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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 Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101973806
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Published: Vintage - October 24th, 2017

Although she was best known as a novelist, the Queen of Crime P.D. James was often commissioned to write short Christmas stories by newspapers and magazines. This little book contains four of her best, and it was a fun way to start holiday reading. The stories are quite different from one another, although two of them feature her famous sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, and while a couple of the them are classic Christie-like cozies, none are sweet - and all had a surprising and satisfying ending. This was a delightful way to spend a snowy afternoon....

America: The Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780714873961
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 9th, 2017

We tend to carry more cookbooks at this time of year than at any other, and this one just might be my new favorite. It contains hundreds of regional favorite recipes from the homespun - macaroni and cheese and classic roast turkey - to the sophisticated, like Smoked Trout Morels. Each state also has its own guest essay with topics at his discretion, including food memories, cultural trends, and state specialties. My only quibble is that there are no pictures, but since this lovely book is already 767 pages, there is hardly room for more.  This would make a fantastic holiday gift!

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ISBN: 9780008259082
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Published: HQ - October 24th, 2017

Child psychologist Dr. Caitlin Lupo longs for another child, despite the psychosis that institutionalized her during her first pregnancy. So when ten-year-old Ruby Winter shows up on the doorstep in the middle of the night, Cat is certainly willing to take her in. But as details of Ruby's mother's 'accidental' death, evidence of bullying, and her husband's unwillingness to seek help for Ruby emerge, Cat finds herself going to unimaginable lengths to save her own daughter. In the tradition of "Gaslight," this psychological thriller was a 'can't put it down' read....

Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250068736
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 30th, 2015

Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series has long been on my 'Someday' reading list. And I'm sorry that it took so long to get to it, because I'm finding this series absolutely charming. The lovely little village of Three Pines has been Jane Neal's home for her whole life, and the community adores her - except, perhaps, for the person that put an arrow through her chest and left her for dead in the woods behind her house. Perhaps the answer is in the living room that even Jane's closest friends have never seen? Chief Inspector Gamache's first case is a tough one, and I can't wait to read more. Not only is the mystery itself a page-turner, but Penny's characters are wonderfully developed and a lot of fun. 

Not Dead Yet: The Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101907481
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - September 12th, 2017

I love Phil Collins. Always have. But he's also a star who has kept a relatively low personal profile, so it was a lot of fun to hear about his life and career in his own unvarnished words. He's been a talented drummer since his first go at it at about age three, but I was fascinated to learn that he is mostly self-taught and never learned to read music. He was NOT a founding member of Genesis - in fact, he was their fourth drummer. He's regretful about being married and divorced three times. And the meaning of "Sussudio"? Well, I'm not going to give everything away here! I found this autobiography fascinating and fun.

American English, Italian Chocolate: Small Subjects of Great Importance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496201195
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - July 1st, 2017

This little book of short memoirs is subtitled Small Subjects of Great Importance, and that is quite an accurate description. Author Bailey takes three seemingly unrelated words - for instance, Boy Scouts, Ringworm, and Paris  - and weaves them together like a well-written short story. I very much enjoyed Bailey's dry and self-deprecating humor and look forward to his reading and signing on Saturday, October 7th.

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ISBN: 9780374203108
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Published: MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux - September 5th, 2017

Lois Clary was working at her ‘dream job’ as a software engineer in San Francisco, but she was a long way from her blue-collar Michigan roots. And the dream job meant twenty hour days, an overpriced cramped apartment, little social life, and nutritive gel meals. Hungry for more, on a whim she ordered takeout delivered from a brand new business in her neighborhood, and found the two brothers’ soup and bread were restorative beyond mere food. And when the brothers are forced to move - and fast - they make one last delivery - that of their almost magical sourdough starter with the instructions for feed and care for it. Soon, Lois is not only baking bread for herself but for her company’s cafeteria - and then for a shadowy underground market that isn’t sure it wants her as a member. This delightful story is truly redemption through bread. I very much enjoyed it, but will warn you not to be alarmed by its cover. The first night I read it, I was awakened by a weird glow from my nightstand. Turns out it glows in the dark...

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ISBN: 9781250081438
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 29th, 2017

Joan Ashby always knew she wanted to be a writer - she showed a gift at an early age, and vowed to not let love, marriage, or children get in the way of her craft. Her first works met critical acclaim, and then she fell in love - despite herself. And then she became unexpectedly pregnant. And then she decided to sacrifice her burgeoning career to raise her two sons. But it takes decades to finish her masterpiece novel and on the cusp of that, a huge betrayal causes her to question all of her choices. This lovely book was a definite time commitment at over five hundred pages, but very well-worth taking the time to savor. Our Macmillian rep Melissa (a very intelligent reader) recently mentioned that it was  one of her favorite books of the fall, too....

Young Jane Young Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616205041
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 22nd, 2017

Aviva Grossman was thrilled to intern for a popular and charismatic Florida congressman. Until she fell in love with him. Until his wife found out. Until news of the affair spread through the news. The congressman's constituency forgave him, but Aviva is adrift - literally - in her parent's pool, rereading childhood favorites and unable to get a job. After all, even thought the scandal has died down, a Google search before an interview reminds everyone she's 'That Girl.' Told through the voices of Aviva's mother, the congressman's wife, Jane Young, her daughter Ruby, and Aviva herself, this beautifully written novel has a clever "Choose Your Own Adventure" and truly illustrates the adage wherever you go, there you are.

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A Stranger in the House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735221123
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - August 15th, 2017

Karen Krupp would never have left the house without her purse and cell phone, in the middle of dinner preparations, leaving the door unlocked. She would never be in 'that' neighborhood. And she certainly would never kill a man. Or so her husband Tom thinks, until a police officer came to the door to say that Karen has recklessly driven her car into a utility pole while fleeing from an abandoned restaurant where a man was shot and a severe concussion renders her unable to remember anything about that night. Now Karen is under investigation, and Tom is becoming less and less sure about the woman he thinks he knows - especially since she keeps on insisting that someone has been in their house...  This thriller by the author of The Couple Next Door is fast-moving, just the right level of psychological creepiness, and has a terrific couple of plot twists.

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The Windfall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451498915
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 27th, 2017

This charming ‘comedy of manners’ begins as Mr. Jha—who has sold his successful business and is now newly wealthy beyond his dreams—decides that he and Mrs. Jha need to move from the comfortable middle-class neighborhood in which they’ve lived for thirty years to the super-rich side of town.  The move isn’t as simple as all that, however, and starts a chain of events that veer into all kinds of unexpected directions, both poignant and hilarious.


The Jha’s story—and that of their friends, neighbors, and son—is irresistible.