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Somehow: Thoughts on Love By Anne Lamott Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780593714416
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 9th, 2024

 Thank God she continues to write. Lamott balances her ability to laugh at herself with a deep and humble understanding of people; then she writes a book that is simply so true.  "Love is just some stuff" she quotes a six-year old boy,  and wham... she describes the "stuff".  She tells her stories, she shares her reflections and learnings, and she inspires her readers to do the same.  I'm giving this book to so many people I love. 


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The Cemetery of Untold Stories: A Novel By Julia Alvarez Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781643753843
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 2nd, 2024

 I love a book that introduces me to places and cultures, so reading Alvarez's newest book brought such pleasure.  The complex characters and relationships as well as the wisdom embedded in the story stuck with me long after I finished the last page.  The events slide from reality to magic almost imperceptibly with gentle humor and sensitivity.  This is a beautiful book that celebrates the power of story.


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Family Family: A Novel By Laurie Frankel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250236807
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - January 23rd, 2024

I'm going to stay calm as I write this, but please know that I want to shout it to the rooftops - READ THIS BOOK! Families are complicated, and we need as many stories about families as we can get our hands on.  Start with this one, though, full of love and complications and the very real and important message that love is not all we need. "First, love ... It's all about that comma."  I'm going to read everything this New York Times bestselling author has written.


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The Women: A Novel By Kristin Hannah Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250178633
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2024

The Women by Kristin Hannah   Strong research blends with human compassion and passion to create this memorable novel set during the turbulent Viet Nam era.  Hannah doesn't shy away from the dark sides of war nor does she sentimentalize the heroism of those women who served in combat areas. This book straddles the anger and the frustration of the times. I wore my POW bracelet for many years but have lost it and have forgotten his name, so I am quite humbled by her final words in her Acknowledgements in which she pays tribute to the Air Force pilot whose name was on her POW bracelet. The story is gripping; I couldn't put it down.


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West with Giraffes By Lynda Rutledge Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781542023344
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Published: Lake Union Publishing - February 1st, 2021

Based on the real 1938 event of two giraffes surviving an ocean crossing in a hurricane and then being trucked across country to the San Diego zoo, this is so much more than a piece of history. I could not put it down,  I cried, I laughed, and I learned.  The Old Man says to Woody Nickel,  "That's your first story, but it doesn't have to be your only story.  That's up to you."  I love this book.  


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Rough Sleepers: Dr. Jim O'Connell's urgent mission to bring healing to homeless people By Tracy Kidder Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781984801456
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - January 16th, 2024

Remember the writing motto - show don't tell?  This book is the perfect example of that skill.  No one can delve into a complex issue like Kidder!  he has a knack for using real people, and their stories, to dig into the hidden aspects of society and reveal the heroes who completely dedicate themselves to helping others.  This book is non-fiction, yes, but the author moves seamlessly between the facts of homelessness and the stories of people experiencing homelessness without sentimentality.  This is an important book!


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I Am the Messenger By Markus Zusak Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780375836671
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2006

Many "YA" authors are enjoyed by adults as well as the intended target audience, and Marcus Zuzak is one of those authors.  This is a story about an underage taxi driver in a random, mid-sized city in Australia.  He accidentally interferes in a bank robbery which sets off a mysterious series of tasks in which he has to take some serious risks sometimes to help other people; in the process, he discovers his purpose for living.  I really love this book; every time I read it, I notice something new. 


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All American Boys By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

This was the first Reynolds book I read, and it hooked me on everything to come.  Written with two narrators who initially see events from very different perspectives, this story drew me in immediately.  Relevant and riveting, this book inspires us to do the right thing and speak up.  Jason Reynolds is one of the great writers of this time.  


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Kitchen Bliss: Musings on Food and Happiness (With Recipes) By Laura Calder Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781982194703
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 28th, 2023

 Love to cook?  Love to eat?  Love to read about cooking and eating?  This is the book for you!  If you know and love Laurie Colwin of Home Cooking fame, this book will be right up your alley.  Short, fascinating, and entertaining essays about food and travel are followed by unique and tasty-sounding recipes. This woman can write and cook - a winning combination.  I am so inspired to get cooking! 


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Jenny's Law By Bobbi Loney Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781957184081
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Published: Onion River Press - October 11th, 2022

This is one of the most powerful books I have read recently, and I've read some great ones!  Jenny's Law is chock-full of beautifully drawn scenes of small town life and characters I want to be friends with, and wisdom, so much wisdom.  Highly relevant, this book raises vital issues to discuss and would be a terrific book to read with friends and family, including teens.  


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The Bartender's Tale (Two Medicine Country) By Ivan Doig Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781594631481
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 6th, 2013

I am a huge Ivan Doig fan, and this delighted me as much or more than his others.  Life in this small, western town pivots around a highly charismatic, empathetic bartender who has his own mysteries to keep, and eventually release.  A love store, a family store, a small-town store - seems kind of close to home, eh?  


Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals By Laurie Zaleski Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250858436
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 1st, 2023

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