Tara's Staff Picks

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Long Island (Eilis Lacey Series) By Colm Toibin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476785110
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Published: Scribner - May 7th, 2024

        In short, it's a novel of a love triangle created with a lot of twists. In long, there's desperation, deceit, family values, lost friendship, new love and ever lasting love all rolled into a conglomeration of choices and decisions. Mr. Toibin has mastered a story similar to one that we all may have experienced and made it real again.

                                              Touche! Tara


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James: A Novel By Percival Everett Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385550369
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Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2024

Enjoy this masterful rendition of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" with wit and humor as told through the enslaved Jim's point of view. Possibly a more accurate tale of the times!

                                              Marvelous! Tara

 


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Midnight: A Thriller By Amy McCulloch Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593315521
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Published: Doubleday - January 2nd, 2024

Ah, the descriptions, the magic and the beauty...not only do you get to visit Antarctica in all it's beauty, dangers and real challenges of arctic life, it's all happening in between the perils of the many mysterious murders. An amazing read I didn't have time to loop into the next crisis to put the book down right up to the astonishing end!

Love this sassy mystery!                 Tara


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There There By Tommy Orange Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

      The "Prologue" will scare you (as it did me) but do not stop reading ! A brilliant stunning debut novel of the transformation of these Native American characters finding their way from "There" (then) to "There" (now) as they embrace their heritage and appreciate and recognize their revolution.

      Captivating and compelling!

                                                               Tara 


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North Woods: A Novel By Daniel Mason Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593597033
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Published: Random House - September 19th, 2023

      A lyrical, magical story of a Massachusetts house and property's metamorphosis through many years and many owners as told by a magician in prose.

       Enjoy the adventure!

                                                      Tara


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Inheritance: The Lost Bride Trilogy, Book 1 By Nora Roberts Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250288325
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Published: St. Martin's Press - November 21st, 2023

      I never tire of Nora Robert's magical style!. Meet "Sonya MacTavish", her mom ,"Winter", her deceased dad, "Andrew" and his unknown twin, Collin Poole", who, upon his death, leaves his LBM (Lost Bride Manor) estate entirely to his niece, Sonya, which is worth too much!

     You'll want to be there as you read of the new life being created, adapted and conquered in this prestigious rural area by the sea.

      You won't want to put this down!

                                                   Tara

 


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The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth By Elizabeth Rush Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781571313966
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 15th, 2023

* ANTARCTICA * CLIMATE CHANGE * NATURE *      Join the exploratory cruise of the ship "Nathaniel B. Palmer" with the Captain and crew of marine biologists, scientists, technicians, mechanics, media and journalists who research the quickening deterioration of the Thwaites Glacier mass and the friendship, faith, trust and awe they develop and encounter in this amazing and fascinating account of the trip.                            Great read!       Tara          


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Pieces of Blue: A Novel By Holly Goldberg Sloan Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250847300
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 9th, 2023

     A brilliant story of rebuilding a family's life after a devastating personal tragedy, engaging in an ensuing romance, another terrifying tragedy by natural catastrophe with a special surprise entwined, a new change of life, romance renewed and the best prospect of a "and they lived happily-ever-after" ending. A story filled with love + loss + recovery + happiness. Great read!

                                                       Tara

                                      


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Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421 (A Novel) By T. J. Newman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982177928
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 28th, 2024

Flight 1421, airborne less than 2 minutes flying over crystal-clear turquoise water, an engine explodes & all  three hydraulic systems lose fluid. No hydraulic fluid. No hydraulic power. The plane is dead in the air. And that's just the beginning of this terrifying novel. One tends to reflect on what could change if everything turns out okay.

                                                   Gripping! Tara


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The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man By David Von Drehle Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781476773933
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 21st, 2024

The author wants to dedicate a meaningful book on life for his children but he cannot grasp an idea...and then he meets Charlie, a man 102 years old with a buff body, washing his 20-year-junior girlfriend's car! An amazing story of life, and living, making choices and being the best that you can be with your decisions while thoroughly enjoying yourself. A model of a life well lived.

                                                   Tara


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The Secret Book of Flora Lea: A Novel By Patti Callahan Henry Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781668011843
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Published: Atria Books - April 2nd, 2024

     This is a great story of the bonds of sisterhood and the power of believing in that bond. Hazel works in a bookstore and comes across a mysterious children's book that resembles a land she invented to sooth her now missing sister, Flora, as they spent their childhood in the English countryside during WWII. The real magic of a story may be within reach.

                       Happy Reading!  Tara

    


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Coronation Year: A Novel By Jennifer Robson Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780063074149
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 4th, 2023

Join Edie Howard, staff and guests at the Blue Lion Hotel in this romantic, historical commemoration of the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II with all the diabolical hysterics involved!

                              A great read!                        -Tara


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Someone Else's Shoes: A Novel By Jojo Moyes Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781984879318
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Published: Penguin Books - February 13th, 2024

What an amazing adventure! Who would know that a switch in gym bags could produce such life changing events! Full of action, passion, wit, humor, faithful friendships, twists and turns everywhere and the most unexpected ending EVER! Such a treat of a read -

                                                                       Tara

 


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Rare Birds By Jeff Miller Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781454945055
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Published: Union Square Kids - December 5th, 2023

     Eleven year old Graham Dodd travels with his mom looking for a heart transplant. He meets a girl named Lou in a Florida hospital waiting room whose Dad needs the same and they form an amazing friendship. She tells Graham about a contest to find an endangered Snail Kite bird and the adventure begins. Travel with them in the FL swamps and meet all the challenges, family, friends and foes as they learn about each other and life. Loved it!

                                              Tara


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A Trace of Poison: A Riveting Historical Mystery Set in the Home of Agatha Christie (A Phyllida Bright Mystery #2) By Colleen Cambridge Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781496732484
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Published: Kensington - August 22nd, 2023

Wonderful verbiage: "acerbic, mustachioed, gaucherie, dunderheads, capitulating sigh" for a few. Phyllida Bright is the housekeeper at Mallowan Hall, home of Agatha Christie and her husband, Max. Phyllida is also organizing the "Murder Fete" of famous authors to benefit a local organization with the winner receiving an International Publishing Contract. Let the entries begin, except they are lost in murders and investigations. Stupendous!

                                                                    Tara


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A Dangerous Business: A novel By Jane Smiley Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525436089
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Published: Vintage - November 7th, 2023

A spirited murder mystery set in 1851 Gold Rush California. Follow Eliza Ripple, recently employed at a brothel after her husband's death, and her friend, Jean, who begin investigation of the disappearance then murder of local young women. Both investigators are inspired by their interest in Edgar Allen Poe's Detective Dupin's work as they navigate around their clients who are seemingly more suspicious. Marvelous characters, scenic details and smells!

                                Tara


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We Are the Light: A Novel By Matthew Quick Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781668005439
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - November 7th, 2023

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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Swann's War By Michael Oren Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781950539895
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Published: Dzanc Books - October 10th, 2023

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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Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner) By Hernan Diaz Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593420324
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2023

"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
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982128722
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Published: Atria Books - May 23rd, 2023

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
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130079
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2018

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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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
$25.00
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
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062888365
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 11th, 2023

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
$17.99
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 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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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)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525541349
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 11th, 2020

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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The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel By Laura Dave Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501171352
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - March 21st, 2023

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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The Midnight Library: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Matt Haig Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525559498
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Published: Penguin Books - May 9th, 2023

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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Our Darkest Night: A Novel of Italy and the Second World War By Jennifer Robson Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9780062674975
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: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) 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
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982177898
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 17th, 2022

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
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553508147
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2023

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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Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250859044
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Published: Picador - June 7th, 2022

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
$16.00
ISBN: 9781419754319
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 4th, 2022

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
$17.00
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