Prince Books is a cozy nook on Main Street in Norfolk, Virginia. On the lazy Saturday afternoon I happened upon it, Margaret was behind the counter. She came out to greet me and then set about doing inventory. As I wandered through the shop, looking for the book I would take home from this trip, our paths crossed, and we shared the same aisle. It wasn’t until I’d finally selected a book and approached the counter that we actually talked.
When I asked her for recommendations, Margaret’s eyes widened. She almost immediately dashed to a shelf to look for News of the World, but we found that it was out of stock. After helping another customer, she began telling me about A History of Wolves. I’d already checked out, but after listening to her description and reading the first page for myself, I decided that I had to have the book.
I left with promises to call her and let her know what I think of A History of Wolves. So far, Margaret, it’s absolutely wonderful.
- A History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund.*
- News of the World by Paulette Jiles.
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.
Books that sounded really interesting (in addition to Margaret’s recommendations):
- Death and Mr. Pickwick by Stephen Jarvis.
- We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen.*
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
- Writing Hard Stories by Melanie Brooks.
- The Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich.
- The Book of Dissent, edited by Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim
- The Wikileaks Files by Wikileaks.
- Breezeway by John Ashbury.
Check out Prince Books and support a wonderful independent bookstore!
*Books I bought. I’m about a third of the way through A History of Wolves, and I highly recommend! It’s about a girl growing up in Minnesota with parents who once belonged to a hippy commune. She has an incredible way of looking at the world.
We, The Drowned is a thick nautical book that caught my attention from the first line:
Many years ago there lived a man called Laurids Madsen, who went up to Heaven and came down again, thanks to his boots.
Both books would certainly help to pass the time on a long motorcoach ride. The language is so easy to get lost in, and the stories are absolutely stunning.
Whatever book you chose to bring along, I’ll see you on the road!
I've been writing stories since I was 5. My first book was "Turtle Salad"--I wrote and illustrated it. I was horrified because Sally the Turtle ate a fish.
When I was 8, I wrote to JK Rowling to offer some ideas for the Harry Potter series. Her assistant wrote me back, saying that Rowling only hopes to inspire young readers, not to take their ideas. While I totally understand now, I was pissed then. I vowed to become a better writer than JK Rowling. I've been working toward it ever since.
Now, I'm a 21-year-old sometimes-poet studying writing and French at the University of Mount Union. My work has appeared in the University of Mount Union's Agora and Calliope, Hiram College's Echo, the University of Miami's Mangrove, the Lala, Popular Culture Studies Journal, and the Cleveland Magazine.