Amy Lane, book buyer at Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, offers up two summer reads. One takes a deeper look into popular science and another tells the story of a town divided.
Jonathan Dee’s latest novel, "The Locals," is a quietly thoughtful study of small-town life. Set in a fictitious Berkshires town shortly after 9/11, Dee’s story creates a microcosm of modern struggles. Mark Firth is a contractor who was swindled out of his savings and is trying to put his life back together when New York City hedge fund millionaire Philip Hadi moves to town.
The two men develop a working relationship in which Hadi hires Firth to build his new home and encourages him to flip houses as a means of income. In the meantime, a town selectman passes away and Hadi wins the vacant seat. While in office, he subtly transforms the town. This creates a slow, deep chasm between Firth and him — and the town, at large. This is an absorbing and timeless work from a steady literary voice.
Beloved author Bob Berman ("Zoom") brings us his latest book of popular science, "Zapped," wherein he examines the myriad forms of invisible light (aka radiation) — including infrared, microwaves, ultraviolet, X-rays, gamma rays, radio waves, and more. Tracing the historic discoveries of these unique waves, and their uses in modern society, to their possible future benefits, Berman’s lively, informative and engaging style is sure to delight anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of our world.