Liz and Gianna are two of a dying breed--traveling sales reps for book publishers--who sell books in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and the Deep South. Since we're constantly on the road hawking books, we must find ways to amuse ourselves. So here we've decided to share our anecdotes, adventures, favorite books, and efforts in making the world (or at least these few states) a more literate place to inhabit.
I hope I don’t sound like too much of an idiot (I want to
sound just enough like an idiot), but I absolutely love a well-done, compact
novel. It's rare and it's incredibly hard to do. To write a well-developed
original story with fully realized characters in fewer than two hundred pages
is remarkable, yet Barnes has done just that. This is a one sitting
read, much like On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. I know what you're thinking, why
shouldn’t you read such a short novel in one sitting Gianna? Well some don’t lend
themselves to it, some you don’t want to, some you can’t, and some blow.
Man Booker Prize winner
Barnes has been nominated several times for the Booker, and there is something so right about him finally winning it for this book.
Liz called this book a masterpiece and while I hate agreeing with her about
anything at all…she got this absolutely right. It’s a perfect book.
I won’t go into plot here, we’ve written about this on the
blog two or three times, but I will say that Barnes hits major themes here: love, loyalty, life and death. Have I mentioned this is a perfect book?
The Night Circus
Words like "delightful" and "enthralling" best describe one of the biggest books of 2011. Erin Morgenstern's first novel involving dueling magicians and the most incredible circus ever placed on paper has proved a sensation, and deservedly so. I quite simply love this book. I loved it when I first read it about 11 months ago, and I haven't shut up about it since then. My booksellers love it. My friends love it. I want to visit The Night Circus.
Let's set the mood:
The Night Circus is so descriptively stunning that if I possessed any artistic talent at all I would have created my own illustrated edition. The film rights were optioned to Summit Pictures and there's lots of Hollywood chatter and speculation. And Erin Morgenstern wrote this book during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an annual writing challenge to create a novel during the 30 days of November. This book is charmed. It's magical.