January Book buyers’ picks
FICTION Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James. If you’re a Jane Austen fan who longs for a little bit more of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy—with an air of mystery, but without the zombies—I suggest this novel. The story begins six years after the couple’s union. Elizabeth’s sister Jane lives nearby, their father makes frequent visits, and Elizabeth and Darcy have two young sons.
Despite their idyllic lives, on the eve of the
autumn ball, Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister,
arrives in a carriage, hysterical because she
thinks her husband has been murdered.
assistant buyer, books
Sanderson had access to extensive notes and
has been able to complete the last three titles
in this 14-book series in a way that honors
Jordan’s vision. It’s tangible proof that some
things are worth waiting for.
inventory control specialist, books
Jungleland: A Mysterious Lost City, a WWII
Spy, and a True Story of Deadly Adventure,
by Christopher S. Stewart. In today’s world,
with the Internet ever ready to answer any
question, it’s easy to feel that we’ve lost a certain sense of mystery and adventure. And so
it was with great anticipation that I read this
book. Somewhere deep in the jungles of
Honduras is a rumored lost city. And in 1939,
explorer and World War II spy Theodore
Morde claimed to have found it. Unfortunately,
Morde died under mysterious circumstances
before disclosing the location. Armed with
Morde’s secret journals, Stewart, a journalist,
sets out to find answers.
—Shana Lind, assistant buyer, books
A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan and
Brandon Sanderson. More than 20 years ago,
Jordan penned the first in his Wheel of Time
series. He imagined a six-book series, but the
number quickly grew. Upon his death in
2007, fans worried they’d never get a proper
ending to this epic fantasy that follows the
adventures of a group of friends determined
to further the cause of the Dragon Reborn.
5-Minute Princess Stories, 5-Minute Disney
Pixar Stories and 5-Minute Marvel Stories,
from Disney Press. I’ve always done what I
can to promote a love of reading among my
friends’ children, and that often means reading just one more story. These books are ideal
for anyone who wants to make time for a
story without totally disregarding bedtime.
Starring favorite characters such as Cinderella,
Buzz Lightyear and Spider-Man, these books
feature padded covers and full-color illustrations. And because each story takes approximately five minutes to read, they’re also great
for a quick break when you’re on the go.
—Lindsay Bubitz, assistant buyer, books