Saturday, May 19, 2018

Brooklyn in Love

What a fun afternoon we spent with author Amy Thomas signing copies of her books, Brooklyn in Love and Paris My Sweet.

Forever a girl obsessed with all things French, sweet freak Amy Thomas landed a gig as rich as the purest dark chocolate: leave Manhattan for Paris to write ad copy for Louis Vuitton. Working on the Champs-Élysées, strolling the charming streets, and exploring the best patisseries and boulangeries, Amy marveled at the magnificence of the City of Light.
But does falling in love with one city mean turning your back on another? As much as Amy adored Paris, there was part of her that felt like a humble chocolate chip cookie in a sea of pristine macarons. PARIS, MY SWEET explores how the search for happiness can be as fleeting as a salted caramel souffle's rise, as intensely satisfying as molten chocolate cake, and about how the life you're meant to live doesn't always taste like the one you envisioned.
Part love letter to Paris, part love letter to New York, and total devotion to all things sweet, PARIS, MY SWEET is a treasure map for anyone with a hunger for life.
We have a few signed copies on hand.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Author Talk Tiger Woods-New Canaan Library TONIGHT

Join us for this special evening to get a peak into the mind of golf legend, Tiger Woods, as authors Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian present their new biography, TIGER WOODS. “Very few individuals are known throughout the world by one word,” write Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. “Tiger reached that exclusive club by being the greatest golfer—some would say the greatest athlete—in modern history. But his story transcends golf, and his influence reached around the globe.” Until now, there has never been a 360-degree comprehensive account of Tiger’s life, one that closely examines his roots and the vital role his parents played in his epic rise, fall, and return. Benedict and Keteyian set out to deliver something fresh and revealing, a complete human portrait of a true, albeit reluctant, American idol. TIGER WOODS is that portrait.
At the New Canaan Library tonight April 11th @ 6:30pm!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

First Thursday Celebration

First Thursday Soiree at Elm Street Books

Join us on Thursday April 5th 6-7:30pm

Booksignings, Music, Galley Give Aways Vino and Appetizers!

Join these wonderful local authors.

Melinda Fager - Living Off the Sea
Mitch Silver - The Bookworm

Carol Hibbert - Knowing There is More

 Les De Villiers - African animal Alphabet

Vino provided by New Canaan Wine Merchants
Appetizers provided by Rosie

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

March Memoirs
Don't miss these.

This is  one of my favorites. It is for "The Glass Castle" reader. Inspiring, challenging memoir of a young girl living off the grid with her survivalist parents and siblings. Her drive to go to college and beyond without the basic structure of an education is as mind blowing as running a marathon without sneakers. You won't forget her! If you liked "Hillbilly Elegy" you will enjoy this read.

This book takes off like a bullet. Maggie O'Farrell shares her 17 brushes with death, some frightening, some just bad luck. A message to her daughter who lives with life threatening allergies to realize we are all on the edge of death everyday. It reaches your heart. Poignant.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Caitlin Macy Author Event Tonight

Don't Miss Caitlin Macy author of MRS. at the New Canaan Library tonight, 6:30pm.
Her book is fresh from the publisher and totally awesome. New York City Park Avenue perfection with the raw underbelly exposed.
Named one of the "Most Anticipated Books of 2018" by Entertainment Weekly 

"Mrs. could be the next Big Little Lies."—EW
"Brilliant.... I absolutely loved it."—Kate Atkinson

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Staff PIcks

We have awesome staff readers.
Here are a few picks for this month.

The Boat People - Timely fictionalized saga of an immigrant family. (Manda)

Homegoing - A compelling novel spanning eight generations from the Gold Coast of Africa to the plantations of Mississippi.  Fabulous read!(Eve)

The War That Saved My Life - Could not put this wonderful historical fiction down about two siblings evacuated from their home in London during World War 2. (Melissa) (Childrens)

As Close To Us as Breathing - Heart wrenching and beautifully written tender and empathetic characters trying to balance decisions for their own lives, while their own perceived, or real, family loyalties, responsibilities, and religion hold them back.(Elizabeth)

Paris in the Present Tense - Continues his string of great fiction.(Wes)

The Chalk Man -This dark thriller, call it twisted Agatha Christie.(Melissa)

The Great Alone - A favorite! Characters jump off the page. (Katheen)

Beneath A Scarlet Sky - Wonderful story of young Italian hero during World War II.(Sarah)

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Four good Titles

Connie's back with four good suggestions.
We can't keep "The Woman In the Window" in stock.

You might notice, for the 2nd time in a row I have a non-fiction listed. Hmm maybe a trend. Probably not, but this one worth the pick-up.


My apologies to those of you who read and loved …Wolves. Let us agree to disagree.


The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund  (out 11.07)

If you eliminated the stories here of Linda at 25 and 36, this would be a YA read. And one of those reads that you shake your head while reading realizing how messed up parents can result in a messed up a child. At times I became annoyed with Linda, until I acknowledged that she’s supposed to be a teenager or later as an emotionally damaged adult.  14 yr. old Linda lives with her exhippie parents in what had been a commune in northern Minnesota – no indoor plumbing and limited electricity. She becomes the babysitter for a family where she finally feels like she belongs only to be swept up in their non-conforming life. Oh and along the way she has a teacher accused of child pornography and having sex with a minor. Ya, that kind of read.

(Interestingly I absolutely loved the next middle grade book I picked up after read and it also had an idiot parent. For heaven’s sake, maybe there should be a test or at least a class for perspective parents though I probably would have failed)


Bobby Kennedy a Raging Spirit by Chris Matthews  (out 10.31)

I am neither a big biography reader nor a big political reader, but assigned for book club I picked this up. Fascinating.  While having lived through almost all of the period covered, my parents either didn’t talk about politics or watch on television or I was oblivious (probably the later). One criticism I read of the book is that is deals so much with Jack (John), but it would be impossible to tell Bobby’s story any other was as he was so invested in Jack’s career. I hope there’s not a quiz as there’s no way I remember all the characters (and some were very much characters), back room /behind the scenes conversations, and wheeling & dealing that occurred. But I learned (relearned) so much. And amazing how much in Washington hasn’t changed – maybe the names, but still the same. A really good read. 


White Chrysanthemums by Mary Lynn Bracht  (out 01.30) ****This one is going to be a winner!!

In much the way Lilac Girls graphically brought the horrors of WWII Germany to us, so too does this debut novel as it tells the equally horrific and often untold story of Korean women during the Japanese occupation. Chapters alternate between Hana in 1943 as she’s abducted from her island and forced to be a “comfort woman” for the Japanese soldiers and 2011 in Seoul as her sister Emi remembers her shame at feeling she was to blame for Hana’s disappearance. So ashamed, her children are unaware their mother even had a sister. Historians believe between 50,000 and 200,000 Korean women were taken with most never returning. And like Lilac Girls, you are not apt to forget this book.


The Woman in the Window  by A.J. Finn   (out 01.02)

Agoraphobic woman watches the house across the street – apparent crimes and creepy stuff happens. For you psychological thriller readers who need a fix.