Sunday, July 27, 2014

Book Recommendations (& First Lines)

The Wallace Books Staff Recommends shelf may be tucked away, but we think it is worth wandering back to explore. We recently expanded the section to include a second shelf of some of our favorite titles. Our small staff has diverse reading interests and there is truly something there for everyone.

Recommended Books
It is a difficult task to define why we love each of these titles, especially without revealing too much of what makes them special. I think it is safe to say that they are books that have stayed with us in our minds since we first discovered them. Speaking just for myself, the few titles I've put on this shelf are books that I know I will return to and find something new upon giving them a second or third (or fourth or fifth or umpteenth) read.

First lines often have a way of drawing us in and giving us a sense of the story and the mood and music of the author's language. So, in the interest of introducing a selection from the Wallace Books Staff Recommendations shelf, we thought it would be nice to highlight first lines from a few of our favorites. Here they are, alphabetically by author:

"Papa is in his easy chair, reading the Sunday sports page."
     -- The Brothers K by David James Duncan

"How is it possible to bring order out of memory?"
     -- West with the Night by Beryl Markham

"When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reached out to touch the child sleeping beside him."
     -- The Road by Cormac McCarthy

"In the town there were two mutes and they were always together."
     -- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

"I wanted to find my own way, so this morning I persuaded my father to let me travel alone from his apartment in Kobe to my grandfather's beach house in Tarumi."
     -- The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

"If I could tell you only one thing about my life it would be this: when I was seven years old the mailman ran over my head."
     -- The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall

You can find the Staff Recommendations shelf in the alcove with poetry and plays just to the left of the entrance to our kids room.

50% off Erdich!
We also have a great deal on books by one of our favorite authors. We are currently offering 50% off all Louise Erdich in stock. This offer is good through the end of July, and maybe even into August. Her books will be in a box right in your line of sight as you enter our front door.  Erdich has many good first lines but one of her best comes from her novel Tracks:
"We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall."

What books do you recommend to friends? What are your favorite first lines?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chocolate Challenge Blog Tour

We're having fun for Friday Reads, thanks to Rena Marthaler and her Chocolate Blog Tour. Check out her blog post here! This is a blog tour where we bring you book and chocolate recommendations. I've selected some easy summer reading that we can happily recommend to the young and the old alike. And of course, the cocoa goodness is all involved while you wile away the summer with good reading and good eating!
Without further ado . . .

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rose City Heist, by Matt Love

Matt Love hopes the Portland Mercury and the Willamette Week will pan his book.

Available at Wallace Books
He told me so as he dropped off copies of Rose City Heist, his newest book to come out of Nestucca Spit Press. This is the true crime story of the biggest jewel theft in Portland, and how Matt Love and his friend were the chief suspects for the Portland City Police and the FBI. It is about backyard pool parties and undulating substitute teachers, Colombian, sword-wielding Oliver Twists—and yes, even gravy plays a role.