Being on an island, it turns out, can be good for business. “The major chain bookstores will not invade, because they would not stay open all year round,” says Dailis Merrill, buyer at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Martha’s Vineyard. Not surprisingly, the store boasts a solid selection of local books along with titles from the standard publishing houses. Here are some of Merrill’s top picks.
“Schooner” (Vineyard Stories), which is about the refurbishing of a vessel at the local boatyard. Justin Cronin’s “The Passage” (Ballantine Books) should be a hit, and another release of note is Per Petterson’s “I Curse the River of Time” (Gray Wolf Press). There is a cookbook called “Fast, Fresh & Green” (Chronicle Books) by Susie Middleton, which has a local tie. We’ve just had an author event and expect to sell hundreds of copies this summer. And thanks to Oprah we’ve had a sudden run on “Women Food and God” (Simon & Schuster) by Geneen Roth.