Susan T.

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I don't remember learning how to read, but I've been a bookworm ever since. I've been in the book business since 1982. I moved back to the Capital District last year after 14 years in Boston; it's good to be home again.
Susan T.

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The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones I love English history and have read scads of books, both fiction & non-fiction, about Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Wars of the Roses and the Tudors, but I am a little shaky on the details of the reigns from King […]

Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum

Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum. A book about physically, mentally and emotionally damaged teens locked up in a Chicago  nursing home doesn’t sound appealing, but once you start, you will fall in love with these sharply drawn, quirky characters. Narrated in turn by inmates, employees and an “inmate recruiter,” this novel is heartbreaking […]

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro A fascinating look at today’s art world, this novel depicts the challenges and difficulties of making art for a living. When a gallery owner offers Claire Roth both money and a one woman show if she paints a copy of a stolen Degas, her conscience wars with her need for rent […]

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce

The Silent Land by Graham Joyce. This is a novel made to be read in the depths of a heat wave, just like Michael Chabon’s Mysteries of Pittsburgh should be read during a bitter cold spell. When Jake and Zoe are buried in an avalanche on a French Pyrenees ski vacation, they emerge into a snowy landscape […]

The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman

The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman. The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman is a fascinating look at the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam right before it was ceded to the British. When orphans start disappearing from  town, Blandine van Couvering, a young Dutch she-merchant, and Edward Drummond, an  English adventurer and spy, join forces to discover who […]

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

  Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. Alif the Unseen is a terrific book! Imagine a mixture of The Magicians by Lev Grossman,  Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, set in an unnamed Middle Eastern country on the brink of the Arab Spring. Clever hackers fight for freedom […]

A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron   If you loved A Dog’s Purpose,  you will love this book! Bailey is back, much to his confusion, because he thought he had fulfilled his purpose by helping his boy in his most recent reincarnation. And yet here he is, once again a puppy, wondering what the heck […]

The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman

The Orphanmaster  This novel ignited my interest in Dutch and colonial New York history–Jean Zimmerman does a terrific job of evoking life in 17th century New Amsterdam. The sights, the sounds, the smells, all are brought to life in her engrossing historical mystery. Blandine van Couvering, a 22-year old she-merchant in the Dutch trading community, […]

Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama I loved Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, a memoir that contrasted her father’s life as a closeted homosexual with her own coming of age and coming out as a lesbian in college. This, her follow-up memoir, is the story of her often fraught relationship with her mother. As in […]

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection A. J. Jacobs is a very funny man, and this book is one of his funniest! From my IndieBound flier quote: Anyone yearning to pursue a healthier lifestyle should read this book first. Jacobs spent two years on a quest to improve his health, one […]