Michael Herrmann

About Michael: 

Michael bought Gibson’s Bookstore in 1994 and has expanded it twice to meet the needs of readers. He enjoys literary fiction, well-written commercial fiction and thrillers, and books on politics and history. 

ISBN: 9780345534187
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 28th, 2015

Michael's August 2015 pick, 1 of 2

Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain
This excellent novel has just hit our shelves. It's by the author of The Paris Wife, and it's based on the scandalous, heroic, always interesting life of Beryl Markham. Circling the Sun is coming out a little late to be included on many of the Summer Reading lists out there, but it might be the best choice of all. Come have a look!

ISBN: 9781476769929
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2015

Michael's August 2015 pick, 2 of 2

The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

Not simply a witty memoir about working through a political trainwreck,(the implosion of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford—the man who gave “hiking on the Appalachian Trail” a bad name), this book should also resonate with anyone who has worked in a dysfunctional office, for a demanding, mercurial boss, or in the middle of a crisis.

“Mr. Swaim is so talented a writer, and has such an eye for a telling detail, that you suspect you could put him in any workplace — chicken-processing plant, airport sunglass emporium, stoner skate park — and he would make it come alive in the best possible way. He happens to have great material in Governor Sanford, as demanding, disorganized, dissatisfied, conceited, odd, bullying and cheap a boss as a reader could hope for.”—Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

ISBN: 9780062316097
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Published: Harper - February 10th, 2015

Michael's February 2015 pick

ISBN: 9781616203047
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - January 6th, 2015

Michael's January 2015 pick

Descent, by Tim Johnston

“An intelligent, well-written thriller that totally exceed your expectations—a stay-up-too-late-to-finish kind of book.”


ISBN: 9780306822261
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Published: Da Capo Press - September 2nd, 2014

Michael's September 2014 pick

Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians, by Justin Martin

ISBN: 9781594205798
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Published: Penguin Press - April 17th, 2014

Michael's April 2014 pick

Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe

ISBN: 9780062088253
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 28th, 2014

Michael's February 2014 pick

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash.

"This new novel reads like Harper Lee rewritten by Elmore Leonard, with a hint of No Country for Old Men thrown in for good measure. Wiley Cash has a unique southern voice and also a local connection: he teaches at SHNU."

ISBN: 9780316055437
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

Michael's November 2013 pick

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

"It’s one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time."

ISBN: 9780307959942
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 7th, 2012

Michael's August 2012 pick

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss--and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return--not enough fuel to get him home--following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face--in the people he meets, and in himself--is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, "The Dog Stars "is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.

ISBN: 9780307393753
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 15th, 2012

Michael's May 2012 pick

ISBN: 9780812992793
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Published: Random House - January 10th, 2012

Michael's January 2012 pick

ISBN: 9780679723165
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 1989

You know a novel is great when you discover something new and amazing every time you read it. Still has the power to shock after 55 years — one of the immortal literary achievements of the 20th century.

ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 5th, 1992

Cormac McCarthy, like Melville before him, investigates evil, human frailty, and fate, here in a story of death and destruction in the old west. Based (believe it or not) on a true story.