Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
Mad Boy by Nick Arvin
Sandra Dallas in her review in The Denver Post said it so well: “You have to love a book that starts like this: A cow falls through the roof of a house, landing on Mother. She dies, but her voice lives on. This book has it all.” Nick Arvin’s delightful, thoughtful new story will captivate and transport you to “America’s forgotten war” of 1812. You’ll feel compelled to find out what new adventure the “Mad Boy” will encounter next. The book is beautifully produced by Europa Editions. If you’re not familiar with Europa Editions (the publisher of Elena Ferrante and Mariel Barbery), part of their philosophy is “to provide quality editions that have a distinct look and consistently high levels of editorial standards.” They also choose to publish literature not only for its ability to entertain and fascinate but to inform and enlighten. Check out Denver’s Nick Arvin as he enters the realm of internationally recognized authors. -Matt Miller, Chief Operating Officer
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer