More new books have arrived here at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester! Among them are two nonfiction titles – Wild, by Cheryl Strayed and Tarot for Healing, by Kara Owl; two new novels – Gold, by Chris Cleave and Naked, by Raine Miller; and a YA debut – Winger, by Andrew Smith.
Wild is Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about her incredible journey along more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Washington State. It’s a journey she made on a whim after having felt she lost everything when her mother died, her family became scattered, and her marriage fell apart. Wild tells the story of Strayed’s trials and terrors along the hike that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
Tarot for Healing by Kara Owl addresses the use of spirituality in the treatment of chronic illness. When she was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the 1990’s, the author tried several holistic practices to mitigate the pain. As a New Age practitioner, she found that the understanding of self gained through her use of the Tarot led to some surprising levels of relief.
Chris Cleave’s debut novel Incendiary won a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize, and won the United States Book-of-the-Month Club’s First Fiction award 2005. His follow-up novel Little Bee was a national bestseller. Gold is his third novel, it introduces Kate Meadows as she is poised to compete for her last chance at an Olympic gold medal. She’s sacrificed her dreams for her family over years, all the while watching her best friend and closest rival, Zoe, conquer it all. Kate has never won a gold, and she’ll have to go through Zoe to get it – and now her eight year old daughter is fighting for her life against a recurrence of childhood leukemia. How can Kate do right by her daughter without abandoning all of her dreams?
Raine Miller returns with a new series in Naked: The Blackstone Affair, Book 1. Brynne Bennet has done her best to leave the scandal in her past behind her, living the good life as a part-time student, part-time photographic model. Ethan Blackstone is a London businessman, and when he buys Brynne’s nude portrait he wants more than just her image – he wants her, in every way possible. Brynne is captivated at first, but can’t be certain if his dominant nature will awaken or dispel the demons she carries inside. They each have secrets in this relationship. Can Ethan erase the scars of her past, or will the shadow cast by his own past mysteries destroy any chance they have at happiness?
Ryan Dean West is fourteen, a junior at Pine Mountain boarding school for rich kids, living in the dorms for troublemakers, room-mates with the biggest jerk on the rugby team, and completely in love with his best friend who sees him as nothing more than a little kid. His life? Complicated. Andrew Smith’s new book Winger follows Ryan as he tries to get a grip on life. Ryan has a lot of tough decisions to deal with, and a lot of mistakes to make along the way. Things get even more complicated when the unthinkable happens, and Ryan has to figure out how to hold on to the important things in life. No matter what.
Be sure to come find these titles and many, many more here at your local bigger-on-the-inside bookstore.