What to read this winter

By Helena Touhey

From foodie books to fiction, kids’ books to coffee table tomes, local booksellers share their suggestions for the season


The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams
By Stacy Schiff

Pulitzer Prize winner Schiff uses her trademark talent for unorthodox historical narrative to tell the largely unknown story of Samuel Adams. His contemporaries agreed he was the most essential architect of the American Revolution (Paul Revere’s ride was a mission to warn Adams personally), but today he’s mostly known for seasonal beers. Schiff is the perfect biographer for the subject, and even Revolution buffs will come away with revelations and new perspectives.

Now Is Not the Time to Panic
By Kevin Wilson

I always love Wilson’s quirky, interesting characters. He says in the foreword that this is a book about friendship, about art, about memory and about what it means to hold onto the person who we were, even as we become someone else, and I couldn’t agree more.

By Laurie Lico Albanese

Albanese takes us to Salem in this behind-the-scenes novel of the creation of “The Scarlet Letter”. Isobel is a seamstress with a family secret, and when she meets a young, morose writer named Nathaniel Hawthorne, she can’t help but fall for him even though she’s married to a less than desirable man. But this new world offers her less freedom than she thought, and for someone with a witch in her family tree, maybe Salem isn’t the safest place.

Go-To Dinners: A Barefoot Contessa

By Ina Garten

The latest cookbook by America’s favorite home cook presents delicious, crowd-pleasing, go-to recipes that you’ll want to make over and over again.

The Wolf Suit
By Sid Sharp

This beautifully illustrated book for early readers is a sweetly comic twist on a familiar story. Bellwether Riggwelter is a sheep terrified of wolves, so he decides to sew a wolf costume to disguise himself in the forest. But what will happen when this sheep-in-wolf’s-clothing encounters fellow wolves?

Charter Books is located at 8 Broadway in Newport. Hours are Monday through Saturday,10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5p.m. For more information, call 401-236-8678 or visit charterbookstore.com


Drink Pink: A Celebration of Rosé
By Victoria James and Lyle Railsback

This is a perfect read for all lovers of wine amongst us. One of the authors is Victoria James, who at the age of 21 became the youngest sommelier in the country. This book is a picturesque guide to how to pick a rosé and why even the reticent among us should give this wine a try.

The Last Chairlift
By John Irving

From the author of “The World According to Garp”, “A Prayer for Owen Meany” and “The Cider House Rules”, comes the latest from one of the great American novelists. Irving once again makes us laugh, cry and cringe with his unique ability to create a human story that delves on moral choices and important social issues.

Radical Curiosity
By Seth Goldenberg

Goldenberg, a designer, entrepreneur and local author, guides the reader to ask deeper, more essential questions about complex issues — and imagine a more flourishing future, business and social practice. This provocative and thought-provoking book that describes his business practices, adventures working in Fortune500 companies and social philosophy is structured with easy-to-read modules and stunning graphics.

Hayao Miyazaki
By Hayao Miyazaki

Miyazaki, creator of beloved animated films, such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away”, brings us a retrospective of his work including concept sketches, character designs and production cells. This book is sure to be a keepsake for any admirer of Miyazaki’s work, and it will enchant new audiences.

Black Panther Legends
By Tochi Onyebuchi

Award-winning author Tochi Onyebuchi once again incorporates civil rights and Afrofuturism into his writing, this time in a comic book format with this new origin story of the Black Panther.

The Story Orchestra
By Jessica Cortney Tickle

These beautiful books ask the reader to press the note to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra bringing the story to life. These books are perfect for readers of all ages who delight in engaging our senses as we touch, read and hear classical music alongside gorgeous illustrations and delightful stories.

100 Years of Gold Stars
By Carol Newman Cronin

Carol Newman Cronin’s newest book chronicles an immersive history of 100 years of Star Class World Championships. This is an ideal read for the sailing enthusiast. Cronin is an award-winning author and editor who sailed at the 2004 Olympic Games.

Curiosity & Co. is a bookstore and wine bar located at 14 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information visit www.curiosity.store


Our Missing Hearts
By Celeste Ng

Highly anticipated and new on shelves this fall. Celeste Ng (“Everything I Never Told You”, “Little Fires Everywhere”), does it again in this riveting novel set in a not too distant future in which blatant racism, family fragmentation and violence are commonplace. Equally terrifying and beautiful.

River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile
By Candace Millard

A harrowing, colorful history of the dramatic and dangerous expedition of Richard Burton and John Speak, (a pair of friends turned enemies) to solve the greatest geographic mystery of their time. Author and former National Geographic journalist Candace Millard is a meticulous researcher and a remarkably talented writer of narrative non-fiction, and she does a remarkable job bringing this adventure, and these two men, to life.

Water Views: Rivers Lakes Oceans
By David Ondaatje

What could be better than a literal birds-eye view of our spectacular and varied world’s waters? David Ondaatje, an author and filmmaker, uses state-of the-art drone photography to bring us the magnificence and fragility of this precious resource. A perfect and stunning coffee table book for our time.

Into the Forest: The Secret Language of Trees
By Susan Tyler Hitchcock

In this time of grave climate concerns, this breathtaking book combines stunning photography with cutting-edge science to celebrate the wonder of the forest. Through both story and images, the author explains how trees not only sustain us but impact all aspects of our lives and culture.

The Door of No Return
By Kwame Alexander

This is the firsten try in a trilogy for young adults, so readers will want to get right on this coming-of-age story of a young boy in Ghana. It is beautifully written with well-drawn characters, and a true sense of place. This sweeping and equally breathtaking — and heartbreaking — story will leave you deeply invested in what is yet to come — and eagerly awaiting the next two books in this series, which is poised to become an instant classic

Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals Every Day
By Tieghan Gerard

We all need cookbooks we can turn to every day, and this latest from Tieghan Gerard is a perfect addition any kitchen bookshelf. Her tried-and-true recipes are easy and include a great blend of wholesome and healthy to slightly indulgent. Gerard’s beautiful photos from her cozy kitchen in the mountains of Colorado will inspire home cooks of all kinds.

The Cocktail Cabinet: The Art, Science and Pleasure of Mixing the Perfect Drink
By Zoe Burgess

In this brand-new book, Zoe Burgess, a drinks researcher and developer, not only walks you through making a perfect cocktail, but explores flavor profiles and the building blocks required to make and create delicious drinks.

Island Books is located in Wyatt Square, 575 East Main Road, Middletown. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 401-849-2665 or visit www.islandbooksri.indielite.org