Today’s Shelf Awareness – Book Brahmin feature is Elle Newmark, author of The Chef’s Apprentice (9781451626292; eBK: 9781416597926; published in hardcover as The Book of Unholy Mischief) and of The Sandalwood Tree, which Atria is proud to publish April 5 (9781416590590; eBK: 9781416597933). The Sandalwood Tree is about two love stories, ninety years apart, set against the backdrop of two wars in India. See below for some highlights:
Favorite book when you were a child:
Robin Hood. I grew up in a Chicago apartment with gray furniture on gray carpeting; I wore a prim uniform for school, and we never ate meat on Friday or missed mass on Sunday. Robin and his Merry Men lived in a utopian forest, having one freewheeling adventure after another. They had tree houses and roaring fires and they robbed the bad guys–who so deserved it–and then spread the wealth around…. He was a jolly green Marxist with a bow and arrow, and I was young enough to believe the world could work that way. I loved Robin Hood so much, I copied the story into a notebook, then lovingly illustrated it, and when it became a TV show I gave it up for Lent. It’s the only Lenten sacrifice I remember because it was so hard to do. I’m not Catholic anymore and I’m still a little ticked off about missing those episodes.
Book you’ve faked reading:
Why would anyone fake reading a book? Oh, wait. Middlemarch. I’ve been trying to read it for years, but the lethargic pace defeats me every time. I never claimed to have read it, but I never (until now) admitted that I have not. I have, however, ordered it from Netflix.
Book you’ve bought for the cover:
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. That guy going (sneaking?) into the circus tent was a real teaser. What’s in there? He looks like he means business, like he’s going after something pretty interesting, and I wanted to go in with him.”
Read the full article here.
To learn more about Elle Newmark, click here.
P.S. Isn’t the cover beautiful?