Back-to-School Reading List 2015

autumn landscape

In our neck of the woods, summer doesn’t exactly drift into autumn like the falling leaves. It’s simply scorching hot until it’s…not. Nonetheless, we’ve recently spied a few non-meteorological signs that autumn is headed our way: School buses are running through the neighborhoods, football teams are scrimmaging on the practice fields, and Bas Bleu’s Autumn 2015 catalog is fresh off the presses!

In this issue, you’ll find tons of new gift items and, of course, plenty of new books to sink your teeth into. Our editors have chosen a dozen of our particular favorites to share with you here; you can see all of our new offerings in the catalog and on our website. For a brief plot “teaser,” hover your mouse pointer over the book cover; or, click on the image to read the full review at Happy reading! Continue reading

Dating Profiles of the Literary Lovelorn

lady with lettersAttention, bluestockings: Raise your hand if you’ve ever fallen in love with a fictional character. Really? Us too. It’s not hard to do when you’re privy to the deepest thoughts and feelings of another human being’s soul…at least, as they’re printed on the pages of a book! But imagine a world in which your favorite literary characters hadn’t had much luck meeting a good man or woman with whom to share their lives. In this day and age, how would they go about finding a soulmate? Continue reading

August 2015 Book a Month: The Family Fortune

The Family FortuneAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2015 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus materials to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen never goes out of style. Thankfully, corsets and dowries are passé, but Austen’s keen eye for social absurdity, the complicated relationships between the sexes, and hearty appreciation for a good joke is timeless. In this month’s Book a Month selection, The Family Fortune, novelist Laurie Horowitz restages Persuasion in post-9/11 Boston, where a bookish young woman (aptly named Jane) struggles to find her path in the wake of regret. Continue reading