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Jody reads an eclectic mix of non-fiction, cozy mysteries and southern fiction...and, well, just about anything else.  Come pick her brain...

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The Lightkeeper's Daughters Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062572028
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Published: Harper - July 4th, 2017

Morgan isn't particularly happy to be doing community service at the retirement home where she painted graffiti, but when resident Elizabeth Livingstone learns of her artistic talent, she becomes intrigued with the orphaned teenager and enlists her help.

Elizabeth can no longer see well enough to read or enjoy the art she has always loved. Her brother Charlie's boat washed up on shore without him, but containing diaries from their father - a lighthouse keeper - that hold the answers to Elizabeth and her twin sister Emily's relationship and their childhood on a remote Lake Superior island. Morgan and Elizabeth form an unlikely friendship as secrets from the past unravel, and they discover a bond neither expected. This dual-time narrative was a page-turner.

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ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

Helena spent a lot of years trying to overcome her past and live a normal life with her husband and two daughters. Her mother was kidnapped and held captive in a cabin in an Upper Peninsula swamp for years, and that's where Helena grew up, too - and she never knew that the rugged life with her adored father was unusual until after they were rescued when she was twelve. But her father has killed two prison guards to escape his life sentence, and the only one who can bring him back to justice is Helena herself - before he threatens her beloved family. This thriller was a page-turner and is getting lots of national buzz. Join us when Karen Dionne visits the bookstore on August 9th! Click here for more details...

The Things We Do That Make No Sense: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780875807638
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Published: Switchgrass Books - March 15th, 2017

This beautifully written group of short stories attempts to make sense of the senseless - of the rituals, choices, and gestures that we make both publicly and privately. Set mostly in Michigan, each story is of a very different experience, but  a human need for ritual ties them together, whether it's a son at a chili cook-off looking for the reason for his dad's disappearance, or a child's first seizure. I love Schuitema's writing, and I'm looking forward to his visit to the bookstore on July 8th from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Click here for more information. 

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ISBN: 9780316375191
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

Just as Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket seem the same only to outsiders, identical twins Harper and Tabitha Frost only looked alike. Harper was her father's daughter - free-spirited, drifting, always at the center of drama. Tabitha followed in her mother's dignified footsteps -  upright and refined, but with questionable parenting skills. They've been estranged for years, until the summer their father dies and Tabitha's teenage daughter stages full-out rebellion, and only trading islands - and lives - can help reunite the once close sisters. Elin Hilderbrand's books just bring to life all of my favorite things about summer and her latest nook is no exception. It was like taking a little vacation.

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ISBN: 9781250095206
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 6th, 2017

Alice is smart, single, in her thirties, mired in a dead-end job, and having a dead-end affair with her married boss. Paul's long-time partner doesn't want to break up, but he's finding monogamy oppressive. And they're both dreading the wedding of their half-sister Eloise, the cultured, beautiful, trust-funded product of their mother's first marriage to a wealthy Frenchman. After all, the elegant English country estate ceremony will be just a little too perfect and stand in just a little too sharp a contrast to their own imperfections. Thus begins this fun family drama - we might hate these people at the wedding, but they sure are fun to read about.

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ISBN: 9781594749544
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Published: Quirk Books - March 28th, 2017

While I did a bit of cooking in college and can happily say I've never had ramen noodles, I did eat so much Kraft macaroni and cheese that the smell is somewhat unpleasant to me now. This book might save many a student from that same fate. Small enough not to take up much dorm or apartment space, this little cookbook is full of ideas for simple, tasty, quick, and (let's just say it bluntly) cheap recipes for all times of the day, whether the student needs a quick breakfast or snack, or to feed roommates. This would make a great grad or back-to-school gift.

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ISBN: 9780812998269
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Published: Dial Press - February 7th, 2017

Katie Brenner’s boss Demeter Farlowe’s life is perfect. Her hair, clothes, townhouse, children, husband, brilliance, and command of her employees are the stuff of fairy tales, and Katie aspires to be just like her – until rumors about Demeter’s mistakes start to circulate, and the worst happens. Katie herself is fired. Retreating to her family farm to recover, she throws herself into helping her father develop the farm into a successful “glamping” destination, and all is going well, until Demeter and her family show up. This new novel has a little romance, a little workplace drama, a little find-your-way-in-life, a little familial misunderstanding, and a whole lot of humor and fun.

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By Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481457958
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Published: Atheneum Books - April 4th, 2017

Olivia KNOWS how to do everything – use the blender, wash a load of laundry – so she is shocked to hear her mother tell her aunt about having to clean up an explosion of blueberry smoothie, and deal with the white-shirts-turned-pink because Olivia put her red socks in with them. What else could they be saying about her? Olivia decides to become a spy and find out. But spying is more difficult than she imagined, and, as she finds out, it’s easy to misinterpret what she partially hears. Olivia is as sassy and charming as ever in this delightful new addition to the Olivia books.

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ISBN: 9781617732201
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - February 28th, 2017

Newlywed (!) Hannah Swenson is fresh from her lavish honeymoon cruise and ready to settle into married life – but she can’t escape the excitement of sleuthing for long when famous actress Victoria Bascomb turns up dead. Victoria hadn’t been in Eden Falls for long, but she’d had time to make plenty of enemies and Hannah’s list of suspects is even longer than usual. And also as usual, Fluke’s this latest in Fluke’s sweet cozy mystery series contains several mouth-watering recipes, including (of course) Hannah’s Banana Cream Pie….

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ISBN: 9781250105073
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - March 21st, 2017

Mattie's mind is still sharp, but ALS is quickly shredding her body. Her husband Don maintains a cheerful facade, but is dreading a future without her. Rose is their affectionate caretaker, but single motherhood and economic worries leave her feeling trapped. However, shared love of Rose's delightful young daughter Jeri, the rediscovery of Mattie's hope chest, and the stories that unfold with each treasured item gently awaken new hope within each of them.

Set in the village of Saugatuck, which is tucked into the dunes of Lake Michigan, this novel feels as though memoirist Wade Rouse - writing under his grandmother's name - is sharing his own home and family. He writes from the heart, and The Hope Chest is sure to enter the reader's heart, too.

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By Marie Letourneau (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781939100092
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Published: Tanglewood - March 14th, 2017

Argyle Fox lives in a tree in the forest. It's early spring. He is kind of tired of winter and wants nothing more than to play outside, but the strong winds keep foiling every game he can think of...until Mama Fox encourages him to create a clever idea that is perfect to play in the wind. The illustrations in this new picture book are charming, and even adults will relate to Argyle's spring fever...especially this month!