Sarah "SK"

SK is a senior at Middlebury College and a member of its championship field hockey team. When not in-season, SK enjoys her hours at VBS amongst the books, our customers, and her fellow booksellers. 

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Table for Two: Fictions By Amor Towles Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593296370
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Published: Viking - April 2nd, 2024

No one writes characters like Amor Towles, and this collection of short stories is no exception. Across time and space, Towles creates compelling, complex, yet everyday, recognizable characters navigating situations of the same nature. The included addendum to Rules of Civility expertly maintains the mystique of Evelyn Ross while giving readers a glimpse into life after Tinker Grey and, in the words of Towles, the "unfortunate encounters, awkward entanglements and ill-advised alliances" she must navigate as she dives into the sordid, celebrity-studded world of 1940s Los Angeles.


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The Wildes: A Novel in Five Acts By Louis Bayard Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781643755304
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 17th, 2024

A vivid reimagining of the dynamic Wilde couple and family - who they were before Oscar's "scandal" tore them apart, who they became, and who they could have been. Bayard has a way of fully immersing his readers in a time and place, and he brings his characters to life with an expert combination of thorough research and his own colorful imagination. This is a wonderful homage to both Oscar and Constance Wilde, and a credit to Louis Bayard's already phenomenal body of work.


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Homecoming: A Historical Mystery By Kate Morton Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063020900
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Published: Mariner Books - April 2nd, 2024

This is a slow-burning mystery pieced together artfully by Morton's world-weary protagonist. The struggling investigative reporter returns home to South Australia and her sick grandmother's estate, only to stumble upon a decades-old story of tragic loss, hidden from her by the grandmother who raised her. With compelling characters and plotlines that span generations, this book will keep you reading until you discover what really happened on Christmas Eve 1959. 


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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by) Cover Image
By Olga Tokarczuk, Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780525541349
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 11th, 2020

This book is many things at once: mysterious yet laugh-out-loud funny, philosophical and poetic, clever, and sometimes heartbreaking. It's a quirky, fatalistic fable set in a remote winter-laden Polish village, filled with subtle moments of quiet, but far-reaching wisdom. It's also a "murder mystery," but what takes center stage are the narrator's humorous, on-the-nose musings about human folly, and her belief in the superior intelligence/ultimate power of wild animals and the natural world around her. It's unlike anything I've ever read, and I have a feeling the wacky, endearing characters and the wise, clever moments will stick with me for a long time.


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The East Indian: A Novel By Brinda Charry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781668004531
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Published: Scribner - April 9th, 2024

Charry brings the social and physical landscape of the American colonies in the early 1600s to life in this atmosphere saga. It's a brilliant meshing of culture, experience, memory and adventure that highlights the individual perspective of its main character, Tony, while doing justice to the narratives of so many others he encounters, who have their own very different stories to tell. It's a sweeping tale of hope, loss, love and determination in a world where danger lurks at every turn, and Charry's characters kept me invested throughout the many lives they lead


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The Last Tale of the Flower Bride: A Novel By Roshani Chokshi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063206519
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 5th, 2024

Chokshi weaves an enticing world that walks the line between the real and the superstitious in the same way her characters do. Indigo is a woman who keeps secrets from everyone in her life - even her new groom. But her otherworldly mirage begins to unravel when the newlyweds return to Indigo's childhood home together. This book has all the elements of a great gothic novel, and I just couldn't put it down!


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Rules of Civility: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

This is a book I return to again and again and I get something new with each reading. Like all of Towles' books, this one is packed with meaning and inhabited by vivid characters that you'll miss when the book is over. It reads like a modern, more down-to-earth Gatsby, and explores the relationships between three characters who, meeting by chance, are forever linked by friendship and tragedy.


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How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future By Maria Ressa Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063257528
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 28th, 2023

In a world overrun with fake news and social media propaganda, Maria Ressa founded Rappler, an online newspaper in the Philippines dedicated to reporting the facts. She has faced death threats, jailtime and direct attacks from government officials in her fight for reliable reporting, but she stands by her beliefs in her country's right to the truth. This is her compelling life story. 


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Bright Young Women: A Novel By Jessica Knoll Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501153228
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - September 19th, 2023

This book is gripping, poignant and impossible to put down. Knoll beautifully captures the frustration and determination of the women who had loved ones brutally taken from them by Ted Bundy's unchecked killing spree in the 70's. Ted Bundy is never named in the story, only referred to as "The Defendant," as part of Knoll's valiant effort to center the story on the women whose lives he stole. Eloquently and strategically, Knoll's semi-fictionalization of women whose names have long been buried under Bundy's sensationalized image works to to debunk the myth of his "genius," spun by negligent law enforcement and court systems that devalued women's lives and deaths. 


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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

This is a heartwarming story about finding things you thought were lost forever in places you'd never expect. Van Pelt artfully combines endearing characters (both human and non-human) and a family mystery with the everyday challenges of what it means to be young and what it means to grow old. It's a book you won't be able to put down, and by the end you'll have learned to never doubt the power of connection, across generations, distance or species, and against the myriad odds and obstacles life brings.


The Fury By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250758989
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Published: Celadon Books - January 16th, 2024

Michealides does it again in this multi-layered, suspenseful murder mystery set on a remote, darkly atmospheric Greek island. I tore through this book in just a few days because I simply had to know what unexpected twist Michealides had in store this time. While Silent Patient and the Maidens remain my favorite of his books, this was certainly an enjoyable, worthwhile, edge-of-your-seat read with some poignant moments of moral insight and complex, secret-keeping, very human characters


My Cousin Rachel By Daphne du Maurier Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402217098
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - March 1st, 2009

This is a timeless, simmering exploration of the mental havoc wrought by suspicion, the power of youthful infatuation, deceit, and the futile quest to decipher good from evil in the people we love most. Du Maurier's writing takes you back to another world of estates, inheritances, rolling countryside and raucous banquet halls, and through it all she weaves a compelling thread of mystery and dread that kept me up reading night after night.


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The Maidens: A Novel By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250304469
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Published: Celadon Books - May 24th, 2022

No book has kept me quite as close to the edge of my seat as this one. The Maidens combines the best elements of a great murder mystery, a mythic tragedy and a psychological thriller all set against the backdrop of classic dark academia. Like Silent Patient, this is one of those books you wish you could read again for the first time, and one that you need to reread knowing what you know by the end. No one writes a plot or a plot twist quite like Michaelides.


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Jackie & Me By Louis Bayard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643753898
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 13th, 2023

You've heard of Jackie O and JFK, Camelot, the golden age of American politics, but I bet you've never heard of Lem Billings, the architect of their relationship. Jack's college best friend, an adopted member of the Kennedy clan and a closeted gay man, is instructed by Jack and the Kennedys to get close to Jacqueline Bouvier, a confident, independent career woman determined not to become a housewife. As Lem and Jacqueline become close friends, Lem must weigh the Kennedy's expectations against Jacqueline's own hopes for her life. Looking back, did he do the right thing? Louis Bayard's characters are well-researched and dynamic as always in this reflective tale about the origins one of the most famous couples in America. 


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The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250301703
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Published: Celadon Books - May 4th, 2021

This gripping saga straddles the realms of psychological thriller and murder mystery. A passionate criminal psychotherapist fights to get his traumatized patient to speak about the brutal murder that silenced her, as she silently fights her way through her memories to the truth - a truth no one could have suspected. This book has twists and turns unlike anything I've read before


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Still Life: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Sarah Winman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593330760
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 13th, 2022

This is a beautifully-written story about strangers that become family, and about the strength of friendship in the face of disasters and decisions that complicate life in unforeseen ways. Winman's vivid scenery and endearing characters feel so real that I actually missed them when I stopped reading, and I couldn't wait to dive back into the beautiful Tuscan countryside that her characters call home.


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The Elegance of the Hedgehog By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator) Cover Image
By Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781933372600
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Published: Europa Editions - September 2nd, 2008

The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) By Donna Tartt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

The Mysterious Benedict Society By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316003957
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2008

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