In “Vinegar Girl,” Anne Tyler brings these talents to the altar of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which eight writers are creating novelistic adaptations of various Bard plays. Tyler’s novel weds her career-long focus on the quirks of marriage to one of Shakespeare’s strangest unions: Petruchio and Katherina in “The Taming of the Shrew.” It’s a heavenly match.
Like most of us, Chicagoan Tram Nguyen and her best friend, Lucy Madison, authors of food blog Pen & Palate, look back at their 20s as a decade of twists and turns. But the pals found at least two constants among the chaos: their friendship and food. Now in their early 30s, the two recount how they navigated their lives, loves and careers in the years after college, in a new book named after their blog.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, June 19, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.
GRACE, by Natashia Deon. This debut novel, written by a practicing Los Angeles attorney, is narrated by the ghost of an escaped slave. The reader learns Naomi's story - life on an antebellum Alabama plantation and, after escaping, in a Georgia brothel - as well as that of her daughter Josey, who never knew her mother. Early readers call "Grace" a haunting portrait of slavery, love and violence. (Counterpoint, $26)
Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville, Ala. brings her famed book "To Kill a Mockingbird" to life on a local stage each year. The town inspired the setting for the iconic book. Lee died Friday at the age of 89. (Originally published: July 14, 2015)
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