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September Newsletter

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We hope you are doing well, and that you and your family are staying safe during this difficult time. Please accept our wishes for your health and the health of your loved ones. We are continuing to offer curbside pickup for those limiting their contact. 

Due to COVID and social distancing, printers have reduced capacity and publishers are warning us about possible stock shortages during the holiday season. We encourage all our customers to consider holiday shopping much earlier this year and to place paid pre-orders with us to guarantee your gifts. (Signed Nicholas Sparks books make a great gift -- we're thrilled he's decided to do in-person events this year, but we can get you signed books whether you want to venture out or not! Click on the event below for more info.) We will be getting our printed holiday catalog guide this month and will also be sending out weekly themed gift-giving guides starting next month to help you out.

We hope that your back-to-school season is going smoothly during these unusual times, and that you're making time to escape into a good book along the way! As a reminder, we are CLOSED for Labor Day, so be sure to stop by this upcoming week to grab a great lake day read.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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2020 is the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower

The Mayflower set sail from England in July 1620, but it had to turn back twice because Speedwell, the ship it was traveling with, leaked. After deciding to leave the leaky Speedwell behind, Mayflower finally got underway on September 6, 1620.

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8/21/20 - Monarch Books - $19.95

Through the Year with the Pilgrim Fathers: 365 Daily Readings Inspired by the Journey of the Mayflower by Stephen Poxon

The year 2020 witnesses the 400th anniversary of the voyage made by the Pilgrim Fathers, who sailed from England to America on board the Mayflower.

This epic excursion signalled one of the most significant episodes in Christian history, making as it did an enormous impact on the trajectory of Christianity in the USA.

Through the Year with the Pilgrim Fathers is a commemorative edition featuring excerpts relating to that event. It is a story of faith, adventure and courage. Each excerpt is married to a verse of Scripture and a prayer, providing 365 daily readings telling the story of great exploits in God's service.

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4/7/20 - Chicago Review Press - $30.00

A Stranger Among Saints: Stephen Hopkins, the Man Who Survived Jamestown and Saved Plymouth by Jonathan Mack

In 1609, on a voyage to resupply England’s troubled Jamestown colony, the Sea Venture was caught in a hurricane and shipwrecked off the coast of Bermuda. The tale of its marooned survivors eventually inspired William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, but for one castaway it was only the beginning.

A Stranger Among Saints traces the life of Stephen Hopkins, who spent ten months stranded with the Sea Venture crew, during which he was charged with attempted mutiny and condemned to die—only to have his sentence commuted just before it was carried out. Hopkins eventually made it to Jamestown, where he spent six years before returning to England and signing on to another colonial venture, this time with a group of religious radicals on the Mayflower.

Hopkins was the only member of the party who had been across the Atlantic before—the only one who’d encountered America’s native people and land. The Pilgrims, plagued by disease and contentious early encounters with indigenous Americans, turned to him for leadership. Hopkins played a vital role in bridging the divide of suspicion between the English immigrants and their native neighbors. Without him, these settlers would likely not have lasted through that brutal first year.

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September 8th is Grandparents' Day!
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How to Read to a Grandma or Grandpa by Jean Reagan

From the creators of the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandma and How to Babysit a Grandpa comes a fun and exciting way to share the joy of reading with grandparents.

Now that you know how to babysit your grandma and grandpa, it's time to teach them how to read with you! In this hilarious new addition to Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish's bestselling How to... series, the kids are in charge! Kids can show their grandparents how to choose a great book, find the perfect spot to read together, and use their best reading-out-loud voices. Even after the book is done, there are lots of activities that kids and their grandparents can do together!

Filled with charming role-reversal humor, creative ideas, and heartwarming moments, this ode to shared storytime is sure to delight kids, parents, and grandparents everywhere.

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Never Forget
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The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede

The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away, Featuring All New Material from the Author

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. 

As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news.

Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

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9/29/20 - Grand Central Publishing: 2020 - $28.00

The Return by Nicholas Sparks - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

In the romantic tradition of Dear John, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the story of an injured Navy doctor — and two women whose secrets will change the course of his life.

Trevor Benson never intended to move back to New Bern, North Carolina. But when a mortar blast outside the hospital where he worked sent him home from Afghanistan with devastating injuries, the dilapidated cabin he'd inherited from his grandfather seemed as good a place to regroup as any.

Tending to his grandfather's beloved beehives, Trevor isn't prepared to fall in love with a local . . . yet, from their very first encounter, Trevor feels a connection with deputy sheriff Natalie Masterson that he can't ignore. But even as she seems to reciprocate his feelings, she remains frustratingly distant, making Trevor wonder what she's hiding.

Further complicating his stay in New Bern is the presence of a sullen teenage girl, Callie, who lives in the trailer park down the road. Trevor hopes Callie can shed light on the mysterious circumstances of his grandfather's death, but she offers few clues — until a crisis triggers a race to uncover the true nature of Callie's past, one more intertwined with the elderly man's passing than Trevor could ever have imagined.

In his quest to unravel Natalie and Callie's secrets, Trevor will learn the true meaning of love and forgiveness . . . and that in life, to move forward, we must often return to the place where it all began.

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9/22/20 - The Viking Press: 2020 - $28.00

Next to Last Stand by Craig Johnson

One of the most viewed paintings in American history, Custer's Last Fight, copied and distributed by Anheuser-Busch at a rate of over two million copies a year, was destroyed in a fire at the 7th Cavalry Headquarters in Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1946. Or was it? When Charley Lee Stillwater dies of an apparent heart attack at the Wyoming Home for Soldiers & Sailors, Walt Longmire is called in to try and make sense of a piece of a painting and a Florsheim shoebox containing a million dollars, sending the good sheriff on the trail of a dangerous art heist.

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9/22/20 - Ballantine Books: 2020 - $28.99

The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.

Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.

But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.

After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways—the first known map of the afterlife.

As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?

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9/18/20 - Lion Hudson: 2020 - $12.95

Murder, Forgotten: How Can You Find the Truth When Your Reality is Fading? by Deb Richardson-Moore

Julianna Burke, bestselling mystery novelist, has a secret that those closest to her are hiding from the world. Julianna is losing her memory, and with it her powerful gift for storytelling that propelled her to fame.

A further devastating blow comes when Connor, Julianna’s beloved husband, is murdered. Even this is not something Julianna’s mind can hold on to, and every day her assistant has to break the heart-wrenching news all over again.

One of the most viewed paintings in American history, Custer's Last Fight, copied and distributed by Anheuser-Busch at a rate of over two million copies a year, was destroyed in a fire at the 7th Cavalry Headquarters in Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1946. Or was it? When Charley Lee Stillwater dies of an apparent heart attack at the Wyoming Home for Soldiers & Sailors, Walt Longmire is called in to try and make sense of a piece of a painting and a Florsheim shoebox containing a million dollars, sending the good sheriff on the trail of a dangerous art heist.

Julianna is desperate to know what happened to her husband. As she battles her failing mind to investigate, a detail of the murder surfaces that makes Julianna question everything she’s ever known. Somehow she must fight to find the truth, even though her grip on reality is fading…

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9/15/20 - Hub City Press: 2020 - $27.00

You Want More: Selected Stories of George Singleton by George Singleton

Thirty stories, collected in one volume for the very first time, from one of the South's best known and most acclaimed short story writers.

With his signature darkly acerbic and sharp-witted humor, George Singleton has built a reputation as one of the most astute and wise observers of the South. Now Tom Franklin introduces this master of the form with a compilation of acclaimed and prize-winning short fiction spanning twenty years and eight collections, including stories originally published in outlets like the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Playboy, the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, and many more. A lovelorn and chatty euthanasia vet arrives at a couples’ house to put down their dog, Probate; a father-to-be searches his workplace—a bar—for a replacement sonogram after recording an episode of Bonanza over the original; an unlikely romance sparks between a librarian and a professional bowler while they compete to win an RV; a father takes his son to visit the many ex-girlfriends that could have been his mother.


These stories bear the influence of Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver, at other times Lewis Nordan and Donald Barthelme, and touch on the mysteries of childhood, the complexities of human relationships, and the absurdity of everyday life, its inexorable defeats and small triumphs. Assembled here for the very first time, You Want More showcases the body of work, hilarious and incisive, that has cemented George Singleton’s place among the South’s greatest living writers.

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9/15/20 - Bloomsbury USA: 2020 - $27.00

Piranesi by Susanna Clark - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

From the New York Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, an intoxicating, hypnotic new novel set in a dreamlike alternative reality.

Piranesi's house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.

For readers of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller's Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

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9/1/20 - Minotaur Books: 2020 - $28.99

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life. 

When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art. It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.

A gruesome discovery in Stephen’s Paris apartment makes it clear the secrets are more rancid, the danger far greater and more imminent, than they realized.

Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family.

For even the City of Light casts long shadows. And in that darkness devils hide.

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9/15/20 - Tor Books: 2020 - $29.99

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a brand new epic novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Eragon, Christopher Paolini.

Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds.

Now she's awakened a nightmare.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she's delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn't at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.

While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity's greatest and final hope . . .

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9/22/20 - Pamela Dorman Books: 2020 - $26.00

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves
A female cop with her first big case
A brutal murder
Welcome to...
THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB


In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case.

As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it's too late?

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9/29/20 - Del Rey: 2020 - $28.00

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life.

Everyone loves Orion Lake. Everyone else, that is. Far as I’m concerned, he can keep his flashy combat magic to himself. I’m not joining his pack of adoring fans.

I don’t need help surviving the Scholomance, even if they do. Forget the hordes of monsters and cursed artifacts, I’m probably the most dangerous thing in the place. Just give me a chance and I’ll level mountains and kill untold millions, make myself the dark queen of the world.

At least, that’s what the world expects me to do. Most of the other students in here would be delighted if Orion killed me like one more evil thing that’s crawled out of the drains. Sometimes I think they want me to turn into the evil witch they assume I am. The school itself certainly does.

But the Scholomance isn’t getting what it wants from me. And neither is Orion Lake. I may not be anyone’s idea of the shining hero, but I’m going to make it out of this place alive, and I’m not going to slaughter thousands to do it, either.

Although I’m giving serious consideration to just one.

With flawless mastery, Naomi Novik creates a heroine for the ages—a character so sharply realized and so richly nuanced that she will live on in hearts and minds for generations to come.

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9/8/20 - Harper: 2020 - $28.99

Monogamy by Sue Miller - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

A brilliantly insightful novel, engrossing and haunting, about marriage, love, family, happiness and sorrow, from New York Times bestselling author Sue Miller.

Graham and Annie have been married for nearly thirty years. A golden couple, their seemingly effortless devotion has long been the envy of their circle of friends and acquaintances. 

Graham is a bookseller, a big, gregarious man with large appetites—curious, eager to please, a lover of life, and the convivial host of frequent, lively parties at his and Annie’s comfortable house in Cambridge. Annie, more reserved and introspective, is a photographer. She is about to have her first gallery show after a six-year lull and is worried that the best years of her career may be behind her. They have two adult children; Lucas, Graham’s son with his first wife, Frieda, works in New York. Annie and Graham’s daughter, Sarah, lives in San Francisco. Though Frieda is an integral part of this far-flung, loving family, Annie feels confident in the knowledge that she is Graham’s last and greatest love.

 When Graham suddenly dies—this man whose enormous presence has seemed to dominate their lives together—Annie is lost. What is the point of going on, she wonders, without him?  

 Then, while she is still mourning him intensely, she discovers that Graham had been unfaithful to her; and she spirals into darkness, wondering if she ever truly knew the man who loved her.

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9/29/20 - William Morrow: 2020 - $29.99

The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook: 100-Plus Fast and Easy New Recipes That Taste Like Home by Steve and Kathy Doocy

In this follow up to their New York Times bestseller The Happy Cookbook, Fox & Friends cohost Steve Doocy and his wife, Kathy, share more hilarious stories and offer crowd-pleasing recipes that are quick, easy, and delicious.

Steve Doocy and his wife, Kathy, believe the kitchen and the family dinner table should be happy places where memories are made and shared. But most of us don’t have the time to spend hours in the kitchen. Steve and Kathy are no exception, and with The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook, they bring together more than a hundred recipes for favorite comfort foods that come together in a flash—from last-minute entrees to set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooker meals.

The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook includes recipes covering a variety of occasions and favorite foods, from holidays, casseroles, and one-pot meals to chicken, pasta, and desserts, as well a whole chapter devoted to the ultimate comfort ingredient: potatoes. Steve and Kathy also share their clever Happy in a Hurry Hacks, which save prep and cooking time and can be used no matter what recipes you're using. Best of all, they include more hilarious and heartwarming stories from the Doocy family and (some well-known) friends.

With The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook you can enjoy time-saving, all-American home cooking at its best—nothing fancy, everything delicious—with recipes such as:

  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos
  • Carrot Cake Waffles
  • Red, White, and Blueberry Summer Fruit Salad
  • Crockpot Carnitas
  • Pumpkin-Swirled Mashed Potatoes
  • Sweet Tea Fried Chicken
  • Bacon Braided Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Ritz Cracker Crust Peanut Butter Pie
  • Six-Minute Strawberry Pie

Best of all, the easy, pleasing recipes in The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook leave you and your family with more time to do the things you love!

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9/15/20 - Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill: 2020 - $24.95

A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son by Michael Ian Black - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

A poignant look at boyhood, in the form of a heartfelt letter from comedian Michael Ian Black to his teenage son before he leaves for college, and a radical plea for rethinking masculinity and teaching young men to give and receive love.

In a world in which the word masculinity now often goes hand in hand with toxic, comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black offers up a way forward for boys, men, and anyone who loves them. Part memoir, part advice book, and written as a heartfelt letter to his college-bound son, A Better Manreveals Black’s own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up,” and searches for the best way to help young men be part of the solution, not the problem. “If we cannot allow ourselves vulnerability,” he writes, “how are we supposed to experience wonder, fear, tenderness?”

Honest, funny, and hopeful, Black skillfully navigates the complex gender issues of our time and delivers a poignant answer to an urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men?

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9/15/20 - Simon & Schuster: 2020 - $30.00

Rage by Bob Woodward

An unprecedented and intimate tour de force of original reporting on the Trump presidency from Bob Woodward. 

Rage goes behind the scenes like never before, with stunning new details about early national security decisions and operations and Trump’s moves as he faces a global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest. 

Woodward, the #1 internationally bestselling author of 13 #1 bestsellers, including Fear: Trump in the White House, shows Trump up close in his entirety before the 2020 presidential election.  

President Trump has said publicly that Woodward has interviewed him. What is not known is that Trump provided Woodward a window into his mind through a series of exclusive interviews. 

At key decision points, Rage shows how Trump’s responses to the crises of 2020 were rooted in the instincts, habits and style he developed during his first three years as president.

Rage draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand witnesses, as well as participants’ notes, emails, diaries, calendars and confidential documents.

Woodward obtained 25 personal letters exchanged between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that have not been public before. Kim describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a “fantasy film,” as the two leaders engage in an extraordinary diplomatic minuet.

Rage will be the foundational account of the Trump presidency, its turmoil, contradictions and risks. It is an essential document for any voter seeking an accurate inside view of the Trump years—volatile and vivid.

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9/1/20 - Greenwillow Books: 2020 - $17.99

A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

In the stand-alone companion to the New York Times–bestselling A Wolf Called Wander, a young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited with their pod. This gorgeously illustrated animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. Includes information about orcas and their habitats. 

For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family’s matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. The young orcas face a shark attack, hunger, the deep ocean, and polluted waters on their journey. Will Vega become the leader she’s destined to be?

A Whale of the Wild weaves a heart-stopping tale of survival with impeccable research on a delicate ecosystem and threats to marine life. New York Times-bestselling author Rosanne Parry’s fluid writing and Lindsay Moore’s stunning artwork bring the Salish Sea and its inhabitants to vivid life. An excellent read-aloud and read-alone, this companion to A Wolf Called Wander will captivate fans of The One and Only Ivan and Pax.

Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout, a map, and extensive backmatter about orcas and their habitats.

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9/29/20 - G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: 2020 - $17.99

Bunheads by Misty Copeland - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

The first in a series of picture books inspired by premier ballerina and author Misty Copeland's own early experiences in ballet.

From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a young Misty, who discovers her love of dance through the ballet Coppélia—a story about a toymaker who devises a villainous plan to bring a doll to life.

Misty is so captivated by the tale and its heroine, Swanilda, she decides to audition for the role. But she's never danced ballet before; in fact, this is the very first day of her very first dance class!

Though Misty is excited, she's also nervous. But as she learns from her fellow bunheads, she makes wonderful friends who encourage her to do her very best. Misty's nerves quickly fall away, and with a little teamwork, the bunheads put on a show to remember.

Featuring the stunning artwork of newcomer Setor Fiadzigbey, Bunheads is an inspiring tale for anyone looking for the courage to try something new.

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9/15/20 - Viking Books for Young Readers - $13.99

The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road by Max Brallier

The highly-anticipated 6th book of the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling series, with over 5 million copies in print! A Netflix Original Series!

Jack Sullivan, Quint Baker, June Del Toro, and Dirk Savage are about to have their biggest adventure yet. That's right—it's ROAD TRIP TIME!

Now wielding the Midnight Blade, Jack Sullivan and the gang are furiously searching for the villainous Thrull and his skeleton army. The clock is ticking: the enemy has begun constructing the Tower—a portal with the power to bring Rezzoch the Ancient, Destructor of Worlds, to our dimension. Equipped with a crucial clue discovered by June on her Wild Flight, the group does the once-unthinkable: they leave Wakefield behind and embark on an . . . EPIC ROAD TRIP! That means music blasting, kitschy roadside attractions, snacks snacks snacks, dangerous detours, and a slew of skeletons and monsters at every turn. But this is no ordinary post-apocalyptic joyride. Because soon, they are pursued by a new threat: the return of a monster they thought long dead, who has taken on a terrifying new form. Jack, June, Quint, and Dirk will be lucky to make it far enough to find the answers they seek. But when the future of the world depends on it, these heroes don't pump the brakes—they go full throttle.

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9/1/20 - Nancy Paulsen Books: 2020 - $17.99

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

I am
a nonstop ball of energy.
Powerful and full of light.
I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.

The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt he'll see them through—as he's creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he's afraid, because he's so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you—and shows you—who they are. There are superheroes in our midst!

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9/29/20 - Quill Tree Books: 2020 - $18.99

Awesome Man: The Mystery Intruder by Michael Chabon - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

Awesome Man, our favorite superhero, is back, and in this fantastic sequel from New York Times bestselling author Michael Chabon, he must prepare for his greatest threat yet!

Awesome Man’s secret identity has stayed safe, and he’s still the coolest superhero around. He loves protecting the people of Awesome City from evildoers, like the giant Plutonian octolizard, with his trusty sidekick, Moskowitz. But there have been reports that a new hero is coming to town soon. What if the people of Awesome City no longer need Awesome Man?

With 40 pages of awesome text and illustrations, this book is a great gift for the superhero-obsessed and any kid adjusting to life with a new sibling!

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9/22/20 - Greenwillow Books: 2020 - $18.99

Sun Flower Lion by Kevin Henkes - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

A sun. A flower. And a lion. With three visual motifs, three colors, and fewer than 200 words, renowned Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times-bestseller Kevin Henkes cracks open the wide world and the youngest child’s endless imagination. This irresistible picture book is a must-have for every reader and every family. 

Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes uses simple shapes, limited colors, and a pitch-perfect text to tell Lion’s story in this transcendent picture book. Sun Flower Lion introduces emerging readers to short chapters, action verbs, and adjectives, while bright illustrations transform simple shapes into something magical.

Sun Flower Lion will shine at story time and bedtime and for young children just learning how to read on their own.

On a warm morning, a little lion sleeps under a sun that shines so brightly, it looks like a flower. He dreams the flower is as big as the sun. He dreams the flower is a cookie. He lets his imagination soar.

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9/15/20 - HarperCollins: 2020 - $18.99

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore - SIGNED BY THE ILLUSTRATOR

#1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long presents a fresh, modern take on the classic Christmas poem about a visit from Santa Claus in this gorgeous new edition.

Cozy up with the timeless tale that’s been reimagined for the twenty-first century by acclaimed artist Loren Long. Featuring four different homes that reflect the diverse world we live in, Long’s lush landscapes and charming scenes capture the wonder and magic of Christmas.

This gorgeous, modern edition of The Night Before Christmas will delight readers old and new and is a must-have for every family library.

An illustrator’s note is included that gives further context to Long’s approach for retelling this classic.

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9/22/20 - Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers - $17.99

Kenny & the Book of Beasts by Tony DiTerlizzi - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

#1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long presents a fresh, modern take on the classic Christmas poem about a visit from Santa Claus in this gorgeous new edition.

Cozy up with the timeless tale that’s been reimagined for the twenty-first century by acclaimed artist Loren Long. Featuring four different homes that reflect the diverse world we live in, Long’s lush landscapes and charming scenes capture the wonder and magic of Christmas.

This gorgeous, modern edition of The Night Before Christmas will delight readers old and new and is a must-have for every family library.

An illustrator’s note is included that gives further context to Long’s approach for retelling this classic.

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9/1/20 - Ember: 2020 - $18.99

Wild Symphony by Dan Brown - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

What do you get when bestselling author Dan Brown dips his toes (and hooves) into the inspirational world of picture books? Well, a musical menagerie of bouncing kangaroos, clumsy kittens and an anxious ostrich! Written in verse, the whimsical Maestro Mouse guides you through the forest, savannah and ocean, all while sharing life lessons that resonate at every age. With original music composed by Dan via QR code, Wild Symphony is perfect read aloud or you can just listen and be swept away on the musical journey. Wild Symphony sits perfectly next to Shel Silverstein and Julia Donaldson.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dan Brown makes his picture book debut with this mindful, humorous musical, and uniquely entertaining book!

Travel through the trees and across the seas with Maestro Mouse and his musical friends! Young readers will meet a big blue whale and speedy cheetahs, tiny beetles and graceful swans. Each has a special secret to share.

Along the way, you might spot the surprises Maestro Mouse has left for you- a hiding buzzy bee, jumbled letters that spell out clues, and even a coded message to solve!

Children and adults can enjoy this timeless picture book as a traditional read-along, or can choose to listen to original musical compositions as they read—one for each animal—with a free interactive smartphone app, which uses augmented reality to play the appropriate song for each page when a phone's camera is held over it.

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9/1/20 - Scholastic Inc. - $14.99

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

On the day before Thanksgiving, a group of children visit a turkey farm and meet Farmer Mack Nuggett and his coop of cockerels: Ollie, Stanley, Larry, Moe, Wally, Beaver, Shemp, and Groucho. The children and turkeys giggle and gobble, and everything is gravy. As the trip comes to an end, the children leave the farm with full hearts -- and bulging bellies -- reminding people and poultry alike that there is much to be thankful for.

This hysterical read-aloud and fan-favorite picture book is now available for the first time in a paper-over-board format!

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9/1/20 - Graphix: 2020. - $12.99

Grime and Punishment by Dav Pilkey

The Supa Buddies bamboozled the baddies, but all's not right in the world. Dog Man has a new problem to pound, and he's going to need his entire pack to help him. Will he go barking up the wrong tree?

Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of doing good.

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9/1/20 - HarperAlley: 2020 - $7.99

Pea, Bee, & Jay #1: Stuck Together by Brian "Smitty" Smith

Get ready to roll with Pea, Bee, & Jay in this brand-new early reader graphic novel series by Brian “Smitty” Smith, perfect for fans of Narwhal & Jelly, emerging readers, and comic lovers alike!

Like all peas, Pea loves to roll. So when a no-good strawberry dares him to roll all the way off the farm, he swears he can do it—eazy me-zee!

But along the way, a powerful thunderstorm strikes and bounces Pea off course...and right into two unlikely new buds: a bee named Bee who thinks she knows it all, and a bird named Jay who can’t figure out how to fly.

On their own they may not look like much, but if this trio can stick together, they just might help Pea find his way back home!

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Our picks have won awards, been made into movies, or have simply been really good reads.

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Doesn't Hurt to Ask by Trey Gowdy, Crown Forum, $28.00

You Are Not Alone October

Monogamy by Sue Miller, Harper, $28.99

Afterlife November

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline, Custom House, $27.99


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Jill Hendrix, Store Owner

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction recently in my role as a business coach. When I do read fiction, I prefer genre fiction with happy endings!

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9/1/20 - PB - $16.00
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

This is a quick but poetic read that will stay with you long after the book ends. Great for bookclub discussions. Highly recommended.

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9/1/20 - PB - $17.99
Loonshots: Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall

Malcolm Gladwell meets Bill Nye in this fabulous business book that will also appeal to Steven Johnson history fans. Who would have thought physics would have any application to creativity or that I would devour such a book in one sitting? Safi Bachall has done an amazing job with his first book and I look forward to more to come.

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9/1/20 - PB - $16.95
Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope by Nicholas D. Kristof

This is a tough, but ultimately hopeful read. The authors identify the problems facing today's working class but also look for evidence-based solutions for what has helped in dfferent communities.

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Nancy M. (Jill's mom)

I love mysteries & thrillers, police procedurals, and psychological mysteries. I also love well written southern fiction set in the early to late 1900's.

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8/4/20 - PB - $16.99
The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld

The Butterfly Girl is another solid entry in the Child Finder series. Naomi is trying to settle down, she has married her long time best friend Jerome and they are both living in Portland with her friend Diane, but Naomi will never truly be at ease until she can find her sister. Slowly a few memories come back and with those clues she starts in earnest to try and locate her sister turning down other cases until she does. While investigating the few clues she has, she begins to interact with some of the street kids – homeless children trying to survive on the streets - and becomes involved with a police case of a serial killer of young girls who are prostitutes. Once again Denfield gives us a peak at the dark world of abused and neglected children but also shows us survival, hope and love especially with the character of 11 year old Celia – the butterfly girl.

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8/4/20 - PB - $9.99
Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

A riveting story of love and betrayal; a haunting mystery.. How well do you know your spouse? How long would you tolerate the secrets? How far would you go to uncover the truth? A marriage falling apart; a teen that no longer needs her mother; time to disappear; too many secrets; too many lies; perhaps a time to die…

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9/22/20 - HC - $26.99
To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan

Lucy Harper is a very famous and rich novelist who writes mysteries starring the fictional DS Eliza Grey. Lucy is married to Dan Harper, who was also an aspiring writer when they first met, but who now acts solely as Lucy’s asst. From the beginning we know Lucy has a secret she is hiding from most of her fans and her neighbors. She was 9 years old when she snuck out of the house and went into the woods with her 3 yo little brother, Teddy, to see the bonfire and the druids celebrating the solstice. She returned home but he did not and she swore over and over that she didn’t know what happened to him. But, she was a child and people didn’t believe her and so she started making up stories she thought they wanted to hear and leaving out things that she thought would get her into trouble. Eventually she did not know what was true and what wasn’t so she changed her name and put her vivid imagination to good use writing fiction. She and her husband seemed to be living the good life. Then her life suddenly becomes totally unhinged when her husband buys a house without her permission close to where she used to live. She soon discovers he has been hiding many secrets from her and was secretly very jealous of her success. Then Dan vanishes. Lucy soon finds herself the focus of yet another police investigation into what has happened to Dan. The atmosphere in this novel is very haunting and sad. How can we know if what Lucy is telling us is the truth when she doesn’t know herself? Who is her mysterious friend Eliza? What was Dan up to, behind her back? These are all questions that swirl around the main theme of the story, which is what happened to Teddy years ago and was Lucy to blame. To Tell You the Truth is psychological fiction at its best. A psychologist could have a field day with how Lucy was treated as a child by the police, her parents, and her neighbors, and how it ended up affecting what she did and how she acted as an adult. You won’t want to miss this one.

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6/30/20 - HC - $27.00
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Maggie Holt was the central character of the bestselling non-fiction book her father wrote about their 14 days living in the supposedly haunted Baneberry Hall. Maggie has always hated the book and the notoriety that came from it. She was only 5 when they lived there and she remembers nothing about the time. But since the book was essentially about her she is constantly bombarded with questions and made fun of by non-believers. All that she really knows is that her father swore the house was haunted and that everything he wrote was true and that on his deathbed he begged Maggie never to return to the house. Since Maggie doesn’t believe in ghosts, and since her mother has refused to ever discuss what happened there. Maggie decides she must return to the house to find out for herself what caused them to run from the house twenty years ago with only the clothes on their backs, never to return. If like Maggie you don’t believe in ghosts and think there is a rational explanation for everything you will love trying to figure out what that explanation is. As you hear Maggie’s father read his book and at the same time follow what is now happening to Maggie and what is going on at Baneberry Hall you may begin to believe that the only explanation is that Baneberry Hall is truly haunted. The brilliant plotting was instrumental in making this one of the creepiest and most believable ghost stories I have ever read and the ending was beyond amazing. If reading this doesn’t put you in another place and time to escape what is going on in the real world then nothing ever will.

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9/8/20 - HC - $27.99
One by One by Ruth Ware

Robert Pobi has written another heart stopping, adrenaline fueled thriller. Dr. Lucas Page once again is talked into helping the FBI – this time to see who is setting off bombs and killing hundreds of people all over NYC. Once again Lucas uses his uncanny memory and special math skills as he tries to analyze data, numbers, and all sorts of unrelated facts about the bombings and the victims to come up with some kind of pattern to figure out who is behind the bombings. Once again he is obnoxious to his co-workers and anyone who he thinks is beneath his intelligence (which means almost everyone) and once again he puts himself in unbelievable danger. There is lots of bloodshed and the killing of many innocent people, there is lots of black humor, there is non-stop action and there is just the slightest softening of Lucas Page as a person. Lots of books are listed as thrillers but few fill the bill as well as Under Pressure does.

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9/1/20 - PB - $16.99
The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

If you are a fan of Scandinavian Noir as I am you will love this twisty, dark police procedural set in Denmark, which was an Indie Next pick in hardcover. The young downstairs tenant, Julie Stender, is found brutally murdered by the second floor tenant and he ends up in hospital because of a heart attack. The owner Estelle de Laurenti who lives on the third floor has a weird connection to the murder – an unpublished novel she is working on seems to have been the basis for the murder and the way it was carried out. But, Estelle is too old and too feeble to have been able to carry out the gruesome murder. This is a character driven mystery that will keep you guessing to the end. I can’t wait for the rest of the books in the series to be translated into English.

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9/29/20 - PB - $9.99
The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Jane Harper has created yet another masterpiece, this one a standalone set in the outback region of Queensland Australia. It is a beautifully written character driven novel where the extreme hardship of living and surviving in the outback is one of the major characters. It is the story of the Bright brothers told from the perspective of Nathan – the oldest of the three – as he tries to make sense of how his middle brother, Cameron, ended up alone in the middle of the desert dead of dehydration when he had a well-stocked and working car not far away. Was it something sinister or was it suicide as the authorities seem to believe. If suicide, what might have driven this charismatic well liked young man with a wife and two young daughters to take his life. The Lost Man is a story of family dynamics, of abuse and of lots of what ifs. The descriptions of the scenery and life in the outback would be enough alone to keep up your interest, but added to that is a cast of characters who you feel like you know intimately by the end of the book. A cast of characters who all have secrets and who make you wonder did Cameron kill himself or did one of them do the unspeakable.

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9/29/20 - PB - $9.99
Freefall by Jessica Barry

Freefall is a terrific character driven thriller which is told from two perspectives: that of the mother who is still grieving the loss of her husband to cancer two years earlier and of the daughter who ran away when she saw her mother do as her father wished and help him die. This thriller comes out of the gate at top speed. The mother is told her daughter and her daughter’s fiancée were killed in a plane crash and the mother decides she has to learn what her daughter’s life was like for the past two years. The daughter made some really bad choices including not contacting her mother when she needed help, but she had finally found what she thought was true love and was in a good place when the plane went down. She is now determined to survive. Both women display remarkable strength as they each attempt to save the other from the madman who is attempting to kill them both.

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9/8/20 - HC - $26.99
Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney -- SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE

Before She Was Helen was a fun, quirky, almost slapstick story about senior citizens living in a retirement community in SC and what happens when Helen does a good deed and goes into a neighbor’s condo to make sure he is all right. When a dead body turns up a few days later Helen really has problems as she found something strange during her search for her neighbor and she is afraid that she will finally have to reveal the truth about who she was before she was Helen. While the book seems to be light and frivolous and is quick read there are some serious issues that haunt Helen. After all things just weren’t done the same way in the 50’s when Helen was a teenager. Helen has a lot of secrets and she wants to keep them. I really loved Helen’s grit and determination and the way she interacted with her neighbors and couldn’t wait to see if Helen could stay Helen

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Melissa O., Operations

I love the faster pacing of books written for a younger audience (middle grade and young adult), but will try just about anything fiction, especially if it has some romance. I also have a soft spot for really special picture books.

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9/29/20 - HC - $18.99
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Quan has been in and out of prison since he was 13. Now, at 18, he's been in prison for over a year. To keep his sanity, he writes letters to his friend Justyce, who gave him the idea with his own letters to Martin Luther King, Jr. Told through a series of flashbacks and letters alternating with the current story, readers will see Quan's life and the decisions he and others have made in his life that have affected him and led to his incarceration. This book, focusing on the justice system and how it fails some people and favors others, is just as powerful as Dear Martin and is a must-read for fans of Angie Thomas, Jason Reynolds, and Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam's Punching the Air.

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9/1/20 - HC - $18.99
The Bridge by Bill Konigsberg

This book needs to be shared. It's about two teens who both (separately) go to the George Washington Bridge with the intention of jumping. Once they're both there and notice each other, there are four possible outcomes: Tillie jumps and Aaron doesn't; Aaron jumps and Tillie doesn't; they both jump; or neither jumps. This book covers all four scenarios, and it destroyed me all four times. Konigsberg's intention is to show what could happen: If you feel like jumping but don't, these are the things that might happen that are better than right now. If you do jump, these are the people who will be affected and how it will make them feel. Having come out the other side of a situation like this, it was hard but powerful for me to read the could-have-beens; I can only hope it could be just as powerful for anyone contemplating suicide, to make them see what they're leaving behind.

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8/4/20 - HC - $17.99
More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood

Danyal isn't known for his brain, and he'll be the first to tell you about it. All he wants is to be a chef and maybe married to his long-time crush. He's forced to re-think his life, though, when he's selected for a prestigious academic competition and he starts to fall for a completely unsuitable girl his parents set him up with. A fun read that explores what it means to really be happy -- and it had me rolling with laughter multiple times.

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9/8/20 - PB - $9.99
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

Sophie LeFevre's husband was sent off to fight in World War I, leaving her with only a portrait he'd painted of her, a portrait that drew the eye of the Kommandant. 90 years later, that portrait, titled The Girl You Left Behind, hangs in Liv Halston's house, a wedding gift from her late husband. When descendants of the artist claim ownership of the painting and demand restitution, Liv's life becomes a battle, both legal and emotional, as she fights to keep Sophie's portrait and find out everything she can about Sophie herself and what happened to her, feeling somehow as though it can help Liv figure out where her own life is going. This book is just as character-driven as Me Before You, with an interesting historical focus.

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9/1/20 - HC - $16.99
The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

When Kate gets bored and writes to her rich uncle to beg a birthday present, she never dreams of getting an actual steam engine, much less that she would spend the night of her birthday on a journey to save endangered animals. A satisfying adventure story chock full of 'important life lessons' and train facts, with the environmentalism of Carl Hiaasen or Louis Sachar and the whimsy of Roald Dahl and Nevermoor.

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9/1/20 - HC - $19.99
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi

Amal is in prison after being accused of something he didn't do, violence he didn't commit. But this story is not about what Amal did or didn't do. Rather, this profound novel in verse is about the societal systems in place that make his prison sentence seem almost inevitable, and how he uses his art as an outlet to ground himself and to speak out against those systems. A must read for fans of Jason Reynolds' Long Way Down

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9/1/20 - HC - $17.99
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Avery Kylie Grambs is living out of her car and focused on maximizing her scholarship opportunities when she discovers that she's inherited 46 billion dollars from a man she never met. The catch? Avery has to live with the disinherited Hawthorne family for a year...and come to find out, he was inordinately fond of riddles and games, of which it appears that Avery is either the last one he left, or at least a tool to solve it. Now she has to maneuver her way among the four Hawthorne grandsons to figure out how she fits in. This mystery wrapped in puzzles made me think of a YA Mr. Lemoncello or Mysterious Benedict Society, and fans of Knives Out will also find a lot to recommend it. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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9/1/20 - PB - $11.99
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Pool builds a world where some people are Graced with special abilities, granted to them by the Prophets of old. But since the Prophets disappeared over 100 years ago, a radical group called the Witnesses has sprung up, and they are intent on ridding the world of these Graces. Unbeknownst to most of the world, though, the Prophets foretold this Age of Darkness, but also gave hope that a Last Prophet would come along and possibly stop it. Now five young adults from different backgrounds, some Graced and some not, each with his or her own agenda, must play their parts and make or break the world. With admirable world-building, this debut novel will appeal to fans of Sarah J. Maas and will leave readers wanting more.

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Grace Anne J., Marketing Specialist

I love historical fiction, with World War II fiction usually topping my list of favorites. I also love YA contemporaries, mysteries, and adore anything having to do with musical theatre.

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9/24/19 - PB - $17.99
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

When Ernt Allbright, a Vietnam War veteran with raging PTSD, decides to move his family to Alaska, thirteen-year-old Leni and her mother, Cora, don't resist - if it will make him happy again, it will be worth it. Very quickly, however, they learn that the greatest danger won't be the harsh Alaskan winters outside their door, but the abuse within. The Great Alone is fascinating and beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. It's a story of strength of spirit and survival against all odds. A powerful look into the horrors of codependency and toxic love told against the backdrop of a wild 1960's Alaska, The Great Alone is unforgettable. It's a book of love, in all of its forms - beautiful, toxic, romantic, platonic, familial. It's about the strength of a community and the love between a mother and a daughter, and it explores falling in love when you aren't sure that you know what real love is. It made me smile, made me angry, and made me think - sometimes all at once.

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Linda H., Volunteer

I enjoy nonfiction the most: biographies, true crime, sociology, and civil rights narratives to name a few. When I read fiction, I choose historical novels or literary fiction most often.

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9/15/20 - HC - $26.99
Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss by Jenna Bush Hager - SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE!

Jenna Bush Hager writes a heartwarming memoir about her grandparents on both sides of her family and what she learned from them. From the heady days of playing in the George H.W Bush White House to the down-to-earth lessons learned from her maternal grandmother, Hager makes us pause and reconsider the legacy of our own grandparents and ways to honor them.

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9/8/20 - HC - $26.99
The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett is about death, but don't let that discourage you. You will mainly cheer for the lovely Eudora as she looks back at her long life with its sorrows and some joy. Eudora thinks she ready for death, but after she meets her new next-door neighbor, the spunky ten-year-old Rose, and the recently widowed Stanley, Eudora wonders if there really is more life on this earth for her to live. Interwoven with humor and compassion, this is a great read!

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Brent B., Volunteer

There are no limits to what I love to read, however I tend to gravitate to mystery/thriller action stories that are fast paced with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing all the way to the end. There is nothing I love more than an ending that comes completely out of left field that I never saw coming.

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9/22/20 - HC - $27.99
Make Them Cry by Smith Henderson

DEA Agent Diane Harbaugh's romantic getaway weekend doesn't work out as planned when a confidential informant (who may have been something more than that) from her past tracks her to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan just to take his own life in front of her and her boyfriend at her lakeshore cabin. Things go from bad to worse when upon returning to work she receives a request from a high level cartel drug lord who will speak only to Diane and she makes the fateful choice to travel alone to Mexico. From almost the moment she arrives in Mexico things spiral out of control in a non-stop thrill ride of an adventure that challenges everything Diane believes as well as who she can trust. This book is expertly plotted and written and is almost impossible to put down. It will get your adrenaline running to the very end. I highly recommend it.

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9/22/20 - PB - $17.99
The Chain by Adrian McKinty

I read the concept of The Chain before I started the book and was tempted not to read something so apparently implausible. Then I started reading. Before I realized it, I was captured in The Chain and it wouldn't let go. A harrowing tale that tests the limits of what a person can and can't and will and won't do. And when it is your child that has been kidnapped and is in the grip of The Chain, you find yourself capable of doing things you could never conceive. This is a fast paced, edgy thriller that will keep you going until the very last. Is it possible to break The Chain?

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9/29/20 - HC - $27.99
The Orphan's Guilt by Archer Mayor

John Rust is pulled over and subsequently arrested for drunk driving by a Vermont state trooper. During the process of interviewing and booking, John is the ultimate gentleman, compliant and truthful with the authorities. The arrest is made even sadder when it is discovered that this was the day John laid his invalid younger brother to rest. A brother John had spent his entire adult life providing care for. John’s lawyer thinks he can help John by portraying his selfless character, and hires private eye Sally Kravitz to look into John’s brother’s death. But now John has disappeared and as Sally peels back the layers of this story it appears that his brother’s condition may have been caused by brain trauma, which leads to a murder investigation. Joe Gunther of the VBI is brought in and as he and his team along with Sally Kravitz and a young reporter from the local paper start digging, a twisted, sordid tale of the Rust family begins to emerge. This is an outstanding book, very cleverly plotted with twists and turns that will keep you reading late into the night.

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Jim M., (Jill's Dad)

I am a retired scientist with a wide range of interests, including genealogy, history, house-building, gardening and board games. Research into my 9th great grandmother led to my writing a novel (Penelope) about her adventures in getting to America in the 1640s. My reading preferences are historical fiction and non-fiction plus occasional science fiction, general fiction and thrillers.

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9/1/20 - HC - $26.00
The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi by Richard Grant

A truism of small Southern towns is that if you have money or family connections, you can be 'eccentric.' Otherwise, you’re a crazy nutjob. By that definition, or any definition, Natchez, Mississippi, has been eccentric for over two centuries. In his new book The Deepest South of All, author Richard Grant delves into the past and present of Natchez and recounts and often analyzes fascinating stories that sound like they come from Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Even though I had never before heard most of these tales, I believe them because I lived in Natchez from age four until I graduated from high school. I even danced the polka in the spring Pilgrimage one year despite the fact that neither of my grandmothers was born or raised in Natchez. In the interest of full disclosure, some of Chapter 15 is devoted to the antebellum mansion that my family briefly owned. My father, a real estate developer, bought the infamous and aptly named 'Goat Castle' (and its fifty acres), completed the demolition begun by fifty years of human neglect and goat and chicken infestation, built a subdivision, and named one of the streets for the 'Wild Man of Goat Castle' who killed his neighbor and got away with murder. I heartily recommend you read this well-written and very entertaining book. If you don’t believe these eccentricities, visit Natchez during spring or fall Pilgrimage and see for yourself.

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Jackie W., Volunteer

I enjoy suspense, complex political plots, psychological thrillers, really any good mystery. I also enjoy southern historical novels, especially those set in Appalachia as well as regency romance.

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9/29/20 - PB - $9.99
The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

WOW! I think the last few times I have read Karin's new books I think they are the best yet. This book is no exception to that pattern. The plot of an epidemic is incredibly real and the continued unfolding of Will & Sara's relationship during extreme duress is spellbinding. The focus on things, like domestic terrorism, that are sometimes swept under the rug are front and center in this book. I have a hard time imagining how much research was involved to reach the level of detail in so any complex medical and scientific situations in this book. The pace is fast and if you skip a page you will miss something important. There are perfect examples of evil hiding in plain sight, but also wonderful examples of sacrifice and heroism. Don't miss this journey with Will & Sara.

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Adam M., Volunteer

I like to read science fiction: post-apocalyptic, space opera, time travel, alternate dimensions, and hard sci-fi so hard that it makes my brain hurt. I also love a good fantasy/sci-fi mash up.

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9/29/20 - HC - $26.99
The Loop by Jeremy Robert Johnson

A student kills a teacher, and then is taken out by private security. While Lucy tries to get over her PTSD from witnessing the incident, her small town is about to descend into madness. Think the movie, Disturbing Behavior, but ramped up way past eleven. You'll never look at an octopus the same again.

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I love to read fast-paced thrillers that take you on a wild ride with twists and turns and surprise endings!! But, I also love a good novel, with great characters and a rich and bold plot.

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8/25/20 - HC - $28.99
Final Cut by S. J. Watson

Four young teenage girls have gone missing from this sleepy, seaside village near Yorkshire, and Alex, an investigative reporter, has traveled there to see if she can determine what happened to them. Once there, she is met with little cooperation and much hostility. But, Alex has secrets of her own. And there are gaps in her memory,,,many things fade in and out as she tries to remember her own past. As she begins to unravel these mysteries, she runs the risk of exposing her true self. A complex plot soon reveals blackmail and murder, leaving too many lives shattered and broken; and Alex is afraid she might be the cause. When many twists and turns converge into its emotionally charged climax, Alex is left to sort out who she really is.

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9/15/20 - HC - $27.99
Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker

A terrible tragedy befalls this family, leaving it broken and fragile. And, when one family member, the only one trying to hold it all together, goes missing, they all think she doesn’t want to be found. And so, this story begins. This gripping and suspenseful novel, a murder mystery, intelligently written, and emotionally powerful, an edge-of-your-seat thriller, will leave you breathless and shaken… all the way to its surprising ending!

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