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Sarah is an avid reader and English major from the Midwest, where she worked in another indie bookstore before coming to Changing Hands. Sarah reads mostly Fiction, which she believes answers life's BIG QUESTIONS better than anything in the Self Help or Spirituality section (that's the point of good art, right?). She also reads Political books (current obsession: how the internet is affecting our culture), History, Music, Nature and Classics -- with the occasional literary mystery thrown in for fun. She thinks everyone should read Housekeeping by Marilyn Robinson, Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang, and anything by Matt Taibbi.
Writing an original war novel in this day and age would seem like a daunting task, but poet, short story writer and ex-junkie Denis Johnson (Jesus’ Son) has succeeded magnificently. His tight prose and witty dialogue make this sprawling Vietnam-era tale effortlessly compelling, and won him the 2007 National Book Award.
Monica Drake’s debut novel is about being an artist. In this case, the artist is a clown named Sniffles, and her medium is balloon animals and pratfalls. Sniffles is a clown purist who has been forced into doing corporate clown gigs to pay the bills. Life in Baloneytown is rough, and Sniffles struggles to survive, and to maintain her artistic integrity. This novel will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to make a living doing what they love, and anyone making a living doing something they don’t. Clown Girl will make you laugh out loud, squirm with discomfort, and ultimately make you think.
Of all my favorite things in life, two I never imagined would converge are literature and golf. But in Toby Olson’s brilliant novel, Seaview, they do—and the result is something wildly original and yet comfortingly familiar. This is the story of Allen, a golf hustler, and his dying wife, Melinda, traveling together from Arizona to Connecticut. Along the way they pick up Pima Indian activist Bob White, with whom they develop a deep friendship, while throughout they are stalked by Allen’s coke-dealing former friend, Richard. This dark and beautiful novel builds to a climax on a cliff-side golf course, Seaview Links, that you will never forget. I strongly urge you to experience Seaview.
Master of suspense writer Scott Smith (A Simple Plan) returns with this creepy novel of a tropical vacation gone horribly wrong. Pure terror interwoven with great characterization makes this book utterly enjoyable... but make sure and put it down before lunch!
Wanna read an intense, epic, funny, bloody, wild graphic novel series? Try The Preacher. Take one hell raisin' brawler of a good ole' boy preacher, add his sexy gun toting girl and their hard drinking Irish vampire friend, and set them on a quest to find God and kick his ass—now that's entertainment!