Katie is the newest adult member of our bookselling family.  She loves biographies, non-fiction of any stripe and lots of general fiction.  She's got two active boys, so she reads her share of kid books, too.  Come say hi!

The Lucky One: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062938077
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 18th, 2020

When Alice was a few years old, she was kidnapped. Luckily, her father, a police officer, finds her and returns her home to safety.

Now that Alice is an adult, she spends all her free time on a website where people all around the country can try to find people who are missing.  One day while scrolling the website, she sees a photo of a familiar face - the man who kidnapped her – who is now missing himself.  As quickly as the post goes up, it vanishes, and Alice realizes something strange is going on.

After meeting up with others who are also fans of the site, she decides to go looking for this mysterious man and finds herself caught up between her own reality and long buried secrets from the past, leaving her to wonder if she truly is one of the “lucky ones.”

Burn the Dark: Malus Domestica #1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250306432
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Published: Tor Books - January 14th, 2020

Robin Martine runs a popular YouTube channel and has gone viral with her witch-hunter series. What her fans are unaware of though, is that her videos are not just well made mini- movies. Her videos are REAL.

She returns to her hometown of Blackfield, seeking revenge against the coven of powerful witches who killed her mother.

Gathering a group of old friends to help on her mission, she tries to figure out how to take her revenge without being killed themselves by the mysterious “Red Lord” that seems to be hunting them.

I loved this book by local Author S.A. Hunt. It was a departure from what I normally read but I was drawn in right from chapter one and could NOT put it down.

I am impatiently waiting for the continuation of this series.

The Dead Ex: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525561217
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Published: Penguin Books - July 23rd, 2019

Vickie is an aromatherapist working from her home, finishing with a client, when a police officer shows up at her door and tells her that her ex-husband has gone missing. Vickie claims that she hasn't seen him since their divorce years ago, but her memory can’t always be trusted.

The police don't believe her, and David's new wife, Tonya is quick to point fingers.

I enjoyed this book, told in different timelines by a cast of characters that kept me guessing if Vickie would be able to prove her innocence when she herself couldn't be completely sure that she was...

Dear Edward: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984854780
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Published: The Dial Press - January 6th, 2020

12-year-old Eddie is aboard a flight from New Jersey to Los Angeles with his mother, father, and brother when it crashes, killing everyone on board except for Eddie.

Months later, Eddie – who now goes by Edward- must come to terms with the loss of his entire family and find his new normal under the care of his aunt and uncle.

Flipping back and forth between scenes from the plane before the crash, to Edwards current life, we get a glimpse into the lives of some of the passengers on the ill-fated flight, and how Edward changes in the years after losing everything.

This is an uplifting and hopeful coming of age story about Edward, and about how the human spirit carries on in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947793385
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Published: Tin House Books - January 7th, 2020

When she’s just 15, Eun Ji’s father takes a job in Korea, but her parents decide their children should stay behind in California.

While her father’s two-year contract stretches out to three years, then four, EJ – left in the care of her college age brother- essentially raises herself.

During that time, her mother writes letters to EJ. The letters search for love and forgiveness, reveal family history, and dispense motherly advice from afar.

Only years later does Eun Ji translate them from Korean to English and begin to understand her mother’s choices.

I was mesmerized by this unique memoir.  It is raw and sad but full of love – and it read like poetry all the way through.

The Summer Wives: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062660350
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 4th, 2019

It’s the summer of 1959 and 18-year-old Miranda Schuyler has arrived on Winthrop Island for the marriage of her mother to the very wealthy Hugh Fisher.  Miranda learns about Winthrop’s elite society from her new stepsister Isobel. Isobel also teaches her about the year-round locals, who are fisherman and domestic help for the summer residents- and how they rarely mix.

 After a tragic turn of events, Miranda is forced to leave the island.

Eighteen years later she returns under mysterious circumstances, ready to make peace and get closure for the events of decades before.

Told in alternating years between 1930, 1951, and 1969, and from different points of view, we learn details about Miranda’s life as well as the island’s secrets.

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Yes Please Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062268358
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 1st, 2015

Amy Poehler has long been one of my favorite people. She doesn’t make apologies for saying exactly what’s on her mind, which is something I’ve been attempting to do more of for YEARS.   She’s brilliant, hilarious, confident and, an all-around good human being.

 Part memoir, part advice column, part scrapbook, reading this book was like being let in on her secret to success. If you like Amy

Poehler, I highly recommend you read this book.  You won’t be sorry.

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781615196258
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Published: The Experiment - November 5th, 2019

Lovers of trivia and random facts in general will enjoy this informative and fun book.  Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds is packed full of hundreds of interesting insights into our culture and our world.

 Each Chapter is divided by themes including people and populations, culture and custom, nature, history, geography, and more. 

Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.  This will be one of my go-to gifts this season for kids and adults alike.

From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525509141
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 6th, 2019

In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein, still a young twenty-something who is unsure about her future, answered a Craigslist help-wanted ad and ended up in the Oval Office as a White House stenographer for the Obama administration.

In this memoir, she gives us a glimpse into the life of a stenographer, a job that entailed recording and transcribing every public meeting, interview, and statement made by the President.   Her life becomes a whirlwind of travel and hard work.  She meets and befriends others who work “behind the scenes” jobs for the administration. 

As a young woman, she’s also still trying to figure out how to fit love into her busy schedule and in doing so falls for all the wrong people.

Even though I wanted to pull my hair out when she kept making the same terrible relationship decisions over and over, I loved the story she had to tell as a whole, especially the stories she shared about her personal interactions with the President, which show his quick and sometimes biting sense of humor.

The Fountains of Silence Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399160318
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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

 In Fountains of Silence Ruta Sepetys tells the story of a post war Spain under the dictator Francisco Franco.

In order to boost the economy, Spain welcomes tourists and foreign businesses to Madrid.  18-year-old Daniel Matheson is there with his Spanish mother and American father, an oil tycoon who is hoping to make a business deal with Franco.

While staying in the hotel, Daniel meets Ana, the young girl assigned to help the Matheson family with anything they need during their stay.

Ana has secrets that she must keep. Secrets about herself, and secrets about the entire country where people live in silent terror. Daniel, a budding photographer wants to tell Spain’s story.  Together, they forge a relationship that will change both of their lives.

This is the story about love and loss. It’s about choosing what secrets to keep and learning who you can trust with them when it’s time to tell your story.  

This novel is geared toward young adults, but people of all ages will love this fantastic story!