So many good things are happening. Walkers and boaters, some of whom are Roseledge Books Regulars (RBR), are back. So we have the first RB best seller of the season (3 copies sold): Bernd Heinrich’s The Snoring Bird: My Family’s Journey Through A Century of Biology. He makes thinking about the evolution of knowledge an enjoyable effort. Last year’s first best seller was Walter Isaacson’s Einstein, and I still have a copy if you need a jolt of learning. If the meaning of quantum mechanics seem stalled in the ether, I also have Michael Crichton’s Timeline, the first twenty-five pages of which are a good introduction to the concept and the rest of the book an application.
One returnee from twelve years ago (an automatic RBR because his was at least a second visit) remembered the book I had recommended. It was Sarah Orne Jewett’s Country of the Pointed Firs. He liked it and thought she captured the pace and place of Midcoast Maine. Some would say she captured Tenants Harbor, others Martinsville, and at least on guy argued for Port Clyde. But no quibble here with just liking it. What did I recommend this time? Oh, the pressure! But oh, the fun! He decided on Martin Cruz Smith’s Havana Bay. I hope he comes back next summer, especially if he liked Arkady Renko in Havana, as series suggestions are part of my current ploy to draw readers back to RB next summer for another in a series that are hard to find. If Arkady doesn’t do it for him, I may have to switch to books about cities or places.
A commenter left a great note and, with my elbow’s lingering malaise, I’m going to respond herein instead of separately because many of you non-commenters probably also want to know that yes, RB is just up the Sea Street hill (or across Dave Lowell’s lawn) from the East Wind Inn which is almost in the webcam’s picture which stops at the Chandlery which is there but not open this summer, probably because no people were about during June and July. But RB is here always and really open through Labor Day.
I’m reading and liking a lot as always, a Joe Pickett novel. this one C.J. Box’s Blood Trail. RB has others in the series. Please come by.