Jerry Brooker returns to Byrd’s Books Friday December 19th at 7:00p.m.

Waiting For The Red CowByrd’s Books welcomes back Gerard (Jerry) Brooker for a book discussion and signing of his latest book, “Waiting For the Red Cow”.

About the book:

“Waiting for the Red Cow” is the last in the trilogy about Tyszka and Sarah. We watched them survive Auschwitz and fall in love in “The Illustrator”, move to Palestine to help found Israel in “Oh, Israel, My Heart Yearns for Thee”. And now, in “Waiting for the Red Cow”, we follow them on the most perilous of all their journeys, from the statehood of Israel through the many Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.

It is only when the myth of the Red Cow’s arrival in Jerusalem comes true that the wars, tensions, and struggles of untold years end. It is a story of the intriguing power of the imagination that empowers the coming of a red cow.

About the author in Jerry’s words: Gerard Brooker, author photo

“I spent core part of my teaching experience as chairman of the English Department at Staples H.S. in Westport, CT. for 25 years. I published over 350 articles and poems, mostly about social issues. Books of poems: “A Quiet Conversation” (Wing and a Prayer Press, 2002); “Even Whispers Can Be Heard” (Goose River Press, 2004). Novels: “A Gathering of Doves” (Tate Publishing, 2006), “The Illustrator” (Tate Publishing, 2008), “The Jesus Ultimatum” (2009), “Dew Drops in Tree Tops: a Book of Haiku,” (2009), and another novel, “Oh Israel, My Heart Yearns for Thee” (2010), “There’s a Fortune Cookie in My Turtle Soup” (2012) and “short Stories and Essays: The Musings of a Man Held Captive by His Imagination” (2013).

To read more about Jerry’s amazing life click here. Jerry lives with his wife in Bethel.

 

 

A Sudden Light

A Sudden LightBy Garth Stein

The bestselling author of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” presents a long-awaited new novel in which a boy trying to save his parents’ marriage uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets.

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.
But as Trevor explores the house’s secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.
Spellbinding and atmospheric, “A Sudden Light” is rich with unconventional characters, scenes of transcendent natural beauty, and unforgettable moments of emotional truth that reflect Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation–a triumphant work of a master storyteller at the height of his power.

First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen

First ImpressionsBy Charlie Lovett

A thrilling literary mystery costarring Jane Austen from the “New York Times “bestselling author of “The Bookman’s Tale”
Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his “New York Times” bestselling debut, “The Bookman’s Tale.” Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery, this time featuring one of English literature’s most popular and beloved authors: Jane Austen.
Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of “Little Book of Allegories “by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true
authorship of “Pride and Prejudice”–and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.
In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth–while choosing between two suitors–and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.

 

Join us for Sharon Struth’s book launch party for “Share the Moon” on August 23rd at 4:00p.m.

Bethel author Sharon Struth has a new book, “Share the Moon” which is out in print in August. Since this is the first in the series don’t miss it!!ShareTheMoon600x900

About the book:
Sophie Shaw is days away from signing a contract that will fulfill her dream of owning a vineyard. For her, it’s a chance to restart her life and put past tragedies to rest. But Duncan Jamieson’s counter offer blows hers out ot sea.

Duncan still finds Sophie as appealing as he had during boyhood vacations to the lake. Older and wiser now, he has his own reasons for wanting the land. His offer, however, hinges on a zoning change approval.

Bribery rumors threaten the deal and make Sophie wary of Duncan, yet she cannot deny his appeal. When her journalistic research uncovers a Jamieson family secret, trust becomes the hardest lesson for them both.

Serpent of Venice

Serpent of VeniceBy Christopher Moore. “Shakespeare and Poe might be rolling in their graves, but they’re rolling with laughter. Christopher Moore is one of the cleverest, naughtiest writers alive.”–Carl Hiaasen, “New York Times” bestselling author of a whole bunch of excellent books, including “Bad Monkey”, “Nature Girl”, and “Sick Puppy” on THE SERPENT OF VENICE

Troika

TroikaBy Adam Pelzman. “[W]hat a brilliant, astonishing modern love story…”–Susan Cheever Perla is a beautiful young Cuban-American woman who lives with her mother in a modest house in Miami’s Little Havana. After her father’s death, she finds herself leading a secret life.
Julian is from Russia. His father was a legendary Siberian hunter who fell victim to his own bravery. When Julian is forced into an orphanage, he discovers that he has more in common with his father than he originally thought. Taken under the wing of a gruff, elderly businessman, Julian makes his way to New York City . . . and, years later, into the club where Perla is dancing. Soon after they meet, Perla is on a plane to Manhattan at the mysterious request of Julian’s friend–a journey that will change the course of her life.

There’s a Fortune Cookie In My Turtle Soup

By Gerard Brooker

I could see it on the front page of the Hohhot News tomorrow: American Man Shot and Killed at Bus Station. The only detail we have now is that the murder appears to be one of jealousy. The alleged murderer has escaped, and the young woman at the scene appeared to be delirious. More details tomorrow. Fiction.

On Sunday, May 20th, Byrd’s Books will be hosting an author event with Gerard Brooker featuring this book! Click here for more information.

Enchantments

By Kathryn HarrisonEnchantments cover

From one of America’s most admired literary voices comes a gorgeously written, enthralling novel set in the final days of Russia’s Romanov Empire. Mesmerizing, haunting, and told in Harrison’s signature crystalline prose, “Enchantments” is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart.

Where It Began

Where It Began coverBy Ann Redisch Stampler

After she is in a horrific car crash while drunk, Los Angeles high-school student Gabriella Gardiner assumes she stole her rich boyfriend’s car and smashed it into a tree, but she cannot remember anything about the events of the evening.

Home Front

Home Front coverBy Kristin Hannah

The blockbuster bestselling author of “Night Road” and “Firefly Lane” delivers a masterful novel that explores the sacrifices of one American family and illuminates the true cost of honor, duty, and love, offering an intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic examination of the price of war.

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