On My Nightstand: Girl Waits With Gun

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 19 August 2015 @ 12:23 am

on my nightstand

Back in 2002, I was yearning to get my hands dirty. In the garden, that is. It’s a feeling that, since my early twenties, rears its head every few years or so and is especially unexpected as I have a reputation of having somewhat of a black thumb. According to one of my rabbinical school professors, the feeling is probably indicative of a desire to put down roots. As it so happens, this was around the time that we were getting ready to purchase our first home. While I wasn’t in the position to plant anything, I fed my desire, as I often do, with a book. I got my hands on From The Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden by Amy Stewart, and devoured it. Over the years, I have been enthralled by her other titles — most especially Flower Confidential. And Warren always takes great delight in telling people how his wife can get sucked into books on any subject including the lowly earthworm (The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms). I can’t even claim that the topics Amy Stewart covers are ones that are of much interest to me…at first. It’s her writing style that grabs me every time. Her nonfiction is simply fabulous.

So it was with some trepidation I approached her initial foray into fiction. Perhaps cautious hope is better.

girl waits with gun

Amy Stewart does not disappoint.

The author approached this work with the same attention to research and detail as she has with her nonfiction titles. I was delighted to discover that the characters are based on real individuals. In Stewart’s hands, they are a little quirky but not so much as to be off-putting. In fact, some of them were downright delightful.

The story opens awkwardly. Which is only fitting as the female characters, without exception, are awkward. Which does not in any way detract from their strength. Yes, there are men in the book as well. But this truly is a story about women holding strong to living life on their terms. There are cops-and-robbers, mystery, car chases, romance, friendship, and more. And the best part? The author promises there will be more adventures in forthcoming titles!

The book is being released on September 1, 2015. Go pre-order it. Now.


Because pre-sales help boost the book. Which is how a book can be on the New York Times Bestseller List the very same week it debuts. (Bet you didn’t know that.) So help out an author and pre-order the book. And your local indie bookstore will be happy to pre-order it for you and have it ready for pick-up on release day.

What about you? Is there a subject matter that works for you only in the hands of a masterful author?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Susan Wild 19 August 2015 @ 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm

Thanks! Love your blog. Love reading recommendations. Have pre-ordered!


2 Rebecca Einstein Schorr 20 August 2015 @ 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm

Hope you check back and share your thoughts!!


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