Staff Picks 2016-17

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The Women in the Castle: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062563675
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2018

An immensely compelling of three German women during and after WWII.

--Kathy & Carol


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The Hearts of Men: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062469694
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Published: Ecco - December 26th, 2017

A moving exploration of friendship and right & wrong among generations of men attending Boy Scout Camp in Haugen, WI.

-Carol


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

A story of a Nigerian immigrant, love, and race.  A favorite among my favorites.

Carol


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The Summer Guest: A Novel of Chekhov Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062423382
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 23rd, 2017

Historical fiction about Anton Chekov.  A gorgeous novel about friendship, writing, and translation.

Carol & Eva


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The Dry: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250105622
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 2nd, 2018

A nail-biting, page-turning thriller set during a drought in small town Australia.

Carol


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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

The moving 20th century saga of a Korean family in Japan-a history about which I knew little.

Carol


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Underground Airlines Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316261258
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 18th, 2017

An alternate history where there was no civil war and slavery still exists in four states.  More parallels to today than you would think (or wish).

Carol


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The Nest Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062414229
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Published: Ecco - April 4th, 2017

A little family dysfunction and a whole lot of New York City--two ingredients that kept me turning the pages of this fabulous debut novel.

Denise


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To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316242837
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Published: Back Bay Books - August 29th, 2017

From the author of our favorite Snow Child, this fascinating story of early explorers of Alaska is told through journals, letters, photos, and artifacts.

Carol


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I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Book Club Recommendation! Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781501126949
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 21st, 2017

If you like creepy and unpredictable, this is your weekend treat.  The most unusual book I've read. Ever.

Eva


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The Muse: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062409935
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Published: Ecco - May 16th, 2017

Artists during the Spanish Civil War & the 1960's London art world--this is great historical fiction.

Carol


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The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

A strong book about a common topic, but from an entirely unique angle.

Eva


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LaRose: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062277039
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

Another stunning story from Erdrich--a man accidentally shoots his neighbor's son, then gives him his own son.

Carol


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The Orphan's Tale Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778319818
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Published: Mira Books - February 21st, 2017

Love and family can be found in the most unlikely places:  between a teenage girl & a baby found in a railcar, a trapeze artist & a naive beginner, the son of a Nazi sympathizer & a gril who is willing to lie for her Jewish friend.  They all find refuge in the circus.

Heidi


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Commonwealth: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062491831
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

This funny & sad family portrait is pure Patchett.

Denise & Carol


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Ginny Moon Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778330882
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Published: Park Row - December 26th, 2017

The story of an autistic girl adopted as a teenager grabs you and is both heart-breaking and laugh-out-loud.

Carol


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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicatea Discoveries from a Secret World Cover Image
By Peter Wohlleben, Tim Flannery (Foreword by), Jane Billinghurst (Translator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781771642484
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Published: Greystone Books - September 13th, 2016

You'll never look at a tree or forest in the same way.  A thoughtful, scientific, slightly whimsical book.

Eva


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Celine: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101973486
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Published: Vintage - January 2nd, 2018

With Celine, Peter Heller is now officially one of my favorite authors!  And this was a Wisconsin Public Radio Chapter-a-Day read.


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Lab Girl Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

An engrossing story of a paleobotanist, her quirky lab partner, and her career as a woman in science.  Lovely writing.

Carol


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Before the Fall Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455561797
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 6th, 2017

A private plane falls from the sky, with two survivors--what happened before?   Great thriller.

Carol


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Another Brooklyn: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062359995
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Published: Amistad - May 30th, 2017

Amazingly poetic--you will find yourself going back to reread sentences.

Eva


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The Mothers: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184529
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 10th, 2017

Brilliant coming of age story set in L.A.  The characters make very difficult choices, and the women of the church function as a Greek chorus.

Carol


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Small Great Things: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345544971
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 20th, 2018

An emotional story of friendship and coping with loss that explores what it means to move beyond all that we think we know about someone into a compassionate understanding of our shared struggles.

Lisa & Eva


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The Simplicity of Cider: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501154928
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Published: Gallery Books - May 16th, 2017

This perfect summer page turner will inspire a visit to Door County during apple season--to drink cider, of course.

Denise