A Monthly Look at Hot Books and Cool Reads

The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son
In this powerful and intimate memoir, the beloved bestselling author of The Prince of Tides finds some common ground at long last with his father, who was the inspiration for his book The Great Santini.



The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden
Alice Waters, the owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and a pioneer of the sustainable food movement, presents 200 new recipes that share her passion for the many delicious varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that you can cultivate in your own kitchen garden or find at your local farmers’ market.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
We admit we are a little biased with this pick. In this collection of essays, Ann Patchett examines the things she is fully committed to—the art and craft of writing, her marriage, an elderly dog, one spectacular nun, and a bookstore in Nashville. See Ann in person at the Blair School of Music on November 4.


The Valley of Amazement
In her new novel, the New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club gives us a sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity—from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village. Meet the author at Salon@615 on November 18.

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