Book Club

Posted online: October 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.20.02 PM• In Cowboy Dad (CreateSpace, $13.95), Melissa Broughton provides a touching account of the relationship with her dashing cowboy father, whose descent into the abyss of alcoholism reveals her own internal strengths.

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.20.47 PM• In his third mystery novel, Desperate Shop Girls (Prides Crossing Press, $15.95), author and self-described “recovering corporate lawyer” David L. Gersh places a hapless but humorous small town attorney at the center of a fast-paced vortex of intrigue, sex, divorce, and the mob.

• Head Case (Henry Holt, $25) is Cole Cohen’s humorous portrayal of her brave attempts to cope with misdiagnosed Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.21.11 PMlearning disabilities while successfully navigating college and graduate school, and the aftereffects of the revelatory brain scan that confirms the power of the human mind.

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• Renowned Santa Barbara author Ross Macdonald (aka Kenneth Millar), who penned the hardboiled Lew Archer mystery series, reveals his tender side in Meanwhile There Are Letters (Arcade Publishing, $35), an anthology of the decadelong correspondence between Macdonald and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty.

• My Back Pages (Black Rose Writing, $15.95), a moving coming-of-age novel by O’Brien Browne, depicts the loss of innocence and realities of a young boy faced with family struggles that seem to parallel the public events taking place in the summer of 1968. All available at Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682- 6787, chaucersbooks .com. –L.D.P.



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