...the New York Times recently printed a good, (....a great!) review by Sarah Lyall on Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible. So the vapors have lifted from Jen and Stephanie as the NY Times Book Review crushed the one nitty nay-sayer from weeks passed (whose name will not be revealed). "Many readers, and twitterverse, came to the defense of Sittenfeld," says Jen, "because the story is so good." The story is a modernized version, set in Cincinnati, of Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice. Check out Lyall's review here.
Not a super fan of Austin, Jen does enjoy the Clueless and Bridget Jones' Diary remakes of Austin's novels. But her favorite classic's author is Edith Wharton and, for the Wharton fans out there....if you loved Age of Innocence, a sad note of recent. The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of New York City that burned to the ground this past week was immortalized in her book Age of Innocence, a bastion of upper class New York Social life of the 1880's. To those who enjoyed the atmospheric quality of her novels will no longer be able to visit a relic of the era that she wrote about.
....Happy Days for Richard Russo fans as Everybody's Fool is out, the sequel to Russo's Nobody's Fool.
A Visit From Abby....
....was part warning/part presentation. She explained to the group that she needs to weed. Eyebrows of the group raised all around.....Weed?!
.....the detective mystery collection that is. People get upset that their favorite authors are possibly getting hacked (pulled from the shelves). "It's a process," Abby says depending on condition of books, how many circulations went out of particular books. How, when we have a set amount of space, do we fit all the new titles onto the shelves? Answer: you have to let some of the go. "Kill the darlings," as Fitzgerald would say about writing. "Its difficult," Abby laments, "so its important for me to give a heads up." Let her know if there titles that just should never go away.
But she came armed with future surprise: July Mystery Event including conversations with newly released authors, Cara Black and Lisa Brickmann. Stay tuned.... More details to come.