Must Reads That Make Must Haves

McIntyre’s Books staff put together a list of books that will not disappoint. These top ten must reads make fantastic gifts!

1. The Peripheral by William Gibson
The cyber-punk of early Gibson (Neuromancer) ages well in this novel of the near future and the consequences of progress.

2. Love & Treasure by Ayelet Waldman
A superb novel of a young woman and her search for the secrets that haunted her grandfather after WWII.

3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Whether you agree or not, this is the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. A definite conversation piece.

4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandell
A very ambitious novel about a theatre troupe in the near future from a very talented young writer. Shortlisted for the National Book Award.

5. Nora Webster by Colm Toibin
Nora is a wounded, strong willed, woman clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business. This wins McIntyre’s unofficial “Most Positive Customer Feedback” award for 2014.

6. On Immunity; An Inoculation by Eula Biss
A probing and unbiased exploration of the inoculation wars from an award winning essayist and new mother.

7. Untamed; The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island by Will Harlan
Read the prologue and you’ll be hooked.

8. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Teague
The story of a very smart young man who wasn’t able to reconcile the two very different sides of society between which he found himself.

9. The Sixth Extinction; An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
A short history of the ages of extinction and their possible causes, including the sixth, happening now, in which humankind may be the greatest culprit.

10. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Another uplifting Christmas title. Argues for the inescapable realities of aging and death and how modern medicine often runs counter to what it should.


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Casey and Clay tied the knot on September 6, 2014. These newlyweds said their "I dos" at beautiful offsite church in Chapel Hill, and danced the night away in the Fearrington Barn. How did you and your partner meet? As new students at UNC-Chapel Hill we had a lot of mutual friends, but our paths never crossed (though Clay claims he noticed me several times at the Rams Head dining hall). We were officially introduced at the end of our sophomore year, but I left soon after to study... Full Post >

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Holiday Decor

If our smart and stylish customers are any indication, it's never too early to get into the holiday spirit! We have some really beautiful and festive adornments to deck your halls. From sweet yuletide mouse ornaments to delicate evergreen wreaths, we have special pieces that will make your house calm and bright. They say that smell is the strongest of the senses and we agree! Light one of our holiday candles and you'll be immediately taken back to that night-before-Christmas excitement.... Full Post >

Virginia Wine Summit 2014

I recently returned from the Virginia Wine Summit in Richmond, and yep, I am pretty excited about the wine. It’s not just local, it’s really good. The Summit is a well organized event promoting Virginia, its wines, and its wine regions. For the event, I was asked to participate on a panel discussion about "Dark Horse" grape varieties. The opportunity was exciting because it deals with one of the most important issues in the American wine industry today: the necessity to move beyond... Full Post >