The Hampton holiday season is once again upon us, and we’d like to remind all of our far-flung and not-so-flung friends about our great new website, bookhampton.com, where your gift-shopping couldn’t be easier! You’ll feel like you're standing in one of our cozy stores: the same great selection, the same passionate recommendations, even the same gift-wrapping if you need it. And don’t forget: you can get all of your eBooks on our site as well! Happy Shopping!
Julian Barnes has just won the Man/Booker Prize this year for his insightful new novel, The Sense of an Ending (Knopf). Again, time is an essential character in this tale of a man looking back on his youth, examining his loves and friendships, and trying to justify the actions of his younger self. Barnes deftly examines our tendency to remember ourselves in the very best light, and how emotionally dangerous this self-denial can be. Time, it turns out, can re-open old wounds instead of healing them.
Gregory Maguire’s The Wicked Years (beginning with Wicked in 1995) have thrilled and challenged readers, and Out of Oz (HarperCollins) is his enthralling finale in the series. Any reader who has followed the adventures of Dorothy, Elphaba, Glinda, Lirr, and Brr, will eagerly absorb the story of Rain, Elphaba’s granddaughter, as she takes up her grandmother’s broom to try and save a war-torn Oz from complete upheaval. Full of Maguire’s unyielding wit and crackerjack characters, Out of Oz is a heartfelt denouement.
Next up: The season's nonfiction highlights. Stay tuned!
— Chris Avena