Quick Pitch: A NASA astronaut wakes up to find he’s being held hostage on an abandoned military base by a man who claims to be from his past.
Thoughts: Written completely in dialogue, Your Fathers, Where Are They? is a series of conversations between kidnapper Thomas and people he’s held hostage in hopes of setting his life straight. Though it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read, including his previous books, it feels uniquely Eggers. Some of the conversations were so pointed and smart that I was a little letdown when the ending fizzled, but found it to be an interesting, worthwhile read nonetheless.
Quick Pitch: The lives of three anthropologists entwine in 1930’s New Guinea as they attempt to discover the secrets of both the people around them and themselves.
Thoughts: I read Euphoria in one big gulp a few weekends back and I’m so glad I did. Though I’d been interested in it since it was published, and kept reading incredible reviews, I was worried it might be too similar to other books I’ve read with common themes. Thankfully, I could not have been more wrong. Lily King finds an absolutely perfect balance in focusing on the explosive love triangle of her main characters, their passion for their work and the people they’re studying.
Find out more about Euphoria from Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books.
Quick Pitch: A behind the scenes look at the lives of archaeologists and the passion that pushes them to keep digging.
Thoughts: I’ve always been fascinated by archaeology, so I knew this one would be a winner from the get-go, but readers without prior interest in the profession will easily be hooked by Marilyn Johnson’s style. Determined to learn more about the lives behind the digs, Johnson gets down and dirty as a volunteer and shadows researchers focused on several different time periods to gain access to the full scope of the archaeological field.
Leah from Books Speak Volumes has a full review of Lives in Ruins.
Quick Pitch: The history of brewing and beer culture in Richmond, Virginia.
Thoughts: I moved from the Detroit area to Richmond six years ago and I can’t believe how much the beer scene has changed in that short time. Lee Graves digs back into the city’s brewing past and touches on the craft brewing explosion in recent years. As an added bonus, I have a little cameo with the River City Beer Betties!
Local Book Signings for Richmond Beer
Dec. 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Road
Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-noon.
Sixty West Antiques, 8004 Midlothian Tpk.
Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble, 11500 Midlothian Tpk.
Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m.
WeekEnd Brewer, 4205 W. Hundred Road, Chester