Mary

Mary is a St. Mary senior, and a longtime customer and prolific reader. Come meet her and pick her brain about young adult novels, true crime books, and mysteries.

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The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country Cover Image
By Amanda Gorman, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780593465271
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Published: Viking Books - March 30th, 2021

"For there is always light,

If only we're brave enough to see it,

If only we're brave enough to be it."

"The Hill We Climb" is a beautifully written poem by the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading for a presidential inauguration. This poem captures the reader and gives you hope for a brighter future. 

Not many poems give me chills but this one definitely did. This book would be a perfect addition to your collection or a thoughtful gift for others.

 


Vera: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501157523
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Published: Scribner - March 2nd, 2021

If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is the book for you!

Set in 1908, San Fransico, a coming-of-age story of Vera and her stepsister go through after their city is flattened by quake and fires. 

Vera, a 15-year-old illegitimate and shunned daughter of Rose, the famous madame. While Rose takes care of her daughter by paying for all of her and her adoptive mother’s wants and needs, Rose is determined to prove Rose wrong, that she is needed and belongs with Rose. When a great earthquake had occurred, Vera’s world falls apart, and must create a new life for her stepsister and herself. How will Vera survive now? She can’t rely on Rose when she was going to prove her mother wrong...


You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538719367
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 12th, 2021

Amber Ruffin, a writer and performer on Late Night Show with Seth Meyers and host of The Amber Ruffin Show, recalls all of the funny, sad, and absurd encounters her and her sister, Lacey, have experienced of racism throughout their lives. 

A great book to bring a smile on your face from the light-hearted banter between the sisters, but also makes you aware of what happens to Black people in their day-to-day lives. 


The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316769174
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 2001

The Catcher in the Rye - we follow Holden Caulfield, a 16-year-old boy, an angsty teenager who dropped out of a prestigious Pennsylvania prep school to wander the vast New York City for three days. Holden appears to be a teenager that is angry with the world and overwhelmed by people around him. 

While there is cursing and a constant rejection of society from Holden, we witness the fear of Holden losing his innocence. If you don’t play along with the game that society is, you will be knocked down and even put away. 

I enjoyed the casual and conversational narrative style; I started to sympathize and connect with Holden. A great classic for adults and teenagers to read!


The Project: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250105738
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Published: Wednesday Books - February 2nd, 2021

The Unity Project is the home to many members in upstate New York, but some may say that it is a cult. 

After Lo Denham’s parents died in a car crash, Bea, Lo’s older sister had joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo all on her own. But once a man comes into Lo’s workplace, a magazine company, he claims that The Unity Project had killed his son. With Lo’s determination for finding out what happened to that man’s son and Bea, Lo is getting herself into deep water…

This was such a gripping story. I could not put the book down! Not only is it a great story, but it has a gorgeous cover, a big win for my bookcase and me!


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Truly Devious: A Mystery Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062338068
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - December 4th, 2018

Ellingham Academy is a private school that is located in the forests of Vermont, run by the richest person on earth, Albert Ellingham.

Once the academy was opened, Albert’s wife and daughter had been kidnapped, and received a ransom letter for money. The only clue left to what happened to his family is a riddle mocking Albert, signed “Truly Devious”.

Decades later, Stevie Bell is a true crime fanatic and is set on being the person to solve the cold case of the century. But, strange things are happening at Ellingham Academy. Could it be Truly Devious?

This was such a wonderful book. I relish a good mystery, and I enjoyed how the author integrated some true crime podcasts that I love to make the book more relatable. Truly Devious was a book that always kept me on my toes and I couldn’t stop myself from taking a break!   


Isadore's Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780472050796
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Published: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN REGIONAL - August 28th, 2009

In the early 1920s, a nun has gone missing… Her body was found buried in the basement of the church. Who killed her?


A gripping book for anyone interested in true crime. This also so happens to have taken place in Isadore, Michigan; a small town a few hours away from Gaylord! Isadore’s Secret was the first book I have read by Mardi Jo Link and this is my favorite book that I have read for 2020! Reading this book was a quick and thrilling read. I loved how thorough the author was in her writing; it was filled with court transcripts and pictures of the victim and her fellow nuns that she lived with the day she disappeared.  


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Speak Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312674397
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Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

Speak is a beautifully written book by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book was based on a nightmare Anderson had one night.
 
Melinda is an incoming freshman that everyone at school hates. Over the summer, Melinda was at a party and called the cops; she's a snitch. What people don't know, is that she was raped by a senior and didn't know what to do. We see Melinda grow as a person and discover her voice again. To speak up.
 
I believe that this book should be read by all, especially teens. This book shows that you need to use your voice when you think it doesn't matter of have an effect. It shows amazing character development and Melinda is very authentic as the narrator.


Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780399556821
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Published: Ember - June 19th, 2018

How does the Hunger Games, but in space sound?

 

Ten teenagers from around the world are chosen by Babel Communications to go into space and go to the planet Eden. A planet with aliens and a mysterious substance called nyxia to be mined. But there’s a catch, only eight out of the ten teenagers are allowed to Eden. They all must train and fight in return for a place in Eden and money for their family on Earth. Whatever it takes, Emmet must get to Eden. He must make his family back in Detroit proud; give his family name a different meaning. Filled with friendships and resentment, everyone must fight tooth and nail for the prize. 

 

I never read sci-fi before, so this book made me hesitant. On the contrary, I think this book is a great pick for anyone wanting to start this genre. I must admit, I am a sucker for a good book cover and this one did not disappoint; very ominous and it embodies the essence of nyxia. I was thrilled when I found out this book is a part of a trilogy as well!


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Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307588371
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Published: Crown - April 22nd, 2014

It's the day of their 5th wedding anniversary, and Amy Eliott Dunn went missing. Was it the husband, Nick, who is responsible for the disappearance of his wife? With the help of Amy's diary, we learn how easy it is for her to put anyone into a nervous wreck due to her personality. 

How innocent is Amy? 

 

With alternating points of view between the husband and wife, you get to see their views on each other and themselves. You start to question who had done it? 


This is the first book that I've read by Gillian Flynn and I did not expect the plot to be that way, to say the least. The ending was shocking, but so fitting in a morbid way. Gone Girl was a fun read, full of surprises!  


Becoming Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781524763138
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Published: Crown - November 13th, 2018

Becoming is a book about hardship, love, courage, and the reality of being the wife of a go-getter husband, Barack Obama. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Michelle Obama, and that is the best way to read the book, you can hear the passion and real emotions coming from Michelle’s voice. I learned a lot about the Obama family, and I realized how similar I could be to her and her family. There is the true grit displayed by Michelle and Barack Obama throughout his political campaign of being the first-ever black president, with the weight of representing the black community on their shoulders. Michelle brings light to the difficulty that is being in the spotlight of the media at all times; she shows that she isn’t better than anyone else; she is just a human being becoming the best version of herself.