Amy

Amy works as our events coordinator and lots more.  She's great with the kids' books and enjoys historical fiction and mysteries. Come say 'hi' - soon you'll feel like old friends. 

The Space Between Lost and Found Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547601233
Availability: In stock in our warehouse.
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 28th, 2020

Cassie is struggling to stay a child while often having to look after her mom, who has early-onset Alzheimers. Once, her mother remembered her name; now, everything is different. She is slowly losing more and more of herself as her mom loses memories. Desperate to make one last memory while she still can, Cassie takes her mother on an adventure to fulfill the one dream she never forgot.

Cassie’s dad has swung to overprotectiveness, and says no to everything her mom wants. Cassie feels more like they should let her mom experience everything she can before it is all gone. 

This is an intense and beautiful story about a traumatic situation. Cassie tries to find herself again, slowly realizing that in trying to protect her mother, she has shut everyone else out. She stopped doing the things she used to love, and that is only making things worse.


Ada Twist, Scientist Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419721373
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

This is by far one of my favorite picture books. Ada Twist, Scientist not only is a picture book about girls in science, but it brings with it welcomed diversity. 

 

Ada never gives up, and is always intent on solving problems. Her head is full of questions, and she learns the value of thinking her way through problems and always continues to stay curious.

 

This is a must have picture book for your at home library. It also makes a great gift for that special young girl or boy in your life.


The House of Deep Water Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525542353
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 21st, 2020

This is a story of three women who left their small town of River Bend, Michigan, never looking back until their lives take unexpected turns. Linda leaves her husband and lands at her grandmother’s farm, immediately starting a relationship with the significantly older Ernest. When Linda informs her mother, Paula, that she will be a grandmother again, it gives Paula an excuse to come back and finally make her divorce official. Ernest’s daughter Beth returns with her two children, after leaving her own husband. Growing up as one of the only Black people in town, Beth had a difficult time in River Bend—made more difficult by the abuse she suffered at the hands of a man who has just been arrested for his crimes. 

Just like life, this novel is big, messy, and complicated. This is the perfect read for those who like books about family dysfunction. It would also make a great book discussion selection.


Bob Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250308696
Availability: In stock in our warehouse.
Published: Square Fish - May 7th, 2019

Livy is visiting her Australian grandmother for the first time since she was five.  Bob has been waiting in the closet since Livy told him to five years ago. Livy has forgotten all about Bob, but as they spend time together, gradually her memories return.  As a five-year-old, she thought Bob was a zombie, but now she doesn’t know what he is. Adults can’t see Bob, and Livy starts to forget him as soon as she’s away from him. As the two of them reconstruct what happened the last time Livy visited, they slowly begin to uncover the truth of Bob’s origins, and his importance to Livy and to the drought-stricken community where her grandmother lives.  

 

Bob is a masterpiece of storytelling that will appeal to a wide age range, starting as a read-aloud for primary grades.


Go Ask Fannie Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735218611
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 2nd, 2019

Go Ask Fannie is a family saga that is insightful and engaging. The book focuses on Murray, who is 81 year old who is the beloved patriarch of the Blair family. He is a widower of 32 years and invites his three grown children to his rural New Hampshire home for what he hopes will be a weekend of sibling bonding.

 

The story is about a family of six that became a family of four overnight when the mother and oldest son die in a car accident when the youngest daughter was six years old.

It is now present day and Elizabeth, the youngest daughter is now 38 years old. Elizabeth was in the back seat of the vehicle at the time of the accident and was not killed. 

This is the first time they have been together in a number of years.

 

Ruth, the eldest, was the bossiest. Lizzie, the youngest, was the most messed up. George, the middle brother, just seemed to coast along. The siblings LOVE to bicker. They are constantly aggravating each other and the oldest daughter (a lawyer who is doing very well) is forever telling everyone how they should run their lives.

 

There are humorous moments and sad moments. This is a family memoir in which a Fannie Farmer cookbook is a big deal for the family as the mother used it to write a lot of personal notes which the family cherished. When the family asked what was for dinner, the mother would always reply "Go ask Fannie".

 

I found this to be a very entertaining book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.


The Other Mrs. Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780778369110
Availability: In stock in our warehouse.
Published: Park Row - February 18th, 2020

A fresh start. That’s what Dr. Sadie and Professor Will Foust look for when they move their family from Chicago to an island community off the coast of Maine. Sadie suffered an incident with a patient that would’ve resulted in disciplinary action had she not resigned. Will had an affair for which Sadie hasn’t entirely forgiven him. Their oldest son, Otto, endured bullying at school. Only little Tate with his obsession for LEGO bricks seems fine. Aside from inheriting Will’s Goth niece, sixteen year old Imogen, and his sister Alice’s house after her suicide, life on the island looks good—until neighbor Morgan Baines is murdered.

Because of Imogen's dark presence, when the neighbor is murdered, Sadie can’t help but think Imogen might have something to do with it.

This book is filled with so many secrets that intertwine the deeper you get into the story, and the ending is a shocker! The eerie sense of danger and isolation looms on every page.This is a complex thriller that is well worth your time.


Paris by the Book: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101986295
Availability: In stock in our warehouse.
Published: Dutton - January 15th, 2019

In Paris by the Book, a mother and her two daughters find themselves traveling from Wisconsin to Paris in search of her husband who does not return one day.

 

After Leah discovers that her husband Robert purchased a ticket to Paris, Leah and her daughters follow the clues that are in her missing husbands unfinished manuscript. Once in Paris, it is not long before they find themselves living above, and eventually running, a failing bookstore called the Late Edition for the eccentric Madame Brouillard.

Leah’s funny narration jumps between her early days as an aspiring filmmaker with the troubled Robert and her time in Paris, where she imagines seeing Robert everywhere.

Leah eventually makes a shocking discovery.

 

If you like following and uncovering clues along with the charming setting of Paris you will love reading Paris by the Book.


Little Secrets: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250154224
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 21st, 2020

You are about to embark on an emotionally driven psychological suspense novel about secrets, lies, hope, and revenge.

Four-year-old Sebastian and his mother Marin Machado are shopping in a crowded shopping centre in Seattle, just before Christmas. As Marin drops Sebastian’s hand to respond to a text message, the unimaginable happens and someone kidnaps her son.

A month after Sebastian went missing, the police and FBI have all but given up hope. While the case will remain open, their resources are now focused on the more recent missing child abductions. Marin hires a private investigator, Vanessa Castro, to continue looking for her son.

Marin’s marriage is barely functioning now, as silence and distance between she and her husband have become the norm. Marin’s only comfort comes from her best friend and former college sweetheart Sal Palermo, who has always been there for her and seems to know her best.

This is a compelling and unpredictable thriller that had me captivated from the start and kept me guessing all the way through. 


The Devil's Own Game (Somebody's Bound to Wind Up Dead Mysteries #3) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781464211515
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - October 15th, 2019

Ten months ago, Allie Harper rescued Thomas Bennington III - a hot, blind, college professor - from a crosswalk in her dicey Cleveland neighborhood. When Allie saved Tom and his groceries from traffic, she unwittingly retrieved his winning $550 million jackpot ticket. The payout steered the two of them into a wild romance to mayhem and multiple murders.

Allie and Tom now reside in a rented 9,000 square foot lakeside mansion. The two have a live-in bodyguard and gourmet chef. Allie’s dream of creating the T&A Detective Agency to solve “mysteries of the heart” by using Tom’s money now has its first case. This is where the real trouble kicks in.

The voice, humor, and unusual premise of this book will appeal to Janet Evanovich readers. Fast pacing, multiple plot twists keep the pages turning. It is a bittersweet mystery, with the open-ended threat of a villainous mastermind.


Freefall: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062874849
Availability: In stock in our warehouse.
Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 21st, 2020

Get ready for anexhilarating, emotional, and gripping page turner. 

This is a story that goes back and forth between the alternating perspectives of a mother, Maggie, and her daughter, Allison, who've been estranged for two years, but now find themselves being drawn back together after a devastating plane crash in the mountains leaves Allison fighting for her life.

Allison has survived the plane crash, but that is just the beginning. She has been living with a terrible secret, a truth that powerful men will kill to keep buried. If they know she’s alive, they will come for her. 

Maggie Carpenter, Allison’s mother learns that her only child is presumed dead. Authorities have not recovered her body, giving Maggie hope that she is still alive. She, too, harbors a shameful secret. Maggie does not know anything about her daughter’s life now.

As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers. What was Allison running from, and can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?

When your life is a lie, the truth can kill you.