Your weekend reads — from three booksellers
The BookMark Shoppe’s pick: “Vixen”
The “Roaring ’20s” — what with Prohibition, the onset of jazz and fashion-forward style — always hold a special fascination, so it’s no wonder that I loved the novel, “Vixen,” by debut author Jillian Larkin. The novel, set in the 1920s Chicago, follows three young women in high-society leading respectable lives by day and turning into “flappers” by night. “Vixen” is about making the choice of behaving as society expects, or risking your family and their wealth to follow what your heart wants… And if I never mentioned it, you would never know this book is a young adult novel written for teens. The writing captivates you from the prologue, it’s a must read!
— Bina Valenzano, co-owner, The BookMark Shoppe [8415 Third Ave. between 84th and 85th streets in Bay Ridge, (718) 833-5115].
Who can you always count on when you’re in a bind and need a good book? Your neighborhood bookstore, of course, whose employees read all the newest books before you do. That’s why we’re running this semi-regular column featuring must-reads, handpicked and written about by the staff at some of our favorite independent bookstores in Brooklyn.
Greenlight’s pick: “The Cat’s Table”
Michael Ondaatje’s genius is in his sensual depictions of the textures of everyday life. His new book, a semi-autobiographical sketch of a boy’s journey on an ocean liner from Southeast Asia to Europe, takes about 100 pages for anything resembling a storyline to take shape. But there are images here that I’ll retain forever: ships passing through the locks of a canal at night, small boys diving for spoons on shipboard, the glances between a well-bred young woman and a charismatic acrobat. And the story that finally floats to the surface is haunting and beautiful, strange and universal.
— Rebecca Fitting, co-owner, Greenlight Bookstore [686 Fulton St. between S. Elliott Place and S. Portland Avenue in Fort Greene, (718) 246-0200].
WORD’s pick: “Hark, A Vagrant”
One of WORD’s all-time favorite webcomics, “Hark, A Vagrant” by Kate Beaton, is finally available offline. Learn about Canadian history and all the classic novels you’ve been pretending you’ve read since high school from one of the funniest ladies on the Internet. Also full of comics about naturally funny things like Wonder Woman, Edward Gorey book covers, and owls.
— Jenn Northington, event manager, WORD [126 Franklin St. at Milton Street in Greenpoint, (718) 383-0096].