Josh Christie, manager at Sherman’s Maine Books and Stationery in Portland, tells us what books should be stacked on your nightstand this fall.
What We’re Reading: Fall 2014
The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner
In this Maine-based novel, Cordelia Kings’s family has been lobstering off fictional Loosewood Island for 300 years. When her brother drowns, she must take the helm of her father’s business. “It’s about Cordelia’s struggle in her family, love life, and community,” says Christie.
W.W. Norton and Company
May 2014 | $27
The Ploughmen by Kim Zupan
Set in the American West under the Montana sky, this debut novel is about a rookie sheriff and a recently incarcerated notorious killer who wind up having an unlikely heart-to-heart. “There’s a great twist that I won’t spoil, but it’s an act of violence that inevitably ties them together,” says Christie.
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2014 | $26
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith
“The writing of this novel is very lyrical,” says Christie. “ The descriptions of the ocean and the salt air—even though it’s set in North Carolina—remind me of growing up here in Maine.” Set in eighteenth-century America, the author explores three generations of a family, beginning with a father who needs to face his fear of the sea.
August 2014 | $27
The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach
Here’s the love story: at a market just before a snowstorm, Eric pays for Danielle’s groceries, as she seems to have forgotten her money. Then he gives her a ride home, only to discover she’s staying in an abandoned cabin. When Eric’s car is towed, they’re stuck until the weather clears up. “It is a really incredible character study of both of them,” says Christie.
October 2014 | $25
Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter
The Belfast-based writer is a caffeine expert, who has covered the topic for the New York Times, Wired, and National Geographic. “My favorite things about nonfiction books are the random facts that you pick up, and this book is full of them,” says Christie. “And it didn’t make me want coffee any less.”
Hudson Street Press
March 2014 | $26