Costco book buyers’
picks are available in
Costco warehouses and
online at Costco.com.
Book buyers’ picks:
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. Anyone who
talked books with me in 2009 knows that I’m
an evangelist for The Help. Stockett, who made
a flawless debut with this novel, tells the story
of three women in early 1960s Mississippi.
Two of the women are black. The third is
white, a recent college graduate who feels
more at ease working on a novel than working
on landing a husband. Stockett tells the story
from the three perspectives, each time slipping
effortlessly into the voice of the character.
Hint: If you made a resolution to try out more
audiobooks in 2010, let this be your starting
place. If you end up unable to turn it off and
leave your car, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
—Shana Rawers, assistant book buyer
making it my favorite book of the year. The
book is so good that I want to make sure our
members know about it. It’s such a beautiful
story that I couldn’t put it down. On the surface it is a simple story about a stereotypical
concierge in a Paris apartment building. The
tender friendships and connections that
spring up in her life, and her love of philosophy and literature, make it so much more.
Being both a Francophile and a bit of an artist,
I believe that art and culture have the power to
make even the most ordinary lives better. This
novel left me with a sense of wonder about the
people in my life. Which ones are masquerading as hedgehogs, and will I be wise enough to
appreciate their simple elegance?
—Jonna Erickson, assistant book buyer
Not My Daughter, by Barbara Delinsky
Committed, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt,
by Beth Hoffman
The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova
Treasure Hunt, by John Lescroart
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel
Barbery. Let me say this up front. I know this
book came out in 2008, but I read it in 2009,
Signed book giveaway
COSTCO HAS 25 signed copies of
John Grisham’s Ford County and 24
signed copies of Greg Mortenson’s
Stones into Schools to give away. For a
chance to win, send an e-mail with your
name and mailing address to giveaway
costco.com, with “John Grisham” or
“Greg Mortenson” in the subject line.
Or print your name, address and daytime
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and send it to: January book giveaway,
The Costco Connection, P.O. Box 34088,
Seattle, WA 98124-1088.
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and Penguin Group, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY. 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 February 1, 2010. Winners will be randomly selected and noti;ed
by mail on or before March 1, 2010. The value of the prizes is $24
and $26.95. 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. Employees of Costco,
Random House or Penguin Group and their families are not eligible.
The Third Angel, by Alice Hoffman. Not
only does Hoffman’s The Third Angel make
my list for favorite books of 2009, but she, in
general, tops my list of favorite authors. With
nearly 20 adult novels to her credit, it’s hard to
believe that Hoffman keeps getting better—
but she does. In this novel she tells the story of
three women who are all in love with the
wrong men. She begins the first story in the
1990s and travels back in time to the ’60s and
’50s. Not only are the characters irresistible,
but she manages to capture the feel of London
in each decade.
assistant book buyer
Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See. See knows her
way around a novel. Honestly, I have to wonder if there’s a writing skill she doesn’t possess.
Her characters, ability to set the scene and storytelling skills are superb. This novel is about
two sisters sent to the United States after their
father promises them as brides to pay back
gambling debts. The lives the sisters live will
have you eagerly turning each page. And the
twist at the end will leave you wanting more.
FYI, this book won’t be available in paperback
The Burning Land, by Bernard Cornwell
The Wolf at the Door, by Jack Higgins
until early February; however, you’ll be finishing all of the other great reads we’ve mentioned
about the time Shanghai Girls is available.
—Pennie Clark Ianniciello, book buyer
JANUARY 2010 ;e Costco Connection 75
And something from our book editor.
Sookie Stackhouse novels, by Charlaine
Harris. As soon as I started watching True
Blood, I knew I had to read the Sookie
Stackhouse novels on which the TV series is
based. I treated myself to a set of the books for
Christmas and then kicked off the new year
by devouring them. Harris’ characters—
despite being of the supernatural variety, such as
vampires, shape-shifters and werewolves—
feel real and are undeniably likable. I recommend this series if you’re looking for a
charming and engaging read. If nothing else,
these books are a good way to get a Sookie,
Bill, Sam and Eric fix before season three of
True Blood starts later this year.