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This is Jody with the 'other' love of her life - President Barack Obama. Aren't you jealous?

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The Sweet Spot (Hardcover)

$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062234810
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 7/2014
Successful restaurant entrepreneur Amanda Cole was absolutely not looking for love when Chase Walker stepped into her restaurant.  It was love at first sight, however, for the kind, charming, and gorgeous Golden Boy of professional baseball, and he is determined to win Amanda over no matter how long it takes.  Chase succeeds – eventually – but not without Amanda's uncertain search for his 'fatal flaw.'  Can she live with it?  Will the ensuing scandal tear them apart?  Will they have their Cinderella ending?  Those questions and more are all part of the fun in this romance.

Dollbaby (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780670014736
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Pamela Dorman Books, 7/2014
Days away from her twelfth birthday and fresh from her beloved father's fatal bike accident, Liberty Bell's mother Vidrine drove her from Olympia, Washington, to New Orleans and unceremoniously dropped her off in front of her grandmother's decrepit mansion.  Ibby had never seen a black person before, nor felt such culture shock, and she quickly learned that her grandmother Fannie, while kind and well-meaning, is incapable of revisiting her own sorrowful past in a healthy fashion.  Fortunately, Fannie's kindhearted cook Queenie tucked Ibby under her motherly wing, and she and her sassy daughter Dollbaby help guide Ibby through family secrets and the tumultuous racial relations of New Orleans in the 1960s.  I loved this book.  McNeal paints a wonderful picture of New Orleans with all its pride and quirks, and Ibby's new-found family and friends are delightful.

The Girls of August (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780446527958
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 8/2013
Maddy, Barbara, Rachel, and Melinda were brought together by their medical school husbands, and they kept their bond strong with an annual trip to an oceanfront house - a different beach every time, but always during the month of August.  Grief over Melinda's sudden and tragic death in a car accident lead them to drift apart, but Melinda's widower's new marriage prompts them to try again on a remote island off the coast of South Carolina.  Unfortunately, the much younger Baby tries everyone's patience with her childlike antics until a storm hits the barrier island and they have no choice but to draw together.  The characters - and trials - of these women are well-developed and the summer house and setting are beautifully drawn.  This book took me on a little vacation right along with The Girls, and made me think all the more fondly of my own barrier island trips with my girlfriends.

One Plus One (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780525426585
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books, 7/2014
Actually, this delightful novel adds together a whole lot more than one plus one.  Imagine a tech millionaire under investigation for insider trading, the single mother who cleans his vacation home, her sensitive Goth stepson and mathematically brilliant young daughter, and a big flatulent dog named Norman on a slow-moving car trip to the Maths Olympiad in Scotland. You'll have a kind of Bridget Jones meets a National Lampoon vacation road trip, which adds up to the perfect summer indulgence.  I really liked all of Moyes' smart, funny, sensitive characters, and even my non-romantic self routed for a happy ending.

Flying Shoes (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781620403013
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Published: Bloomsbury USA, 6/2014
Mary Byrd Thornton was living an idyllic life in Oxford, Mississippi, with her lovely home, solid husband, and two children, when she received a phone call from a cold case detective in her hometown in Virginia. He is reopening the case of the abduction and murder of her nine-year-old stepbrother, and while they always thought the killer was the weird kid down the street, there was not enough evidence to convict.

This is Lisa Howorth's first book.  She is the owner of the award-winning independent bookstore Square Books in Oxford, and she lived through a similar situation in her own life.  Flying Shoes has a little suspense, a lot of kooky characters, a wonderful depiction of the New South, and a sharp wit.  Indeed, I fell in love with Howorth's writing from her description of some fraternity brothers on page two...

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780345542922
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Published: Bantam, 6/2014
A 10-pack of Chihuahuas + a 1-eyed crazed Russian assassin + a 300 pound roof-sitting naked guy = Top Secret Twenty-One, the latest Stephanie Plum adventure, of course.

Our favorite Trenton bounty hunter is trying to catch Jimmy Poletti, who's selling more than used cars out of his back room.  She's trying to save Ranger from a terrorist bent on poisoning New Jersey with polonium.  And she's trying to keep annoying Randy Briggs alive before she kills him herself. Sidekick Lula and Grandma Mazur are as determined as always to assist, and I love the fact that Evanovich's books release in June, because they are such fun to read on a lazy summer afternoon.

Ladies' Night (Paperback)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781250019660
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 4/2014
What's a girl to do when she catches her husband cheating on her with her young assistant in the front seat of his Audi convertible?  Drive his beloved car into their pool, of course.  Said act lands Grace Stanton locked out of her beautiful home and successful lifestyle blog, and locked into a divorce battle with both her husband Ben and the misogynist judge Cedric Stackpole, who has sentenced her to six weeks of group therapy with a questionable divorce coach.   Thus begins Ladies' Night, when the group – which includes one lone man – meets after the sessions at Grace's mother's bar The Sandbox.  There are a lot of subplots in this book, but Andrews links them well in this light and fun story.

$27.50
ISBN-13: 9781592408177
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Published: Gotham, 5/2014
E. Forbes Smiley III was one of the most knowledgeable and respected map dealers in the world.  He had spent his life studying, collecting, and selling old and rare maps, and was trusted by both librarians and his clients.  The intimate world of collectors and historians was shocked when he was arrested for stealing millions of dollars worth of the very items he spent a lifetime preserving -  by carefully cutting them from atlases and slipping them out of books.  Blanding intersperses Forbes' story with the competitive - sometimes cutthroat - history of map-making, which has traditionally been considered an art as well as a science.  Fascinating!

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780399160387
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Published: Blue Rider Press, 5/2014
Adam Resnick unabashedly avoids change, social interaction, and anything he doesn't want to do, and he explains why in this memoir-in-essays.  He seems born with a love for all things anti-social, but credits an Easter party at age six – and a disturbing photo hidden in the host's desk – with real beginnings of his trauma.  Resnick is an Emmy Award winning writer for Late Night With David Letterman, and it's easy to see why.  Fortunately, he saved his best, most irreverent, disturbing, and funny stories for this book.

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781250046383
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Published: Minotaur Books, 5/2014
Beth McKenzie is thrilled when her first customers check into the Dixie Dew, her grandmother's-mansion-turned-bed-and-breakfast. She is not thrilled when Miss Lavinia Lovingood goes to bed alive and wakes up dead.  She is horrified to find out Miss Lovingood was murdered, and determined to find the killer – along with sidekick Ida Plum Duckett and handsome handyman Scott Smith – before the Dixie Dew closes in the face of bad reviews and canceled reservations.

This is author Moose's first in a new cozy mystery series, and she does a fine job of taking us to small town North Carolina.

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780399165566
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Published: Perigee Trade, 2/2014
The title of this book is so straightforward that it hardly needs more comment, but I purchased it one day in a fit of whiny annoyance over yet another day of crummy weather, with the thought that if even one of the ideas worked it was well worth its price.  Each chapter has a theme and a checklist of little things that may bring more (for instance) vitality, wonder, comfort, or other desirable 'happy capture' into one's day, on the premise that one finds real ongoing happiness in the little things. Some may not appeal as much as others – for example, living in a 'beautiful mess' would make me edgy and uncomfortable, not happy, but that's okay.  With 654 ideas, some are bound to elevate your happiness level.

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780307962904
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Published: Knopf, 4/2014
I have realized that my favorite authors share writing techniques that I admire: perfectly chosen and placed words, the omission of extraneous information, and the ability to tell sometimes wildly different stories with a style that is true to both the author and the story itself.  Maggie Shipstead does all of those things quite brilliantly. Astonish Me is her second novel, and as I immediately permanently staff picked Seating Arrangements, I cynically thought it couldn't possibly be as good.  I was very, very wrong. Shipstead enters the competitive world of professional ballet as easily as she moved through that of preppy old money.  Joan was a young American ballerina who helped Arslan Rusakov, Russia's greatest dancer, defect, but during the affair that followed, she realizes that while she loves the ballet, she'll never be talented enough to move past the corps.  Instead of admitting her limitations, however, she becomes pregnant and marries Jacob, who has always loved her, and begins a new life in California with the son she hopes will have the career she lacked.  This book is beautiful, and had the rare ability to stay with me long after I reluctantly read the last word.

Cover of Snow (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780345534224
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Published: Ballantine Books, 12/2013

Nora Hamilton woke up late and uncharacteristically groggy one winter morning to stumble across the body of her police officer husband, Brendan, who had apparently committed suicide in the night.  He has left no warning, no reason, and no suicide note.  And since his best friend, fellow officers, and even his mother are resistant to finding the truth, Nora is left to unravel the increasingly complex secrets of their idyllic small town in the Adirondack Mountains.


Milchman crafted her mystery well – it certainly was a twisted roller-coaster puzzle – but it was her setting of a deep cold, almost claustrophobic snow globe of a town that sets her story apart.

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781250038944
Availability: Readily available. If this title is not currently in-stock in the store, it is available to ship from the warehouse.
Published: Thomas Dunne Books, 2/2014
Arthur Winthrop was born to become headmaster at Lancaster, an elite Vermont prep school.  His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were Yale graduates and Lancaster headmasters, and Arthur expected his son to continue the family legacy, too.  Ethan, however, had different plans.  And after Arthur is arrested for wandering naked through Central Park and his explanation to the police unfolds, he tries to make sense of conflicting memories of his life, choices, and family.

Greene's novel was riveting – I had to stop and catch my breath after Part 1 – and beautifully written – think Catcher in the Rye, A Separate Peace, Seating Arrangements, or The Starboard Sea.

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781616203214
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 4/2014
A.J. Fikry is a curmudgeon.  He has really only loved two things – his wife, now dead, and books – some of them – if they fall within a very narrow standard of literary brilliance.  His bookstore is having the worst year ever, and his treasured, valuable, and rare copy of Tamerlane is missing.  And the combined efforts of his sister-in-law, a kindly town police officer, and a sprightly, enthusiastic, and persistent publisher's rep are not quite enough to pull Fikry out of his slump.  It takes an abandoned baby girl carrying a note with the explicit hope of her mother that the baby be raised around books, and a lot of help from the people he reluctantly befriends to show Fikry the life he should lead.  I loved this book.  The author could have easily become saccharine and overly sentimental, but did not.  Her writing is as straightforward as Fikry himself, and she is able to leave out every detail that doesn't readily pertain to the story.  And (for those of you that wonder what it's like, and as a bookseller myself) she really nails the book business in a realistic way.