In the High Peaks

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Eagerly Awaiting...August Titles!

Please scroll down two paragraphs to get past my personal news!

The Library Book Sale was a huge success--we made more money than last year, and last year we'd set a new record, so we're really doing well. $3500 for a rural town of 2,200 is incredible. Our Friday night party was very festive, and we sold lots of our most expensive, best books!

After the sale, and after the seemingly endless clean-up, I came home to collapse and to beg Ken to take me to the Inn on Gore Mountain, a salve for the frazzled soul. The Inn is the quietest restaurant in North Creek, the waitress the most comforting and accomodating, and the cook! Everyone acknowledges that Susan Minucci is the best chef in North Creek. I consumed a very large, very special dinner without any trouble or assistance from Ken.

Enough personal news!

Yesterday I ordered a book from Amazon that I've been waiting and waiting for: The Good Psychologist by Noam Shpancer, set to be released today, August 3rd. It has received many excellent reviews, and I must confess, I love books that reveal the lives of people who strive to help the troubled and the confused. (Yes, it's available in the UK.) Shpancer is a psychologist, and I'm attracted to novels that are based on a professional's personal experiences. He was born and raised on an Israeli kibbutz and claims that his book reads much more beautifully in Hebrew. The Good Psychologist was first published in Israel, but Shpancer is equally comfortable with English, and he did the "translation," if that's what we can call it.

In June, librarians at Book Expo America commented, "Reading Noam Shpancer's debut novel, The Good Psychologist (Holt, August), "is like sitting through your own personal therapy session," said Robin Nesbitt. It's the story of what happens when the boundary between personal and professional begins to blur between a psychologist and his exotic dancer patient.

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