Staff Picks & Reviews

Books recommended by the staff

Sarah Addison Allen

Sarah Addison Allen  is a great author to pick up if you want interesting female characters, a little bit of a love story, and a pinch of magic.

The Peach Keeper Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553385601
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Published: Bantam - January 10th, 2012

Garden Spells Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553384833
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Published: Bantam Discovery - April 29th, 2008

The Sugar Queen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553384840
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Published: Bantam - April 14th, 2009

The Girl Who Chased the Moon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553385595
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Published: Bantam - February 8th, 2011

How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson

This is a spectacular book detailing the history of idleness and its progressive quashing by the powers that be drawing us away from the fabulous idle pursuits of sleep, musing, meditation, sick days, and the pleasures of the pub.

How to Be Idle: A Loafer's Manifesto Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780060779696
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 24th, 2007

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

A wonderfully engaging Western perfect for fans of True Grit, Tombstone, and other classics (also highly recommended for those who have seen Django Unchained)! Eli and Charlie Sisters are guns for hire on the frontier of 1850's California, forging morally ambiguous ground in pursuit of a target reputed to be a thief from a man known only as the Commodore.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco Press - February 14th, 2012

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibbler

This is the kind of book that you enjoy for the friendships and the memories and the good cry at the end.
"Julie Kibler grabbed me on the very first page and didn't let go...What
a marvel of a debut novel. Black and white, young and old, searching
and missing and finding in each other a special understanding,
companionship, and love, these characters are real and addictive.

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ISBN: 9781250014528
Availability: Special Order
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 12th, 2013

The Rope by Nevada Barr

As a newcomer to the Anna Pigeon novels, I decided to start with the
newest title, The Rope, which happens to be the prequel to the series.
I'm hooked! Enjoyable characters, a great setting, and enough suspense
to keep me reading by the light of my cell phone on a long car ride! If
you're already a fan of the series, I imagine you'll enjoy reading how
it all began.

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781250008671
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 28th, 2012

Bruce by Peter Ames Carlin

Fascinating, thorough, peppered with direct quotes from the man himself and his closest family and associates, Carlin's biography of The Boss is a compelling read. Would make a great gift for any Springsteen fan in one's life.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781439191828
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 30th, 2012

The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet

Learn more than you ever thought about trees and one unusual crusader for the last of the biggest trees on Earth.

The Man Who Planted Trees is both a fascinating investigation
into the world of trees and the inspiring story of one man’s quest to
help save the planet.

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ISBN: 9781400069064
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 17th, 2012

Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

My favorite food blog, now a beautiful cookbook! The Smitten Kitchen is always my go-to blog for great recipes, especially for baking and rich, beautiful main courses. This book includes one of my new favorite recipes, Mushroom Bourguignon.

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307595652
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 30th, 2012

The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb

This is another gem from the great southern novelist, Sheri Reynolds.
Funny and inspiring, you'll stop to savor each "Meaty Tidbit" of wisdom from Myrtle Cribb.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781618580139
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Published: Turner - October 2nd, 2012

Favorite Recent Reads from Nancy

Here are some books Nancy recommends!

Living Beautifully: With Uncertainty and Change Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781590309636
Availability: Backordered
Published: Shambhala Publications - October 9th, 2012

The Sense of an Ending Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307947727
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Published: Vintage Books - May 29th, 2012

The Upright Piano Player Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307743329
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Published: Anchor Books - June 5th, 2012

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781439190142
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 9th, 2012

The Women Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143116479
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Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2009

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