Staff Picks 2014

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We Are Not Ourselves Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476756660
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 19th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (October 2014): An amazing first novel from Matthew Thomas, a novel which the New York Times called one of the year’s best. Thomas chronicles 3 generations of the Leary family, against a backdrop of a changing 20th century America. He writes with searing emotional intelligence and creates characters you’ll not soon forget. A great book club suggestion. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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Neverhome Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316370134
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 9th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (October 2014): Wow. This is a gem of a novel by Colorado author and DU professor Laird Hunt. Its a civil war story told in the voice of his main character named Ash, a women who conceals her identity and joins the Union army. Hunt draws you right in to the time and the place as experienced through our hardy heroine. Breathtaking. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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Hug Machine Cover Image
By Scott Campbell, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442459359
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

Chris's October 2014 Staff Pick: Who doesn’t need a hug sometimes? When this little boy decides that the world needs to be hugged, he goes out and does it. It’s a wonderful story for any one who needs a pick-me-up and for all those hug machines out there that need the encouragement to go out and do it. I loved this book!!!! View all of Logan's Picks... 


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I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! Cover Image
By Jill Esbaum, Gus Gordon (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803735248
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Published: Dial Books - May 15th, 2014

Chris's October 2014 Staff Pick: Nadine thinks that she can handle any thing life sends her way, or so she wants her friends to believe. But when she finds herself lost in the wood in the dark, she has to find her own way out. This is a great story of strength and determination to over come your fears. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780765335494
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Published: Tor Teen - October 14th, 2014

Chris's October 2014 Staff Pick: With a title like this, how could this book not be a great adventure! In the same spirit of Treasure Island and the Princess Bride, Tripp takes you on a page turning experience. By a turn of fate, Kit a lonely house boy, must take the place of Whistling Jack, a notorious highwayman with a mission to save a princess. Along the way Kit must fight goblins, learn to read a magical map and find away to contend with this fiery princess he has. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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Heir of Fire Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781619630659
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - September 2nd, 2014

Chris's October 2014 Staff Pick: The third book in The Throne of Glass Series.

Celaena must find her way and take stock of where her life is going. She must travel to Wendlyn to find her true roots and see how far she will go to serve her king as champion.
She also has to find out what her feels for Chaol really are.
Sarah does a wonderful job of writing a page turner and keeps you wanting more.

View all of Logan's Picks... 


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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780399162091
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Published: Marian Wood Books/Putnam - May 30th, 2013

Virgie's Staff Pick's (October 2014): I missed this book when it came out last year, but decided to read it after the author was included in the 2014 Literary Sojourn. It was named a “Best of 2013” pick by: The New York Times Book Review, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Library Journal, BookPage and others. I’m glad I read it!

Rose, the tender narrator of the story, states; “The only reason I’m the one telling this story is that I’m the one not currently in a cage.” Many fascinating questions arise from her story: what is freedom, what is captivity, what is animal, and what is human. Where does science end and compassion begin? I found this to be a very thought provoking novel!

If you haven’t read other reviews, or the back cover of this book, DON’T! You will be completely surprised mid-book! The story is built around a secret, or more accurately, a revelation. Knowing the twist in advance doesn’t diminish the story, but I certainly WON’T disclose it here: no spoiler alert from me! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Leaving Time Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345544926
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 14th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (October 2014): This latest novel by Jodi Picoult, Leaving Time, strays from her previous books, and I loved it! This is a mystery of a teen searching for her missing mother, enlisting the help of a psychic and ex-cop. All I can say is that the ending is entirely unpredictable!

This book left me with much more than a good story! Through the fictional character, Alice, who studied the grieving habits, mothering skills and memory of elephants, I gained insight into the amazing cognition and emotional intelligence of these beautiful animals!

If I were an elephant I’d trumpet Leaving Time. View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781451695199
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 23rd, 2012

Shannon's Staff Pick (October 2014): When Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander is attacked by a rare illness that puts him in a coma for seven days, his chances of waking up become slimmer each passing day. During his time in a coma, Alexander journeys beyond our world into a vivid, incredible realm of super-physical existence. Alexander’s analysis of his conscious state during his journey adds depth to his amazing account. An incredible story of new life, Proof of Heaven is a must read. View all of Shannon's Picks... 


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Bossypants Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316056861
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - April 5th, 2011

Shannon's Staff Pick (October 2014): Tina Fey’s #1 National Bestseller is loaded with hysterical memories, personality, and insight into Tina Fey’s career and personal life. Bossypants is nearly impossible to put down and makes you laugh until you cry. From the secrets of Tina Fey’s Mommy Beauty ,which includes tips for aging without looking like time-lapse photography of a rotting sparrow, to her insight into her breakthrough career on Saturday Night Live, Bossypants is a book you can’t pass by. View all of Shannon's Picks... 


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A Bird on Water Street Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781939775054
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Published: Little Pickle Press - May 7th, 2014

Syd's Staff Pick's (October 2014): This is a very interesting read for all ages. It is a wonderful combination of a coming of age story and environmentalism. It takes place in a town of the Copper Basin near the Appalachian Mountains, whose terrain resembles the surface of Mars more so than anything you would expect to find on Earth. Jack Hicks wants more than anything to have the green return to the town, to have trees to play on, and wants nothing to do with the mine that has taken so many of his family members. It takes into account the importance of the environment and also how trying life in a mining town can be – especially when people die, jobs are lost, and mines shut down. Laced in with the hardships, are lessons on community, and how people come together when things get tough. View all of Syd's Picks...


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The Luck Uglies Cover Image
By Paul Durham, Petur Antonsson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062271501
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - April 29th, 2014

Syd's Staff Pick's (October 2014): From the moment you open to the pages of this book you are hooked! It starts out with heart thumping action, and never disappoints as you make your way through the story. I loved everything about this book, especially its heroine, Rye, whom I felt particularly connected to. She is a stubborn, clumsy, determined young lady! She believes that the wretched Bog Noblins have returned, and never imagined the role she, her family, and the mysterious Luck Uglies would have in removing them. I loved following her throughout the story as she learns important life lessons, and truths about herself.

This story transports you to a whole new realm, full of magic and yet completely believable. It is original, light hearted, and magical. I completely loved it and cannot wait for the sequel! View all of Syd's Picks...


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Pete the Cat and the New Guy Cover Image
By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062275608
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Published: HarperCollins - August 5th, 2014

Kim's Staff Pick (October 2014): Once again Pete the Cat is one cool cat. He shows acceptance of difference and finds a way for everyone to do something fun together. View all of Kim's Picks... 


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Ruin Falls Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780345549075
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 22nd, 2014

Kim's Staff Pick (October 2014): We have been so lucky to have had Jenny at our store for the launch of both of her books. She is a smart, fun and fabulous person as well as a clear up and coming thriller author. We will be seeing a lot from her.

In a suspenseful follow-up to her critically acclaimed Cover of Snow, Jenny Milchman ratchets up the tension with this edge-of-your-seat story of a mother determined to find her missing children.

Frantic worry and helplessness threaten to overtake Liz’s mind—but in a sudden, gut-wrenching instant she realizes that it was no stranger who slipped into the hotel room that night. Someone she trusted completely has betrayed her. Liz knows that Ally and Reid are safe, but she will stop at nothing to find them and get them back. From her guarded in-laws’ unwelcoming farmhouse to the deep woods of her own hometown, Liz follows the threads of a terrible secret to uncover a hidden world created from dreams and haunted by nightmares. View all of Kim's Picks... 


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Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connect Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316252089
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 22nd, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (September 2014): In Blue Mind Wallace Nichols reports on the neuroscience, biology, and medical research that are beginning to illuminate the reasons why water has such profound affects on us, both physically and mentally. Fascinating. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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The Quick Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812993271
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Published: Random House - June 17th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (September 2014): The New York Times gave Owen’s debut novel a strong thumbs up. Set in the mid-19th century, the novel is full of gothic mystery, drama, and vampires. Yes, vampires. Owen’s unique plot-ordering gives the narrative a new and inventive twist. The Quick is an entertaining read. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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The Long Way Home Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250022066
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 26th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (September 2014): The Long Way Home is the newest title in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache mystery series. You don’t have to read them in order, so jump right in. All the novels are set in the Quebec area. This one plumbs the mysterious disappearance of artist Peter Morrow. You’ll be spell-bound by Penny’s excellent writing and complex characters. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385535373
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Doubleday Books - August 5th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (September 2014): This book tells the gripping true story of the ill-fated USS Jeannette, which set sail for the Arctic in 1879. It’s a tale peopled with larger-than-life characters questing for glory. They end up in a life-and-death struggle for survival. Very well-written. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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Neverhome Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316370134
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 9th, 2014

Dagny's Staff Pick (September 2014): Reading a book that is destined to become a classic is a rare thing in our day and age, but this book promises to do just that. Neverhome is the story of a woman who takes on a man’s name and clothing in order to fight in America’s Civil War. Written in the dialect of the time, this story transports the reader to a world filled with battle, with death, with camaraderie and laughter. The reader feels as though he/she is on the battlefield, is walking the landscape and ultimately feels the effects of battle on the psyche,the body and the spirit. This is an unforgettable book! View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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The Best Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9780486475448
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Published: Dover Publications - November 18th, 2010

Dagny's Staff Pick (September 2014): I cannot believe that I had never heard of Katherine Mansfield before this weekend. Once I read the first sentence of the first story I was hooked. I have found a new addiction! Katherine Mansfield is a New Zealand author credited with creating the short story along with James Joyce. She was heralded in her day by the likes of H.G. Wells and D.H. Lawrence. I am in love! The stories reflect real life in all its innocence, desire and heartbreak. She reached people of all walks of life with her work, most of whom proclaimed ‘these are real people you are writing about.’ Mansfield worked to capture the working class world she grew up in along with the landscape that later haunted her writings. Buy this collection a thousands times! View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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Puss & Boots Cover Image
By Ayano Imai (Illustrator), Sayako Uchida (Translator), Kate Westerlund (Adapted by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9789888240715
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Published: Minedition - May 1st, 2014

Sara's Staff Pick's (September 2014): Ayano Imai’s illustrations are fantastic as well as her twist on the classic Puss in Boots story. The poor shoemaker, who lives with his cat, feels he is doomed because business is down. The cat thinks the shoemaker is giving up too easily and has him make the most beautiful boots ever for the cat to parade around in and drum up business. And business he does drum up from a monster! But the cat is clever and all ends well in this wonderfully illustrated tale. View all of Sara's Picks... 


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The Story of Ferdinand: 75th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780670013234
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 31st, 2011

Sara's Staff Pick's (September 2014): Seventy-five years has passed and Ferdinand the bull still sits under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers. A big, strong bull, Ferdinand doesn’t like to fight. A beautiful anniversary edition is available of this timeless classic of a bull who prefers calm instead of bullfights. A delightful hero and a must read for young and old! View all of Sara's Picks... 


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The Revenge of Seven Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062194725
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Published: HarperCollins - August 26th, 2014

Chris's September 2014 Staff Pick: The next installment of the I am Number Four series is finally here, with The Revenge of Seven!!

The story continues… who if left, what is the deal with Adam? How is Sam cooping? Will Sarah be next to die?

All these questions and more are answered in this book. But true to form Pittacus leaves us hanging for the next one.

This is definitely one of my favorite series!!View all of Logan's Picks... 


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Bitter Greens Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250047533
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - September 23rd, 2014

Chris's September 2014 Staff Pick: This is the story of Rapunzel, or how the story of Rapunzel began.

Once upon a time….Charlotte-Rose de la Force wrote about survival, about loss and about love. After she was banished to a convent from the Sun Kings’ court, she befriends a timely out nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her a story of a young girl centuries earlier that was traded by her parents for a hand full of bitter greens to a wicked lady and locked up in a tower.

Selena is the muse of the famous Renaissance artist Tiziano. It is she who locks up Margherita, and weaves her hair together with all the other young women whom she has kept in her tower.

Kate does a tremendous job of weaving these three stories together to make such a wonderful American debut. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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Salt & Storm Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316404518
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 23rd, 2014

Chris's September 2014 Staff Pick: Avery Roe has been forced to give up her magical heritage by her mother. She is coming of age and she must unlock her magic. Avery is meant to help people with it, but what is she to do when she dreams of her own murder.

Tane is traveled across many seas to find Avery to learn about his true destiny and have Avery tell him what his dreams means. Together they must save the island, and themselves. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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Egg & Spoon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763672201
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014

Chris's September 2014 Staff Pick: Gregory Maguire has joined the tour de force of authors writing for the next generation. This is the story of Elena Rudina, a young girl who lives in a small impoverished town in Russia in the time of the Tsar. Her father is dead, her oldest brother was conscripted by the army, her middle brother left with the last wealthy landowner and her mother lays dying in their little cabin. When a train stops in her town on the way to meet the Tsar, Elena meets Ekaterina. This is the story of their adventures when their lives collide.

This is the story of a monk locked away in a tower and a prince who is hiding.

This is also the story of Baba Yaga , witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs.

This is an inspiring delightful book. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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The Maid's Version Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316205887
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 9th, 2014

Kim's Staff Pick (September 2014): Now in PaperBack! Needing to knock some Literary Sojourn books off the list I picked a winner! Beautiful short Book packs a lot of punch. Loosely based on the real-life West Plains Dance Hall Explosion of 1928, it centers on Alma DeGeer Dunahew, a maid with three children in fictional West Table, Mo. After years of bitter silence, Alma has chosen to unburden her story on her grandson, Alek. When Alma’s sister Ruby is killed along with 42 other victims in the local Arbor Dance Hall, Alma is determined that the explosion was no accident. From these slim threads, Woodrell gives us many potential culprits, among them an Old Testament preacher and a gang of bank robbers, not to mention all the secrets and lies kept by the good people of any rural village. Short chapters reveal only the most telling and scarce details of Woodrell’s lineup of characters, lending the story a spare, bitter charm. Woodrell is a beautifully lyrical writer in that true southern prose. View all of Kim's Picks... 


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Rupert Can Dance Cover Image
By Jules Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780374363635
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - August 5th, 2014

Kim's Staff Pick (September 2014): Rupert has a secret night time passion that is discovered in a laugh out loud scene with fun illustrations. For the cat lover, the dancer or just a fun book lover, this fun picture book will be a pleasure to read over and over. View all of Kim's Picks... 


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A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062284068
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 23rd, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (September 2014): A Deadly Warning by New York Times journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Matt Richtel has changed my life … seriously! I think about this true story all the time, and I realize the impact it has had on me!

This non-fiction book is a riveting account of our country’s first texting-while-driving manslaughter case, a 2006 Utah double fatality. Richtel explores all the people and families involved – driver, victims, attorneys, investigative scientists – as he shows us the impact and the life changes this accident precipitated. He cites a vast amount of scientific data research presenting a fascinating look at the science of attention—and inattention. This account reads like a novel, full of vivid, heartbreaking real-life “characters”—to expose and objectively question our glorification of multitasking and tech-connectedness. Although Richter does not impose his own judgements related to this research, I finished the book with my own strong opinion! This is a must-read! It will absolutely change the way you think about the devices that keep us online. View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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The Secret Sky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399160783
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Published: Philomel Books - September 2nd, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (September 2014): “How can I speak if I’ve forgotten how to breathe?”

This is a love story set in Afghanistan, between a young man and woman who fall in love although their families are ethnic rivals. Author Atia Abawi is of Afghan origin and lived in Afghanistan as a news correspondent for five years. The story she tells is based on the people Abawi met and the events that occurred while she lived there. In other words, this story parallels the life and traditions of conflicting cultures, religious beliefs and the Taliban. The frightening, brutal novel depicts the violent realities of living in Afghanistan. I find it hard to comprehend that I live in the same world as the young couple and their affected families!

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for teens on up and for anyone who has lived during the time of America’s War in Afghanistan. You will never take love, or the quality of a free life for granted again! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Island of a Thousand Mirrors Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250043931
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 2nd, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (September 2014): Island of a Thousand Mirrors is a tale of the devastating twenty-five-year Sri Lankan civil war, told through the eyes of two women on opposing sides of the conflict; both women the eldest daughter of their family, one from the Sinhalese majority and the other a minority Tamil. The conflict is definitely told from a woman’s view, and at times it feels as if they are whispering their story.

This historical fiction novel was published in Sri Lanka and India several years ago, and will now be available in the U.S. in September, 2014. Since its first publication two years ago, it has won the Regional Prize for Asia and is currently nominated for another award. Although I have never been to Sri Lanka and knew little about it’s past, the author brought me there! The writing is beautiful and powerful! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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The Art of Racing in the Rain Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061537967
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 9th, 2009

Shannon's Staff Pick (September 2014): The ultimate story of unconditional love and compassion for family, told from the perspective of Enzo, a lovable and philosophical dog who possesses an incredible insight into the human condition and lives for the thrill of competitive racing. Enzo tells the story of his adored owner Denny,his young family, and Denny’s budding race car career. Stein writes a novel that contemplates loyalty, love, and old age in this touching and funny book that ponders all aspects of life. View all of Shannon's Picks... 


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The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125679
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Published: Penguin Books - July 29th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (August 2014): Now in paperback! Nora’s world is turned upside down when she takes a walk in the woods, after a terrible break up, behind her rented cabin and finds her-self in a beautiful world where everything is perfect. She meets Ilissa and her perfect son Raclin. But things change fast when magic is involved. Nora must learn to trust this new world and look deeper into her-self to make the leap home.

If you liked “Discovery of Witches”, this is the next must read. Emily Croy Baker is a wonderful debut author. I can’t wait to read more by her.View all of Logan's Picks... 


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The Very Cranky Bear Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545612692
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Published: Orchard Books - July 29th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (August 2014): When a group of friends has to find a place to get out of the rain, they run into a cave. But they don’t know that someone else is already there. Bear gets very cranky when he is awakened by them. So they try to give Bear something that makes each of them feel special. Nick Bland is both the author and the illustrator for this wonderful picture book. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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The Valley of Amazement Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062107329
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Published: Ecco Press - July 15th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (August 2014): Now in paperback!! Amy Tan does a wonderful job of taking you to all the fantastic places in her books. This one is the story of Violet, a young girl exposed to the courtesan world at a early age and Magic Gourd, a courtesan. They form a bound tighter than sisterhood. They cross many mountains and many years, before the story comes full circle. Valley of Amazement is so moving and beautifully written. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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The Truth about Alice Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596439092
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 3rd, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (August 2014): This is the story of Alice from everybody but Alice. In the small town of Healy Texas things get out of hand at a party, and the rumors about Alice start to fly.

But the bases for these rumors may have more than meets the eye. Are they really about Alice or are they about the people starting them? Jennifer is a debut author and her first book really brings to heart how much lies can hurt and how fast things can fly when you just want to be liked by other people. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

Kim's Staff Pick (August 2014): From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr,(and Literary Sojourn author) a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work. View all of Kim's Picks... 


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When a Grandpa Says
By Douglas Wood, Jennifer A. Bell (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780689815126
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 5th, 2014

Kim's Staff Pick (August 2014): Sometimes a Grandpa says “I love you” by mussing up your hair. Just after you’ve combed it.

A perfect excerpt from this sweet book that perfectly captures a Grandpa’s Love. This is an accurate explanation of how my Grandpa’s and now my dad who is a Grandpa say “I love you”. View all of Kim's Picks... 


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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781400067558
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House - February 7th, 2012

Virgie's Staff Pick's (August 2014): IF YOU MISSED READING THE LOWLAND OR BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS IN THE HARDCOVER VERSION, I SUGGEST YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE AMAZING BOOKS, NOW AVAILABLE IN SOFT COVER! Read the following reviews which I am reposting!

Pulitzer Prize writer Katherine Boo has written what I claim to be my favorite, must-read book of this year! Yes, it’s that good! For three years the author basically embedded herself in a slums of Mumbai, India, so readers could see, hear, and – to a degree – understand the lives of the residents who experience rampant corruption by those supposed to protect them, with little chance for upward mobility. Although the book is a narrative nonfiction, it feels like a favorite fiction read. The characters are real people you can understand even without having to live the terrible existence they take as normal.

What is most powerful is that this is not a book about India . . . it is also a book about America and India. Read between the lines and you see that Katherine Boo wants her reader to look at America to see the parallels that connect us. We like to think that America is better off than India. However, we live in the same world; only the names are different. View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Lucky Us Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781400067244
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Published: Random House - July 29th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (August 2014): The first lines of this story immediately captured my attention: “My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.” How could I resist a book that starts like that?

This is the story of a “family” set in the 1940’s. The family consists of unique characters, some related by blood and others who just become family. The “baggage” of these characters makes them bond in memorable ways. It made me ponder the difference between the families we are born into and those families that we choose.

The charming cover art drew me in immediately. I’ll let you decide for yourself which character is represented by the zebra, and the lion, but I can say for sure that the tightrope the animals are on is the taut tightrope of the characters’ life. View all of Virgie's Picks... 


Leroy Ninker Saddles Up Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763663391
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 26th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (August 2014): CALLING ALL BEGINNING READERS, HORSE LOVERS AND KATE DI CAMILLO FANS!

Leroy Ninker was a small man (actually a boy) with a big dream. He dreamed of being a cowboy. It wasn’t hard to find the cowboy accessories, but to find a horse was another thing! Once he got a horse, a huge dilemma occurred! Leroy said, “If there is anything worse than being a cowboy without a horse, it is being a cowboy with a horse and then lost her.” How does Leroy solve the predicament he is in? Read to find out!

If the young readers who read this story are unfamiliar with giving compliments, they will certainly become pros by the end of the story! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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$24.99
ISBN: 9781492603832
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 26th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (August 2014): This is the reason I love reading historical fiction: I learn much more than facts about an era in history. Through the story line, I learn how people react, cope and survive the times they are living in! The End of Innocence took me to the Harvard and Radclliff Campus during World War I, when many of the wealthy students were being called to fight for their country. As the story unfolds, the elegance of Boston aristocracy contrasts harshly with the brutal realities of WWI. The story then flips to WWI Germany, where several Harvard students find themselves fighting on opposing forces.

In my opinion this is a well written novel, rich in historical information but with a story line that kept me turning the pages. The story allowed me to “feel” as if I was living this political dilemma! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


The Lowland Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780385350402
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Published: Vintage - September 23rd, 2013

Virgie's Staff Pick's (August 2014): The story takes place during the late 1960’s in India, a country torn by revolution. I thought hard about the statement; “Those who don’t stand up to a problem, contribute to it.” It seems that there are many strategies to consider, but it all comes down to perspective.

This heartbreaking story presents two very different brothers; Udayan, the younger by 15 months, is passionate, idealistic and ripe for involvement in the political rebellion in 1960s India (not all that different from his American counterparts of the same era.) Subhash is the “good brother,” the parent-pleaser, who goes off to study and teach in America. The characters are strong, and all connected, but I loved following Gauri, a young woman whose role changed from wife to widow, sister-in-law to wife, and mother to childless woman. I learned a lot about the history of India. If this is your interest, you might also want to read Behind the Beautiful Forever by Catherine Boo, which refers to current day India. Both books are excellent! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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The Son Cover Image
By Jo Nesbo, Charlotte Barslund (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385351379
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 13th, 2014

Dagny's Staff Pick (August 2014): This book is a departure from Nesbo’s Harry Hole series. Instead, we are thrown into a world where a heroin addict is given the drugs he craves as long as he stays in jail and admits to murders he hasn’t committed. When he finds out that what he believed to be his father’s suicide was actually murder, he starts on a journey to find the truth about the events that took place. As with any Nesbo book, we are taken into the darker side of man paired with the redemption that is possible within each of us.View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451163967
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Published: Berkley Books -

Dagny's Staff Pick (August 2014): The first time I read this book I was in high school. Re-reading this book I was struck with the notion of how we try to define crazy and how once we are pigeon-holed by society’s definition of crazy, we may be locked up in a real prison or one of our making when at the very core essence of humanity is the desire to be free. View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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The Son Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco Press - January 28th, 2014

Logan's Staff Pick (July 2014): Sometimes a sweeping, multi-generational epic is exactly what you need to scratch that literary itch, and The Son really hits the spot. Covering five generations of the great McCullough family, Meyer parallels familial drama with the violent history of the Lone Star State. Spare, unflinching, with as much grit as the desert wind, The Son is a striking work from an impressive young author. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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The Day the Crayons Quit Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399255373
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Published: Philomel Books - June 27th, 2013

Logan's Staff Pick (July 2014): “Hey Duncan, it’s me, Red Crayon. We need to talk.”
So begins Drew Daywalt’s The Day The Crayons Quit, a hilarious collection of letters to a boy who just can’t seem to keep his art supplies happy. Purple Crayon is a neat freak, Pink Crayon feels neglected, and Orange and Yellow simply aren’t speaking to each other. This is an imaginative tale for any age, and you may never look at a box of crayons the same way again. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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The Winter People Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385538497
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Published: Doubleday Books - February 11th, 2014

Syd's Staff Pick's (July 2014): “There are doorways, gates, between this world and the world of spirits through which the dead can return. Not just as spirits, but as living, breathing beings—Sleepers.”

This is an amazing, eerie, and captivating tale! It is a story spanning decades apart. One in modern times where two sisters try to piece together the disappearance of their mother, and another set in 1908 where a grieving mother brings her dead child back to life. I was instantly intrigued with this book just in the first page, and it didn’t disappoint! Its definitely a chilly ghost story of sorts, but not enough so that I wasn’t able to sleep at night! Loved it! View all of Syd's Picks...


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The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062313140
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 27th, 2014

Syd's Staff Pick's (July 2014): Fans of Tim Burton movies, Grimm fairy tales, and maybe even the Twilight Zone, I think would enjoy this book. The “cabinet” is full of artifacts that each have their own terrifying tale behind them, and the Curators (Bachmann, Catmull, Legrand, and Trevayne) are who brought the artifacts in and have the ability to re-tell their tales. Its an intriguing compilation of short stories that don’t particularly have anything in common except for their sinister plots: a cake that makes its owner feel as though he’s being eaten by himself, bloodthirsty grifters, and all sorts of things from childhood nightmares! View all of Syd's Picks...


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Summer House with Swimming Pool Cover Image
By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (Translator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780804138819
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Published: Hogarth - June 3rd, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (July 2014): Fans of Herman Koch’s “The Dinner” will love his new novel, full of the kind of slightly sick twists that make this Dutch author so famous. Darkly funny and provocative. You’ll be groaning and laughing all the way through. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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The Girls from Corona del Mar Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385351966
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - July 8th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (July 2014): This amazing debut novel charts the lifelong friendship of two contemporary young women. Friends in childhood, their adult lives take utterly different courses. Mia ends up in the world of academia and lives abroad. Lorrie Ann marries young and suffers a series of struggles and losses. Thorpe chronicles their relationship with a masterful touch. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (July 2014): I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. It’s a beautifully told tale of the human spirit set in World War II. Not heavy and dark; not fluffy and light. It utterly hits the mark. You will love it. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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The Goldfinch Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316055437
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

Donna Tartt has created a memorable character named Theo Decker, whom I will not soon forget. We follow Theo as he stumbles from boyhood through manhood. He always messes things up for himself and for those he loves, yet Tartt keeps us rooting for him. This novel is funny, smart, and sophisticated, with an interesting focus on the world of art and antiques. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060929510
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 26th, 1998

Dagny's Staff Pick (July 2014): Every now and then a book comes along that offers the yin and yang of life. Modoc does that.

This story of a boy who was born on the same day and the same hour as the elephant he will dedicate his life to. This book celebrates the beauty of living creatures and the dedication and loyalty that can result from training through love and understanding instead of pain. Such as we have all experienced, where there is good, there is also evil and both Modoc, the circus elephant, and his trainer suffer their share of horror, pain and grief.

This book will have you pondering the ways of the world and make you want to give your pet and extra hug and a kiss. This book was published in 1997, but is a timeless story that will make you cheer and make you cry. View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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Something to Remember You by: A Perilous Romance Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250044525
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 22nd, 2014

Dagny's Staff Pick (July 2014): Now out in paperback, Something to Remember You By is a mystery and romance that takes place during WWII. A surprise romance leads Tom into the depths of German horrors to rescue a love he just met. As you might expect from Gene Wilder, the dialogue is quirky yet endearing. This fast read pulls you in and leaves you feeling that all might be right in the world if we weren’t afraid to sacrifice everything for love. View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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What Do You Do with an Idea? Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938298073
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Published: Compendium Inc - February 1st, 2014

Dagny's Staff Pick (July 2014): This children’s book would also make a wonderful gift for anyone starting a new job or trying to figure out what to do with their lives. Beautiful illustrations combine with text that explores ideas, how people react to them and what can happen if we nurture our ideas, feed them, give them attention and let them grow. We can….. (you have to read the book to find out!) View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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The Home Place Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062323446
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 29th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (July 2014): This entire story takes place within 5 days, and I felt myself on the same roller coaster that main character Alma was on. When Alma gets a phone call informing her that her sister has died, possibly murdered, she immediately returns to her home place to take care of matters. Alma fears that by honoring her sense of duty to family, her life as she knows it will end. Within those 5 days Alma realizes that “… no matter how far you go, when your family goes back as far as yours, this land is like your mother.” Alma doesn’t know if this is a blessing or a curse!

I loved the rural Montana setting, the action and intrigue of the 5 days, and the perspective one gains when returning to a “loved” place!
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Ordinary Grace Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451645859
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Published: Atria Books - March 4th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (July 2014): Narrator Frank Drum looks back 40 years to that devastating summer when he was 13 years old. That summer, in small town Minnesota, nearly tore his family apart and left his small community with pain, confusion and grief. Grief is a tricky thing because people endure their grief in various ways, but what does this look like when you live under the same roof? This is a tender, thought provoking mystery, whose ending is unpredictable! I loved it! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Oh Dear, Geoffrey! Cover Image
By Gemma O'Neill, Gemma O'Neill (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763666590
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Published: Templar Books - May 13th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (July 2014): Geoffrey the giraffe is awkward, can’t seem to do anything right, and wants friends more than anything! Once he becomes more comfortable in his own skin, Geoffrey finally finds an abundance of friends, waiting for him high above the African savannah.

This story is a vocabulary delight! The illustrations are so beautiful that I just had to peruse the book several more times after my first reading! Loved it! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Caterina and the Lemonade Stand Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803739031
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Published: Dial Books - May 15th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (July 2014): This is a fun book for those little summertime entrepreneurs! Caterina wants to buy a scooter, but realizes that “money doesn’t grow on trees.” But wait … lemons do! From this point on, Caterina created her own lemonade stand, making it unique so it will “stand out” from all the other lemonade stands. The story and illustrations are the perfect celebration of summer! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Cover Image
By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062304162
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - May 27th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (July 2014): I’ve spent a lot of time with my 2 year old grandson, watching those stars appear in the summer sky, while singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. This adaptation of the song is creative, fun and actually thought provoking. I loved it … and so does my grandson! Now we have a few new versions to sing while we watch the stars! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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The String Diaries Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316254465
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 1st, 2014

Kim's Staff Pick (July 2014): Never confusing but very engaging, this a a compelling read.

The String Diaries finds fresh ground in its particular subject: shapeshifters, but in this case, into other humans.

The book uses a clever device of bouncing between three time periods that follows this long living shapeshifter and human prey, and her progeny.

Despite its quirks and the occasional flaw, The String Diaries is intensely readable: I raced through it. It’s a readable urban fantasy with likeable characters and a bit more depth than most. And if you want a villain? Jakab’s your man/shapeshifter. View all of Kim's Picks... 


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This Is Not My Hat Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655990
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 9th, 2012

Kim's Staff Pick (July 2014): A terrific follow up to I Want My Hat Back. This beautifully illustrated engaging picture book has a great sense of humor and a moral! View all of Kim's Picks... 


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China Dolls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812992892
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Published: Random House - June 3rd, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (July 2014): Lisa See is one of my favorite authors. She does such a wonderful job of transporting you to another world that is so colorful and full of emotion. She is still true to her writing style in her my recent book China Dolls.

China Dolls is the story of three young women in California in the year 1938. Grace who is running away from a difficult family situation, comes to San Francisco to find herself and learns along the way that she knows nothing of her Chinese roots.

Helen, who was raised in true Chinese culture, even though she is an American citizen by birth, is longing to see what's outside her family's compound.

Ruby, who is more of a free spirit, comes to San Francisco to try to pass. She's Japanese. And with tensions between China and Japan heightening, nobody wants to have anything to do with anyone of Japanese decent.

These three girls all happen to cross paths and a friend ship starts to develop, each one seeking something else from the other.

The story just flows and is beautifully written.


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The Queen of the Tearling, Volume 1 Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062290366
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Published: Harper - July 8th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (July 2014): Kelsea Raleigh Glynn was raised to be Queen. She has known this since she was little, but she was raise in exile and has never really seen the outside world. Her world changes the day the soldiers come to bring her back to the castle. Kelsea comes to realize what it means to be Queen the first day she enters her new home. All the things that she has been taught as a child only bring up more questions about her kingdom.

This is a great book for fans of George R.R. Martins Song of Fire and Ice.


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By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062223975
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - June 24th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (July 2014): Everyone knows that the first day of anything can be hard. A new place, new people, and new things to see and do. So when it’s Chu’s first day of school, he doesn’t know what to expect. This is a great book for kids on their way to any first thing.


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The Kiss of Deception Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780805099232
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 8th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (July 2014): When Lia decides to run away on her wedding day from a man that she had never met, her friend Pauline comes along. But not only did she run from her family, she ran from her duties as a first Daughter to the king.

Now she and Pauline must out smart an assassin and an unknown man sent to hunt them down. How far will they have to go to hide from their pasts.


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Ruby Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804139090
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Published: Hogarth - April 29th, 2014

Logan's Staff Pick (July 2014): Cynthia Bond’s stunning debut centers around the tragic life of Ruby Bell, a deeply troubled woman who appears delusional, unwashed and possibly wrought with demonic possession to all who reside in Liberty, Texas. She also happens to be one of the most enthralling characters I’ve encountered this year.

Bond’s writing is both luminous and hallucinatory, while the brutal narrative wrenches you away from whatever concerns you have in your life and drops you barefooted on the red dirt with Ruby and Ephram.

It’s not an easy read, but I found that there was always something uplifting and spiritual amidst the unflinching darkness.View all of Logan's Picks... 


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Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385537759
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Published: Doubleday Books - January 7th, 2014

Logan's Staff Pick (July 2014): Written with a style more akin to a seasoned novelist than a budding reporter, Sundaram’s feverish debut describes the year he spent in the Congo after graduating from Yale University in 2005.

With his friends and colleagues left in complete shock, Sundaram decides to abandon his field of abstract mathematics, decline a promising job offer at Goldman Sachs and head to the Congolese capital of Kinshasa with little more than a place to stay and a vague interest in journalism.

Sundaram really hooked me with his lucid style and anyone interested in African history or politics should greatly enjoy this read. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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Help! We Need a Title! Cover Image
By Herve Tullet, Herve Tullet (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763670214
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 13th, 2014

Logan's Staff Pick (July 2014): A metafictional children’s book might not seem like a brilliant idea, but as he did with Press Here, Henri Tullet really pulls it off. The characters, simply drawn, truly jump off the page, interacting directly with the reader and involving us in the writing process.

This break of the fourth wall can make the book appealing to both adults and the little ones, and the guest appearance of Tullet himself adds a good bit of humor to the mix. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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Dog vs. Cat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316238014
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (June 2014): What happens when two people each bring home and new pet and they have to share the only room available? And as we all know dogs and cats have a long history of not liking each other. This is their story of how to become friends.

The illustrations are so colorful and help tell the story so well. View all of Chris's Picks...


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Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062218339
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 12th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (June 2014): Just like their other two books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, the author write about economics is such a fun and insightful manner that just about anybody can understand it. Their understanding into how to think outside the box will make you rethink just about any question.

This book is wonderfully brainy; will make you think, so take that 5 minutes and do it and see where your mind will take you. This is so worth the read!! View all of Chris's Picks...


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V Is for Villain Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781423157496
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 20th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (June 2014): Brad is a normal kid growing up in the world of super heroes. His dad was one, his brother is one, how can he live up to that pressure when he doesn’t seem to have any super powers. And to make things worse he is transferred to the A-program, he finds that he might fit in after all with this new group of kids that have more of a mind for the political side of super heroes.

This book is fun and wonderful, while it still stands by its morals. It is a must read for all teens. View all of Chris's Picks...


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The Farmer's Away! Baa! Neigh! Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763666798
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 22nd, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (June 2014): This book is so much fun to read, especially aloud.

Neigh Neigh Baa Baa
Moo Moo Tweet

Honk Honk Oink Oink
Arf Cheep Eek

All the animals sneak out for a day of fun, but have to make it home before the farmer does. The illustrations are wonderful and bright. View all of Chris's Picks...


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The Goldfinch Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316055437
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

Dagny's Staff Pick (June 2014): It’s been a long time since I found a book I wanted to race home and read or that I wanted to live in for a long time. This book is one of those rare books where the characters crawl under your skin.

This is the story of a boy struggling with the loss of his mother, the guilt of carrying around a stolen piece of art while growing up in an atmosphere of drugs and antiques. Throughout, Tartt confronts our notions of what art is and how it should be experienced. The last 45 or so pages fall short of the beauty of the rest of the book, but this is worth the read. View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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Point of Direction Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935439912
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ig Publishing - May 13th, 2014

Dagny's Staff Pick (June 2014): I had the great fortune of reading this book in draft form. Point of Direction has been lauded by Oprah Magazine and expect this book to garner many more awards. Weaver’s writing is like a wave, rhythmical while full of force and beauty. When a fisherman and a hiker agree to caretake a lighthouse on an isolated island, what love is and how love works begins to unravel. An exquisite debut novel! View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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Star Child Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374371821
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - May 6th, 2014

Dagny's Staff Pick (June 2014): This children’s book looks at what life on earth encompasses from the joys to the sorrows, the fears to the excitement of living on this unique planet we call earth. Sent down as star, the baby grows, learns his body, lives his life and then returns at the end of human life as a star. A lovely book. View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780061713781
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Published: HarperTorch - April 22nd, 2014

Logan's Staff Pick (June 2014): Detailing the lives and experiences of half a dozen different narrators, Francine Prose’s new book offers a dazzling glimpse into the disorienting years of Paris before and during the German Occupation. The novel centers around Lou Villars, the aspiring athlete turned famed auto racer turned Nazi spy. We learn the details of Lou’s rise and fall through a plethora of disparate voices: photographers, expats, biographers, teachers, and several more. A meditation on the nature of evil, art, sex, and truth itself, Lovers is a dark and addicting read. Once you immerse yourself it’s not easy to crawl back out.
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The Colossus of Maroussi Cover Image
By Henry Miller, Will Self (Introduction by), Ian S. MacNiven (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811218573
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 18th, 2010

Logan's Staff Pick (June 2014): My personal favorite of Miller’s books, The Colossus of Maroussi offers a great deal of the passionate and mystifyingly poetic prose that’s present in all of his works, while leaving out quite a bit of the romantic escapades that led to his notorious obscenity trials in the 1960’s. What’s left is a man’s love song to a country he adored. “The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores, expanded my whole being.”

Miller is in rare form in Colossus, and these travel experiences are a great introduction to his writing.

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The Promise Cover Image
By Nicola Davies, Laura Carlin (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763666330
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 11th, 2014

Logan's Staff Pick (June 2014): Filled with gorgeous illustrations of an urban environment, The Promise is the story of an impoverished young girl who has resorted to snatching purses to feed herself. When she tries to rob an innocent old lady, the victim only allows her to take the bag in exchange for a mysterious promise that will change her life forever. A beautiful story for any age, I could revisit this one again and again. View all of Logan's Picks... 


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Orphan Train Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061950728
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 2nd, 2013

Kim's Staff Pick (June 2014): This novel has been on the BestSeller table for weeks now and for good reason. This historical fiction takes a bit of our American history that I was not familiar with and weaves it into an engaging story of a modern day orphan (Molly) exploring the history of an orphan (Vivian) that endured the orphan trains of the 1920’s.

As Molly learns Vivian’s story, the parallels to her own story become more and more clear. She comes to see Vivian as both a confidante and a friend, someone who can help her and who she possibly can help, too.

Readers who are unfamiliar with this episode in American history might be surprised to learn about the hardships and be struck by the parallels between Niamh/Vivian’s experience nearly a hundred years ago and the foster care system today. The afterword includes historical information, including a number of photographs, that will also help bring the period to life.
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142180822
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Published: Plume Books - February 25th, 2014

Kim's Staff Pick (June 2014): This is a terrific read. My first Literary Sojourn Author! I don’t want to give much away because the way she writes is to not let you in on something until half-way through. So do not read the back of this book, go straight to the beginning. It is worth it! Funny, sad, disturbing…
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Little Owl's Night Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780670012954
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2011

Kim's Staff Pick (June 2014): Love her picture books! The illustrations are so engaging. The text is simple and not too verbose. Some picture books have to much text for the intended audience. Divya’s books are perfect!


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One Night in Winter Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062291882
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Published: HarperTorch - May 6th, 2014

Sues's Staff Pick's (June 2014): Those of us of a certain age remember well the Cold War that sparked the political paranoia surrounding our childhoods. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s book One Night in Winter is a work of historic fiction from the years preceding most of our memories—when Stalin was reveling in his victory over Hitler while gathering members of his politburo. The author uses a group of children from that era to weave his story, specifically the children of elite government leaders who are being educated in the most exclusive school in Moscow.

Two students die. We are led to question whether this was a horrible accident, suicide, or murder. The story leads the reader through the investigation. The intrigue encompasses the Soviet police, Stalin, and his enforcers, and the parents of these children, who imagined themselves as steadfast partisans. The powerful parents and children quickly realize that they are subject to interrogations, arrests, and tests of allegiance. They are even positioned against each other. That is the sharp story that pulls you in and constantly forward through the conclusion of the book.

As an added bonus, the author, a Russian historian, includes an afterword that explains the truthful and fictional aspects of the story. I love that!

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Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062267405
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Published: Ecco Press - May 27th, 2014

Sues's Staff Pick's (June 2014): First, a confession! When this book arrived at the bookstore, we shelved it incorrectly in New Fiction! The cover is so Tom Robbins. And, the large green lettering for TOM ROBBINS is so Tom Robbins. And, how many of us really read the fine print on his books? We are usually too eager to get into the book and find out what irreverent prose has been sent our way this time.

BUT WAIT! This is “A True Account of an Imaginative Life!” It says so on the cover, and once you start reading, you realize this is HIS tale. (But, really, aren’t all of his books his tales?)

Truly, this is an autobiography/memoir and for those who have followed along with the author, burning through the pages of his volumes of work, it does not disappoint. It follows that the person who built a way of life around cowgirls, monkeys, mummies, and beer cans would have an interesting background story himself. Okay, prepare yourself… Tom Robbins is 80 years old!! But what is not surprising is how funny and unrestrained the reader will find this book. After all, it’s Tom Robbins. You will find it in New NON Fiction. View all of Sues's Picks... 


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Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780679644057
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Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2013

Sara's Staff Pick's (June 2014): Billy Collins is a wonderful poet and can be UNDERSTOOD by even those who shun poetry! He’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you cry…certainly worth a try!View all of Sara's Picks... 


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Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476710839
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Published: Atria Books - January 7th, 2014

Ron's Staff Pick (June 2014): This book was published late last year, but now is the time to read it. Badluck Way is the account of the author’s one year spent as a cowhand on the Sun Ranch in Montana. The Sun Ranch is a huge spread north of the Yellowstone, nestled in between two mountain ranges, and home to huge herds of elk, summer grazing cattle, and wolves. For Andrews the mostly repetitive work of the ranch hand is a canvas upon which he paints the otherwise invisible struggle to survive, and the land and its creatures become part of his soul. View all of Ron's Picks...


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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

Syd's Staff Pick's (June 2014): I love this story! It is the adventures of an imaginary friend, born into an imaginary world and waiting for a human to think him up and give him a name! When he is left all alone in his world, with no friend having imagined him, he takes it upon himself to venture to the real world and find his friend! Its an adorable, endearing, and hopeful children’s book, with absolutely beautiful illustrations! View all of Syd's Picks... 


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A Long Way Home Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780399169281
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Published: Putnam Adult - June 12th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (June 2014): This is the incredible memoir of 5 year old Saroo, who became “lost” from his family in India. He survived weeks alone on the streets of Calcutta, then entered an orphanage, was soon adopted, and moved to Australia.
This is also the story of 30 year old Saroo, living a successful and meaningful life as an Aussie, but desperately looking for the family he lost in India. Saroo wonders, “How could you possibly find 4 people in all of India, when all you know is where they lived a quarter century ago.”
Don’t miss this amazing true story, to witness how Saroo changed from being a little lost boy with no family, to becoming a man with two families! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Mrs. Hemingway Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143124610
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (June 2014): This is the story of Ernest Hemingway, and his wife … or should I say, wives! Throughout his adult life, from the 1920’s in Paris to the 1960’s Cold War America, Ernest had FOUR wives. What is interesting is how these wives became “a strange family … such unlikely sisters.” I find it sad to think that such a famous and dashing author, considered himself, at the end of his life, to be “just a desperate old man.”

I don’t want to ruin this story by telling too much, but I found it to be very interesting and captivating! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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The Possibilities Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476725796
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 13th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (June 2014): “This life has so many lifetimes” … and so many possibilities to imagine.

Living in Steamboat, this story was appealing to me for it’s ski town setting of Breckenridge. View all of Virgie's Picks... 

This is a story of a mother dealing with the accidental death of her 22 year old son. It brings together a colorful cast of characters from this young man’s life, and views the variety of ways these characters grieve; how does one seek comfort from such a tragedy, and from whom?

Although it is a somber topic, I found much hope and humor within the pages. I’d call this a perfect vacation book to read if you are looking for warmth!


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A Well-Tempered Heart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590516409
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Published: Other Press (NY) - January 21st, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (June 2014): I am a fan of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, a love story between two handicapped people. When I saw the sequel to this book come out, I couldn’t wait to read it!

A Well-Tempered Heart finds Julia, daughter of Tin Win, back in Burma to reacquaint with her half brother, U Ba, and to take care of some “personal business.”

Throughout this unconventional love story I witnessed the strength of survival amidst the struggles in war torn Burma, and the remarkable power of forgiveness. I was immersed in the Buddhist philosophy of living with simplicity. Maybe we should all stop long enough to hear heartbeats!

I actually feel calmer after having read this book. You will be happy to know that the two books are actually part of a trilogy. Oh, I can’t wait!

If you haven’t read The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, I suggest you start with that book. You won’t be disappointed! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Under the Wide and Starry Sky Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780345516534
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (June 2014): I loved Nancy Horan’s first novel, Loving Frank, so I looked forward to read her next historical fiction novel, Under the Wide and Starry Sky. She didn’t let me down!

This historical fiction is a complex love story between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his forward-thinking American wife Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. They were big-hearted people leading a life of adventure and travels, all the while being dominated by Stevenson’s incurable disease that debilitated him for much of his life.

I have to admit I knew nothing of Robert Lewis Stevenson’s life other than he wrote Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There was a real person behind that pen, and his supportive wife, people you will come to care for.

There is a saying, “behind every great man is a woman” and Nancy Horan has found a niche I love, telling us about the women behind the men. I loved this book and hope Nancy Horan finds another famous couple to introduce us to.

If you enjoyed reading Aviator’s Wife, Loving Frank, or Freud’s Mistress, then you will certainly feel at home with this story! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393244663
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 31st, 2014

Ron's Staff Pick (May 2014): In Flash Boys, Michael Lewis exposes the world of high frequency trading, a world where milliseconds matter and fortunes are made on the backs of the common trader. This is not a pretty story – the “stock market” the average person understands is no longer the fair and equal market she assumes. There is downright theft going on, and we are it’s victims. Read all about it, before your next trade!View all of Ron's Picks...


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The Painter Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385352093
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 6th, 2014

Ron's Staff Pick (May 2014): Looking for a tense, can’t put it down, read, coupled with some straight up beautiful writing? Look no further – read The Painter. Jim Stegner is a tortured man, an extraordinary painter, consumed by the physical act of painting, trying to find himself in a life of loss. Fly fishing is his solace. Here he is fishing at night, working his way upstream among the boulders of a running stream:

I followed them. Lost myself and followed them. Sometimes I saw the bushy little fly hit and drift, sometimes I lost it in a silvering of current. When I got a strike – sometimes I heard it first. In the calm places. A gulp. A blip, the double note, nose and tail. And the rod tip bent hard, the shiver. And then the old euphoria.

Jim is impulsive, and this book explodes. What happens surprises, over and over again.

Don’t miss it.

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Rules of Summer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545639125
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 29th, 2014

Claire's Staff Pick (May 2014): When school is out and you have all day to play – who makes the rules? Is it mom, or dad? NO! It is your older brother. Maybe you get into trouble, maybe you get left behind… and only he can save you.

The incredible pictures bring feelings of anxiety, happiness, sorrow and delight. I love the emotion of the images paired with a single sentence. Shaun Tan pulls you in to the magical freedom of summer while tugging at heartstrings. “Rules of Summer” might not be so appropriate for young children, but more a memoir for adults. View all of Claire's Picks... 


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When Rain Falls Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561454389
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - August 5th, 2011

Claire's Staff Pick (May 2014): When the rain starts to fall, and you run inside to hide, don’t you wonder where the animals go? Do they head to the library or their living room and hunker down with a book? Not a chance! But animals have instinct and cleverness to help stay warm and dry.
Different landscapes – wetlands, desert, meadows, forests- have unique challenges that make for unique solutions. Children will delight in learning the lifestyles found in nature, and can imagine what it might be like to hide under a leaf! View all of Claire's Picks... 


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Planting the Wild Garden Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781561455638
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - April 1st, 2011

Claire's Staff Pick (May 2014): Who plants the seeds in a meadow? Where do wildflowers come from? In a wild garden, nature works together with plants and animals to ensure seeds find a home. Sometimes, animals do it on purpose, like the squirrels burying acorns. And sometimes, animals (and people!) carry seeds without knowing it, like the cockleburs sticking to furry bellies.

Halperin’s illustrations are soft and warm, but detailed to show off the intricate patterns of seeds.

I love how this book connects the wild world to our every day life. View all of Claire's Picks... 


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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062244758
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 6th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (May 2014): You know that feeling when you have a nightmare … nothing makes sense … events seem absurd? Reading this story gave me the same feeling! The life of celebrated painter, ardent fisherman and philosopher, Jim Stegner, is an absolute nightmare! The opening lines of the book set you up for a wild ride of a story; “I never imagined I would shoot a man. Or be a father. Or live so far from the sea. As a child, you imagine your life sometimes, how it will be. I never thought I would be a painter.” As Stegner explores the emotion of art, violence and grief, one doesn’t know whether to love, pity or fear this vulnerable character! The plot is captivating. View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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The Pearl That Broke Its Shell Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062244758
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 6th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (May 2014): This book has left me speechless! Where do I even begin? For one thing, this is a book not to be missed! It’s a book to devour, a page turner which I literally could NOT put it down!

The story allows you to view Afghanistan through the eyes of two young girls, related but living in different generations, both born into a male-dominated society that values males and scorns females. Rahima, living in modern day Afghanistan, hopes to figure out how to exist in a society full of constant turmoil, by paying close attention to the story of her great, great grandmother, Shekiba, who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. The chapters alternate between the characters, and one would think the modern day story would have more hope, but both are so parallel. Shekiba is beaten, abused, ridiculed, treated like dirt, given no rights…and so is the modern-day Rahima. It’s an eye-opening look at how very little has changed for women in Afghanistan in 100 years.

The stories of these two girls, turning into women, are brutally painful and disturbing. It’s difficult for me to believe that this way of thinking occurs in the same world I live in! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


Shotgun Lovesongs Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781466840799
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 10th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's (May 2014): I am so accustomed to reading stories about women and their relationships, that when I came upon this book I wasn’t sure of my overall reaction. Let me tell you … this is a great story about the ever changing relationship between four men, who have known each other since childhood, growing up in a midwestern town. Their friendship wavers at times for a variety of reasons, yet they maintain their commitment to the power of a long history together. The women in their lives are included in the story, but the men hold the stage. I loved it! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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E-I-E-I-O Cover Image
By Judy Sierra, Matthew Myers (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763660437
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 25th, 2014

Claire's Staff Pick (May 2014): A farm needs more than a farmer to work – and Old MacDonald has a very helpful hen! Starting with poop, some worms and seeds – the magic begins.

It doesn’t take long for the neighbors to get curious, and soon enough a little farm market springs up!

Colourful and bright, this tale shines on the power of TEAMWORK! View all of Claire's Picks... 


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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763665661
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 25th, 2014

Claire's Staff Pick (May 2014): Just as the title suggests, Ava Lavender’s life has not been easy – love, heartbreak and sorrow run deep within her family’s history. And Ava was born with wings…

“I found it ironic that I should be blessed with wings and yet feel so constrained, so trapped. It was because of my condition, I believe, that I noticed life’s ironies a bit more often than the average person. I collected them: how love arrived when you least expected it, how someone who said he didn’t want to hurt you eventually would.”

Walton’s prose is beautiful and complex, filled with magical realism that perks the imagination but doesn’t push too far. It is a sad, difficult story that is also filled with love.

I absolutely loved this story – it is some of the best prose I have read in a very long time. View all of Claire's Picks... 


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Stella's Starliner Cover Image
By Rosemary Wells, Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763614959
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 25th, 2014

Claire's Staff Pick (May 2014): Stella lives in a trailer, filled with hiding places and special buttons – but she is embarrassed! Her friends tease her that she must be poor, but a little adventure helps Stella see how special her tiny home really is.

This book hits close to the heart as my husband and I are currently living in an airstream just like Stella! We too are learning the joy of a simple and mobile life. View all of Claire's Picks... 


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The Book Thief Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

These three historical fiction books for kids and teens are my recommendations for May. The backdrop for each story is WWII Germany.

Virgie's Staff Pick's (May 2014): This story. taking place in World War II Germany, is told by DEATH.

It is the story of a young girl, Liesel, who has a life no one would wish on anyone, yet finds pleasure in the books she finds … actually steals! A horrible tragedy happens, and many people suffer because of it. Liesel begins to write her own book, The Book Thief: the story of her life.

This story, which has won numerous awards, is targeted to young adult readers, but I believe it is also an adult story about children who are doing their best to live a normal life in times of unspeakable horror. View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442497818
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2013

Virgie's Staff Pick's (May 2014): Oskar Schindler courageously saved nearly 1200 Jews from almost certain death in Nazi Germany. This is the true story of one boy, Leon Leyson, who was the youngest survivor on Schindler’s list. He recounts the six year period in which he and his family struggled to survive each and every day under Nazi oppression.

Though there were many horrors endured during the Holocaust, nothing in the book is explicit or too raw for young readers.

I recommend this book as a great biography for children/teens because it carries a message of hope and humanity. This is a story of survival. All because of one man. Oskar Schindler. View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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An Elephant in the Garden: Inspired by a True Story Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250034144
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Published: Square Fish - October 8th, 2013

Virgie's Staff Pick's (May 2014): This historical fiction story is told by Lizzie, an aging woman in a Canadian nursing home. Lizzie tells her nurse, and her nurse’s nine year old son, how her family escaped WWII Dresden, and survived, with the help of a zoo elephant named Marlene.

The book is inspired by a true story about an elephant rescued from a zoo during WWII.

This is a tender story of aging wisdom connecting with inquisitive youth. View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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The Wives of Los Alamos Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781620405031
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - February 25th, 2014

Ron's Staff Pick (April 2014): There have been a lot of books written about the Manhattan Project and Los Alamos, but none from the perspective of the wives. These women who took their families to this “nowhere land” because their men and country said “go” gave so much, and now Tarashea Nesbit gives voice to their experience. Nesbit does something quite unique in this her first novel. She writes this story in the first person plural, and as a result the story reads like poetry. View all of Ron's Picks...


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Redeployment Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594204999
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Published: Penguin Press - March 4th, 2014

Ron's Staff Pick (April 2014): A collection of short stories about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Redeployment follows in the wake of Matterhorn (Karl Marlantes) and The Yellow Birds (Kevin Powers). But this book is not a follower, it is a powerful, compelling expose of the suffering soldiers experience for doing the horrible things that are their job. These stories cry out to be read, and you will cry reading them. View all of Ron's Picks...


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Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781565126053
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 22nd, 2008

Claire's Staff Pick (April 2014): “Our society is teaching young people to avoid direct experience in nature. Our institutions, urban/suburban design, and cultural attitudes unconsciously associate nature with doom—while disassociating the outdoors from joy and solitude.”

The concept of nature deficit disorder connects to each one of us, as more and more of our lives are spent inside. This fascinating book thoroughly investigates the importance of nature in child development, and how the natural world nurtures creativity within all of us.

Louv leaves you inspired rather than despairing through stories of positive changes taking place across the country, and provides support for parents and educators to encourage outdoor exploration. View all of Claire's Picks... 


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Mama Built a Little Nest Cover Image
By Jennifer Ward, Steve Jenkins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442421165
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 18th, 2014

Claire's Staff Pick (April 2014): Just like people have different houses, so do birds! Some birds build new nests, some birds use old ones, some steal nests, some build them out of spit!
Each page tells a little story of how different birds live in nature. Illustrated by the Caldecott winner Steve Jenkins, this is a fun and educational picture book sure to turn on your curiosity! View all of Claire's Picks... 


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Living Beautifully: With Uncertainty and Change Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781611800760
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Published: Shambhala - October 8th, 2013

Claire's Staff Pick (April 2014): Whether or not you practice meditation or any other Buddhist principles to your life does not matter… Chodron is the master of writing in our every day language, and does so in a beautiful and simple way.

Living Beautifully is broken down into three basic commitments – not to cause harm, to take care of one another, and to embrace the world just as it is. She provides simple practices to incorporate into modern life, so that we can live beautifully! View all of Claire's Picks... 


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A Thousand Mornings: Poems Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143124054
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

Claire's Staff Pick (April 2014):
Every spring
I hear the thrush singing
in the glowing woods
he is only passing through.
His voice is deep,
Then he lifts it until it seems
to fall from the sky.
I am thrilled.
I am grateful.

Mary Olivers’ words sing to the soul, tell stories of the ocean and the forest creatures and dogs and childhood and love. These are simple poems that make your heart smile, and inspire to slow down and notice the magic of life. View all of Claire's Picks... 


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Dorothy Must Die Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062280671
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Published: HarperTorch - April 1st, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (April 2014): Who’d ever thought that the Wizard of Oz was a true story. certainly not Amy. But when her Kansas home was taken way by a tornado and landed in a wield land where things were not what they seemed to be. But this story is already taken by Dorothy.

But Dorothy came back and took over. Oz is not what Oz used to be. Now it’s up to Amy to find away to take down Dorothy.

I love books where you love to hate the characters. Dorothy has become such a evil character that you have to hate her, and find out id she dies or not. syd


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The Winter Horses Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780385755436
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 25th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (April 2014): In the mists of World War II, Kalinka, a Ukrainian Jewish girl on the run from the Nazis, finds unlikely help from two rare Przewalski horses. She meets Max and with his help and the help of her new friends (two horses and a dog) she has to cross the Ukraine in the middle of winter.

Philip Kerr is best known for his Bernie Gunther Novels, which are set in World War II also, Philip is able to take his history and make a wonderful teen story.

If you have read Book Thief and Between the Shades of Grey you will like this too! View all of Chris's Picks...


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Into the Still Blue Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062072092
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - January 28th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (April 2014): This is book 3 in the Under the Never Sky Trilogy.

Aria and Perry have to find a way to make it work, with the sky falling apart, and the Tides in limbo, and Hess and Sable out to destroy most of the world. Will love last, if the world stops?

Veronica Rossi has created a wonderful series of books. I couldn’t put any of them down. View all of Chris's Picks...


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Salvage Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062220141
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 1st, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (April 2014): Named by the American Booksellers Association as a Spring 2014 Indies Introduce Pick

Salvage is a great teen sci-fi.
Ava is one of many women aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata. When she finds that she is to be married to another captain, she takes things into her own hands (a first for her) and runs away. She finds herself on Gyre, and floating trash heap in the pacific ocean. Ava now has to learn to stand up for herself. And find away to get of the trash heap.

I really loved this book. I thought Alexandra’s characters are wonderful and you just get sucked into the story. View all of Chris's Picks...


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On Such a Full Sea Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594486104
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 7th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (April 2014): Korean author Chang-rae Lee’s new novel of dystopian fiction follows the life of Fan, a simple worker who leaves her work-compound, to the great surprise of her community.

The novel is set in future America, where society has split into three social groups: the Charters: a professional class; the Counties, loosely lead groups of scrappy individualists; and (Fan’s group): organized communities of workers whose lives are safe but extremely controlled.

The story has a unique quality of quiet-unquestioning in a strange new world. It is a thought-provoking read for anyone wanting to reflect on the possibilities of our future. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143124412
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Wendy's Staff Pick (April 2014): This memoir is a beautifully written account of what the life of a craftsperson can be. David Esterly dedicated his professional life to the mastery of a 16th century woodcarving technique. After the great fire at Hampton Court Palace, Esterly undertook the restoration of a carved masterpiece in the palace.

This book explores the connection between head, hand, and heart, that made his work possible. View all of Wendy's Picks...


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My Foreign Cities Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780871407399
Availability: Backordered
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - January 27th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (April 2014): View all of Wendy's Picks... Conceived from a New York Times “Modern Love” column, this is the entrancing story of Scarboro’s marriage to Stephen, a man living with cystic fibrosis (CF). While Scarboro, her husband, and CF are the three main characters, the story truly shines as the two try to navigate their twenties bouncing between the Bay Area, Boulder, and Boston during the 1990s.

This book squeezes a soul-encompassing marriage into the events of just one decade, and Scarboro manages to tell—with strength and grace—her all-too-short love story.


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Th1rteen R3asons Why Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781595141880
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Published: Razorbill - June 14th, 2011

Dagny's Staff Pick (April 2014): This story of a young girl who commits suicide takes a turn when she sends tapes after her death to each of the thirteen people she believes contributed to her decision to kill herself. The main character has to find his place in her death and come to terms with the strong effects even small actions can have on people. Great read for teens and adults as to how our actions can have a spiral effect that we are never aware of. View all of Dagny's Picks... 


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The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780684804446
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 1995

Dagny's Staff Pick (April 2014): I love, love, love Hemingway. The title story was so real, so simple and complex at the same time. This is the closest Hemingway has ever come to writing his own life, his truths and it shows. ‘The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber’ stole my heart.

Hemingway is brilliant at capturing humanity, our motivations, actions and reactions in clean, sparse text. Buy this book!

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Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439176597
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 24th, 2012

Dagny's Staff Pick (April 2014): This book has been out for a while but continues to be one of the bookstore’s top sellers.

This memoir tells the story of two debutantes who come out to Hayden, Colorado, to teach in the early 1900s. They have no idea what’s in store for them and are surprised at the intelligence, drive and rustic lives of the people they meet. That one year changes their lives forever.

Wickenden has done her homework as far as research, interviewing family and friends, and doing extensive research into the era, the people who lived then, and their effect on shaping the community many of us call home today. Great read!

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Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780060572341
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Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's in honor of National Poetry Month (April 2014): I read this book to my children before they could read for themselves, and to this day they have never “outgrown” the rhymes and poems, songs and riddles, with zany illustrations which taught them to use their imagination, and encouraged them to laugh out loud!

Here’s just a sample;
Teddy said it was a hat,
So I put it on.
Now Dad is saying, “Where the heck’s
the toilet plunger gone?”

Yes. It makes you laugh out loud!!! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Outside the Box: A Book of Poems Cover Image
By Karma Wilson, Diane Goode (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416980056
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 11th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick's in honor of National Poetry Month (April 2014): Check out this new poetry book for kids: Karma Wilson’s collection of more than 100 poems are humorous, anything-can-happen, and “outside the box.” I especially enjoyed the illustrations, and the creative way he uses his words on a page.

“I have a little brother,
and I’m not a fool.
I know why it’s warmer
in the kiddie pool.” View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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If I Ran the Zoo Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780394800813
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2000

Virgie's Staff Pick's in honor of National Poetry Month (April 2014): It’s impossible for me to choose my favorite Dr. Seuss book, because I have to admit I love them all. Seuss books encourage imagination like no other! Just imagine if you could build your own zoo, create each animal, and gather them in your own way! This is what happens in If I Ran the Zoo. Join in the fun! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Helga's Diary: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp Cover Image
By Helga Weiss, Francine Prose (Introduction by), Neil Bermel (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393348248
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 10th, 2014

Syd's Staff Pick (April 2014): Helga’s Diary is poignant account of the events leading up to and during the Holocaust, told in Helga’s perspective as a Jewish child living in those times. Helga was able to keep a diary while in the concentration camp Terezin – one of the nicer camps, where the residents attempted to maintain some amount of normalcy – and her uncle kept it hidden for her. She was later transferred to Auschwitz and from then on was not able to keep a diary due to the horrible conditions and treatment she endured. After the war was over, she was able to find her diary and has since gone back to add events from after Terezin and things she remembered. This is a beautiful diary written very simplistically and yet it is riveting at the same time. The only con: I found the translator’s notes to be distracting and mostly unnecessary. Regardless, it is well worth the read! View all of Syd's Picks...


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Dad's Expecting Too!: Expectant Fathers, Expectant Mothers, New Dads and New Moms Share Advice, Tips and Stories about All the Surprises, Qu Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402280641
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Published: Sourcebooks - June 1st, 2013

Syd's Staff Pick (April 2014): Trying to get my husband to read a book is nearly impossible! When we stumbled upon this new adventure of parenthood, we both needed some advice and information on the journey we were about to start. This book ended up being a life saver, and one my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed! It is an incredible book for all dads-to-be with information presented in a very real, relatable, and comical way. This resource covers everything a man would need to know and more – emotional highs and lows, mood swings, you can look but you can’t touch (things are sensitive!!), and the stress of the delivery room.

“Dad’s Expecting Too!” mixes a lot of advice and real world stories, and I highly recommend it for all parents-to-be! View all of Syd's Picks...


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13 Treasures Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316041478
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2011

Syd's Staff Pick (April 2014): This is not your typical fairy tale, nor does it have your typical fairies! They are devious and vengeful creatures, and for young Tanya they are a lifelong thorn in her rear! She has the gift of “second sight” so she is able to see the fey creatures and converse with them, however she is unable to tell anyone else about them. Tanya has made some discoveries that make her survival a bit easier, but also some that make her question where she’s from and the history of her family. This is a fun and twisted read for 3rd-7th graders! View all of Syds Picks... 


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While Beauty Slept Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780399166235
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Published: Amy Einhorn Books - February 20th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (March 2014): This is a fantastic read. I couldn’t put it down.

This is Elizabeth Blackwell’s debut novel of Sleeping Beauty from the point of view of a servant, Elise. She comes to the castle as young girl who is destitute and becomes friends with the Queen. She lives a good life, though she is always looking over her shoulder for the “evil” Millicent.

It has all the makings of a great fairy tale, romance, an evil villain, and a happily ever after. View all of Chris's Picks...


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Starry River of the Sky Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316125970
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 11th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (March 2014): Young Rendi has seen many things change in his home of Village of Clear Sky, so he runs away to try and find the answers to the changes. He finds guidance from an elderly lady who is a storyteller.

Starry River of the Sky is so heartfelt and wonderful that it is a must read not only for young readers, but is a great read a loud book for adults and children to share. Included are wonderful pictures that help tell the story. View all of Chris's Picks... 


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The Shadow Throne Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545284172
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 25th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (March 2014): This is the conclusion to Ascendance Trilogy.

Jaron has to go to war to save his country. With all this friends at different ends of the country will they come back in time to help him save himself and Imogen.

I love Jennifer’s writing. This is a fast paced, great action/adventure series. Great for preteen boys. View all of Chris's Picks... 


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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312569372
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2011

Wendy's Staff Pick (March 2014): What a treasure this book is! Edmund De Waal’s memoir traces his family’s history through five generations. His research is sparked by a mysterious inheritance of Japanese ivory carvings called netsuke. As he researches the history of these objects we learn the amazing history of his family, the Ephrussis, a 19th century banking dynasty, who were also Jewish. By the end of WWII, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this collection of carvings was all that remained of their vast wealth.
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The Woman Upstairs Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307743763
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Published: Vintage Books - February 4th, 2014

Wendy's Staff Pick (March 2014): Hold onto your hat when you begin reading this novel: the first page is the best rant of an angry woman that I’ve ever read.

The New York Times calls this book ‘an ingenious disquieting novel’. It’s about Nora Eldridge, a woman alone at a ‘certain age’. She becomes wrapped up in the family of one of her students. For a time this brings her great emotional and creative fulfillment, but ultimately she experiences loss and betrayal.

The Times calls the novel ‘an intricate puzzle of self-belief and self-doubt, showing the peril of seeking your own image in someone else’s distorted mirror’. I highly recommend this read.
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Audubon: Life and Art in the American Wilderness Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781618580252
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Published: Turner - September 3rd, 2013

Wendy's Staff Pick (March 2014): This is a fascinating biography, well-written and nothing to bog you down. I loved learning about early 19th century life in America, while focusing on the century’s great naturalist James W. Audubon. The book recounts his struggle to bring his visionengraving images of all North American bird species to life.
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Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545342384
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Published: Blue Sky Press (AZ) - February 25th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick (March 2014): In my opinion, reading historical fiction is a great way to learn about important events in history. August 2014 will mark the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which is the subject of this gripping novel.

Twelve year old Zane Dupree happens to be in the worst place at the very worst time. He has traveled alone from New Hampshire to New Orleans to meet the great grandmother he didn’t know existed just a short while ago, Miss Trissy. During the hurricane he becomes separated from his great grandmother, but is taken under the wing of a jazz musician and a young girl, Melvina. Within the safety of a canoe these three characters manage to save themselves not only from the hurricane, but also from the rising floodwaters.

In addition to the story, this book includes a Katrina Timeline, map and interesting facts about New Orleans and the Great Flood. I highly recommend this action=packed novel for kids!

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The Good Luck of Right Now Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062285539
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Published: HarperTorch - February 11th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick (March 2014): This peculiar novel is narrated by 39 year old Bartholomew, who has never had a job, suffers from Aspergers Syndrome, and has lived with his mother until she dies … and this is where the story begins.

The story has its fair share of quirky characters, all present to support Bartholomew define his life without his mother: a self-defrocked Catholic Priest, a Girlbrain, who has been abducted by aliens, a cat-obsessed friend with Tourettes Syndrome, and last but not least, Richard Gere and the teachings of the Dalai Lama. Unbelievably, this cast of eccentric characters comes together in a “good luck right now” manner.

If you liked THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHTTIME, then I think you’ll enjoy this crazy but soulful book! I did! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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The Circle Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385351393
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 8th, 2013

Virgie's Staff Pick (March 2014): I just finished reading this book and I have GOOSEBUMPS!

Welcome to The Circle, a social media mega company on the brink of achieving a complete monopoly of Google, Twitter and Facebook, where all government and all life would be channeled through one network … a totalitarian nightmare!

When Mae Holland began her “dream job” at The Circle, her employment appeared harmless, but as the company proceeded to become more invasive of personal freedom and information, Mae had huge decisions to make!

This book made me wonder how electronic connectedness can redefine communication and relationships. It is eerily plausible … and frightening! View all of Virgie's Picks... 


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Some Bugs Cover Image
By Angela DiTerlizzi, Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442458802
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 4th, 2014

Claire's Staff Pick (March 2014): Do you love bugs? Have you ever been curious about the amazing world of bugs? This bright coloured and beautifully illustrated book shows the crazy wild world of creepy crawlies. There is even a bug ID list to learn their names!

What a wonderful way to learn about the world on a smaller scale – I think this book is perfect for kids to get curious and get outside! View all of Claire's Picks... 


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Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale Cover Image
By Charles de Lint, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316053563
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 4th, 2014

Claire's Staff Pick (March 2014): First published in 2002 as a limited edition press, this modern fairy tale is sure to blow your socks off.

Sarah-Jane and her dog Root adventure into the Tanglewoods where they meet Aunt Lillian, a old homesteading woman thought to be a witch! But, as Sarah-Jane soon finds out, Aunt Lillian is anything but a witch. She takes Sarah-Jane under her wing, teaching about the magical fairies and plant spirits that live in the forest.

I think this story is suitable to any age – it sparks imagination and curiosity about those shadowy places in the forest. The illustrations are AMAZING! Reading this made me wish I was Sarah-Jane learning the old ways of living! View all of Claire's Picks... 


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Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763660406
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 24th, 2013

Virgie's Staff Pick (February 2014): The 2014 Newbery Award winner, identifying the book with the “most outstanding contribution to children’s literature” has been announced! … and the winner is: Oh how i love this book! Flora & Ulysses is a refreshing story about an unexpected superhero, a squirrel. After ten year old flora rescues the squirrel, ulysses, from a vacuum cleaner incident, the squirrel suddenly has amazing talents and powers. Flora befriends the squirrel and helps him with his newfound powers. This book features an exciting format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations. The story is full of laugh-out-loud scenes. I recommend this book for mid-elementary children, or as a read-a-loud to younger children. Kate Dicamillo, one of my favorite children’s authors, wrote Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux.

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The Year of Billy Miller Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062268129
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 17th, 2013

Virgie's Staff Pick (February 2014): This 2014 Newbery Honor Book by Kevin Henkes is a delightful story about Billy, a second grader who is spunky, but also worries a lot! In this story you get to meet Billy’s family, his best friend and his new 2nd grade teacher. Watch Billy as he learns how to become more mature, deal with pushy classmates, and find his own special talents during 2nd grade. There are many times throughout the book that I think you will laugh out-loud!

This is the perfect book for beginning readers who want to read a good chapter book. Try it! I don’t think you will be disappointed!
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Unremarried Widow Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781451649284
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 7th, 2014

Virgie's Staff Pick (February 2014): We all know the facts; many military personnel do not come home alive from their duties abroad. What happens to the widows of these men? How do they react … cope … survive?
This memoir is the story of a woman who faces this tragedy, when her husband was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq. To further complicate this tragedy, the author uncovers the raw, vulnerable feelings of her 5 year old self, who accompanied her father on a flight that took his life. Simply put, this author has her fair share of tragedy!

I am fortunate to say that I have not lost a loved one to war, but this story gave me a deeper awareness of the long-term difficulties and sadness caused by such a tragedy.
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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812981605
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Published: Random House Trade - January 7th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (February 2014): There are so many things that we have ingrained into our daily lives, that we never stop to think where that habit came from. There are some habits that are good, exercising regularly, types of food that we eat, to what time we get up and go to sleep. All these things can help us in achieving success at work. Duhigg also address all those other habits that might need to change or go away to help improve our lives.

This a great read for everyone. Duhigg makes it easy to understand and thought provoking to keep you interested all through the book. View all of Chris's Picks... 


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Independent Study Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547959207
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - January 7th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (February 2014): Independent Study is the second book in the in the “The Testing series”. Cia now has to come to terms with the actions that she had to take to pass and how to use them to pass the next test at the university. Who are her friends and how far will she be able to take her relationship with Thomas. This is a great second book and keeps you reading and wanting more from books three. View all of Chris's Picks... 


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All the Truth That's in Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670786152
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2013

Chris's Staff Pick (February 2014): Judith was a young girl in colonial America, in the small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago she disappeared. When she returns her whole world is very different. She has no way to tell her story, until one day Maria befriends Judith, again. Maria teaches Judith how to talk again. In her struggles to communicate, Judith has to come face to face with her past and hope that is saves Roswell Station from attack.

I loved this book! I loved the way that it is written. There are no true chapters, but Judith’s thoughts. It is gripping and very well written. View all of Chris's Picks... 


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By Amy Tan
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062107312
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Published: Ecco Press - November 5th, 2013

Chris's Staff Pick (February 2014): Amy Tan does a wonderful job of taking you to all the fantastic places in her books. This one is the story of Violet, a young girl exposed to the courtesan world at a early age and Magic Gourd, a courtesan. They form a bound tighter than sisterhood. They cross many mountains and many years, before the story comes full circle. Valley of Amazement is so moving and beautifully written. e is not brown, and the white crayon gets no use. What a wonderful story. View all of Chris's Picks... 


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The Daring Ladies of Lowell Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385536493
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Published: Doubleday Books - February 25th, 2014

Chris's Staff Pick (February 2014): When Alice runs away from her family’s farm to work as a mill girl in the cotton factories of Lowell, she finds friendships that she has never had. She also steps up for what is the beginning of workers rights at the start of the industrial revolution. If you love Sandra Dallas you will love Kate Alcott too!!

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The Day the Crayons Quit Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399255373
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Published: Philomel Books - June 27th, 2013

Claire's Staff Pick (February 2014): When Duncan’s box of crayons get fed up with their jobs, they quit! Mr. Red Crayon is tired and works way more than all the other colours, and Purple demands that Duncan colour within the lines!

I love the perspective of these crazyons… this charming picture book took me back to the days of colouring, where beige is not brown, and the white crayon gets no use. What a wonderful story. View all of Claire's Picks... 


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A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771003216
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Published: Greystone Books - November 12th, 2013

Claire's Staff Pick (February 2014): This story unfolds slowly, first unraveling the personal history of Candace Savage that led her to the town of Eastend, Saskachewan, near to the Cypress Hills. Her exploration of the prairies leads to unexpected, and haunting, findings as she wanders the historical geography of this landscape, one that tells of epic destruction of the natural world. With expanding colonialism, the massive buffalo herds were slaughtered within a decade, forcing native communities become refugees to an expanding empire of intolerance and greed.Savage writes about our colonial history from a different perspective, one of ecology and the natural world. I was humbled by this story, feeling grief and guilt for the actions of my ancestors that resulted in the collapse of the prairie ecosystems that thrived like the grasslands in Africa. Stories like this are ones we all need to read, difficult though they may be, to truly understand our relationship to this land. And, Savage is Canadian!View all of Claire's Picks... 


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The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, an Elder, and the Light from an Ancient Sky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608680153
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Published: New World Library - November 5th, 2013

Claire's Staff Pick (February 2014): In this third installment of Nerburn’s exploration of the native world with Dan, a Lakota elder, we are taken deep into the world of mystery and magic, spirit and history. We are taken into a foreign world of dreams and the interconnection of all life. This story explores the connection of a magical little girl to the gruesome “Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians” that stood from 1899-1933. We are taken into a place where “there is a deeper spiritual knowledge in this land than we know.”

Nerburn’s story took my breath away, challenged my ideas about dreams and exposed me to many beautiful teachings of the Lakota. We can all learn more from listening than from talking. I truly loved this book.

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NOS4A2 Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062200587
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 15th, 2013

Kim's Staff Pick (February 2014): Joe Hill is really coming into his own. Definitely not content being in his father’s big shadow. He gives a funny nod to the master of terror, Stephen King, in the beginning of this spooky novel. “NOS4A2” is full of chills and cliffhangers, but it never turns needlessly grotesque. Yes, Bing is a ghastly figure who uses stolen anesthetic gas on the children’s mommies. (That’s how he thinks of them.) He wears a gas mask and speaks in moronic but well-turned rhymes. (“Boys who yelp get no help.”) Joe Hill makes a major point of emphasizing the extent to which his mother, Tabitha King, has influenced his work, no matter how eagerly others connect his writing with his father’s. His dedication is as nifty as any other line here. “To my mom,” he writes. “Here’s a mean machine for the story queen.” If you are in the mood to snuggle in and be scared, this is the read for you.

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Dear Life: Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307743725
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Published: Vintage - July 30th, 2013

Dagny's Staff Pick (February 2014): There’s a reason Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in literature for this collection of short stories. Despite having a hard time getting into the first story, the rest of the collection was filled with her characteristic clean writing and reflections without judgment on human emotion and action. A real treat is the collection of not quite stories that are “the first and last – and the closest – things I have to say about my own life. I only allowed myself to read one story each night so that I could live with this collection longer. I highly recommend it.
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A Life in Men Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616201630
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 4th, 2014

Dagny's Staff Pick (February 2014): This book explores the idea of how you might live differently if you knew you were going to die. The main character Mary, is diagnosed with a disease that will cut her life short. But it’s her best friend, Nix who is taken long before Mary, leaving our main character to ponder the sacrifices that have been made for her. This is an easy read and engaging, leaving the reader to decide whether or not the main character is a sympathetic one, or as so many of us are, a selfish one.View all of Dagny's Picks...