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The Ski Jumpers: A Novel By Peter Geye Cover Image
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - September 13th, 2022

A writer and former ski jumper facing a terminal diagnosis takes one more leap—into a past of soaring flights and broken family bonds

A brilliant ski jumper has to be fearless—Jon Bargaard remembers this well.


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Acts of Violet By Margarita Montimore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250815064
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 5th, 2022

A DAZZLING NEW NOVEL FROM NATIONAL BESTSELLING AND GMA BOOK CLUB PICK MARGARITA MONTIMORE, AUTHOR OF OONA OUT OF ORDER

“[A] twisty, genre-defying family drama…Reminiscent of Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones & the Six.” --Shelf Awareness (starred review)


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A Spoonful of Frogs: A Halloween Book for Kids By Casey Lyall, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Casey Lyall, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062890290
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Published: Greenwillow Books - July 19th, 2022

Frogs are the most important ingredient in a witch’s favorite treat—but they are also the hardest to get into the cauldron! From acclaimed author Casey Lyall and Caldecott Honor artist Vera Brosgol, A Spoonful of Frogs is a humorous and wholly original picture book—and a winning recipe for readers who loved Dragons Love Tacos and Room on the


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Out in the Wild!: A Graphix Chapters Book (Bug Scouts #1) By Mike Lowery, Mike Lowery (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mike Lowery, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781338726329
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Published: Graphix - April 19th, 2022

From New York Times bestselling illustrator Mike Lowery comes a wild and hilarious Graphix Chapters series featuring the amazing Bug Scouts!

"Raise your leg or antenna, and make the BUG SCOUT pact:

"I promise to fly, I promise to crawl

Or make a cool web, or roll into a ball.

I pledge to be brave and adventurous too.

And do all of the things tha


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The Myth of Surrender: A Novel By Kelly O'Connor McNees Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643139302
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Published: Pegasus Books - March 1st, 2022

What if the most important decision of your life was not yours to make? This vivid and powerful novel follows two women whose paths intersect at a maternity home in the "Baby Scoop Era."

In 1960, free-spirited Doreen is a recent high-school grad and waitress in a Chicago diner.


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Not Drinking Tonight: A Guide to Creating a Sober Life You Love By Amanda E. White, LPC Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306925856
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Published: Hachette Go - January 4th, 2022

In this honest discussion of mental health, the founder of Therapy for Women explores our reasons for drinking alcohol—and the benefits of taking a break.

When “retired party girl” and popular therapist Amanda White admitted she was an alcoholic, it wasn’t because she’d done something outrageous while under the influence, like land herself in jail or get


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Magic Season: A Son's Story By Wade Rouse Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335475176
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Published: Hanover Square Press - May 3rd, 2022

"Honest, authentic, heartbreaking and healing. I devoured it in one day."--Jenny Lawson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Wade Rouse, bestselling author under the pen name Viola Shipman, finds solace with his dying father through their shared love of baseball in this poignant, illuminating memoir of family and forgiveness.


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Honor By Thrity Umrigar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616209957
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 4th, 2022

THE JANUARY 2022 REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK

“In the way A Thousand Splendid Suns told of Afghanistan’s women, Thrity Umrigar tells a story of India with the intimacy of one who knows the many facets of a land both modern and ancient, awash in contradictions.” —Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before


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The Impossible Mountain By David Soman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316427746
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 30th, 2021

You are never too small for a big adventure.
Anna and her little brother Finn have lived their whole lives safe behind the stone wall of their village, never knowing what lay beyond. Until the day they peek over the edge and see the Mountain for the first time. Now, there's no stopping them.


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Happier, No Matter What: Cultivating Hope, Resilience, and Purpose in Hard Times By Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781615197910
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Published: The Experiment - May 11th, 2021

Even when everything is going wrong, the science of happiness can help you!

Pioneering positive psychologist and New York Times–bestselling author Tal Ben-Shahar shows us how in Happier, No Matter What.

Ben-Shahar busts the all-too-common ideas that success brings happiness and that we can seek happiness itself. When hard times thwar


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Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales By Soman Chainani, Julia Iredale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Soman Chainani, Julia Iredale (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062652638
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Published: HarperCollins - September 21st, 2021

You think you know these stories, don’t you?

You are wrong.

You don’t know them at all.


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Shine Like a Unicorn By Shelli R. Johannes, Maddie Frost (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shelli R. Johannes, Maddie Frost (Illustrator)
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Published: HarperCollins - September 21st, 2021

This hilarious picture book about how to be a unicorn is laugh-out-loud funny and will encourage readers to embrace their own unique and glorious selves! Perfect for fans of How to Catch a Unicorn, Thelma the Unicorn, and Not Quite Narwhal.

Do you want to shine like a unicorn? Of course you do!


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Norman Didn't Do It!: (Yes, He Did) (Mother Bruce Series) By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781368026239
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 7th, 2021

Ryan T. Higgins, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Mother Bruce series, delivers a contemporary tale of friendship.
Norman is a porcupine. Mildred is a tree. Norman and Mildred are best friends. Just the two of them. And only the two of them. But when a surprise pops up, life will never be the same again.


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Fresh Water for Flowers By Valérie Perrin, Hildegarde Serle (Translator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609456764
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Published: Europa Editions - May 4th, 2021

A WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF SUMMER 2021
A 2020 INDIES INTRODUCE & INDIE NEXT LIST PICK


A #1 international best-seller, Fresh Water for Flowers is an intimately told story about a woman who defiantly believes in happiness, despite it all.


The Rock from the Sky By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781536215625
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Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2021

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller!

Look up! From the Caldecott Medal–winning creator of the hat trilogy comes a new deadpan gem.


There is a spot.
It is a good spot.
It is the perfect spot to stand.
There is no reason to ever leave.
But somewhere above there is also a rock.
A rock from the sky.


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One Two Three: A Novel By Laurie Frankel Cover Image
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 8th, 2021

From Laurie Frankel, the New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is, a Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick, comes One Two Three, a timely, topical novel about love and family that will make you laugh and cry...and laugh again.

In a town where nothing ever changes, suddenly everything does...


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Women Don't Owe You Pretty By Florence Given Cover Image
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - April 6th, 2021

Chapter 5 of Given's manifesto helped me finally find the words to express what I've felt since adolescence, and now I consider the entire chapter a "to do" list. If it rings true for you, helps you look at yourself and others in a new way, or makes you want to be a better person, then you'll enjoy the whole book:
"Chapter 5: Refuse to Find Comfort in Other Women's Flaws
As a result of the rigorous beauty standards that we are so harshly held up against, we inevitably find a disturbing amount of comfort in tearing down women who reflect our own insecurities back to us. The drive to become "more beautiful" creates a toxic competitiveness among women.
We seek comfort in other women's perceived "flaws" in an attempt to avoid addressing our own insecurities.
Every time you find yourself critiquing a woman on the choices she makes - who she sleeps with, how she dresses - sit in it. Reflect. What is it about her that makes you feel so uncomfortable? Ask yourself WHY you think this way, instead of just accepting it.
Here's an example of internalized misogyny: You find yourself saying, "I'm not like the other girls." Think about what you are implying the other girls "are like" when you say this. If you are reinforcing stereotypes that women are "bitchy" or "full of drama" and that you are the exception, darling, you are not."
My whole life, girls were pitted against one another by their environments, and then they turned on one another. Classic movies from my teen years like "Heathers," and "She's All That," were like watching our worst nightmares played out on the screen in front of us... yet we ate it up. It wasn't only happening on the movie screen. We were being conditioned to accept this behavior as "girls being girls." (And don't even get me started on "boys will be boys.")
If you can read this book with an open heart, there may be some painful realizations for you, as there were for me. (And not just if you are a woman.) To understand the "secret" lives women lead: constantly considering our physical safety, wondering if we are emotionally safe to reveal our true selves based on past "girlfriend" betrayals, and expecting to be criticized is to give men the opportunity to understand where we are really coming from. But how can we raise our daughters without understanding how to protect them from well... turning on one another? I felt a sense of hope for the future as I finished Givens's book. And I haven't felt that in a long time. I listened to this book on Libro.fm, and it was a powerful 3.5 hours. Here's that direct link. I'm going back through the physical book now and making notes. Yes. It's that good.


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Dear Beast: The Pet Parade By Dori Hillestad Butler, Kevan Atteberry (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Published: Holiday House - February 2nd, 2021

I don't know what it is about the idea of communication between cats and dogs that I find so hilarious, but it makes these books incredibly fun to read out loud... leading to lots of laughing out loud as well. In the first book in this new series, Simon (our feline protagonist) is discouraged to learn that since Andy's dad has moved into his new place, he's gotten a dog. One who can't spell, who is perpetually happy, and who likes to "you noe, have fun with his hyooman boy!" A "beast," if you will. All Baxter (0ur canine protagonist) really wants is to give Simon a great nickname (Cat Man) and make his boy, Andy happy. How can these two decide who should be Andy's pet?
And the adventure continues in book 2 and 3 (click to view all). You won't want to miss what happens next!


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I Am Every Good Thing By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

This book is an uplifting, confidence building, feel-good, explosion! I can not remember the last time I read a book that made me smile from the first to the very last page.  Any child at any age can read this book and feel a sense of peace in who they are. It can be used not only in one-on-one readings, but also for parent-child conversations, child-to-child interactions, and as a classroom mentor text for Pre-K all the way through 5th grade. You might even know adults who could use a lift as well. Maybe instead of a self-help section, we should just have this book instead. Every page is an affirmation. Every page is a blast of color, a roar of positivity, a barrage of joy! Stock up. You need several.


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Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

First of all: Do. Not. Read. The. Jacket. Description. On this book!! It is full of spoilers!! Second: can we talk about this cover?! Ravishing. It's the kind of cover that whispers to you from the shelf, and I'm not even sure whether or not I had a choice in picking it up or not! Third: this book is not at all what you think it will be, in all of the best ways. I knew it was about an Ojibwe teen growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; what I didn't know was that once the plot twists started, they just kept on coming! The same way that you can't live in Northern Michigan and be untouched by Anishinaabe culture, you can't read this book without being touched by Daunis. (Sounds like the Adonis from Greek mythology without the "A".) She is 18 and starting to have make real-life, grown-up decisions like choosing to go to Lake Superior State University in her hometown, instead of going to her orginal choice of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, so that she can help her mother take care of her ailing grandmother. Daunis is a wonderful blend of science nerd and hockey jock, with a rich connection to her family and community. Frankly, she's the teenager many of us wish we were: self-aware, confident, and seemingly unsusceptible to peer pressure. When the story began with "hometown-girl (Daunis) meets new-boy in town (Jamie)," I wasn't excited. Then, one night, Daunis is acting as a tourguide for Jamie, and something goes horribly, lethally wrong at an underage house party. The book increases speed at that point, while it begins to peel back the layers of what government involvement can really look like in indigenous peoples' affairs. Our mixed-race, teen protagonist was able to take me by the hand, and walk me through what anti-indigenous policies, and cultural microagressions feel like in an engaging, personal, and relateable way. The understanding Boulley gave me was a gift that will stay with me for a long time. And as the plot thickened into a bonafide thriller, it kept me sitting in my car far too long when I was supposed to be getting to work! This is a tremendous performance from actress/narrator, Isabella Star LaBlanc... I listened to the audio on Libro.fm. Here's that link.
Whether you're interested in hockey or not, indigenous cultures of North America or not, or if you just need a wonderful escape that will keep you turning the pages (or listening) all day long, you won't regret picking up this powerful novel. Bonus: the age of the protagonist and subject matter will resonate not only with adults, but with teens 15 and up as well.


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I'd Give Anything: A Novel By Marisa de los Santos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062844484
Published: William Morrow - May 12th, 2020

In the way that humans can be so unpredictable, so are the characters in de los Santos's latest. The perfect high school romance turns out to be not-so-perfect; the hero turns out to be weak and fallible; and overheard conversations are misunderstood with tragic results. Zinny has made decisions in her life that have cost her a brother, her best friends, and her future. And the worst part is that she was making the right decisions all along. Zinny isn't Zinny anymore. She's Ginny, looking back on her life and trying to decide what to do when her husband is fired after being embroiled in a controversy at work. It's rare to find contemporary fiction light enough to bring a smile to your face while being simultaniously so perfectly engrossing. You'll burn through the pages.


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Sugar in Milk By Thrity Umrigar, Khoa Le (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Thrity Umrigar, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780762495191
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Published: Running Press Kids - October 6th, 2020

You may recognize Thrity Umrigar's name from my previous recommendations. She is one of the most talented fiction writers of our time.

A young girl has been sent to America to live with her aunt and uncle, but she is lonely and homesick. Her aunt tells her a story that has been passed down through their family for centuries: A group of refugees fleeing Persia arrive on India's shore, but the king will not allow them to stay. He says the country is too crowded, and they have no room for more people. He illustrates his point by filling a cup with milk, and pointing to it for the Persians to understand (they do not speak the same language). Ther Persians reply by taking a spoonful of sugar and mixing it into the milk to show the king that they can only make India better by enriching it and making it sweeter. The illustrations are whimsical and vibrant, expressing the wide range of human emotion. From scared, to overjoyed and everything in between. Le and Umrigar's work is seamlessly intertwined and delivers a story that will stand the test of time. Perfect for the shelves of every child dealing with loneliness or fear of not fitting in. I adore it.


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Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic (The Practical Magic Series #1) By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982108847
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 6th, 2020

It's been 25 years since the publication of Practical Magic, but just as you can pick up with an old friend, you'll find yourself burning through these pages again like you did back then. It was worth the wait.
A baby found first by a crow, next by a woman, Maria Owens doesn't have a traditional birthday story. She is found in a field by a caring woman named Hannah Owens. Hannah doesn't need to teach Maria anything about the "Nameless Art," because the gift is already in her blood. Years of contentment and love are followed by a betrayal - a cycle that unfortunately follows Maria through her life as a young pregnant teenager on her way to Salem, Massachussets in the 1680s. There was perhaps no greater target than a single, educated, woman who could heal living among Puritans in the New England colonies, and an inevitable mother-daughter separation is made particularly painful because of the bittersweet life Maria has had up to the point she is put on trial for witchcraft.
I don't know if Hoffman realized she was creating a "Godfather-esque" saga when she first published the Owen's family secrets in 1995, but the lore and legends that plague the family from "the old world" to America are wrought with the age-old dilemmas of loyalty vs. happiness and "doing what one should" vs. happiness. You will remember every larger-than-life character, and you will love every single page.
Although this is the third book in the Owen's family saga, (click to view all three) readers should know that they can (and perhaps should) read this book first. Practical Magic was written first, then in 2018 we were gifted the sequel, The Rules for Magic, and now, we have the prequel, Magic Lessons. And - get ready for it - there's one more coming! No publication date, yet, but you can rest assured, we'll be ready!


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Not an Alphabet Book: The Case of the Missing Cake By Eoin McLaughlin, Marc Boutavant (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Eoin McLaughlin, Marc Boutavant (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781536212679
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Published: Candlewick - August 11th, 2020

Kids are escorted through the alphabet by a suspiciously chocolatey-faced bear who is intent on figuring out who stole the cake on page "C." There are several clues along the way, and this is one tricky bear. My 4-year-old's favorite page is the letter "B" when the bear says, "Nothing to see here." as we see a table, and chocolate-crumb-filled plate behind him. Kids are in on the joke right from the beginning, and laugh out loud as the bear tries to frame every chacter along the way. Especially, the pig on the "P" page. Don't worry. It all works out in the end, and the bear decides he will make it right by going to bake a new cake and keep it "nice and safe." Bright, vivid colors and detailed expressions make this an alphabet book you will enjoy all the way from A to Z!


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The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals: A Novel By Becky Mandelbaum Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982112981
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2020

To say that Mona and Ariel have a strained relationship would be putting it lightly. Their connection is tenuous from the time Ariel’s father brakes both of their hearts by leaving. These two finally let one another down one too many times, and Ariel runs away at 18. From her stoic façade, most wouldn’t realize it, but Mona is devastated by the blow, and buries herself in the work of caring for the neglected animals who are dropped off at her farm for refuge.  Dogs, horses, cats -they are easy compared to daughters. Mona understands exactly what the animals on her farm need in order to heal and be adopted, or to find a peaceful home on her farm. Six years after her disappearance, and fresh after of the Bright Side Sanctuary’s recent violent vandalism, Ariel arrives back on Mona’s front step. The book unfolds imperfectly- exactly the way a fractured relationship with decades of baggage would. And you wonder if Ariel and Mona will ever find the healing they so easily give to their animals. Mandelbaum’s debut novel is peppered with small town petty arguments and divisive politics, right along with laugh-out-loud moments.  Her characters hang in an emotional limbo; so much so that in an attempt to give the book what you know each of the characters seeks, you’ll find yourself cradling the pages as you turn them late into the night.


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Filthy Beasts: A Memoir By Kirkland Hamill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982122768
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

You’ll have to try and stop yourself from consuming Kirkland Hamill’s memoir in one sitting. It reads like a gossipy magazine column at first with its high society, 1970s, boozy, late-night, grown-up parties that look downright glamorous. But as soon as that carefully constructed memory is scratched, it flakes away like a gilded picture frame, and reveals the sadness underneath. Kirkland’s family attended all manner of New York's swanky, upper-crust parties until he was about seven years old. Then his parents got divorced, and he and his two brothers were cast out of that life, landing in their mother’s not-so-chic stomping grounds in Bermuda. Watching you mother drink until she blacks out, sleep all day, and begin the cycle every late afternoon looks a lot less charming when she can’t remember to wash your clothes or make you food. And yet somehow, this little boy was able to not only survive, but to find the humor and resilience to thrive amid his chaotic home life. As an adult, Kirkland called his mother during a particularly wicked hurricane, and she told him that everything on the island was destroyed, including the phone lines. His immediate response was to say, “Well, then mom, I guess we better hang up. I’ll try again when the lines are back up.” He laughs in the face of darkness, and refuses to let it overtake him; even now. If you’ve ever needed a reminder that parents love you despite their flaws, this is the memoir for you. Bring your tissues and your funny bone, because you’ll be laughing through tears the whole way.


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A Wish in the Dark By Christina Soontornvat Cover Image
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

I picked this book up at the Winter Institute in Baltimore in January before it was published because the representative from Candlewick Press described it as, "'Les Mis.' set in Thailand." Our protagonist, Pong is born in prison, and therefore not allowed into the general population until he reaches the age of 13. At age 9, he has a split-second to make a decision to escape; and he takes it. Life outside of Namwok Prison is unfortunately, not all that different, and the harsh realities of the "real world" hit Pong hard. Certainly, the warden's daughter, Nok, has things easier. Or does she? This magical, tightly woven novel serves up a fistful of moral and ethical points of discussion, both implied and overt. From trusting your heart and staying strong, to seeing things from another's point of view, kids 9 and up will have plenty to chew on. Frankly, so will adults.


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Pluto Gets the Call By Adam Rex, Laurie Keller (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Rex, Laurie Keller (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534414532
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Published: Beach Lane Books - November 12th, 2019

My personal pick for the 2020 Caldecott, this is narrative nonfiction at its comedic best! And I highly recommend brushing up on your favorite foreign language accents prior to a read-aloud. Pluto is our host, and he's thrilled to have visitors. Unfortunately, we meet him right before he gets "the call." Pluto is devestated by the news that mean scientists from Earth (a planet he'd rather not discuss right now, thank you very much) have downgraded him to a "plutoid" or "ice dwarf" from the thing he loves most: being a planet! While he deals with the bad news, he shows us around, and we get to meet all 8 of the other planets. By the time this book is over, you'll be howling with laughter and brimming with knowledge - no matter your age. Thank you, Adam Rex and Laurie Keller for saving me from having to come up with a new acronym to teach my child the names of the planets in our solar system. "My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nothing," just doesn't have the same ring to it. If you need proof that this book is memorable, my 3-year-old does not sing herself to sleep anymore. She recites Pluto Gets the Call from beginning to end.


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Song for a Whale By Lynne Kelly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524770266
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Published: Yearling - December 31st, 2019

Iris can fix a radio, but she can't hear one. Blue 55 (a humpback whale) can sing, but his song is at a different frequency, so no whales sing back. When Iris finds out about Blue 55, she is drawn to his story. Iris knows what it's like not to fit in.  She can't convince her mother that going to an a"all-deaf" school would be better for her than the school she is in.  Blue 55 can't figure out why none of his fellow whales don't sing back to him, and he doesn't have his own pod.  Iris feels so strongly about Blue 55, that she convinces her band teacher to allow the kids to gather and all play their instruments at the same frequency that Blue 55 sings.  She mixes and cuts sections of the music to make a special Bluee 55 "song."  Now, she's just got to figure out a way to get him to hear it.

I love the way Iris keeps trying, hoping, and wishing for different ways to make her dreams come true throughout this book.  There are unanticipated hurdles, wrong turns, and dead ends.  And she never gives up.  Tenacity without a bad attitude.  Now that's a girl after my own heart.  She'll grab your heart as well.  Best for 9 and up.


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Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink (Sharon, Lois & Bram's Classic Songs) By Sharon Hampson, Lois Lillienstein, Bram Morrison, Qin Leng (Illustrator), Randi Hampson (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Sharon Hampson, Lois Lillienstein, Bram Morrison, Qin Leng (Illustrator), Randi Hampson (Contributions by)
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ISBN: 9780735264069
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Published: Tundra Books - September 3rd, 2019

National bestseller — Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children's entertainers, this board book is best sung aloud! "Skinnamarink" is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion.


The World That We Knew: A Novel By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501137587
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Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - September 1st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL

On the brink of World War II, with the Nazis tightening their grip on Berlin, a mother’s act of courage and love offers her daughter a chance of survival.

“[A] hymn to the power of resistance, perseverance, and enduring love in dark times…gravely beautiful…Hoffman


The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls By Anissa Gray Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984802446
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Published: Berkley - January 14th, 2020

“If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls...an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness.”—The Washington Post 


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Solving for M By Jennifer Swender Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101932902
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 28th, 2019

Perfect for fans of Raymie Nightingale and The Fourteenth Goldfish, this heartfelt middle-grade novel seamlessly melds STEAM content with first loss in an honest and striking debut.


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The Miracle & Tragedy of the Dionne Quintuplets By Sarah Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524713812
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Published: Random House Studio - August 27th, 2019

Sarah Miller shows us that once again, the truth really is stranger than fiction.  How could five children have been put on public display?  How could babies have been kept from their mother...even though she lived across the street?!  I can not remember ever feeling such emotion while reading a nonfiction title.  It was a shock to my system!  Ask anyone you know over the age of 70, and they know who the Dionne Quintuplets are.  People in the 1930s spent their last dime to come see the first five children born to one woman.  The appalling decisions that the Ontario government made in regard to these babies will haunt you long after you close the book.


The River: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Peter Heller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525563532
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars comes the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip—a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence.


The Valedictorian of Being Dead: My Struggle with Suicidal Depression By Heather B. Armstrong Cover Image
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Published: Gallery Books - May 12th, 2020

From New York Times bestselling author and blogger Heather B.


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The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine By Mark Twain, Philip C. Stead, Erin Stead (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553523225
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

Here we have the story of gentle Johnny who's miserly grandfather sends him to market to sell the family chicken for something to eat.  Johnny's grandfather is a bad man.  On the way to market, Johnny trades his one and only friend for beans from a mysterious old woman, who may or may not be a fairy.  She tells him that these beans mean that he will never go hungry again.   And then she dies.  No.  Wait.  Not in this version of the story.  You see, Philip and Erin Stead are telling the children's story that Mark Twain began for his daughters but never finished.  Mark and Philip have a conversation after the old woman gives Johnny the beans debating whether the old woman should die or not.  Eventually, Philip decides that since he's the one telling the story now, he wants the old woman to live.  And for Johnny's dreadful grandfather to die instead.  Then we go back to the story where Johnny meets the height-challenged, insecure king.  The king has decided that anyone taller than himself is a criminal, so most of his subjects walk with a slouch.  And they might have kidnapped his son, the prince.  Hence, the title.  But he had it coming.
This book is supposed to be for ages 8-12 because of vocabulary, but you could certainly read it to any child who likes epic storytelling with talking animals.  The Steads have marvelously delivered what his daughter longed for, "I have wanted Papa to write something that reveals something of his kind and sympathetic nature." ~Susy Clemens.


The Rules of Magic: A Novel (The Practical Magic Series #2) By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
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Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - June 26th, 2018

An instant New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick from beloved author Alice Hoffman—the spellbinding prequel to Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at t


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Undiscovered Country By Kelly O'Connor McNees Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643132266
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Published: Pegasus Books - September 10th, 2019

In 1932, New York City, top reporter Lorena “Hick” Hickok starts each day with a front page byline—and finishes it swigging bourbon and planning her next big scoop. But an assignment to cover FDR’s campaign—and write a feature on his wife, Eleanor—turns Hick’s hard-won independent life on its ear.


An American Marriage By Tayari Jones Cover Image
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Published: Large Print Press - May 1st, 2019

A New York Times Bestseller
A New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book
A Best of the Year Selection of NPR, Time, and O, The Oprah Magazine
An Oprah�'s Book Club Selection
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction


Love and Ruin: A Novel By Paula McLain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101967393
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful novel of the stormy marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, a fiercely independent woman who became one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century—from the author of The Paris Wife and When the Stars Go Dark


Florida By Lauren Groff Cover Image
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 21st, 2019

The universally-acclaimed return of the New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Furies and Matrix.


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Julián Is a Mermaid By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

When a picture book makes an adult stop mid-conversation and say, "What is the book you have over there?" to my child, who is spread out with the book on the floor of the kitchen, I know it's a show-stopper. Jessica Love's illustrations bring to mind smudged chalk backgrounds, diffused light, and they are simply wondrous. The detailed facial expressions evoke emotional connections with Julian with every turn of the page.  Julian dreams of dressing up like a mermaid, but fears what his abuela will think when she finds him in full costume.  Never fear.  Abuela gives Julian a special necklace to complete his costume and takes him to a special parade where other people of all kinds are dressed like sea creatures as well.  They are just.  Like.  Him!  Children will find comfort in Love's message of acceptance, being original, and most important, being yourself.  (My research also found that Jessica Love loosely based the parade on the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, which you can view here!)


Spinning Silver: A Novel By Naomi Novik Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399180996
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Published: Del Rey - May 7th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “One of the year’s strongest fantasy novels” (NPR), an imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted.


The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings By Leonard Cohen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250234797
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Published: Picador - October 15th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

Named a Fall Read by Vogue, Esquire, The Washington Post, TIME, Vanity Fair and O, the Oprah Magazine. One of Daily Mail and Financial Times's Best Books of 2018.

“There are very, very few people who occupy the ground that Leonard Cohen walks on.” —BONO


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Little Faith: A Novel By Nickolas Butler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062469724
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Published: Ecco - October 29th, 2019

In this moving new novel from celebrated author Nickolas Butler, a Wisconsin family grapples with the power and limitations of faith when one of their own falls under the influence of a radical church 

Lyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and six-year old grandson, Is


The Eulogist: A Novel By Ms. Terry Gamble Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062839909
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 28th, 2020

From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish-American family.

Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland


The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers By Bridgett M. Davis Cover Image
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 21st, 2020

As seen on the Today Show: This true story of an unforgettable mother, her devoted daughter, and their life in the Detroit numbers of the 1960s and 1970s highlights "the outstanding humanity of black America" (James McBride).


Hazards of Time Travel: A Novel By Joyce Carol Oates Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062319609
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Published: Ecco - October 8th, 2019

An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, from the inventive imagination of Joyce Carol Oates


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The Tilted World: A Novel By Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062069191
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 10th, 2014

In 1927, as rains swell the Mississippi, the river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, where federal agents Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson arrive to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents—and find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.


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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
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Published: Candlewick - September 13th, 2016

Available in a paperback edition! The beloved 2014 Newbery Medal winner by former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo.


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Life After Life: A Novel By Jill McCorkle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616203221
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 5th, 2013

Ron Rash has a quote on the cover. It says, "Like Flannery O'Connor, McCorkle's genius is to give us both philosophical speculation and a riveting narrative filled with unforgettable characters. Great writing, poignancy, humor, wisdom-all are in abundance here. Jill McCorkle is one of the South's greatest writers; she is also one of America's." I wouldn't even attempt to say it better. I'll only add 4 things. 1: This is a beautifully woven story with characters from 12-85 that stay with you long after the reading is over. 2: I can not think of a single reader who would not appreciate this tender novel. 3: The readers who have been waiting for a new novel from McCorkle for over 17 years will not be disappointed. 4: If Ron Rash loves it, don't you think you should give it a read?


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That Is Not a Good Idea! By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062203090
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 23rd, 2013

My absolute favorite read aloud of 2013 so far. It's perfect for ages 4-7, but I've seen high school kids giggling over it as well. This is a cautionary tale about why one animal should never follow another animal home for dinner, with an unexpected twist. Guaranteed giggles and surprises on the last 2 pages. ...and oh yes, there is a new Gerald and Piggie book coming out May 21st! (A Big Guy Took My Ball - pre orders available now!)


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Endangered (Ape Quartet) By Eliot Schrefer Cover Image
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

From National Book Award Finalist Eliot Schrefer comes the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos -- and herself -- from a violent coup.

Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good.When Sophie has to visit her mother at her sanctuary for bonobos, she's not thrilled to be there.


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Bossypants By Tina Fey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316056878
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 3rd, 2012

Tina Fey is one of the leading ladies of comedy, and rightly so. Her memoir depicts a woman who appreciates seeing the humor and the absurd in the every day. She is eloquent about what it means to be "the boss," and why it does not involve marching around saying "I am the boss! I am the boss!" the way she thought it might when she was 10. Pieces of her childhood, along with her adult life mix together into one of the most introspective, entertaining, and inspiring books of the decade. Thank goodness Fey reads the audio herself. Now I want to listen to it all over again.


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The Lighthouse Road By Peter Geye Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609531003
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Published: Unbridled Books - June 4th, 2013

Against the wilds of sea and wood, a young immigrant woman settles into life outside Duluth in the 1890s, still shocked at finding herself alone in a new country, abandoned and adrift; in the early 1920s, her orphan son, now grown, falls in love with the one woman he shouldn t and uses his best skills to build them their own small ark to escape.


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The Bartender's Tale (Two Medicine Country) By Ivan Doig Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594631481
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 6th, 2013

A national bestseller, the story of “a boy’s last days of youth and a history his father can’t leave behind” (The Daily Beast).


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The Snow Child: A Novel By Eowyn Ivey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2012

In this magical debut, a couple's lives are changed forever by the arrival of a little girl, wild and secretive, on their snowy doorstep.


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The Cove: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061804205
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Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2012

“Set during World War One, The Cove is a novel that speaks intimately to today’s politics. Beautifully written, tough, raw, uncompromising, entirely new. Ron Rash is a writer’s writer who writes for others.”
—Colum McCann


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The Song of Achilles: A Novel By Madeline Miller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

A New York Times Bestseller

“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art….A book I could not put down.” —Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House


If you don't know David Rakoff from appearances on NPR's This American Life, I'm sorry. You've been missing a brilliantly sarcastic storyteller. It's not too late though! David's book Don't Get Too Comfortable takes stabs at everything from "fasting for enlightenment" to the Log Cabin Republicans. Witty, hilarious, and politically poignant - I think he's a genius!


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The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel By Garth Stein Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 22nd, 2018

Enzo is the charismatic narrator of The Art of Racing in the Rain. He has struggled since his puppyhood with the fact that monkeys got opposable thumbs and dogs did not. It just isn't fair. Why does the canine have a wonderful, imaginative, innovative mind, and not have the physical means to open a refrigerator door? He stays home and watches television while his owner (a down-on-his-luck racecar driver) and family are away. The Weather Channel, we learn, is not about the weather, but about the world. Unfortunately, things get very rough for the family and Enzo is there through the pains of that real world. Just the way a good dog ought to be. The best ending I've read in quite some time.


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Addition: A Novel By Toni Jordan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061582585
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 2nd, 2010

Fun and fast, with a straightforward voice, this is a nice romantic comedy with some pretty steamy love scenes. Grace is our witty heroine, suffering with undiagnosed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Every morning begins with a trip to the coffee shop, where she sits in the same seat, has a muffin, and uses the number of poppy seeds on her muffin to determine how many bites she will take to eat the entire muffin. One morning, her table is occupied, and she is forced to sit with, look at, and talk to….Seamus. Jordan has created a wonderful exploration of both the comic and tragic life of someone living with OCD.


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Califia's Daughters: A Novel By Leigh Richards, Laurie R. King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553586671
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Published: Spectra - August 3rd, 2004

I read it because Laurie King used a pen name and I had to have it. Then *gasp* I liked it! Set in the not so distant future; a man-killing virus has swept across the globe. Men only make up 1/3 of the population and must be protected at all costs. Marriage is a luxury, reserved primarily for women who can afford it. In the midst of such global change, a woman named Dian sets off on a journey to change the course of a new world's history. (Think The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, without the graphic abuse scenes toward the end.)


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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel By Jeannette Walls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416586296
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Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2010

You met Jeannette's maternal grandmother in her memoir, "The Glass Castle," but you probably wanted more. Now we have it! Jeannette published this book as a novel, but it is entirely based on the life of her strong-willed grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. This is a woman who rode 500 miles on horseback to get her first teaching job... at 15 ...all alone. It has been called "Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults," and I agree. Heartfelt, adventurous, and inspiring.


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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel By David Wroblewski Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061374234
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Published: Ecco - September 8th, 2009

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a completely engrossing novel set on the plains of Northern Wisconsin. Edgar Sawtelle is a little boy who comes into the world without a voice. But he doesn't need a voice to communicate with his dogs. The Sawtelles raise dogs, not for their withers height or by any other AKC point system. The Sawtelles are looking for something else; character, heart, and a compatibility with people. They find all of this and more in Almondine, Edgar's dog. It is epic. It is heartbreaking. It is wonderful.


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The Story Sisters: A Novel By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307405968
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Published: Crown - June 1st, 2010

“When they spoke to each other, they sounded like birds.” Almost identical, three stunningly beautiful sisters share an imaginary secret world and a secret language. It sounds like a charming and whimsical tale on the surface. Unfortunately, the eldest sister has created an imaginary world for her sisters, in order to escape the traumatic events of this world. Alice Hoffman delivers a coming-of-age story that drifts to the reader through a haze of dark events that shape the fate of these three sisters’ lives. One of her best.


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The Red Garden: A Novel By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307405975
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Published: Crown - August 2nd, 2011

From the author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Rules of Magic comes a transfixing glimpse into a small American town where a mysterious, magical garden holds the truth behind three hundred years of passion, dark secrets, loyalty, and redemption.
 


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The History of Love: A Novel By Nicole Krauss Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393328622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2006

"Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer, tapping his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive, drawing attention to himself at the milk counter of Starbucks. But life wasn't always like this: sixty years ago, in the Polish village where he was born, Leo fell in love and wrote a book. And although he doesn't know it, that book also survived: it crossed oceans and generations, and changed lives." Fourteen-year-old Alma was named after a character in that book. She has her hands full keeping track of her little brother Bird (who thinks he might be the Messiah) and taking copious notes in her book, How to Survive in the Wild Volume Three. But when a mysterious letter arrives in the mail she undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family.


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Serena: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061470844
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Published: Ecco - September 29th, 2009

George Pemberton is the ruler of his Appalachian timber empire. In 1929 he returns from a trip with a wife. The dark and lovely Serena. The mystique surrounding Serena grows around the lumberjack camp with each of her accomplishments. This is a woman who looks at a tree and accurately quotes the amount of timber it will yield; a woman who saves her husband from being mauled by a bear; a woman who hunts rattlesnakes with her trained hawk. Amazing narrative, wicked characters, thrilling plot. It is the perfect fall book.


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The Reader: A novel (Vintage International) By Bernhard Schlink Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375707971
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Published: Vintage - March 7th, 1999

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER •  Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

"A formally beautiful, disturbing and finally morally devastating novel." —Los Angeles Times


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Beware of God: Stories By Shalom Auslander Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743264570
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 3rd, 2006

I heard Auslander’s short story “Waiting for Joe” on NPR’s This American Life, and I was hooked. I needed to read more. What I found were some unexpected philosophical takes on religion, and an enourmous amount of irreverent wit. I still can’t decide if I liked the book because it was thought-provoking, or if I liked it because it made me laugh out loud. Either way, it’s edgy and fantastic.


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The Air Between Us: A Novel By Deborah Johnson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061255588
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Published: Amistad - March 24th, 2009

A fast-paced story of integration, that tugs at the heart strings. Let’s say you have to drive a bleeding white man to the doors of a hospital in 1960, in the south, and you are a 10 year old black boy. Should you deliver him to the “white side” or the “black side” of the hospital? Such are the everyday dilemmas for the people of Revere, Mississippi where race is the ultimate decision maker. With fully realized characters and a wonderful sense of place, Johnson captures the spirit of the small southern town.


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Still Waters By Nigel McCrery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307388704
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 14th, 2009

Gritty, well, yes…Look, I’m not going to lie, there is a lot of graphic, gross stuff in this book, but there is also one heck of a mystery. Our detective has a condition known as synesthesia, a condition where sensory impressions are translated into overwhelming odors and tastes. So, he tastes and smells what he hears, which makes him a fantastic detective, but a horribly troubled man.When a decomposing body is unearthed at the scene of a relatively routine car accident, Detective Lapslie begins to uncover a series of murders. We know the inner workings of the murderer’s mind, and we can see exactly how careful Detective Lapslie needs to be. The last 35 pages have you whispering, “Careful, careful.” Page. Turner.


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The Ice Queen: A Novel By Alice Hoffman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316154383
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 3rd, 2006

Do not read the jacket description about this book! (It makes it sound sappy and goofy. Well, maybe it is a little bit sappy, but it is too well written to be described that way.) It is a story about decisions that change lives, but it is also heartbreakingly romantic in places. Hoffman’s novels almost always have a supernatural element to them, and this one did too, but it surprised me this time. She remains a favorite.


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Burning Bright: Stories By Ron Rash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061804120
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Published: Ecco - February 1st, 2011

“A gorgeous, brutal writer.”
—Richard Price, New York Times bestselling author of Lush Life and Clockers

 


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The Painted Drum: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060515119
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 22nd, 2019

The imagery in this novel is fantastic. I re-read several passages. Learning the history of the drum is a story within the story. It was like reading an old legend, and it was my favorite part of the book. Interesting how some horrific experiences can be so softly explained.


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Little Bird Of Heaven: A Novel By Joyce Carol Oates Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061829840
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Published: Ecco - August 31st, 2010

"Little Bird of Heaven" by Joyce Carol Oates. I know, I know, I can't keep my mouth shut about this book, but I just don't want anyone to miss it. (September 15 release date.) The writing is simply wonderful. Every phrase, every sentence, every word is just exactly the way it should be. With the care Oates takes creating her stunning prose, I am floored by the fact that she has the time to craft rich, full characters as well. This upstate New York tale is told from the point of view of two small town children. One child is going through her parents divorce, following the accusation that her alcoholic father murdered the local temptress, Zoe Kruller. The other is Zoe's son, trying to figure out what life is like when your mother is murdered, and quite possibly by the father of the girl you are in love with. It is lyrical and poetic, without any of the stumbling blocks in tempo that normally come with such writing.


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Remarkable Creatures: A Novel By Tracy Chevalier Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - October 26th, 2010

Remember “She sells sea shells down by the seashore?” This novel is the story of the woman behind that tongue twister, Mary Anning. In the seaside town of Lyme, just outside of London, fossils and friendships are uncovered. At a time when Jane Austin is in her heyday and the bible is seen as historical fact, fossils don’t exactly fit into fashionable society. The discovery of skeletons from extinct animals, are the cause of scientific furvor and controversy. Mary is right in the middle of it. Mary Anning’s lifelong journey with fossils began as a common way to make ends meet for her family, and gradually developed into a scientific exploration unlike anything the world had seen.


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Saints at the River: A Novel By Ron Rash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424916
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Published: Picador - July 1st, 2005

More than likely, if you have been into the store in the past few years, you know how I feel about author Ron Rash. I just discovered this 2004 novel by him, which is as magically wonderful and well-written as all the rest. Set in Appalachian South Carolina, along an untamed and wild stretch of mountainside, a young girl is lost to the raging waters of the majestic Tamassee River. This is a tale of environmentalism vs. emotional morality (which I know sounds like an oxymoron, but if you read it, you will understand) where a federally protected river holds the body of a dead 12 year old girl whose father wants her buried elsewhere. No one does "sense of place" like Rash (well, Mary Relindes-Ellis is a close second), and the rich narrative made me crave vinegar- based barbeque when I don't even like pork. The winding, and at times tumultuous tale, echoes the bends and eddies of its eerily quiet main character, the Tamassee River.


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The Turtle Warrior By Mary Ellis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143034520
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

I read this book in 2004, and I have not read a contemporary novel that I feel so strongly about since. When I got to the ending, I wanted to start over with page 1. The narrative style is reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, and there is a sense of place that only Jim Harrison can match. There are some books that capture your heart and you fall in love. This is one of them.


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Middlesex: A Novel By Jeffrey Eugenides Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312427733
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Published: Picador - June 5th, 2007

For those who can appreciate good literature, this is a tenderly written story, spanning three generations of a Greek American family. I especially enjoyed the rich storytelling about the history of Detroit.


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Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die By Michael Largo Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060817411
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 3rd, 2006

Every time I opened Final Exits, I learned something new and I wanted others to share in the "fun." I became particularly fond of annoying those around me by blurting out things like "Did you know that bees and wasps cause 6,000 deaths a year?" or "Look, here's a guy who specialized in killing landladies!" and "Ewww! Listen to what it says about cockroaches!" Am I the only one who finds these things fascinating?


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The Financial Lives of the Poets: A Novel By Jess Walter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061916052
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 7th, 2010

Jess Walter has me roaring with "The Financial Lives of the Poets." I can not remember the last book I read that actually made me laugh out loud while reading. All you need to know is in the first chapter. Late 30s, laid off, and 6 days from losing his home, Matt Prior needs a break. He is supposed to go to the 7-11 to get milk for his sons' cereal the following morning. Instead he ends up happily smoking pot with some local college kids, and setting into motion a scheme that will either sink him or save him from the dismal situation in which he finds his life. Contemporary, witty and smart. (Sept. 22, release date)


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Rich Boy By Sharon Pomerantz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780446563192
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Published: Twelve - July 13th, 2011

Robert Vishniak is the favored son of Oxford Circle, a working-class Jewish neighborhood in 1970s Philadelphia. Handsome and clever, Robert glides into the cloistered universities of New England, where scions of unimaginable wealth and influence stand shoulder to shoulder with scholarship paupers like himself who wash dishes for book money.


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Heroic Measures (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jill Ciment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307386786
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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 2010

We only get one weekend with this New York City couple, and it just isn't enough. On the morning of their open house, their dachsund takes ill, and a man takes a taxi hostage in the middle of rush hour traffic. They rush off to the vet, listening to the radio all the while, trying to beat the traffic back to their apartment in time for the showing. Needless to say, things get chaotic. The writing is charming and you find yourself rooting for the couple to get a good bid on their apartment, or to get their dog back in good health, or to wind up happily ever after. I can't tell you if they do, but I can tell you it's a great journey. And no, the dog doesn't die.


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The Last Child: A Novel By John Hart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312642365
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 9th, 2010

Johnny will do anything to find out what happened to his twin sister Alyssa, who disappeared when they were 12. Johnny’s mother numbs her pain with drugs, while he relentlessly searches for her every single day and night. Events from this small North Carolina town’s past are slowly revealed, and they change everything. I get the feeling that John Hart wants to be as commercial as John Grisham. The only thing holding him back is that his writing in better! Fast, intriguing, and well written.


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Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir By Wendy Burden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781592406067
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Published: Avery - March 1st, 2011

The great-great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt takes a look at the decline of her wealthy blue-blooded family in this irreverent and wickedly funny memoir


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The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise By Julia Stuart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307476913
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Published: Anchor - August 23rd, 2011

Brimming with charm and whimsy, this national bestseller set in the Tower of London has the transportive qualities and delightful magic of the contemporary classics Chocolat and Amélie


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Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations By Simon Rich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781400065882
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2007

Remember the bible story of Abraham taking his son Isaac up the mountain to kill him because God asked for a sacrifice? Well, if you don’t think that a conversation on the way back down the hill (when God said, “Nah, I can tell you mean it. Don’t kill him.”) is funny, then this is not the book for you. Each of these stories is about 5 pages or less, and I laughed every single time I opened it. THE perfect book to have on hand when you only have a second to read, but want the satisfaction of a beginning, middle, and end.


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The Wanderer By Sharon Creech, David Diaz (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sharon Creech, David Diaz (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780064410328
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Published: HarperCollins - November 21st, 2011

The only girl on a trip from Connecticut to Ireland, Sophie is our main character. The story is told through her journal entries and the journal entries of her cousin, Cody. This book has many layers. The story of Sophie crossing the ocean is a wild ride of literal ups and downs on the waves. However, you also get a glimpse into the tough emotional things Sophie has had to deal with in her family…but no one knows that she has quite so many things on her mind. A wonderful ending to a beautiful, adventurous story. Bound to be a classic. Best for ages 9 and up.


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A Thread of Sky: A Novel By Deanna Fei Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143118626
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011

This is the book for all of the women whose mothers made them read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Now it's your turn to give one to mom! Contemporary instead of historical fiction, this is a beautifully written, emotionally complex novel based on the Asian American woman's experience. To celebrate her mother's 80th birthday, Irene Shen covertly plans to take her on a trip to visit her daughter and sister in China, bringing her other 2 daughters unwillingly along. These 6 women, from 3 generations drive the novel. You want to know more and more about them, and you spend a great deal of the book hoping against hope for a resolution or bond of some kind to bring them all out of their individual sadness. A beautiful book about what it means to be family.


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Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal By Conor Grennan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061930065
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 27th, 2011

“Funny, touching, tragic….A remarkable tale of corruption, child trafficking and civil war in a far away land—and one man’s extraordinary quest to reunite lost Nepalese children with their parents.”
—Neil White, author of In the Sanctuary of Outcasts


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Silver Sparrow By Tayari Jones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616201425
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 8th, 2012

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of An American Marriage

“A love story . . . Full of perverse wisdom and proud joy . . . Jones’s skill for wry understatement never wavers.”
O: The Oprah Magazine

Silver Sparrow will break your heart before you even know it.


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I Don't Want to Be a Pea! By Ann Bonwill, Simon Rickerty (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ann Bonwill, Simon Rickerty (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442436145
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2012

Hugo Hippo has a great idea. He and Bella Bird should go to the fairy tale costume party dressed as the Princess and the Pea. The only problem is that Bella doesn't want to be a pea. As matter of fact, she tells Hugo that if he wants to go so badly, HE should be the pea. After a very funny back and forth, Hugo and Bella come to a surprising compromise and learn about what it means to do something for a friend. Good for 2 and up.


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Little Night: A Novel By Luanne Rice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143123323
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

The New York Times–bestselling author’s heart-wrenching chronicle of a woman and her niece, who attempt to build the relationship they longed for all their lives


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The World Without You: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Joshua Henkin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307277183
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2013

It's July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. They have gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings and an intrepid journalist killed on that day in 2004, while on assignment in Iraq.