Ah, the lovely sound of jackhammers in spring. If you're driving by Turnrow this weekend, hoping to score that perfect last-minute Mother's Day gift, we have good and bad news — the gifts are great, the sidewalk in front of the store is rubble. They're tearing up the sidewalk to lay brick for a downtown beautification project, and it's our turn to be turned up. If you don't feel sure-footed enough to maneuver the plywood footbridge leading to our front door, feel free to use the back entrance during this upheaval.
As for Mother's Day, we have plenty of books a mother could love. The hot gift of the season is Martha Foose's A Southerly Course, of course. This beautiful cookbook, chock full of unique recipes and even more unique stories of Delta life and tables, is the hot seller this season.
Some other recently popular titles are Dean Faulkner Wells' exquisite memoir of growing up Faulkner, Every Day by the Sun, and, despite the title, Buryin' Daddy by Teresa Nicholas, a fine memoir of growing up among eccentrics in Yazoo City. Karen White's new novel, The Beach Trees, has just arrived. White, a customer favorite, will be reading and signing here May 24. Some other recent favorite novels include Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen, an essential Southern cookbook by a long-admired North Carolina chef; The Weird Sisters, a superb and precise depiction of sisterhood by newcomer Eleanor Brown; Say Her Name, a powerful memoir by Francisco Goldman about the sudden tragic death of his young wife; and Lost in Shangri-la, a true World War II-era adventure with a memorable heroine, who goes down in a plane crash and must navigate the cannibal-infested jungle of Papua New Guinea.
For the multi-sensual reading experience, we're recommending scent-sational accompaniments to recommended novels in the form of Niven Morgan fragrant candles. Try the Paris candle (blue cypress and absinthe) with A Novel Bookstore, the San Miguel candle (lime and bougainvillea) with Into the Beautiful North, and the New Orleans candle (gardenia and jasmine) with The Optimist's Daughter and/or The Moviegoer.
And there are plenty of new popular gift items we've added to our stock, including luxurious Pine Cone Hill pajamas and robes — for what better to wear while reading a wonderful book — a host of new journals, picture frames, ornaments and a classy line of vintage gloves, great for the garden or kitchen, as displayed by our on-staff hand model at right. (No, ladies, those forearms weren't Photoshopped ... and yes, they're available.)
No excuse not to beat a path down to Turnrow and show your mom some love.