It’s that time of week again! Bookstr is back with our three picks for this week’s Three to Read. With Thanksgiving coming up, now would be a great time to grab some reading material for your travels home, or just for those moments when you need to hole up in a quiet space away from the festivities. This week we’ve got a nouveau-Gothic novel, a revisitation of a classic thriller, and a charming guide to bringing some great art into your everyday life. Happy holidays everyone!
Our Hot Pick
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
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For centuries, the mysterious dark-robed figure has roamed the globe, searching for those whose complicity and cowardice have fed into the rapids of history’s darkest waters—and now, in Sarah Perry’s breathtaking follow-up to The Essex Serpent, it is heading in our direction.
It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.
But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .
Fresh off the success of her sophomore novel, The Essex Serpent, British author Sarah Perry has done it again with Melmoth, inspired by an early nineteenth century Gothic novel, Melmoth the Wanderer, by Charles Maturin. Perry’s work is consistently innovative and excellently so, and this book is sure to be contender for some serious literary accolades. Now is the time to pick this up from your local book purveyor, online or otherwise.
Our Coffee Shop Read
Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz
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A spy is dead. A legend is born. This is how it all began. The explosive prequel to Casino Royale, from bestselling author Anthony Horowitz.
Forever and a Day is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera, taking readers into the very beginning of James Bond’s illustrious career and the formation of his identity.
M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. “We have no choice. We’re just going to bring forward this other chap you’ve been preparing. But you didn’t tell me his name.”
“‘It’s Bond, sir,’” the Chief of Staff replied. “James Bond.”
The sea keeps its secrets. But not this time.
One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand.
It’s time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organized crime.
It’s time for James Bond to earn his license to kill.
The coffee shop needs a little excitement every now and again, and what better state is there in which to read a James Bond novel than highly-caffeinated? For James Bond fans, this is a must-read, but it is also a great way for those who have yet to jump in to the James Bond universe to get a start. The book contains original material from James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, offering reader’s a taste of the original James Bond content.
Our Dark Horse
Everyday Monet by Aileen Bordman
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Bring Monet’s paintings and gardens to life using this gorgeously illustrated book that will teach you how to create a Monet lifestyle from your living room to your kitchen to your garden—from the documentarian and author of Monet’s Palate Cookbook, with the support of the American steward and all the head gardeners at Giverny.
Aileen Bordman has long been influenced by the work of Claude Monet, one of the founders of French Impressionist painting whose esteemed works capturing the simple beauties of fin de siècle French life—from waterlilies to haystacks—have fetched astonishing sums at private auction houses and can be found in the greatest art museums around the globe. With direct access to Giverny through a pair of insiders—her mother, a steward of the Giverny estate, and its head gardener—she transports you to Monet’s garden at Giverny, the third most visited site in France, in Everyday Monet.
Combining the history, palette colors, and designs of Monet’s gardens and paintings in this one-of-a-kind volume, Aileen shows how to encapsulate a home and lifestyle inspired by the artist. Filled with insights, step-by-step instructions, musings, recipes, gorgeous photography, and how-to graphics, Everyday Monet teaches how to grow a garden like Monet, preserve a waterlily inside the home, decorate a dining room table or a bathroom inspired by Monet’s aesthetic, and prepare foods that inspire your inner-Impressionist.
Filled with lush photos of Monet’s milieu—from the gardens of Giverny to the streets of Normandy—and reproductions of Monet’s most famous paintings, Everyday Monet is a practical guide to finding ways to implement Monet’s beautiful designs into any home and garden, whether you live on a country estate or in a city apartment, and is a memorable keepsake Monet devotees will treasure.
After all the intensity of Melmoth and Forever and a Day, why not relax with some lovely Impressionist lifestyle tips? Everyday Monet is a guide to incorporating the aesthetic of a gorgeous Monet into one’s home, so if you’ve ever lost yourself in the beautiful French landscape via a Monet painting, this book will show you how to get some of that in your daily life.
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