Featured books at Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore: The Borrower; Spellbound: The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 2

The Borrower

Borrower jacket

In this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road. The Borrower is an Indie Next pick and has garnered rave reviews in O Magazine, BookPage, and Booklist(starred review) among others.

“[Lucy’s] relationship with Ian is charming and original. A stylish and clever tale for bibliophiles who enjoy authors like Jasper Fforde and Connie Willis.”
Library Journal

“Makkai takes several risks in her sharp, often witty text, replete with echoes of children’s classics from Goodnight Moon to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as well as more ominous references to Lolita . . . the moving final chapters affirm the power of books to change people’s lives even as they acknowledge the unbreakable bonds of home and family. Smart, literate, and refreshingly unsentimental.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Borrower proves [Makkai] is a great writer… This is a wonderfully entertaining story packed with moral conundrums and beautiful writing.”
–Patrick Neale, co-owner, Jaffe & Neale Bookshop & Café

Rebecca Makkai’s short fiction will appear in The Best American Short Storiesthis fall for the fourth consecutive year, and appears regularly in journals like Tin House, Ploughshares, New England Review, and Shenandoah. She lives north of Chicago with her husband and two daughters.

Spellbound: The Books of Elsewhere, Vol. 2

x480-883729With no way into the house’s magical paintings, and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive’s friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door, mentions a grimoire — a spellbook — Olive feels a breathless tug of excitement. If she can find the McMartins’ spellbook, maybe she can help Morton escape Elsewhere for good. Unless, that is, the book finds Olive first.

The house isn’t the only one keeping secrets anymore. Mystery, magic, corruption, and betrayal abound (plus just enough laughs to take the edge off). You’ll never guess what happens next in this thrilling, chilling second volume in the critically acclaimed series.

Jacqueline West, a two-time Pushcart nominee for poetry, lives in Red Wing, Minnesota.

Both books are available at Monkey See Monkey Read in downtown Northfield.

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