Gwendy's Button Box, a novella by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar, was first published in 2017 and I’m embarrassed to say I missed it until I spotted a copy at the Destin Library. This coming of age story—seen through the eyes of a pre-adolescent girl—is charming and, of course, a touch creepy. Now in paperback.
If, like me, you’re a sucker for true stories about the wrongfully convicted, Anthony Ray Hinton’s The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (co-written with Lara Love Hardin) is a must. Mr. Hinton spent almost 30 years on the Row in Alabama for a murder he could not have possibly committed, and his memoir is a testament to the power of hope, friendship and forgiveness. Out March 27.
Giovanni Ribisi returns as America’s favorite con man for a second (and superior) season of Amazon’s Sneaky Pete. This time around, every single character in Fake Pete’s bamboozled family is given a compelling story arc, plus we get to meet Real Pete’s mom, played by the extraordinary actress Jane Adams. Amazingly, the new villain—played with acid-throwing glee by John Ales—is even more brutal than the one portrayed by co-executive producer Bryan Cranston in Season One.
Bill McKibben’s Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance imagines a secession movement and is populated by colorful and diverse characters, plus some nice touches of humor and civil disobedience. The book carries the Bernie Sanders stamp of approval, which is always good enough for me.