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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
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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. 

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9781466840799
Published: Thomas Dunne Books, 03/11/2014
In this crisply constructed story of small town mid west America, Butler tells the tale of a group of friends – those who have stayed in the dying town of Little Wing, those who have left and returned, and one whose Indie rocker fame took him away, but who still uses his old farm and old friends as a touchstone and reality check.   I am excited about this book – my first permanent staff pick of the year.  Butler's sense of place and character is very well-done, especially as the chapters unfold in Hank, Beth, Lee, and Donny's distinct and personal voices, and I easily imagined myself in rural Wisconsin, sitting around the campfire along with them.

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781451608892
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Published: Touchstone Books, 3/2014
Bobby Banks is the gay son of a conservative southern preacher's family.  Alice Stone is a famous cookbook writer and chef at Café Andres with a mysterious past.  Amelia Brighton is a divorced socialite.   Their dissimilar lives would never have converged if not for the common denominator of Café Andres, a restaurant that once served up culture and inspiration along with its cuisine – the place to be seen, but now past its heyday.  In his determination to revitalize the legendary café, his life intersects with Alice and Amelia's, as the past begins to collide with the present.  Author White rolls out their stories seamlessly in this lovely novel, which has just been released in paperback.

$28.95
ISBN-13: 9780399167249
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Published: Blue Rider Press, 1/2014
Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters, and One Louisiana Home, is the subtitle of the book co-written by the Matalin and Carville.  I am fascinated by this couple, and it seems I'm not the only one.  They state on the back cover that they – and their marriage – inspire curiosity. They are asked strange and very personal questions about their children, their politics, their religion and their marriage on a regular basis – questions like 'Is your marriage a political stunt?'  'Is your marriage a sham?' 'Is your husband weird like that at home?'  'Is your wife as big a bitch as she seems to be on TV?'  And so, the two seemingly mismatched political foes answer many of them as their story unfolds.  Interestingly, while their political affiliations and beliefs could hardly be more polar – and have, on occasion, caused riffs in their relationship – Matalin and Carville remain a steady couple with shared work ethics, spiritual beliefs (although Carville admits that his convert wife is more devout than he is as a 'cradle Catholic'), and love of New Orleans and their daughters.  I found their dual voices fascinating.  Matalin and Carville don't even try to pretend to embrace or understand each other's politics or interests, but are candid and thoughtful and sometimes funny.

A Tough Nut to Kill (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780425261408
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Published: Berkley, 2/2014
Local author Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli has a new series in the tradition of The Berkley Publishing Group's 'cozy mysteries with a theme.'  The Nut House Mystery series features Lindy Blanchard, a newly-minted plant biologist who has returned to her family's generations-old Texas pecan ranch determined to save the orchards by discovering a way to make the trees drought and disease resistant.  Her Uncle Amos – the family ne'er-do-well – is back home, too, and Lindy is horrified to discover him murdered in her greenhouse, amidst a ruined stock of new trees.  The sheriff is Lindy's childhood friend, but he's stumped, so it's up to her and her feisty grandmother, Miss Amelia, to figure out just who is determined to ruin the Blanchard family.  This is a fun new series, and Elizabeth is planning a visit to the bookstore to help launch it. 

Eggs in a Casket (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780425255582
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Published: Berkley Hardcover, 1/2014
Suzanne and Toni are partners in a small breakfast and lunch shop called The Cackleberry Club, but before they can help third partner Petra with the breakfast rush, they must deliver flower arrangements to the Memorial Cemetery for the Historical Society's 150th anniversary celebration.  They expected to find the drop-off point as they wandered through the headstones.  They weren't expecting to find the body of ex-prison warden Lester Drummond at the bottom of someone else's freshly-dug grave.  And Suzanne is very sure that the sheriff is on the wrong track when he arrests her friend Missy, even though Missy was spotted fleeing the cemetery in a panic.  Author Childs writes several mystery series, including The Scrapbooking Mysteries and The Tea Shop Mysteries.  This latest book is one of her Cackleberry Club mysteries, and while I found myself distracted by some of the author's writing style choices (for example: I'm not a fan of exclamation points), readers of cozy mysteries may like to give Laura Childs a try.

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780805096415
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 1/2014
I'll admit that I was the parent who didn't readily see the virtue in teaching my baby animal sounds – as in, 'What does a cow say?'  It's pretty cute, but how often does that really come up in common conversation?  This book isn't that.  Eric Carle asked his children's author friends about their favorite animal, and the answers and accompanying illustrations are as varied as the author's personalities. Some are thoughtful, as in Chris Raschka's love of snails, some are rooted in childhood, like Susan Jeffer's choice of horses, and some are downright funny – but then Lane Smith is one of my all-time favorite authors anyway. Each selection is charmingly illustrated in the author's signature style. This would be a fantastic gift for both the young and young-at-heart.

Bake Sale Murder (Mass Market Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780758207029
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Published: Kensington, 12/2007
I often have three or four books going at any given time, but this week I've been working on spring releases, so my 'other' book is a 'read for fun and ease' one – in this case, the familiar plot lines of Meier's Lucy Stone series.  I've written reviews of this series before, but still find them irresistible, especially in the midst of loftier reads – a palate cleanser, as we call them.  In this novel, Lucy only has two children left at home, which gives her more time to investigate the popular new high school football coach and  accusations of team hazing.  Toss in a bake sale, a suicide attempt, and a murder (or maybe two)...and we're off. This fun story was a great antidote to the nasty weather, my bad cold, and after-holiday mess and blues.

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9780062236678
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Published: Harper, 11/2013

The best way I can think of to introduce Patchett's latest book is with her words:

 

"The tricky part about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living."

 

The result is a compilation of essays and articles she wrote in order to afford life while she worked at her art.  Patchett is one of my favorite authors, and as PEN/Faulkner Award, Orange Prize, and Book Sense Book of the Year winner, she is a universally esteemed one as well. Articles from Seventeen and Vogue magazines and other early writings are interspersed with new essays, and the result is a unique set of literary snapshots about childhood, opening a bookstore, marriage (of course), and other ponderings.  Patchett's writing has always been lovely and thoughtful as well as thought-provoking, and I enjoyed this glimpse of her.

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781594746444
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Published: Quirk Books, 11/2013
The title 'princess' has certainly been slanted by both Walt Disney and the British tabloids – both make it seem a very glamorous position.  Be beautiful and kind, befriend, perhaps, some sweet talking animals, marry the handsome prince, and you will live happily ever after.  History doesn't agree with this premise, however, and Linda Rodriguez McRobbie had a lot of fun with this idea.  Her princesses lie, cheat, murder, and steal – and a whole lot more.  Princess Alfhild turned pirate.  Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi sympathizer.  Princess Christina of Sweden was a cross-dresser.  McRobbie's accounts are well-researched and hilarious, and the perfect counter-balance to too much Snow White.

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780399163302
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Published: Perigee Trade, 11/2013
You remember Cootie Catchers, don't you?  I know we used to spend hours making thoroughly clever ones (or so our second grade selves thought) and telling each other's fortunes. These are better, and not just for kids.  This fun book contains one hundred quirky fold-ups, and they'll help answer life's tough problems, like, 'Am I Ninja material?'  'Will my album/novel sell?' 'Who is my 80s movie alter-ego?' or 'Is my drunk friend going to vomit in my car?'  This would make an excellent hostess gift, white elephant, or holiday party game.

$25.00
ISBN-13: 9780758277015
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation, 9/2013
The recession is making for tough times in Tinker's Cove, Maine, and Christmas is not looking very jolly for the families that have lost jobs and homes.  Downeast Mortgage is thriving nicely, however – owners Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner own most of the mortgages in town and are tightfisted enough to show no mercy.  And when Marlowe is murdered, most of his customers become suspects.  Lucy Stone is busy preparing for her part in the town production of A Christmas Carol and her own family's festivities, but she can never resist a little amateur sleuthing, and she's back at it in this latest holiday offering of Leslie Meier's Lucy Stone mystery series.

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9781400065943
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Published: Random House, 11/2013
Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has lived her life properly. Living in the shadow of her flamboyant mother Lenore Simmons Krackenberry isn't easy, but her marriage is happy, her husband earns a very comfortable living, her four children are successfully launched, and despite the Simmons tendency towards a little bit of insanity, her family tree is an old and esteemed one.  She is English, Methodist, and a legacy Kappa Kappa Gamma. 

A hand-delivered letter, however, forces her to face that she may just not be who she thinks she is, and Sookie suddenly finds herself a Polish Catholic orphan – and the worst, probably not even a Kappa.  Her story becomes tied with that of the Jurdabralinskis of 1940s Pulaski, Wisconsin, and their irrepressible oldest daughter Fritzie, and the more she learns about them, the more sense her own life and maternal relationship starts to make. Flagg weaves seemingly unrelated times, characters, and events in a seamless fashion in this story that is reminiscent of her much-loved novel 
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café – funny, poignant, and very Southern.