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. 

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
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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.


Number One Chinese Restaurant: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250229328
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Published: Picador - June 4th, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it is like behind the scenes of a family that lives together, works together, and socializes together?

Jimmy Han has never been happy running the restaurant made famous by his late father; he's decided to close it down and purchase a fancier restaurant in downtown Washington D.C. with a view of the Potomac River. To raise the cash for this venture, he's hired a sexy real estate agent to sell the family mansion.

Working at the restaurant are family members and longtime Duck House employees.

Hovering over all of them is Uncle Pang, a mysterious, nine-fingered godfather who might hold the key to their futures.

Number One Chinese Restaurant emphasizes family loyalty between two generations. Even though they all face drastic changes in their lives, they love, hate, and make sacrifices that keep their families together.


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Baby Teeth: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250170767
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - July 16th, 2019

This is a debut novel that is captivating, creepy, and bone chilling.

Stay-at-home mom Suzette has her hands full trying to connect with her daughter, Hanna.

Hanna is seven years old and she cannot or will not speak. On top of that, Suzette can’t shake the feeling that Hanna, her own daughter, despises her.

Suzette’s ex-husband, Alex, wants to believe her versions of Hanna’s unusual behavior, but he has never seen it firsthand. Hanna displays only love and affection for him and that drives Suzette crazy. Maybe Hanna is just a typical, young girl, but it seems that she loves her Daddy, Alex and hates her Mommy, Suzette.

This is a tale that unfolds in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Hanna and Suzette. Suzette’s chapters convey her fear, anger, frustration, and desperation. Hanna’s chapters show her perspective and desire to ‘fix’ things. She sees Suzette as the only thing standing in the way of complete devotion of her father, Alex, and she plots ways to step up her game against Mommy.

If you are into chilling, psychological thrillers about evil, creepy children, this is the novel for you.


Wild and Crooked Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547600021
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 4th, 2019

This is a mystery novel about Kalyn-Rose and Gus, and how their stories are tragically intertwined even before they knew each other. 


The memory of a murder keeps the small Kentucky town of Samsboro divided. Kalyn-Rose’s family has never been forgiven for the murder of a local golden boy decades earlier, her own father accused and convicted of the crime. Gay, impoverished, and feminist, Kalyn-Rose is a frequent target of harassment. On the opposite side of the class divide, Gus has cerebral palsy and is often called “the disabled kid,” or “the kid whose dad got murdered.” When a budding friendship begins between these two, their pasts begin to threaten everything. Can they overcome prejudice and discover who Gus’ father’s real killer is?


She Lies in Wait: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984818065
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - October 1st, 2019

Get ready for a chilling mystery...

Seven teenagers go camping on a hot July night in 1983. Six came out alive and formed a shaky alliance to keep their secrets. When the skeleton is discovered decades later, the now middle-age survivors confront their histories, decisions, and dark suspicions that the killer is much closer than they ever imagined.

Detective Jonah Sheens is put on the cold case and will bring the six back together to relive that horrible night.


 

If you are looking for a new series to read, this is book one and there are already two more Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens books in the works.