Here’s the mail! A bounty of new books at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester straight from the publishers. We’ve received: In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner; Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto; Baskerville by John O’Connell; and Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews.
Set during Cambodia’s civil war, and told from the perspective of a seven-year-old girl named Raami, In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Hatner, is a heart-wrenching and beautiful tale of hope and transcendence. Raami’s childhood is shattered by the early morning footsteps of her father as he brings details of the war overwhelming the streets of Phnom Penh. It’s not long before her family’s carefully protected world of royal privilege is torn apart by the revolution around them. Over the next four years, Raami’s only hope of holding onto her childhood remains in the myths, legends, and poems from her father. And even while she clings to her childhood, she must also fight for her own survival.
In Eight Girls Taking Pictures, Whitney Otto portrays the lives of eight famous female photographers of the twentieth century. Otto, inspired by the works of Imogen Cunningham, Tina Modotti, Madame Yevonde, Lee Miller, Grete Stern, Ruth Orkin and others, crisscrosses their stories together across the world and the century, weaving together their lives to portray what defined each of the female artists. The women seek to be extraordinary through their photography, but also find meaning in motherhood, marriage, and other ordinary tasks of their everyday lives.
Written in the tradition of the grand spy tales of John Le Carré, Red Sparrow is Jason Matthews’ new thriller that comes with insider detail known only to a veteran C.I.A. officer. In present-day Russia ruled by President Vladimir Putin, Dominika has been forced to become a “sparrow,” a trained seductress, and is assigned to work against Nathanial Nash, a young CIA handling the Agency’s most important Russian mole. With action spreading between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy and the United States Dominika and Nate are doomed to collide in a clash of wills, trade, and (of course) a passion that threatens more than just their own lives. Red Sparrow is a masterful spy tale packed with insider details stemming from Michael’s knowledge and life experience.
John O’Connell’s novel Baskerville returns to the mystery of what caused the turn-of-the-20th-century rift between Bertram Fletcher Robinson, editor of London’s Daily Express newspaper, and Arthur Conan Doyle, the most famous novelist of his age. A hiking trip to Dartmoor to research the legend of a monstrous dog. Two friends who hope to collaborate on a new detective novel that will utterly eclipse Doyle’s previous fictional hero, Sherlock Holmes, whom he’d tidily done away with in the short story “The Final Problem” not long before. Baskerville is a brilliant mix of real events and exploratory fiction.
Be sure to come find these titles and many, many more here at your local bigger-on-the-inside bookstore.