ARC Hotcakes – Garth Stein and Caitlin Doughty

September 30, 2014

Please comment to claim. Many thanks!


Stein, Garth. A Sudden Light. Simon & Schuster.  

When a boy A sudden light : a noveltries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain. In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel–who is flickering in and out of dementia–to a graduated living facility, sell offthe house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company.The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future. A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and hisrare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all”– Provided by publisher.



Doughty, Caitlin. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. W. W. Norton. 

Smoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory

The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.


4 Responses to “ARC Hotcakes – Garth Stein and Caitlin Doughty”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Hi Darren, please put me in the running for the Garth Stein book. Thanks! Shannon

  2. Darren Says:

    On its way thanks !

  3. Kathy Bullene Says:

    Hi Darren,
    If you still have Smoke Gets in Your Eyes I’d love to give it a good home. Thanks–Kathy

  4. Darren Says:

    You bet – on its way!

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