I’m having a good season in Willimantic this Winter. Not like a full store, but changing times call for changing approaches… I am stocking Swift Waters with more inventory as we speak. The Etsy Store did pretty well for it’s … Continue reading →
The Great Stink by Clare Clark 2006
“reeks of talent” (The Washington Post Book World) as it vividly brings to life the dark and mysterious underworld of Victorian London
The Seamstress by Frances De Pontes Peebles 2009
As seamstresses, the young sisters EmÍlia and Luzia dos Santos know how to cut, mend, and conceal—useful skills in the lawless backcountry of Brazil, where ruthless land barons feud with bands of outlaw cangaceiros, trapping innocent residents in the crossfire
The Lower River by Paul Theroux 2012
Ellis Hock never believed that he would return to Africa. He runs an old-fashioned menswear store in a small town in Massachusetts but still dreams of his Eden, the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps, cut short when he had to return to take over the family business. When his wife leaves him, and he is on his own, he realizes that there is one place for him to go: back to his village in Malawi, on the remote Lower River, where he can be happy again.
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
“As for the river, it just kept moving,as river do--as rivers do. Under the logs, the body of the young Canadian moved with the river, which jostled him to and fro--to and fro. If, at this moment in time Twisted River also appeared restless, even impatient, maybe the river itself wanted the boy's body to move on, too, move on, too.”
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness.
more to come....