A GARDEN OF IDEAS

Our May author event schedule is like a spring garden, filled with a bouquet of ideas that are both plentiful and fragrant. In determining this month’s featured events, like those selected each month, I look for books that reflect a range of stories, writers, perspectives, styles, and genres, just like the variety of flowers you might plant in your garden. Just like the diversity of thought that we see on our shelves at Gramercy Books every day and year to year.

We begin with Miss Morgan’s Book Brigade by New York Times and internationally bestselling author Janet Skeslien Charles, historical fiction based on the story of real-life heroine Jessie Carson. The American librarian who changed the literary landscape of France, Carson delivered hope along with books to children in war-torn France. Through this World War I narrative, we see how books not only inspire but also rescue and restore.  

This is followed by our bimonthly Romance Book Club selection, Late Bloomer, by Mazey Eddings, a sexy, sapphic, opposites-attract romance written in this author’s signature sparkling voice. Romance novels continue to be popular genres among readers.

Next, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s The Museum of Lost Quilts, is a deeply moving story about the power of collective memory. With every fascinating quilt she studies, Summer Sullivan, the youngest founding member of Elm Creek Quilts, finds her passion for history renewed—and discovers a promising new future for herself.

Their Divine Fires by award-winning poet, translator, and editor Wendy Chen tells the story of the love affairs of three generations of Chinese women across one hundred years of revolution, both political and personal. Drawing on the lives of the author’s relatives during the Cultural Revolution, the book transports the reader back to powerful moments in history while bringing us close to the women who persisted despite the forces around them.

Finally, Nicola Solvinic’s The Hunter’s Daughter plunges into the deepest, darkest woods to uncover a family’s secrets in a crime thriller about serial killers that explores their motives and mindsets. This pulse-pounding story that takes a close look at good versus evil tells the story of police officer, Anna Koray, who is secretly the daughter of a notorious serial killer. She must dig into her own past to stop a spate of crime that closely resembles her father’s work. The story makes us wonder: Did people ever suspect that someone they knew so well was, in fact, a cold-blooded killer? How do they move on?

This spring, you likely will plant new flowers in your garden. Perhaps you might also try something new from among the array of books by authors coming to visit Gramercy Books this month!

 

Written by Linda Kass

About the author: I began my career as a magazine writer and correspondent for regional and national publications and am now an assistant editor for Narrative, an online literary magazine. My debut novel, Tasa’s Song, was inspired by my mother’s early life in eastern Poland during the Second World War. My second historical novel, A Ritchie Boy, was inspired by my immigrant father's role as a military intelligence office in World War II. My third novel, Bessie, a fictional portrait of Bess Myerson's early life, was released in September of 2023. I am also the proud owner of Gramercy Books, serving all of central Ohio!

Learn more about me on my personal website.