, this is your next book! I was fascinated!” —Jane Glaser
Emma: A Modern Retelling, by Alexander McCall Smith [Adult Fiction]
“Emma, one of Jane Austen's most admired novels, comes alive in the 21st century as part of the 2015 contribution to The Austen Project, which invites modern writers to rework the novels of one of the most infamous authors whose six titles are ageless in their popularity. Under the expert pen of celebrated author, McCall Smith, readers, including dedicated Janeites, will enjoy this entertaining retake of a classic that is endlessly yielding!” —Jane Glaser
The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald [Adult Fiction]
“When middle-aged widow Florence Green opens a bookshop in a small British town's abandoned building, she is met with a sudden challenge by the local patron who wishes to turn the Old House into an arts center. Provincial pettiness ramps up when the just published Nabakov's Lolita becomes the featured window display. First published in 1978 and shortlisted for the Booker award, this literary gem of a novella is being republished with an introduction by British writer David Nicholls. Following upon the Hermione Lee biography Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, named as one of NYT's top ten books of 2014, the author is now receiving the well deserved recognition, posthumously, that she deserves. More reprints of her novels will soon be released with new introductions, but The Bookshop is my favorite for its elegant writing and thought provoking look at the power of money and class.” —Jane Glaser
Boswellian Pam is really excited for the sequel to The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove, The Golden Specific, which is scheduled for publication on July 14, 2015.
And Boswellian Jane Glaser is currently reading--and loving--Anne Tyler's novel A Spool of Blue Thread, Aislinn Hunter's novel The World Before Us, and Emma Hooper's novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James.