Tara's Staff Picks

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Swann's War By Michael Oren Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781950539604
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Published: Dzanc Books - October 25th, 2022

There's a lot of drama going on in the town of Fourth Cliff, a sleepy New England fishing island. Well, sleepy until the murdered bodies of the island's POWs start waking up the islanders. Captain Mary Beth Swann, the island's self-appointed Chief of Police, struggles with the townspeople challenging her authority as she becomes more intimate with the town while working the murder investigations. Mystery and crime readers will love this historic WWII novel.

                                                                            Tara


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We Are the Light: A Novel By Matthew Quick Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781668005422
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2022

A powerful, moving story written by a masterful artist, Matthew Quick, "WE ARE THE LIGHT" narrates the healing process for a small town's senseless movie theater shooting. Explained through the mourning mind of one survivor, it describes the town's inability to cope and the measures taken to become whole again. Amazing how the psyche guides and measures our reactions until we are more able to see the light...with a lot of love and understanding.

                                                                                  Tara


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Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart By Carol Wall Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9780425273838
Published: Berkley - February 3rd, 2015

This is a deeply moving story about opening up your mind & heart, allowing different points of views & cultures to flow into the void spaces of your preconceived notions of people, friendship, gardening & life! Warm, funny, sad & wonderful - a definite must read.

                                                                                               Tara


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Trust By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780593420317
Published: Riverhead Books - May 3rd, 2022

"Trust" begs the reader to search for the truth. Read the four different stories that frame this family's wealth in the varied memories of how the facts were formed. Following the generation's teachings, from father to son, according to which personal gain ought to be one with the good of the country. These four accounts are all from one and the same city, New York. An entertaining read to say the least!

                                                                           Tara


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Fox Creek: A Novel (Cork O'Connor Mystery Series #19) By William Kent Krueger Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982128715
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Published: Atria Books - August 23rd, 2022

Are you the hunter or the hunted; the hider or the seeker? In this gripping tale we have those hiding, as they are being stalked, but with clever hunter instincts. We have hunters, looking to kill, with great seeking instincts. And there're the seekers, hiding, trying to rescue the stalked while hunting for the killers. All parties have endurance but some are better equipped. And then the snow storm settles in and no one is prepared. A thrilling survival story with great wit, cunning skills and knowledge of the outdoors. Highly recommended!

                                                                                  Tara


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The Red Bandanna: A Life. A Choice. A Legacy. By Tom Rinaldi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594206771
Published: Penguin Press - September 6th, 2016

This compelling story is based on a true story of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. It is an admirable contribution to Welles Crother's life, a young man who gave his all to those trapped in the South Tower and his unfailing dedication to service in his role as Firefighter. It's also a moving story of loss, love and his family's efforts to keep Welle's ethics and courage alive as a teaching tool as the way to live life.

                                                                                        Tara

 


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By Her Own Design: A Novel of Ann Lowe, Fashion Designer to the Social Register By Piper Huguley Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063059740
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 7th, 2022

Read the amazing story of Ann Cole Lowe and how she became the designer of Jacqueline Bouvier's wedding dress as she was to marry John F. Kennedy in 1953. This historical novel is inspirational + full of solid values passed down through generations. Such determination to be admired. Sit back and enjoy!

Tara


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Ridgeline: A Novel By Michael Punke Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250310484
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - June 21st, 2022

My son texted me from a sandy beach in Puerto Rico with a picture of this book + a message "I cannot put this down" - Truth! It's a page turner; a compelling historical novel defining the Native American's values + dreams in 1866-1867 while their lives, livelihood + culture are being transformed by the invasion of the West by the U.S. Army + western bound pioneers. Excellant!

Tara

 


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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times By Katherine May Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

In winter, we all do it, collectively, in our own way, but Kathering May has an eloquent manner of describing the searching and healing endured when the shroud of cold, lost daylight, and hibernation descends upon us and keeps us inside.  Moving and thought provoking and enlightening that it's not just me - well worth the read!

                                              -  Tara


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The Stranger in the Lifeboat: A Novel By Mitch Albom Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780062888341
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Published: Harper - November 2nd, 2021

Do you believe in God?  What if there's a life threatening disaster and he/she appears and promises to help you if you believe?  What then; what would you endure and/or sacrifice?  A survivor has created a journal of the event and the lifeboat is lost to sea, landing on shore a year following, with the handwritten journal.  Can the pieces be put together as facts unfurl?  Look out for the unexpected ending - so short a novel but so great the imagination.

                                                  -  Tara


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The Last Garden in England By Julia Kelly Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982107833
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Published: Gallery Books - September 14th, 2021

A grand historical novel set at Highburg House with its magnificent gardens.  Learn of the three women connected across time, who worked there, intertwined with the families there.  All shared to make the secrets that bloom in the garden's story.  For the historian, avid gardener, poetic dreamer and passionate lover in us all.  Great read!

                                                      - Tara


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The Detective Next Door By W. C. Gordon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780578680064
Published: W.C. Gordon - May 14th, 2020

Who gets away with murder?....The detective next door!  Read this novel as a seasoned crime detective does the unthinkable, uncovers an accomplished abettor, and tries to live a normal crime detective's life!  Full of page-turning guess whats!

                                                                    - Tara

 


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Nine Perfect Strangers By Liane Moriarty Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250069832
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 1st, 2019

What will happen next at this luxury resort managed by a hostess crazed with manipulation issues as she creates fantasy to entertain her guests?  Will the attendees be able to stick together to work things out?  Funny, interesting....loved it!

                                                                                          - Tara


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Greenlights By Matthew McConaughey Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593139134
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Published: Crown - October 20th, 2020

This is a beautiful mindful book about "livin" (no "g" because it's a verb).  It speaks of life, family, relationships, love, honor, and values; there's respect, religion, discipline, accountability, and understanding differences, not leaning on right or wrong.  The book notes losing, finding, and making your way in life.

It's an easy, deep and rewarding read that will make you want to re-read it (and travel).

                                                                                    - Tara


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The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell By Jordan Sonnenblick, Marta Kissi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jordan Sonnenblick, Marta Kissi (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338647235
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

It's almost impossible to not love this young man as he progresses through the 4th grade. How can he compete with the smartest, the tallest, the quietest and all when all he wants to be is the best at something? And he seems to fail at all except to be the most observant. You'll enjoy this guy as he navigates his way through it all.  -Tara


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The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses): A Novel By Terri-Lynne DeFino Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062742674
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 12th, 2018

What a wonderful story intertwining minds and souls of the present as they reconnect in their elder years and entertain themselves and their Muses by creating a fictional journal. A beautiful tale of aging, old friends and beginning anew; a story of choices and decisions, love and life. Enjoy!


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A Private Cathedral: A Dave Robicheaux Novel By James Lee Burke Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982151683
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 11th, 2020

One of my favorite authors....written in his dry sense of humor and commonsense way, always complicated but filled with values. Equally entertaining and rewarding; nothing gets past this loyal, layed-back Louisiana detective until the final pages. - Tara


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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)
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780525541332
Published: Riverhead Books - August 13th, 2019

Do you love animals and mysteries? This is an incredibly compassionate "whodunit" with a lot of thoughtful insight, visual images, and farfetched advice throughout, keeping you entertained until the whirlwind ending... all narrated through the mind of an eccentric, convincing "crazy madwoman." -Tara


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Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir By Daniel R. Day Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525510512
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Published: Random House - July 9th, 2019

Not my ordinary read; in this autobiography you are introduced to a Harlem native; streetwise hustler, gambler, con-man, and savvy entrepreneur with grit, managing his livelihood into the fashion world with many of his risque customers enchanted with his one-of-a-kind creations. Once started, a cannot-put-down, entertaining piece of work! -Tara


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Promises of the Heart: A Novel (Savannah Skies #1) By Nan Rossiter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062917737
Published: Harper Paperbacks - February 4th, 2020

How can anyone not love the stories by Nan Rossiter? Heartwarming... reaching into the depths of true-life situations with compassion and understanding, then finding the amazing conclusion each time. An idyllic must-read! -Tara


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Girl in the Walls: A Novel By A. J. Gnuse Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063031807
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Published: Ecco - May 11th, 2021

So, what do you do as a young girl whose life has been shattered and the only place you feel safe is in the house where you lived with your family...but now they're gone and someone new has moved into the house?  How can you stay and not be noticed; how can you move on?  Ingriguing!

                                                         Tara


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The Midnight Library: A Novel By Matt Haig Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525559474
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Published: Viking - September 29th, 2020

Imagine at midnight, every night, you can visit this special library, pick out a book and become a character in this plot according to your desires.  This fantasy library has some quirks that may twist your fate....very enticing!

                                                                  Tara


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The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel By Laura Dave Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501171345
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 4th, 2021

Owen and Hannah had only been married a year before he disappeared with a note for Hannah - "Protect Her".  She knew he meant Bailey, her step-daughter, who lost her mom and didn't want her stepmom.  As they began their search for Owen they realized he was not what they had known and their bond grew, until one day he shows up.  Learn how adaptable mothers and cubs can assume a new life.

                                                                       Tara


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Our Darkest Night: A Novel of Italy and the Second World War By Jennifer Robson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062674975
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 5th, 2021

Autumn 1943 - Antonina Mazin, a Jewish Italian, leaves Venice to hide with Nico Gerardi, who is studying the priesthood.  Returning to his family farm he takes Antonina as his bride convincing everyone they are married and in love.  A local Nazi official, with a vendetta, grows suspicious and plots revenge.  Read as Nina and Nico grow together and transform their lives.

                                                                       Tara


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The Personal Librarian By Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593101537
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Published: Berkley - June 29th, 2021

Meet Belle de Costa Greene, a little known story about the personal librarian to J.P. Morgan's famous manuscript collection, with a big secret.  Read as she transforms into one of the most powerful women in New York City with her cunning, intellect, style and wit.  Marvelous!

                                                       - Tara


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Falling: A Novel By T. J. Newman Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982177881
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 6th, 2021

Brilliant, thrilling....wow what a ride!!  Join the crew of Coastal Flight 416 for a page turning adventure full of action and surprises.  Gives new meaning to the the phrase "there will be consequences".  Awesome read!

                                               - Tara


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The Soul of a Woman By Isabel Allende Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780593355626
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 2nd, 2021

"In most of the world, a woman's value is tied to her youth and beauty".
"Profound changes are needed in society and it's us, women, who can impose them."
"Feminism is the radical notion, as Marie Shear said, women are people."
"The burden of family planning is on the woman."

It's a wonderful book of women's power.

                              - Tara


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The Grace Kelly Dress By Brenda Janowitz Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781525804595
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Published: Graydon House - March 3rd, 2020

"The only thing you have to be is yourself".  Read of the transformation of this wedding dress and the lives it affects through three generations.  Learn again of the values of family, fashion, relations and tradition.  "There's no such thing as the biggest mistake (in life).  There's only what you do and what you don't do."  A must read!

                                      - Tara


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Pony By R. J. Palacio Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553508116
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

Silas, a 12 year old boy is woken in the middle of the night by 3 horsemen who arrive to take his father, leaving him alone.  A bald-faced pony shows up at his door and Silas knows he must find and rescue his father with the assistance of his companion, a ghost named Mittenwool.  An adventurous journey that exposes Silas to the real world outside his comfort zone.  Grit, compassion and love weave their way through this outstanding novel for all ages.  Magical and thrilling!

                                           - Tara


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It's a Wonderful Woof: A Chet & Bernie Mystery By Spencer Quinn Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250770325
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Published: Forge Books - October 19th, 2021

Here's a new twist for a mystery - meet Little Detective Agency's Private Investigator Bernie Little and his large canine partner, Chet!  Narrated through the eyes of the very loyal, protective and energetic Chet, this crime fiction will thoroughly entertain you as the Agency solves its client's dilemma, even with romance involved!  A great, relaxing read.

                                             - Tara


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The Salt Path: A Memoir By Raynor Winn Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143134114
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

Imagine you lose everything...your income, home, and standing.  You have your family but waning health.  Options?  A walk-about; packing up rucksacks with what is essential for a 630 mile trek along the South West Coast Path between the Bristol and English Channels in England.  Wait...in your 50s??  What an amazing adventure - pure love!

                            - Tara


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Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374602604
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 7th, 2021

Characters - Eileen, Simon, Alice and Felix

Who hasn't fallen in love with the boy next door?  Who hasn't had a lifetime connection with their college roommate?  A fun read - never assume you know another's thoughts!

                              - Tara


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The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World: A Novel By Laura Imai Messina Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781419754302
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Published: The Overlook Press - March 9th, 2021

Tsunami, Japan, 2011 - thousands of lives lost.  Telephone booth (disconnected) installed in a garden that carries voices into the wind to talk to lost loved ones.  This is a beautiful story of many people searching for their lost loved ones, but also two special people that search and find each other amongst their anguish and loss.  Breathtaking and powerful for anyone but especially those with loss, hope, acceptance and letting go.  Enjoy!

                                 - Tara


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Perestroika in Paris: A novel By Jane Smiley Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436096
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Published: Anchor - November 2nd, 2021

Join "Paras" and the critters (& humans) she befriends on their freedom adventure as they explore the streets of Paris, foraging for food, shelter and the spirit of being free while avoiding the gendarme who may capture them as stray pets.  Learn of the human compassion that protects, feeds and supports them eventually leading them to a home together.  You are not going to want this to end!

                                         - Tara


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The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel By Helene Wecker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013

Chava is a Golem; Ahmad is a Jinni. They meet by chance and form a friendship in 1899 New York City, Both struggle to fit in with their immigrant neighbors while not revealing their true identities.

A wonderful creative story mixing historical fiction with mythology to form a love storey, even with a formidable threst to their lives!

Captivated & held me, totally!!

                                                             - Tara