My favorite aspect of being a book seller is having the opportunity to promote literature that I love and that I am passionate about. It is one of my greatest pleasures (aside from stomping my best friends in fantasy football week after week) to discuss and share the books that are important to me. A good book should entertain, provide humor, and create a sense of enjoyment. A great book will do that as well. The difference is a great book will alter your understanding of reality, and impose its world upon yours. A great book will leave you longing for a return to that sense of enchantment and beauty that it stirred within you. A great book both enlightens and empowers the reader. For these reasons, and many more, I've decided to begin offering Bibliotherapy sessions.
To begin, I will focus on the fantastic Twin Cities Independent Publishers. The Twin Cities are a Mecca for independent presses and we are fortunate to have some truly amazing people provide us with many extraordinary works of art. In an effort to encourage you to support these great local publishers, I will be reviewing some of their exciting fall releases.
From Coffee House Press, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride; a remarkable and innovative work from a debut Irish novelist about a girl's struggle against existence. From Graywolf Press, Eula Biss' On Immunity: an Inoculation. This is another spectacular work in Graywolf's line of nonfiction. Biss focuses on the unnecessarily divisive discussion of whether vaccinations from devastating diseases are of value to our communities. The answer: OF COURSE THEY ARE! And from Milkweed Editions, Sins of Our Fathers by Shawn Lawrence Otto. Otto is an award-winning writer and co-producer of the Oscar-nominated film, House of Sand and Fog, and his first novel focuses on a flawed man who must make the difficult choice between self-preservation and doing what's right. It is a story about the legacy of racism and corruption in the Northern Heartland.
I hope you enjoy these reviews, I hope some of you will be introduced to titles you may otherwise not have heard about, and I hope to encourage you to support your local bookstore.
Thank you for reading.