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!

State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593087343
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 7th, 2019

Full disclosure:  The reason I picked this one up is because I saw the commercial for the show based on this book.   It looked very funny- and much different from the things I've been reading lately. 

Tom and Louise are having some marital problems and decide to see a therapist.  They meet each week in a bar before their session begins and talk about their lives and about their issues.

This diminutive book is written as one conversation before each of their ten therapy sessions.

Once I sat down to read it, I couldn't stop, and finished it off in a couple of hours.

This book is both funny and moving- in true Nick Hornby style.  

And NOW I can watch the show.

Llama Destroys the World Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250303172
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 7th, 2019

Llama finds some cakes - more cakes than any llama should ever eat. Undeterred, he eats them, causing a ridiculous chain of events that could end the world!

Along with the funny illustrations, this silly book had me laughing out loud at llamas’ antics.

This is a great book that both kids and their parents will really enjoy reading together.  

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Mrs. Everything: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501133480
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Published: Atria Books - June 11th, 2019

Mrs. Everything is the story of two sisters, Jo and Bethie, told in alternating points of view between the 1950s and 2016. Jo is the awkward tomboy coming to terms with her sexuality and Bethie is the beautiful, perfect, favored child.  I found it interesting how their relationship changed over the course of the book depending on each of their perceptions of what the others life must be like.

This is a nostalgic story told over a lifetime that is jam packed with love and loss and hurt and awakenings that I loved from the moment I picked it up.

City of Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634734
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2019

It's 1940 and nineteen year old Vivian is kicked out of Vassar College.  Unsure of what else to do with this wayward young girl, her parents send her to Manhattan to live with an aunt - the owner of an eclectic yet deteriorating old theater.

When Vivian arrives, she is introduced to all the people who keep The Lilly Playhouse alive.  From showgirls, to writers, to playboy actors, to the no-nonsense stage manager, Vivian can't get enough of the new cast of characters in her life.

Now almost ninety, Vivian is telling her story and the lessons she learned during her wild youth, and how her choices then have rippled through her entire life.

City of girls was a fun escape and a great story!


Grumpy Monkey Cover Image
By Suzanne Lang, Max Lang (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553537864
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

Jim Panzee is grumpy!

He is grumpy for no apparent reason on a perfectly beautiful day.

Despite encouragement and advice from his friends, he just can’t seem to shake his grumpiness… 

This book teaches us it’s ok to feel our feelings – and that is often the first step to feeling better.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101986677
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Published: Dutton - October 2nd, 2018

I had the pleasure of listening to this book by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.

Told in a conversational style, the couple talk about their families, their marriage, their careers, food, art, puzzles, sex, values, and books- among other things.

I like each of these people as actors, but I really fell in love with them as a real-life couple.  You can tell they have genuine love and respect for each other and a good sense of humor about life in general.

If you need a book to remind you that true love really does exist, this is it!

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525552321
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Published: Dial Books - May 14th, 2019

Oliver has big dreams of becoming a magician even though he doesn’t know any magic tricks and has stage fright.

When his friends get him a magic gig at a classmate’s birthday party, he decides to visit a magic shop where he hopes to learn some tricks.  Instead, he comes away with just a very old top hat.  Oliver wonders how he is ever going to pull off an entire magic show with just a top hat, when he meets Eddy- the rabbit that lives inside the hat.  Eddy agrees to help Oliver pull off an excellent act.

At the party, a gift goes missing and Oliver is the prime suspect.   He needs to solve the mystery and clear his good name so the show can go on!

My family laughed all the way through this book that we read together on a recent road trip.

Miss Pinkeltink's Purse Cover Image
By Patty Brozo, Ana Ochoa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780884486268
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - December 4th, 2018

Generous and eccentric, Miss Pinkeltink fills her huge purse with everything from a toilet plunger to roller skates, then gives it all away.

She offers tape to fix a flat tire and a bone to a kitty.  Miss Pinkeltink’s gift never quite hit the mark, but she gives what she has and gives from the heart.

With nothing left to give or to shelter herself, she huddles on a park bench, trying to sleep in the rain.  That’s where Zoey sees her from her bedroom window and knows that something must be done to take care of the women who does her best to take care of others.

Women Talking Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635572582
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019

Women Talking is a novel of fiction based on the real-life event of a colony of Mennonites in Bolivia.

Between 2005 and 2009, the women and girls of the colony would wake, bruised and bloodied, having been attacked the night before as they slept.  The men of the colony blamed the women, telling them they were being punished for their sins by ghosts and demons.  It was later revealed that the women were being sedated with animal anesthetic and raped by some of the male members of the community.

This is the story of the women – all illiterate, with no knowledge of anything outside their religious community, meeting in secret to figure out how to protect their children and themselves and the choices they must make to do so.  

This was a heart wrenching, powerful read that is not to be missed.

Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving Cover Image
By Angela Santomero, Deepak Chopra (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780062913364
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Published: Harper Wave - March 5th, 2019

Angela Santomero is the producer and co-creator of Blue’s Clues and other programming for children on PBS.

Inspired by the life of Mister Rogers, and his seemingly radical view of how people should be treated, Santomero points out that the world would be a much better place if we all practiced a little more kindness – and tells us exactly how to do so.

I came away from this book with a completely different perspective on how to interact with people on a daily basis and a new-found focus on being kind to myself.

If you are looking for a book that will make you feel good about life and the possibility of living in a gentler world, this is it!