Staff Picks

We take great joy in picking out what we hope is an appealing selection of books.  And we love making recommendations to customers.  If only we had time to read them all!

Here are some of our current staff favorites:

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Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

A thought-provoking love story of immigration and of race and identity in Nigeria and America.

Carol


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Our Souls at Night (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101911921
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

Beautiful late in life love story, and the last book from beloved Kent Haruf.

Kathy, Lisa, & Carol


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The Hearts of Men Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062469687
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Published: Ecco Press - March 7th, 2017

I loved this story of generations of boys & men who attended the Boy Scout camp in Haugen, WI.  The setting is of course familiar to those of us in Northern Wisconsin (my son, like the author, attended Camp Phillips, renamed Camp Chippewa in the book).  The characters are vividly drawn, and the pull of right and wrong and friendship over the ages are major themes.

— Carol


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Braiding Sweetgrass Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 1st, 2014

This book is filled with wonderful essays and native wisdom.  One ov my favorites is " Allegiance to Gratitude".

Kathy


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The Almond Tree Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781859643297
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Published: Garnet Publishing - September 1st, 2012

This is one of those books I want everyone to read.  Written by a Jewish New Yorker who felt compelled to tell a story about Palestinians being pushed from their land.  This wrenching novel of two brothers, reacting very differently to their circumstances, will stay with the reader

Carol


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Be Frank with Me Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062413727
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 6th, 2016

I love this debut novel of a publishing assistant, a famous novelist, and her quirky son.  Frank will stay with me for a long time.              

Carol

 


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The Nightingale Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250080400
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 25th, 2017

A powerful story of two sisters, each WWII heroes in their own way.  I loved this book to the very last page.        

Lisa

 


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To the Bright Edge of the World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316242851
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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 2nd, 2016

From the author of the much loved Snow Child comes another story set in Alaska.  Using fictional letters, diaries, photo records, and more, Ivey tells a fascinating story of early white explorers of an Alaskan river valley. They venture past the known edge of the world, encountering native tribes and testing their own sanity.  At the same time Sophie, the wife of the head of the expedition, is making her own life left back in Vancouver.
Carol


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Fates and Furies Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634482
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 13th, 2016

Groff is one of my favorite authors.  We never really know what a marriage is like from the outside, but sometimes (often?) it looks very different even to those in it.               

Carol
 


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The Song of Hartgrove Hall Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780147517593
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 29th, 2015

A post WWII story of a British family and the decline of their ancestral home.  It is a love story and a beautiful story of music.    Carol  
 


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A Land More Kind Than Home (P.S.) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062088239
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 22nd, 2013

A beautifully written debut novel, rich with imagery and unforgettable characters.  The story takes place in the south and has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird. I love it!                   Denise
 


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Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781601427564
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Published: Convergent Books - September 27th, 2016

Another wonderful book from Bolz-Weber about the transforming power of grace encountered in everyday life.               Lisa
 


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Kitchens of the Great Midwest Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143109419
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Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2016

A fun first novel and fascinating way to tell the life story of Eva, who becomes a famous chef.  Each chapter is narrated by someone whose life touches Eva’s and features a Midwestern food and how it affected her  life.                                  

Carol
 


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The Water Knife Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804171533
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Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016

A little futuristic, but not really.  Water is scarce, (& gone in Texas), and states have erected borders.  ‘Water Knives’ work for the haves, taking water from the less powerful.  A brutal, fascinating thriller. 

Eva & Carol
 


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Whispering Shadows (Rising Dragon #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476793658
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Published: Atria Books - February 9th, 2016

Set in Hong Kong and a now capitalist China, a murder mystery featuring characters troubled by the shadows of the cultural revolution.  Sendker is the author of another favorite—Art of Hearing Heartbeats.          Carol       
 


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What Alice Forgot Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425247440
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Published: Berkley Books - April 24th, 2012

Alice is turning 40.  After a fall, she can’t remember the last 10 years of her life.  My 3rd recommendation of a Moriarty book—I can’t put her down!        

Denise
 


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The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man (Ruddy McCann #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780765377494
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Published: Tor Books - May 31st, 2016

 

Cameron is loved for his stories told from the dog’s perspective.  While there is a dog in this crazy story, it’s very different.  Ex football star Ruddy is back home as a repo man, living a seemingly simple life until he hears the voice of a murdered local realtor in his head—demanding he find the murderers.                  Carol 


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Pretty Baby: A Gripping Novel of Psychological Suspense Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778318743
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Published: Mira Books - February 2nd, 2016

Told through the eyes of three characters—Heidi, her husband, & Willow.  The story unfolds as Heidi sees homeless Willow standing on the train platform in the rain, clutching a baby in her arms.  A very good read.  Denise
 


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A God in Ruins Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316176507
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 12th, 2016

A companion novel to Life after Life.  This is the story of Ursula’s brother Teddy, his role in the war ,and his life after.          Carol