Staff Picks: January 2011

Letting Loose the Hounds

Letting Loose the Hounds Book Cover

Here are 11 stories set in the small towns of Utah and Arizona. Most of them deal with "letting loose" or wanting to. The stories range from situations that are familiar and surprising in their range and can definitely be considered written with "guy humor."

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People Book Cover

In this charming novel, retired civil servant, Mr. Ali, decides to open a marriage bureau to remedy his boredom. The accounts of his matchmaking for affluent clients in contemporary India are entertaining and humorous. He becomes so successful that he requires an assistant, Aruna, a poor hindu girl, who encounters a handsome young doctor that comes to the agency for a list of potential wives. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s Mma Ramotswe will likely find Mr. Ali to be a similarly engaging main character.