Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Release Tuesday

It's Tuesday--and that means new releases at Farley's! Check out some of our favorite new titles...

New in paperback today is Karen Fowler's Wit's End. by Karen Fowler. As the novel opens, 29-year-old Rima Lanisell visits her estranged godmother, Addison Early, in Addison's house by the sea, Wit's End. Addison, the author of a popular mystery series, once dated Rima's father, Bim, who has recently died, and for whom Addison named one of the characters in her books. Before writing each novel, Addison first builds a model dollhouse of the murder scene, but she is far behind on her newest book. As Rima sifts through online discussion forums and decades of correspondence from fans, Rima discovers that she herself is a topic of conversation among them. Through Rima and Addison, Fowler explores the connections and relationships between authors and readers, life and fiction, fantasy and reality.

Also by Karen Fowler: The Jane Austen Book Club

The eighth installment of James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series makes its debut in hardcover this week as well! The 8th Confession features Detective Lindsay Boxer as she investigates the all-too-perfect murder of San Francisco's most glamorous celebrity couple, Isa and Ethan Bailey. Meanwhile, reporter Cindy Thomas catches wind of another murder--this one of a preacher who, she discovers, may not be as saintly as everyone thought...

To make things even more complicated, as the two women pursue their cases Lindsay sees a spark between her partner, Detective Rich Conklin, and Cindy. Hang on tight for the twists, turns, and shocking revelations that only Patterson can deliver!

Also new in hardcover is Woodsburner, by John Pipkin:

"An inglorious episode in the life of 19th-century author and environmental saint Henry David Thoreau is the subject of Pipkin’s impressive debut novel. In 1844, a year prior to his memorable tenure at Walden Pond, while hiking with a friend on the fringe of woods not far from bustling Concord, Mass., Thoreau impulsively lit a match in dry weather during a high wind, starting a fire that would consume 300 acres of valuable forest and farmland. An initial focus on Henry’s guilt and panic unfolds into ongoing portrayals of the lives of three other men variously affected by the conflagration, as independently lived and as briefly linked to the life of Thoreau. Pipkin tells their stories in a breathlessly exciting present tense, layering in substantial information about the credos and conflicts of the new England Transcendentalists.... A superb historical fiction as well as a complex and provocative novel of ideas—Pulitzer Prize material." ~ Kirkus Review

Finally, Dean Koontz's Odd Hours is on sale in mass market paperback this week.

"The fourth adventure of Odd Thomas, the young man haunted by the deceased who can also foresee potential murderous disaster, may not be the best—his eponymous initial outing is—but darned if it isn’t the most purely entertaining. Odd goes out for a walk on the boardwalk to find the Lady of the Bell, a pregnant girl roughly his own age (21), who has appeared to him in a troubling dream. He succeeds, but then a blond gorilla and two skinny redheaded guys packing heat show up. For most of the rest of the book, Odd flees the three baddies, discovering that the local police chief and a liberal minister are in cahoots with them, until he reverses the procedure to prevent very serious destruction, indeed, aimed at regime change in America. Choosing so grandiose an objective for Odd, Koontz forges the kind of sweeping melodrama, complete with screwball laughs, nail-biting moments, and surprises, that is the bedrock of American narrative entertainment." ~ Ray Olson, Booklist

Monday, April 27, 2009

May's Book Club Pick

Farley's is thrilled to announce our May book club selection! This month, we're reading the Edgar Award-winning Mr. White's Confession, by Robert Clark.

This haunting tale of the grisly murder of a dime-a-dance girl in 1939 St. Paul follows police Lietenant Wesley Horner, the troubled detective who is assigned to the case. Before long, Horner focuses his investigation on the eccentric Herbert White, a recluse who also enjoys taking suggestive photographs of dancers like Horner's victim. As Horner repeatedly interrogates Mr. White, it becomes clear that there is more at play than just his eccentric nature, for White is a man with no memory, forced to keep track of his life with a series of journals and scrapbooks...

"As thrilling as it is unnerving... Could have been written by Dashiell Hammett or James Crumley--at their best." ~ Greil Marcus, Esquire

"Written in the taut, menacing style of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels, this is one of those thrillers ... where the brooding noir atmosphere and secretive, unlovable characters will keep fans up all night, scratchy eyes glued to the page." ~ Jen Baker, Booklist

Please join us on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m. for some exciting discussion of this riveting mystery--and of course, a few light refreshments as well. See you then!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Back in the Blogosphere!

So, it's definitely been awhile since we here at Farley's have updated the blog... but it's a beautiful spring day in New Hope, PA, and big things are happening!

First of all, we've got a few things going on in celebration of National Poetry Month, including 10% off all poetry books and our 2nd annual poetry competition! There's still a week left to submit if you'd like to, and we'd love to hear from you. Stop by and pick up an entry form, or send us an email containing your poem, name, phone number, email address, and age category (adult, young adult, or children). We'll select one winner from each age group to receive a gift certificate from Farley's--and all winning poems will be published in the Bucks County Herald!

We've also just announced our newest book club pick, although that's pretty deserving of its very own post, so stay tuned on that front... we're really excited about this one!

In other news, this weekend is Lambertville's 28th annual Shad Festival! The weather is supposed to be beautiful, and our New Jersey counterpart is sure to be bustling with live music and entertainment, local artists and crafters, tons of cool people, and delicious food. Check it out... and then why not take a walk across the bridge and pay a visit to your favorite indie bookstore? ;)