Book Picks

    This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
“The Library Book” by Susan Orleans
“Diary of a Bookseller” by Shaun Bythell
“Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton
“Bitter Orange” by Claire Fuller
"A House that Once Was" by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Lane Smith
"A Home in the Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown illustrated Jerry Pinkney
"Bridge of Clay" by Markus Zusak

  This week's Book Picks from Lily Bartels at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
“In Pieces” by Sally Field
“How To Be a Good Creature” by Sy Montgomery
“1,000 Books to Read Before You Die” by James Mustich
“I Am Human: A Book of Empathy” by Susan Verde
“An Elderly Woman is Up To No Good" by Helene Tursten
“These Truths” by Jill Lepore

This week, Book Picks was bumped by NPR Special Coverage of President Trump's address to The UN General Assembly. 

Giovanni Boivin from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA shared his list, even though we didn't get to talk about these titles on the air.

List:
"We Sold Our Souls" by Grady Hendrix
"Sip" by Brian Allen Car
"Foundryside" by Robert Jackson Bennet
"Space Unicorn Blues" by T.J. Berry
"She Would be King" by Wayétu Moore

James Conrad from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
"Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret" by Craig Brown
"The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World" by Sarah Weinman
"Harbor Me" by Jacqueline Woodson
"Unclaimed Baggage" by Jen Doll
"Improvement" by Joan Silber
"Convenience Store Woman" by Sayaka Murata
"Cherry" by Nico Walker

We had to skip Book Picks this week to air special coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. But Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music sent us her list of great new titles anyway!

List:
"French Exit" by Patrick deWitt
"The Drama Teacher" by Koren Zailckas
"His Favorites" by Kate Walbert
"Lake Success" by Gary Shteyngart (event at Murray's in Tivoli, NY, 9/18, 6pm)
"Sheets" by Brenna Thummler
"Finding Langston" by Lesa Cline-Ransome (event at Rhinebeck store, 9/22, 12pm)
"Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art" by Hudson Talbott (event at Rhinebeck store, 9/12, 6pm)
"A Room Away from the Wolves" by Nova Ren Suma (event at Rhinebeck store, 9/23, 4pm)

  This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore.

List:
"Vox" by Christina Dalcher
"Beyond Birds and Bees" by Bonnie J. Rough
"The Lies That Bind" by Kwame Anthony Appiah
"Darius the Great is Not Okay" by Adib Khorram
"Draw Your Day/ Draw Your Day Sketchbook" by Samantha Dion Baker
"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens
"Mating in Captivity" by Helen Zuman
"Always Eat Left Handed" by Rohit Bhargava

This week's Book Picks from Lily Bartels at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
“An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” by Hank Green
“Whiskey When We're Dry” by John Larison
“Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge” by Susan Hand Shetterly
“Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters” by Anne Boyd Rioux
“She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah)” by Ann Hood
“History As They Saw It: Iconic Moments from the Past in Color” by Wolfgang Wild
“A House That Once Was” by Julie Fogliano

  Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
"Slipper" by Hester Velmans
"Fruit of the Drunken Tree" by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
"The Collected Stories of Machado de Assis"
"The Debatable Land: The Lost World Between Scotland and England" by Graham Robb
"A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety" by Donald Hall
"The Overstory: A Novel" by Richard Powers
"Third Thoughts" by Steven Weinberg

Event: "Charley's Horse" by Judith Shaw - August 17 at 5:30 p.m.

This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA.

List:
“Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America” by Beth Macy
“Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History” by Keith O’Brien
“The Collector’s Apprentice” by B.A. Shapiro
“Murder on the Left Bank: An Aimee Leduc Investigation set in Paris” by Cara Black
“Rust & Stardust” by T. Greenwood

  Today's Book Picks list comes from Cathy Taylor of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
"Heart Berries" by Terese Marie Mailhot
"Motherhood" by Sheila Heti
"Asymmetry" by Lisa Halliday
"The Answers" by Catherine Lacey
"Conversations with Friends" by Sally Rooney
"The Seas" by Samantha Hunt
"Neon in Daylight" by Hermione Hoby

   This week's Book Picks come from Connie Brooks and Kate Reid of Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY.

List:
“The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware
“The Cabin at the End of the World” by Paul Tremblay
“The Family Tabor” by Cherise Wolas
“Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man” by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
“Willa of the Wood” by Robert Beatty
“Possum and the Summer Storm” by Anne Hunter
“In a Small Kingdom by Tomie dePaola and illustrated by Doug Salati

Event: Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m. Eric Rickstad, "What Remains of Her"

  James Conrad from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
"Hope Never Dies" by Andrew Schaffer
"You All Grow Up and Leave Me" by Piper Weiss
"Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation" by Robert W. Fieseler
"The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai
"Tin Man" by Saran Winman
"Night-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense" by Joyce Carol Oates
"Clock Dance" by Anne Tyler
"The Other Woman" by Daniel Silva
"The Secret Life of Cows" by Rosamund Young

 

Today's special edition of Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:

“On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein” by Charlie Harmon

“Famous Father Girl” by Jamie Bernstein

A few by the maestro (Bernstein) himself:

“Joy of Music”

“Infinite Varieties of Music”

“Unanswered Question”

AND:

Peggy Daniels’ “Tanglewood: A Group Memoir”

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:

We Don't Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins
Be Prepared” by Vera Brosgol
Midnight Without a Moon” by Linda Williams Jackson
Bob” by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Spy School” by Stuart Gibbs
Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
Piecing Me Together” by Renee Watson
Neverworld Wake” by Marisha Pessl 

"What to Read and Why" by Francine Prose - Book launch 7/6 at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, and The White Hart Speaker Series 7/12
"The Seas" by Samantha Hunt - Book re-launch 7/10 at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck

   This week's Book Picks come to us from Mark Brumberg of Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

List:
"Sex Money Murder" by Jonathan Green - Event at Odyssey 6/27
"Eager" by Ben Godlfarb - Event at Odyssey 7/19
"Florida" by Lauren Groff (Odyssey's July First Editions Club selection - Event 7/24)
"My Year of Rest and Relaxation" by Otessa Moshfegh (Odyssey's August First Editions Club selection - Event 7/27)
"Calypso" by David Sedaris
"There There" by Tommy Orange
"A Place for Us" by Fatima Farheen Mirza
"Magpie Murders" by Anthony Horowitz
"The Book of Essie" by Meghan Maclean Weir
"Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders
"The Sympathizer" by Viet Thanh Nguyen
"Sing Unburied Sing" by Jesmyn Ward
"Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
"A House Among the Trees" by Julia Glass

  This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore.

List:
"Good Trouble" by Joseph O’Neill - Event at Merritt Bookstore 7/7
"Invitation to a Bonfire" by Adrienne Celt
"Never Anyone But You" by Rupert Thompson
"Florida" by Lauren Groff
"Things That Make White People Uncomfortable" by Michael Bennett
"Front Desk" by Kelly Yang
"Breakout" by Kate Messner
"Educated" by Tara Westover
"Julian Is A Mermaid" by Jessica Love
"The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl" by Stephanie McAnulty

  This week's Book Picks come from Phil Lewis of The Bennington Bookshop.

List:
"Heart Spring Mountain" by Robin MacArthur
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
"Love and Ruin" by Paula McLain
"Order of Time" by Carlo Rovelli
"The Punishment She Deserves" by Elizabeth George
"Grief Cottage" by Gail Godwin

Thomas Chulak and Kara Polito from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
"Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villains of the Johnstown Flood, America's Astonishing Gilded Age Disaster" by Al Roker - event at Chatham Bookstore on June 9
"Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America" by James and Deborah Fallows
"The Ashokan Way: Landscape's Path Into Consciousness" by Gail Straub
"The Spirit Photographer" by Jon Michael Varese
"Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces" by Michael Chabon
"What I Leave Behind" by Alison McGhee

Today's Book Picks come from Jim Havener of Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta, NY.

List:
"The Overstory: A Novel" by Richard Powers
"The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath" by Leslien Jamison
"Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston
"Spring" by Karl Ove Knausgaard
"The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century" by Kirk Wallace Johnson

    This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
"My Ex-Life" by Stephen McAuley
"The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World" by Simon Winchester
"Barracoon: The Story of the Last 'Black Cargo'" by Zora Neale Hurston
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
"The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels" by Jon Mecham
"The Destiny Thief" by Richard Russo
"Tyrant" by Stephen Greenblatt
"The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl" by Stacy McAnulty
"Who Was That?" by Olivier Tallec

    Today's Book Picks come from Matt Tannenbaum from The Bookstore in Lenox.

List:
“The Overstory: A Novel” by Richard Powers
“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories” by Denis Johnson
“The Art of the Wasted Day” by Patricia Hampl
“Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer” by Barbara Ehrenreich
Assorted works of Russell Hoban
“The Secret Lives of Color” by Kassia St. Caire
“Werner's Nomenclature of Colours: Adapted to Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Mineralogy, Anatomy, and the Arts” by Patrick Syme,‎ illustrated by Abraham Gottlob Werner

  This week's Book Picks come to us from Joan Grenier of Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

List:
"The Map of Salt and Stars" by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
"Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump" by Michael Isikoff and David Corn
"The Temptation of Forgiveness: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery" by Donna Leon
"Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship" by Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes, illustrated by Scott Magoon
"In A Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers" by Bernice Yeung

Today's Book Picks list comes from Rachel Person of The Northshire Bookstore.

List:
“The Big Umbrella” by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates
“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” by Michael Bennett
“A Princess in Theory” by Alyssa Cole
“The Serpent's Secret” by Sayantani Dasgupta
“Stray City” by Chelsey Johnson
“Bachelor Girl” by Kim Van Alkemade
“The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang
“The Gefilte Manifesto” by Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern

Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
Tangerine” by Christine Mangan
The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America” by Isaac Butler & Dan Kois
Shattered by Grief: Picking Up the Pieces to Become Whole Again” by Claudia Coenen (Event in Rhinebeck 4/10, 6pm)
Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice “Waters Changed Our World” by Andrea Barnet (Event at White Hart, Salisbury, CT, Thurs, 4/19 at 6pm)
Aru Shah and the End of Time” by Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents)
For Every One” by Jason Reynolds
I Have Lost My Way” by Gayle Forman
The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo

Jacqueline Kellachan from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
“The Sparsholt Affair” by Alan Hollinghurst
“Gun Love” by Jennifer Clement
“Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes
“Advice Not Given: A Guide To getting Over Yourself” by Mark Epstein, M.D.
“More Than True: The Wisdom of Fairy Tales” by Robery Bly
“Baby Monkey, Private Eye” by Brian Selznick and David Serlin
“Lament From Epirus” by Christopher C. King
“If I Die Tonight” by Alison Gaylin (Event April 11 at The Colony)

  Giovanni Boivin from The Book Loft in Great Barrington, MA, joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

List:
“Heart Berries: A Memoir” by Terese Marie Mailhot
“Bad Kansas: Stories” by Becky Mandelbaum
“Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
“Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories” by Kelly Barnhill
“The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories” by Michael Andreasen
“The Sky is Yours” by Chandler Klang Smith

  This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
"Children of Blood and Bone" by Tomi Adeyemi
"Winter Sisters" by Robin Oliveira
"Feel Free" by Zadie Smith
"White Houses" by Amy Bloom
"What Are We Doing Here?" by Marilynne Robinson
"The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating" by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
"People Like Us" by Dana Mele

  Today's Book Picks come from Jim Havener of Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta, NY.

List:
“Time Pieces” by John Banville
“The Line Becomes A River” by Francisco Cantu
“Good Booty: Love & Sex, Black & White, Body & Soul In American Music” by Ann Powers
“Bunk” by Kevin Young
“Straying” by Molly McCloskey
“Solar Bones” by Mike McCormack

  This week's Book Picks come to us from Emily Crowe at The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

List:
“Only Child: A Novel” by Rhiannon Navin
“I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death” by Maggie O’Farrell
“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” by Michael Bennett
“LOVE” by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Loren Long
“The Dangerous Art of Blending In” by Angelo Surmelis
“Anatomy of a Miracle: A Novel” by Jonathan Miles
“Islandborn” by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

This week's Book Picks come from Kira Wizner of Merritt Bookstore.

List:

All for Nothing” by Walter Kempowski, translated by Anthea Bell

Freshwater” by Akwaeke Emezi

The Friend, A Novel” by Sigrid Nunez

Eternal Life: A Novel” by Dara Horn

The Great Alone: A Novel” by Kristin Hannah

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death” by Maggie O'Farrell

Catnip: A Love Story” by Michael Korda

The YES Brain” by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

The Big Bed” by Bunmi Laditan, illustrated by Tom Knight

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