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While I love reading, I don't like being told what to read. Picking my next book is always an ordeal that involves many days of introspection. So, when my coworker handed me an advanced copy of a thick book and said, "See what you think of this - it's about mountaintop removal," I thought I was going to be less than enamored. I started the book when I was half asleep, but fifty pages later, I was very much awake and falling deeply in love with The Secret Wisdom of the Earth.
The central character of the novel, fourteen year old Kevin, watches his brother die in a horrific accident. In an attempt to heal, Kevin and his mother decide to go live with his grandfather for the summer in a small Kentucky town. Kevin wrestles with the death of his brother as the town is gradually being taken over by a coal company that employs mountaintop removal. The harmful mining practice is ruining the hollows and forcing townspeople to sell land that has been their livelihood for generations. And when a friend of Kevin’s witnesses a terrible act of violence against a member of the community involved in protests, it sets into motion a dangerous series of events.
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is an extremely ambitious novel that delivers on every front. It’s expertly crafted and written, but the characters are what make this an extraordinary book. I felt so invested in and attached to Kevin that he never left me, even when I had to put the book down. It’s been over a month since I finished reading this novel, yet my fondness and enthusiasm for it hasn’t dimmed in the slightest. If The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is any indication of what 2015 holds, this is going to be a fantastic year for books.
Yours in reading,
Ashton Hickey, Events Assistant
Here's how it works:
• If you sign up for the Parnassus First Editions Club, we will deliver a signed first edition of a book to your doorstep 12 times a year.
• The selections will be hand-chosen by the staff of Parnassus, and will include a mix of established authors and potential new literary and non-fiction stars.
• We hope you'll love the books we choose, but in the event that you don't, you can return a selection within two weeks of receiving it.
• To sign up, simply fill out the form below or feel free to stop by the store, where one of our friendly booksellers will be happy to assist you. All books are billed at list price, plus postage.
Please note: Pending charges from this program may appear as "Stripe." This is the payment processor that we use and the description will update to "Parnassus Books" within a week.
Already a First Editions Club member, but need to update or cancel your membership? Give us a call at 615-953-2243 and ask to speak to Catherine, our First Editions Club Manager, or send Catherine an email at email@example.com.
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If you'd like to see whether we have extra signed copies of any of these titles available for purchase, you may do so here.