Van Gogh, Oxford, Provence, and old friends
This book has received consistently positive reviews, and its gorgeous cover meant I couldn't turn it down. I expected perhaps a common story about a relationship between two men, but found a poetic contemplation of life and love in spare prose. Glorious.
A dark comedy with a haunted cat? Yes, please.
Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers was a clever and unique comedy, soon to be a film. When I learned his new book would be a caper starring a mother/son duo to rival Lucille and Buster Bluth, as well as a haunted cat named Small Frank, I knew I couldn't miss it.
British Ladies, peaceful protests, and a swimming pool
I’ll admit, the gorgeous cover grabbed me first. But when I read that this tale is about an unlikely friendship between an anxious young reporter and a fascinating elderly lady banding together with their neighbors to save a community landmark, I hit pre-order immediately.