Katie

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!

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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

The Testaments is the highly anticipated follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

The story picks up about fifteen years after the ending of the previous book and is told in the alternating transcripts of three women – two within Gilead and one in Canada.

The theocratic regime present in the first story still has a hold on the people of Gilead, but it soon becomes clear that a resistance is forming.

I spent almost every waking moment this weekend with this book in my hand, trying to find out if evil would continue to prevail.

I won’t say any more about the story because it’s best to enjoy the story for yourself.  

Get in here and grab yourself a copy.  You will not be disappointed!


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Virgil Wander Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802147127
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Published: Grove Press - August 20th, 2019

Small town cinema owner Virgil Wander is living his normal, small town life when his car flies off an icy bridge into the frigid waters of Lake Superior.

Alive, but just a little different (he loses his adjectives and some memories) after the accident, he must get back to a world-and a life that he doesn't completely recognize.

I loved this story about discovering how to be "the new you" in the place you've always called home. 

I enjoyed the cast of interesting characters so much that I didn't want to finish the book because I grew to love them like they were my own friends and family. 

Virgil Wander isn't a book about magic, but it sure does feel magical.

Don't miss this one!


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This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

Eighty-year-old Odie O’Banion recounts the summer of 1932, when he and his friends are forced to escape from their school for orphans.

With the terrible headmistress in relentless pursuit, and dangers along the way, they travel the Gilead river on the way to St. Louis, where they hope to live with an aunt once they arrive.

This is a story about family, adventure, and survival set against the backdrop of the Great Depression.

I haven’t stopped thinking about Odie and his group of “vagabonds” since I closed the book. 


Kingdom Forgotten: The rise and demise of a Mormon island king Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781733803809
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Published: Laurie Lounsbury - May 14th, 2019

Kingdom Forgotten is the story of the inhabitants of Beaver Island during the takeover by James Strang as he attempted to create his own Mormon kingdom.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit that even though I lived in northern Michigan almost my entire life, prior to reading this book, I knew very little about the history of Beaver Island.  I kept wondering why this wasn’t part of my school curriculum. It’s certainly a story that’s worth telling!!

This book by local author Laurie Lounsbury was a real eye opener and I thoroughly enjoyed her fictionalized account of real events. (And I especially enjoyed fangirling all over her when she came to the store for a sit-and-sign!)

If you are a fan of historical fiction and Michigan history, this book will not disappoint.


The Retreat: A Novel of Suspense Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765386731
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Published: Forge Books - August 13th, 2019

Katie Manning was a child-star, loved by all, until her manager attacked her, scarring her face and ending her career.

Now she's 27, and is finding her name on the "Where Are They Now?" articles online that don't cast her in a very flattering light. Katie needs a change. 

Opportunity comes when she is invited by her impossibly perfect future sister-in-law to a weekend wellness retreat. Katie agrees to go, inviting her two best friends (who are dealing with issues of their own), in the hopes that she can find peace with her past and get her life back on track.

Four women go, all for different reasons.  All are hiding things from the others.  Only one will be left standing at the end of the weekend...

This was a nice departure from the types of books I typically read.

I really enjoyed this one.  I think you will too.


Ellie and the Harpmaker Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984803788
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Published: Berkley - August 6th, 2019

Dan Harris lives a very solitary life away from people and social situations that often confuse him and make him uncomfortable. In his barn he builds Celtic harps and enjoys the solitude.

Ellie Jacobs is living a comfortable (if boring) life as a housewife in the English Moors. 

On the anniversary of her father’s death, Ellie goes for a walk and stumbles across a barn.  Inside, she discovers Dan and his beautiful handmade harps.

Dan gifts Ellie a Cherrywood harp (to match her socks) and they become friends.  Dan stores the harp for Ellie, and she begins visiting Dan every day, changing both of their routines in the best ways.  

I really enjoyed this book and loved how the characters changed over the course of the story just by being part of the other’s life.


The Book with No Pictures Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741713
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Published: Dial Books - September 30th, 2014

I picked this children's book because of the warning on the back:

WARNING!

This book looks serious but it is actually COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS!

If a kid is trying to make you read this book, the kid is playing a trick on you.

You will end up saying SILLY THINGS and making everbody LAUGH AND LAUGH!

Don't say I didnt warn you...

I mean, how do you pass up a book like that?!

And, it delivers on all promises.  It is very ridiculous and silly. 

In the past two weeks, I've read this book to my six-year-old son about thirty times and he has laughed during every reading.

The Book With No Pictures should be in every family library and is big fun for kids and adults alike!

 


The Dead Ex: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
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...

 


State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts Cover Image
$15.00
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)
$17.99
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
$28.00
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
$28.00
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)
$17.99
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
$28.00
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!