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 Better Liar: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984821225
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 14th, 2020

The Better Liar is about a woman named Leslie who came from a troubled and dysfunctional family. Her father has passed away, and Leslie and her sister Robin can claim his inheritance together. Unfortunately, she has just found out that her younger sister, Robin, is dead. 


Leslie ends up meeting and befriending a woman named Mary, who could be a dead ringer for her sister. The two women end up working together to come up with a scam that Mary will go back to the hometown of Robin, claim the money with Leslie, and the two women will split it.


 

As Mary becomes more involved with the life that Robin had left behind, Leslie soon realizes that her little plan might not have been as clever as she thought, especially when old, dark secrets long buried rise back up.

This is an unpredictable mystery/thriller told in multiple points of view. There is suspense, emotion, curiosity, and plenty of bombshells to keep you interested. Just when you think you have things figured out, you don’t. 


Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534424760
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

This is the first book in a new middle-grade series that I just could not put down. Here are some reasons that this is the next book you should read, no matter what your age.

  • 12-Year-Old Girl Genius as the heroine
  • Albert Einstein
  • Code Breaking
  • Thriller
  • Danger
  • Plot Twists
  • Action
  • CIA
  • Family
  • Clues
  • Saving the World

This action-packed adventure has an ideal hero for a new generation. Charlie Thorne is great at deciphering the clues hidden by Albert Einstein, and the adventure unfolds until the final answer is uncovered. 


Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

When Emira is apprehended at a supermarket for 'kidnapping' the white child she's babysitting, it sets off an explosive chain of events. Her employer Alix, a feminist blogger with a 'personal brand' and the best of intentions, resolves to make things right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke and tired of Alix's desire to help. When she meets someone from Alix's past, the two women find themselves on a course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, each other, and the dynamics of privilege.

This is a fresh, funny, and insightful assessment of how one young African American woman navigates her life between white privilege and inherent racism.


Dune Dragons Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781950906000
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Published: Indigo River Publishing - June 11th, 2019

Dune Dragons is about a colony of dragons that shared a peaceful co-existence with humans until some members of that species wanted to use the magical creatures to fight in battles. The dragons fled across a vast ocean, settling in peaceful Northern Michigan, far away from meddling humans, they thought.

The book tells the story of a pair of young dragons and important lessons that they, and their elders learn.

Gretchen is an excellent storyteller. She tells a tale that will bring smiles to reader’s faces with its unexpected, yet happy conclusion.

 


Grown and Flown: How to Support Your Teen, Stay Close as a Family, and Raise Independent Adults Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250188946
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 3rd, 2019

Grown and Flown helps guide parents through the ups and downs of junior and senior years in high school and on to freshman year in college. With insight, humor and expertise, here is a look at everything from how the teen brain works to dorm shopping to successfully graduating in four years. There is a special emphasis on the painful transition families face as their kids move from high school to college. Any parent who is facing this wonderful, heart breaking change in their family's life with a host of mixed emotions and a list of questions will find this book helpful. 


 

There are tips on saving money, what to do for that first birthday away from home and how to get ready for parents weekend on campus. You will also learn how to help your teen decide which college to attend, what professors tell their own families are the keys to success and how to tell if your kid is ready for college.

The book is organized by topic: family life, mental health, academics, college admissions, separating and letting go, college life, and more. The unique chapter topics make it easy to decide what you want to read, depending on your current parenting stage.


The Giver of Stars: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399562488
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - October 8th, 2019

The Giver of Stars is the true tale of the Horseback Librarians. Five women take a remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, delivering books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s traveling library during the depression. 

These women are trying to do an important job against the odds and are the kind of women who make others feel that anything is possible.

This novel is funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, and is destined to become a modern classic--a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp. 


Cilka's Journey: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250265708
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 1st, 2019

Cilka’s Journey is a work of historical fiction that is based on the life of Cilka Klein.

The book traces 16-year-old Cilka’s path beginning with the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1942. When the war is over, the camp is liberated, and she is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy. This is when Cilka is sent to the Siberian gulag.

This is an emotionally charged period of history, and it is approached with sensitivity and depth. 

Cilka’s story is one of a remarkable woman who has more courage than I could ever imagine to endure so much evil and abuse. It is a story with heart, hope, and her will to survive and help others is remarkable and inspiring. 


Layover Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780440000877
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Published: Berkley - July 2nd, 2019

The story begins with a seemingly normal interaction: a man meets a beautiful woman in an airport, they share a few drinks and a passionate kiss, and he thinks it's the start of a beautiful romance. But then she disappears, and the next time he sees her is on TV — apparently, she's a missing person. What's going on, exactly? And can he help find her?

I enjoyed this tense thriller. What could have been a fleeting moment between strangers, turns into a whirlwind story of secrets, regrets, and sacrifice. 


A Stranger on the Beach: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250202536
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Published: St. Martin's Press - July 23rd, 2019

42-year-old Caroline Stark loves her new beach house and she can’t wait to show it off at her upcoming housewarming party. When her husband, Jason tells her that he’s not sure if he can attend the party, Caroline is very upset. 

The night of the party, Caroline is trying to enjoy herself, but she can’t stop watching the door.

Eventually, her husband shows up, but he is not alone. Who is this woman with Jason?

On top of this, Caroline notices that a lot of money has gone missing. 


It is during this time that Caroline is out for a run and notices a man standing on the beach, staring at her house. 

Things aren’t always what they seem, but what is going on?

This is a psychological thriller that is a suspenseful tale of lies, obsession, guilt, and revenge. You will be kept guessing, and when the truth is finally revealed, you will be surprised!


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Winter in Paradise Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316435536
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 17th, 2019

Irene seems to have the perfect life, until her husband dies in a mysterious helicopter crash.

In the midst of her crippling grief, Irene cannot get one questions out of her head: Why was his body found on St. John, a Caribbean paradise?

As Irene digs deeper into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of her husband, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit.


I was drawn from the beginning of the book to this story of heartbreak, betrayal, and the life-altering effects of being blindsided by love.

This exciting first book in the Paradise series will transport you to the Caribbean beach locale of St. John.