Pam became the owner of The Bookloft in May, 2016. She reads and recommends many genres, from literary fiction to suspense to YA and cookbooks.
Pam's Staff Picks:
Title: Project Hail Mary
Comments: All that was great about The Martian PLUS (. . . super-secret not-allowed-to-be-revealed information).
Read it. You'll love it. Lots of science; lots of adventure; lots of "saving the world."
Title: Great Circle
Comments: An unforgettable story of Marian Graves, a female aviator determined to live life on her own terms, at any cost. And a parallel story of a modern day actress chosen to play Graves in a film being made about her. The two stories intertwine and together create a beautiful, interesting, and highly worthwhile read.
Title: The Butchers' Blessing
Comments: A haunting mystery that deals with the clash between tradition and modernity, myth, magic and reality. Six months after reading this, the details pop into my mind with stunning clarity. And I adore the woodcut on the cover!
Title: All God's Children
Comments: A story of deep and abiding but impossible-for-the-time loves in the Deep South and Texas in the years between 1827 and 1861. Along with the beautifully told interlacing stories of Duncan, Sam, and Cecelia, there is also quite a bit of Texas history -- its fight to become independent from Mexico and then being absorbed into the growing United States; the start of the Texas Rangers; the brutality against the Native American tribes -- all are backdrop ands woven seamlessly into the stories of the three main characters. This novel will take its place among the great stories that recount the country's fight for freedom, one that makes us want to keep on with the struggle.
Title: When These Mountains Burn
Comments: This novel is harsh and beautiful; painful and empathetic; filled with flawed characters, some heroic, some not. If you've ever loved an addict, or been an addict, you'll be able to relate.
Title: F*ckface: And Other Stories
Comments: A quirky & charming, funny & heartfelt, bold & wrenching collection of stories about life in modern-day Appalachia. Hard issues handled with care and honesty.