Currently on Patty's Night Stand:
The Revellers, by Craig Bunn - Our very own Craig Bunn is an aspiring writer and this is his manuscript for his first novel!
Watch Me, by Anjelica Huston
The Road to Character, by David Brooks
Missoula, by Jon Krakauer
All Time Favorites:
"Lonesome Dove", by Larry McMurtry
I was not really interested in reading A Light Between Oceans, it was hardly a blip on my book radar until a couple of friends were telling to me about how great it was. This was a first for me - a friend recommending a new book to ME, a bookstore owner who thinks she knows all the books. Well I'm very glad they talked me into it because I'm crazy about how beautifully written this book is and it has stayed with me for weeks. This beautifully written debut novel will grab you in the gut on page one and keep squeezing it for the two nights that it will take you to read it.
After four harrowing years on the Western Front during WW1, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries in the wind. A boat has washed ashore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Isabel takes the baby's arrival as a sign from God while Tom is very uncomfortable with keeping the baby because he imagines somewhere out there is a mother looking for her baby. So against his better judgement, Tom indulges his wife when he sees the joy the baby gives Isabel. The precarious family is very happy until they make a trip to the mainland and they hear talk of a baby who has disappeared on a boat and the baby's mother overwrought and depressed and is convinced that her baby is still alive. Tom and Isabel return to their island with very different ideas about what is the right thing to do and it puts a lot of stress on their marriage. Stedman has written a beautiful book about good people who have to make tough decisions, none of which will have a happy outcome.
Marissa Silver’s interesting and beautifully written new novel, “Mary Coin” is a fictional reinvention of the iconic Depression Era photograph by Dorothea Lange, the photographer of the famous photo “Woman by the Side of the Road". The woman in the photograph’s name was Florence Owens Thompson. The story that Silver spins about these two women who didn’t know each other at all but whose lives are so connected by this photograph and who both have their own very personal but different struggles. Mary Coin’s struggles are much more elemental; she is a widow with seven children and she is just trying to keep them fed and a roof over their head. I read a lot of books but there are few that captivate me like this one. My only complaint about the book is that I wanted to know more, specifically about where the fiction began and the real story ended.