In “Trenton: A Novel,” it is 1774 and the Revolution is brewing in the American colonies. This two-part saga begins with the discovery of a nearly lifeless body in the Delaware River, in Hopewell, N.J., by the son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The story of the Hart family, key players in the Revolution, is tied to the second part of the book, which takes place in modern-day Trenton and centers on the son of Cuban immigrants. Luis Alma is running for mayor and he discovers the key to Trenton’s future may lie in a secret from its past.
Local author and Trenton employee J.J. Lair offers this mystery.
Pushed into the gritty world of adult entertainment by an abusive boyfriend, Abby Broughton doesn’t care about her future until she meets Mark Winston, a self-employed truck driver. They begin a whirlwind courtship and marry, but the world of erotic dancing isn’t done with Abby. Murdered dancers are found. Jake Hersh, a down on his luck security guard tracks the killer and raises questions about everyone. What is Mark’s past with these dancers? Is Abby’s life in danger?
Marc Mappen, recently retired director of the New Jersey Historical Commission and friend of the store, wrote a quirky interesting book on New Jersy history, often compiled from articles he wrote for the New York Times. I have some at the store!
Praise for There’s More to New Jersey than the Sopranos
“This is a delightful and informative book–where scholarship meets Weird New Jersey. Mappen is truly New Jersey’s master historical storyteller. “—Mark Lender, Kean University
“So, you think you know New Jersey history? Well, think again. In There’s More to New Jersey than the Sopranos, Marc Mappen provides readers with dozens of fascinating Jersey stories. From long-buried mastodons to menacing Martians, it is all here. This book is a must-read.”—Dr. Richard Veit, Department of History and Anthropology, Monmouth University
“Mappen pulls out little-known tidbits in our state’s history to illustrate a long-standing assertion by many historians that it is difficult to find national and international events without some link to New Jersey. Mappen makes a sound argument to lift our state from a punchline to a more suitable noble station in our hearts and minds.”—Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune/Courier News/Daily Record 2/28/10
Classics Used and Rare Books. 117 S. Warren, Trenton. Book_cellar@mindspring.com. 609-394-8400.
Essence book club author Ernessa T. Carter, who’s closest friend lives in Trenton, swooped through T-town on her book tour this summer. Classics assisted in her book signing and snagged 10 autographed first editions for Classics’ customers. If you want one, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.