Book buyers’ picks
Beat the Reaper, by Josh Bazell. This debut
novel is fun, action packed and medically
informative. Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwa escapes
the mob and is placed in witness protection.
Now known as Dr. Peter Brown, he seems to
be on a nonviolent path, but it’s not long
before his dark past catches up with him.
What ensues is an edge-of-your-seat thrill
ride. Mobsters, broken bones and sharks
make for an extremely entertaining read.
Bazell’s voice and perspective are uniquely his
own. Read this one before it’s turned into a
film that will never do it justice.
—Scott Losse, inventory control specialist, books
piano teacher. Claire is instantly drawn
to Will, but soon learns that he’s troubled by his past. Surrendering to The
Piano Teacher is a great escape—and no
—Jonna Erickson, assistant book buyer
The Piano Teacher, by Janice Y.K. Lee.
Experiencing winter blues? How about a trip to
Hong Kong, where rich Chinese citizens and
English and American expats live a grand life
until Japanese occupation in the early 1940s?
Will Truesdale, an Englishman new to Hong
Kong, begins a relationship with socialite
Trudy Liang. After the Japanese invasion, Will
is sent to an internment camp. Years later, after
the war, he meets Claire Pendleton, a naive
The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth
Stein. The dog dies. That’s not a spoiler. It’s
something made obvious in the first chapter.
And for that very reason, you can get the tears
out of the way early on and spend the rest of
the book loving Enzo, the canine narrator,
and his human companions. Enzo belongs to
race-car driver Denny Swift and his family.
He watches too much TV and spends much
of his time marveling at his family’s opposable
thumbs. The lab-terrier mix couldn’t be better
suited as an omniscient storyteller: His “voice”
is so warm and loving. I like to think that if
my three dogs could talk, they’d sound just
like Enzo. Whether you’re an animal lover or
not, this is, quite simply, a beautiful and wonderful story about the life of a dog.
—Shana Rawers, assistant book buyer
Signed book giveaway
COSTCO HAS 24 signed copies of
Patricia Cornwell’s The Scarpetta Factor
and 24 signed copies of Mike Huckabee’s
A Simple Christmas to give away.
For a chance to win, send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org, with either
“Patricia Cornwell” or “Mike Huckabee”
in the subject line. Or print the name of
the book you hope to win, your name,
address and daytime phone number on
a postcard or letter and send it to:
December book giveaway, The Costco
Connection, P.O. Box 34088, Seattle,
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS
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Purchase will not improve odds of winning. Sweepstakes is spon-
sored by Penguin Group, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014. Open
to legal residents of the U.S. (except Puerto Rico) who are age 18
or older at the time of entry. One entry per household. Entries must
be received by January 2, 2010. Winners will be randomly selected
and noti;ed by mail on or before February 1, 2010. The value of the
prizes is $27.95 and $19.95. Void where prohibited. Winners are
responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes. Odds of
winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Employ-
ees of Costco or Penguin Group and their families are not eligible.
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