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!

Looker: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501199110
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Published: Scribner - January 8th, 2019

More of a psychological study than a psychological thriller, Looker follows the unnamed narrator amid a divorce after a bout of unsuccessful fertility treatments. 

With her life coming apart at the seams, she begins to follow suit.  She is depressed.  She is angry. Her once innocent interest in her movie star neighbor becomes an obsession- the consequences of which will ripple through her neighborhood. 

 This is a dark, unsettling story that follows a woman into madness that you see coming before she does. 

I read this short novel in one sitting because I just had to know if the narrator was going to make it out with her sanity intact. 

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062674951
Availability: Backordered
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 31st, 2018

The Gown is the story of three women, living almost 70 years apart – all connected by the royal wedding gown of Queen Elizabeth II.

Jennifer Robson did her research, expertly blending historic events and people with characters and situations of her own creation.  This book, centered on the making of a gown, is really the story of love, loss, and the bonds of family. 

This is a must read for historical fiction fans.

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ISBN: 9780802128782
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2018

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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ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

I know I’m late to the party here, but I'm new to the work of David Sedaris. I know. I know.  The important thing is that I finally made it. 

This book was a gem.  I could’ve devoured this entire book in one sitting, had I not stopped every few minutes to catch my breath from laughing so hard or to read a bit out loud to anyone that happened to be around.

Though Sedaris is a humorist, he also slips in deeply human and personal experiences in a way that balances the whole book out.

Sedaris has a keen eye for detail, a genuine curiosity about life, strange life experiences, and the gift of storytelling which is the exact formula for the writing of fantastic books!

Sideways Stories from Wayside School Cover Image
By Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780380698714
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Published: HarperCollins - May 6th, 2003

When I was in the 4th grade, my class got to hear one chapter of this book every Friday.  That was almost 30 years ago and to this day, Sidways Stories from Wayside School remains my favorite book of all time.

Each chapter is about a teacher or a student at Wayside School and the shenanigans they find themselves getting into. 

This is one of those books that begs to be read again and again, and is a great choice to be read out loud.

If you’re looking for a laugh out loud funny book, this is it– perfect for kids AND kids at heart!

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ISBN: 9780316502931
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Published: jimmy patterson - September 4th, 2017

This is one of those books that has it all: whimsical illustrations, humor, and something to be learned.

Filled will all kinds of great big, silly words, such as kerfuffle and bibliomania - and their definitions, Big Words for Little Geniuses is a fun way to broaden a child's vocabulary during story time!

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356281
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 9th, 2018

I really loved this book by mortician Caitlin Doughty.  In it, she travels the world to teach us the death rituals and mourning practices of other cultures.  While this is heavy subject matter, Caitlin keeps it light with her blunt straight talk a little humor while still being respectful of the matter at hand.

Caitlin also explores the American funeral industry and suggests that we may need take a closer look into our own relationship with death.

I have been known to binge watch the author’s YouTube channel “Ask A Mortician,” and was very excited to hear that she had written books on this fascinating subject. 

Mary Poppins (picture book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328916778
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2018

Who doesn't love this classic?

When the magical Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, the lives of the Banks children will never be the same…  

A new Mary Poppins movie will be in theaters right before Christmas, so now is the perfect time to pick up this picture book adaptation tie-in for her little fans!

This is a sweet version of the story we all know and love, and the illustrations are fantastic.

This picture book is a must have!

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 (something I’ve been attempting to do more of the older I get).  

She’s brilliant, hilarious, confident, sassy, 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 her success. If you like Amy Poehler, I highly recommend you read this book.  You won’t be sorry.

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ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

If you love Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, you will love Hamilton The Revolution.

This book if full of fantastic behind the scenes pictures of the making of this huge Broadway hit, along with the lyrics of all songs, annotated with background information from Lin himself.

This would be the perfect gift for any Hamilton fan!

Alexander Hamilton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143034759
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2005

By now, just about everyone knows the life story of Alexander Hamilton.  Maybe you’ve seen the play or listened to the cast recording a hundred billion times (just me?).

  If you don’t know his story, you should.  It has everything a good story should: a brilliant child who becomes a brilliant man, romance, war, scandal, betrayal, rivals, heartbreak, and duels.  All of this is set against the backdrop of the birth of a nation. If you love American History, whether you know his story or not, Hamilton is a must read!

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Dear Girl, Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062422507
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Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2017

Dear Girl is a great reminder to the little girls in our lives (and to the mothers, aunts, and grandmothers who do the reading) to be embrace who they are and appreciate the things that make them special.

I love the whimsical illustrations and the inspiring message.

This is my go-to gift for baby showers and any other time a girl in my life– regardless of age, needs encouragement.