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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Edelweiss+Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email nicki@sibaweb.com to be added.

Wine Simple Would Like to Meet Creatures Imaginary Museums 

9781984824257 Wine Simple 11/19/2019
"Award-winning sommelier Aldo Sohm by all rights should be a stuffy, snobbish autocrat who will scoff at you, you wine ignoramus! By some miracle, however, he is, instead, a gently intelligent guide to the world of wine, making this confusing subject easy to approach. He shares his wisdom in this fun-to-read guide." -- Anne Peck, Righton Books, St Simons Island, GA

9780525542315 Would Like to Meet 12/3/2019
"When a romantic comedy is perfectly executed, it leaves one with this giddy, full-hearted, warm, and intoxicating feeling that makes one believe in actual honest-to-goodness happy endings, and this book delivers all of that and more in a way that I haven’t experienced in a good long while. Rachel Winters’ debut novel is a lovely, funny, witty, and heartwarming homage to the entire rom-com film cannon, and I absolutely adored every single page of it! It unfolds like all the best rom-coms do, with lots of laughs (from full-bellied exclamations to cheek burning chuckles), more than a few empathetic grimaces (also usually accompanied by some laughs, and more than a few “oh no’s”...), and an abundance of heart. I only wish that this gift of a story came out sooner, as I am itching with the prospect of recommending it to people! I guess I’ll just have to content myself with making it my March 2020 romance book club pick ??"-- Lucy Perkins-Wagel, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

9781616208592 Creatures 1/7/2020
"Evie must confront her unstable upbringing on an island off the coast of Los Angeles, a father who used and sold drugs, a mother who was mostly absent and the constantly changing moods of the Pacific Ocean. Dealing with loneliness and abandonment, she is constantly searching for love and stability while she mostly raises herself. There is a lot to unpack here as Crissy Van Meter has created so much depth (an ocean pun, hah) to Evie's life on Winter Island that I could have been easily convinced the place actually exists. I read this in one sitting, it is such a truly beautiful book." -- Carl Kranz, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9781593765866 Imaginary Museums 1/14/2020
"Hysterical, vivid, ominous, fervid, outrageous, captivating: can one collection of short stories be all of these things? Once you read Imaginary Museums, you'll see the answer to this question is a resounding yes. Polek's collection is filled to the brim with unforgettable characters: pretentious academics, nervous brides, sneaky landlords--they're all here and then some. Imaginary Museums transports you to places that are wholly another world and yet also undeniably familiar. Short fiction is having a moment, and if you haven't delved into some of the great short fiction that's being published, a great place to start is with Nicolette Polek's masterful and engrossing work." -- Morgan McComb, Square Books, Oxford, MS

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