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. 

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A Thousand Miles from Nowhere Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316302807
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - June 28th, 2016

Michael's June 2016 pick

A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, by John Gregory Brown

Henry Garrett was already at odds with life when he lost everything—his store, his marriage, his city—to Hurricane Katrina. Drifting aimlessly north, he settles in a small Virginia town and finds something very close to redemption. I was moved by the generosity of spirit that pervades this quiet, satisfying novel.

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Larose Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062277022
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Published: Harper - May 10th, 2016

Michael's May 2016 pick

LaRose, by Louise Erdrich

A great story from one of America’s best novelists, LaRose grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let you go. You’ll be sorry that this vivid and unforgettable story has to end.  Don’t rush through the story too fast, though you’ll be tempted—take time to savor the writing.

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ISBN: 9781594631740
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 20th, 2015

Michael's January 2016 pick

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, by Sarah Vowell

It pains me to admit that until I came across this book, no text had ever succeeded in making the Revolutionary War interesting to me. Imagine having dinner with a historian, a clever one—a funny historian who tells you the real stories behind the myths, and who manages to relate stories two centuries old to the dysfunctions and annoyances of today’s politics. That is the experience of reading this book.

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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!

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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

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062316097
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Published: Harper - February 10th, 2015

Michael's February 2015 pick

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ISBN: 9781616203047
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Published: Algonquin Books - 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.”


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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

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

Michael's April 2014 pick

Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe

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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."

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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."

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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.

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

Michael's May 2012 pick

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

Michael's January 2012 pick

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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.

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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.