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For those who missed Tom's original post, here's a quick rundown of the Grand Prize set:
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (our Spotlight pick). Lauren wrote: "As the pages fly by, you'll be rooting for this curious combination of Harriet the Spy and Sherlock Holmes."
- Genesis by Bernard Beckett. Mari said: "His near-future tale feels unique, and oddly credible.... Genesis reads like a thriller to the last word, propelled by the power of ideas longing to be unleashed."
- The Day We Lost the H-Bomb by Barbara Moran: Dave wrote: "The Day We Lost the H-Bomb explores an awakening to the
realities of a nuclear age.... Cold War anxiety over the
ever-reaching arm of Communism fueled massive increases in U.S.
military spending, yet not enough attention was given to the dangers of
an arms race until this fatal accident abroad."
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton: Mari sez: "As Morton draws you through a thicket of secrets that spans
generations, her story could cross into fairy tale territory if her
characters weren't clothed in such complex flesh, their judgment
blurred by the heady stench of emotions (envy, lust, pride, love) that
furtively flourished in the glasshouse of Edwardian society."
- In-N-Out Burger by Stacy Perman: Brad recommends: "If you've never had an In-N-Out burger, Perman's book just might
inspire you to find a good reason to get yourself to Southern
California and seek out an off-the-menu 3x3 with a side of Animal Style
- The Song Is You by Arthur Phillips: Said I: "Their courtship--as Julian evades a marriage split by an unbearable
loss and Cait shoots single-mindedly toward stardom--is an intricately
constructed pas de deux that is both surprising and convincing throughout. It's Phillips's first novel set in the present since Prague, and in its artful structure, style, and heart it's a match for that smart and charming debut."
- Vanished Smile by R.A. Scotti: Jon wrote: "Along the way we're treated to a tour
of turn-of-the-century Paris, the birth of modern forensics, and a
biography of the enigmatic painting itself. To this day the mysterious
theft of the painting the French call La Joconde remains unsolved--only Mona Lisa knows, and she's not talking."