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The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo

Maurene Goo incorporates humor, love, and sadness into her books and does it in a way that makes you fall in love with her characters and story. She does this again with Clara in The Way You Make Me Feel. I was even more excited when I found out the book revolved around a food truck, because that seemed like such a cool concept. And, it was.

Clara, who has never been interested in working on her father's food truck (the KoBra), is subject to working on it for the whole summer when she gets into some trouble at school. To make matters worse, she has to work with someone she can't stand, and her original summer plans are changed. But, as the summer goes on Clara's feelings towards the truck and her co-worker begin to change, and she even develops a crush towards a boy she met at one of the KoBra's stops.

Just like Maurene's last book, I found myself having so much fun reading it (I laughed out loud countless times). But, I like that the book is realistic and has some tougher moments, too. I also like how Clara changes and starts to realize things about herself and her family that she didn't really know before. This is definitely a great summer read.

 

- Claire L

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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 8th, 2018

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Q & A with Christine Carbo

We're so excited to welcome Montana author Christine Carbo to the store to share her newest mystery thriller- A Sharp Solitude. We love a good Montana mystery and Wendy, our Mystery Maven says: "My favorite part of Christine Carbo’s mysteries are that they are set in Glacier National Park, with all its beauty and wildness! While not a 'series,' they have interlocking characters, so a minor character in one book may become the main character in the next book. I like that because it means readers don’t have to read the books exactly in order, but they all go together." In anticipation of Christine's new book, Wendy had a few questions for Christine.

W: You seem to know a lot about many places in Glacier National Park-how much time do you get to
spend there?


Christine: Since I became published about four years ago, my life has gotten extremely busy and has included much
more air travel, which means I have less time for hiking and getting into Glacier in general. I still try to go
several times a year though, and I try to go once or twice during each off-season. I love the park in the fall, but
summer is my favorite, even with how insanely busy it gets.

 

W:  Is it harder to write from a male character’s perspective, and how do you do research for that?
 

C: In my latest book, I have two main characters: one female, one male. The female plays a bigger role in the
story, but I don’t find it too difficult to write from the male perspective. I grew up with two older brothers, so I
tagged along quite a bit, and that allowed me to see the world through a male’s viewpoint some of the time. I
think that ended up helping me quite a bit. However, mostly, what I try to do is write about a human with a
particular set of problems and then go about how that particular human being (male or female) would go about
solving those problems. Sometimes a male will go about things differently than a female precisely because of
their gender, but I find that emotions are emotions, and we all have them. There are, of course, nuances in how
those emotions get expressed or dealt with, and I try to be true to how I think a character would operate given
their circumstances. In general though, I try not to get too hung up on gender.

 

W: What is your process for starting a new book, and how long does it take to write a book?
 

C: Oh gosh, I’m not sure I have a good grasp on that process. It seems to change with each book, and is usually a
messy, disorganized process. Often, some nugget of an idea from something I’ve heard, read or thought about
in my past will stay with me or keep coming back to me, which makes me realize I have an idea that interests
me enough to dive deeper into it and develop it into a story. Then, when I finally come up with some form of a
suspenseful situation or premise (not necessarily a plot yet), I’ll begin to mull it over and take random notes. At
some point, I know I just need to start writing, even if I don’t have it all figured out. I often write without an
outline, and poke my way forward in the dark. Eventually I get there, but sometimes I wish I was more
organized from the get-go. Creativity can be a messy process for some writers, and I happen to be one of
those whether I want to be or not.

 

W:. Do you know the whole story ahead of time or does it develop as you write?
 

C: Oops, I think I just answered this above. I definitely don’t have the whole story figured out ahead of time, not
even close. Sometimes I know the perpetrator and work toward that ending, but with two of my books, I didn’t,
so I wrote several options into the story to give myself choices as I got closer to the end. Like I said, it can be a
little messy, but for me, that’s the beauty and magic of the process. Somehow, the muse seems to kick in and it
all begins to come together as if I really had a master plan all along. It can be very frustrating, but when it all
begins to come together, it’s immensely satisfying.

 

Christine Carbo will be sharing her newest book A Sharp Solitude at the store on Wednesday July 18th at 6pm. Be sure to stop by for this and more!

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A Sharp Solitude: A Novel of Suspense (Glacier Mystery Series #4) Cover Image
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The Weight of Night: A Novel of Suspense (Glacier Mystery Series #3) Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2017

Mortal Fall: A Novel of Suspense (Glacier Mystery Series #2) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476775470
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Published: Atria Books - May 31st, 2016

The Wild Inside: A Novel of Suspense (Glacier Mystery Series #1) Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - June 16th, 2015

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The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele

When Penny returns to her small Michigan hometown, she expects to spend the summer focusing on her journalistic aspirations. Instead, she finds herself trying to rescue her missing father from what might just be aliens. With The Truth Lies Here author Lindsey Klingele creates a sci-fi story that is at times humorous and surprisingly touching. Throughout the story, Penny is forced to re-evaluate her black-and-white defination of the truth as she finds the simplest explanation to not always be the correct one. Similarly, she quickly begins to examine her complicated relationship with her father when she learns that there's more to him than the conspiracy-theorist she’d always known. Fans of The X-Files will enjoy Penny’s interactions with an old friend, where she plays Scully to his Mulder. And even while inexplicable events occur, Klingele is able to depict an accurate and relatable image of teenage life, from Penny’s tense relationship with an ex-best friend to her growing feelings toward the town's star quarterback. Klingele’s work demonstrates the dangers of summarizing events and people with a simple viewpoint without examining their complexities. She also provides comforts to those who may feel as if they don’t belong, as Penny has similar doubts while reacquainting herself with her hometown. But the story doesn’t get too caught up in these ideas; the plot remains fast-paced and the characters are interesting and realistic. Overall, The Truth Lies Here makes a great read for anyone looking for a little extraterrestrial action in their summer.

 

- Zoe J

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Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Emi is an aspiring production designer, who was just gifted her brother's apartment for the summer. His only condition? She do something amazing with it. She’s not sure what that will be at first, but she has the whole summer to figure that out. Meanwhile, her internship at a production agency, sends her to an estate sale of a famous actor. A letter tucked into one of the findings at the sale leads Emi and her friend on a mystery.

Nina LaCour’s beautiful writing has a poetic feel to it. In addition, her details in describing Emi’s rooms allowed me to easily visualize them. What especially stood out to me with this story is the three plots: Emi’s growth as a production designer, the mystery behind the letter, and a romance. I liked the balance of the three elements, and how they worked together to keep developing the story. There were so many moments in this book that had me falling in love with the characters.

 

-Claire L

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Jennifer Ryan's Romance Recommendations

We have partnered with Avon Romance to bring you a curated selection of romance novels from New York Times and USA Today best selling author Jennifer Ryan. A few times a year Ryan will provide us with her recommendations for romance novels you're sure to love.

 

 

Something Old
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

Though I write suspenseful contemporary romances, I love to read historical romance. They take you to another time and place and prove that love is timeless.

Judith McNaught started my love of historical romance. She’s one of the few authors I reread.

With a feisty heroine who refuses to settle for anything less than true love, WHITNEY, MY LOVE proves no matter the time or place love is worth fighting for.

 

Something New
All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

If you’re an avid romance reader, or always want more when you finish a great book, there’s nothing better than diving into a series.

So if you’re looking to start a new series, and love something unexpected, Sophie Jordan delivers that and so much more in her Devil’s Rock series. ALL CHAINED UP is gritty, sexy, and intense.

Everyone, including an ex-con, deserves a second chance, especially when he’s willing to put his life on the line for a volunteer nurse at the prison. Approved for paroled and fighting what he wants, Knox will discover when it comes to Briar, love will not be denied. 

 

Something Borrowed
Second Chance Cowboy by AJ Pine

I’m always looking for a great book recommendation from other authors, friends, and fans, and when I get one, I can’t wait to share it with other readers.

My very best friend and fellow author Lia Riley is the amazing author of the Brightwater, Everland, Georgia, and Hellions Angels series. Her emotional stories are sexy and filled with humor and heart. I find myself laughing out loud at her brand of snark and the crazy things her characters do.

Lia’s most recent romance obsession is SECOND CHANCE COWBOY (Crossroads #1) by A.J Pine.

"I'm a sucker for all things cowboy. Second Chance Cowboy is a well-written, emotional read with intense chemistry. There's family turmoil, broken hearts, a secret baby, redemption and all the feels. One to sigh and swoon over."

 

Something Blue
Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde

I love everything about this cover. What’s not to like about a hot cowboy in the Texas desert. Those abs! That dark, intense look. It makes me want to dive right in…to Lori Wilde’s MILLION DOLLAR COWBOY – A Cupid Texas Novel

Getting everything you want doesn’t mean you have everything you need to be happy. This Cupid cowboy will discover love is a priceless gift.

 

 


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author - 2018 Romance Writers of America RITA® Romantic Suspense Finalist - Jennifer Ryan writes suspenseful contemporary romances about everyday people who do extraordinary things. Her deeply emotional love stories are filled with high stakes and higher drama, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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The Great American Read

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.  

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.  

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

Check out the list of 100 books below:

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1984 Cover Image
By George Orwell, Erich Fromm (Afterword by)
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A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2012

A Separate Peace Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2003

 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] Cover Image
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 6th, 2018

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - March 27th, 2008

The Alchemist Cover Image
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Published: HarperOne - April 15th, 2014

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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 19th, 2018

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Cover Image
By Lewis Carroll, Anna Bond (Illustrator)
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Published: Puffin Books - October 27th, 2015

Americanah Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

And Then There Were None Cover Image
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 18th, 2011

Anne of Green Gables (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Another Country (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Atlas Shrugged Cover Image
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Published: Signet - September 1st, 1996

Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Bless Me, Ultima Cover Image
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 1994

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The Book Thief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover Image
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

The Call of the Wild and Other Stories (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626864665
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Published: Canterbury Classics - October 1st, 2015

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1st, 1991

Charlotte's Web Cover Image
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Published: HarperCollins - April 10th, 2012

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia #2) Cover Image
By C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2008

The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One Cover Image
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Published: Bantam - June 25th, 2002

The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743270106
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Published: Washington Square Press - September 20th, 2005

The Color Purple Cover Image
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Published: Mariner Books - May 28th, 2003

The Count of Monte Cristo Cover Image
By Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss (Translated by), Robin Buss (Introduction by), Robin Buss (Notes by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140449266
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2003

Crime and Punishment (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
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Published: Canterbury Classics - April 10th, 2018

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2004

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - March 28th, 2006

Don Quixote Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

Doña Barbara: A Novel Cover Image
By Rómulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy (Translated by), Larry McMurtry (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780226279206
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Published: University of Chicago Press - May 3rd, 2012

Dune Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780441013593
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Published: Ace - August 2nd, 2005

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades of Grey Series #1) Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2012

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1) Cover Image
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Published: Gallery Books - January 7th, 2014

Foundation Cover Image
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Published: Spectra - October 1st, 1991

Frankenstein Cover Image
By Mary Shelley, Harold Bloom (Afterword by), Douglas Clegg (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780451532244
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Published: Signet - October 1st, 2013

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553573404
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Published: Bantam - August 4th, 1997

Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Gilead: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Picador - January 10th, 2006

The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 1st, 2014

The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola (Introduction by), Anthony Puzo (Notes by), Robert J. Thompson (Afterword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451205766
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Published: Berkley - March 1st, 2002

Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Broadway Books - April 22nd, 2014

Gone with the Wind Cover Image
By Margaret Mitchell, Pat Conroy (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9781451635621
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by), Robert DeMott (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9780143039433
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Great Expectations Cover Image
By Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell (Editor), David Trotter (Introduction by), Charlotte Mitchell (Notes by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Great Gatsby Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

Gulliver's Travels Cover Image
By Jonathan Swift, Robert DeMaria (Editor), Robert DeMaria (Introduction by), Robert DeMaria (Notes by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 25th, 2003

The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780590353427
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999

Hatchet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 26th, 2006

Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary Cover Image
By Joseph Conrad, Owen Knowles (Editor), Owen Knowles (Introduction by), Owen Knowles (Notes by), Robert Hampson (Editor)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780141441672
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 25th, 2007

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Cover Image
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Published: Del Rey - September 27th, 1995

The Help Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, Book One) Cover Image
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 1st, 2010

The Hunt for Red October (A Jack Ryan Novel #1) Cover Image
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Published: Berkley - November 5th, 2013

The Intuitionist: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2000

Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679732761
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995

Jane Eyre (Word Cloud Classics) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607105534
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Published: Canterbury Classics - September 1st, 2012

The Joy Luck Club: A Novel Cover Image
By Amy Tan
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143038092
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Published: Penguin Books - September 21st, 2006

Jurassic Park: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345538987
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 25th, 2012

Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days Cover Image
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - April 1st, 2011

The Little Prince Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156012195
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Published: Mariner Books - June 29th, 2000

Little Women (Puffin in Bloom) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780147514011
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Published: Puffin Books - August 28th, 2014

Lonesome Dove: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439195260
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 15th, 2010

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings Cover Image
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Published: Mariner Books - September 18th, 2012

The Lovely Bones Cover Image
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 20th, 2004

The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 28th, 2014

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679781585
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 1999

Moby-Dick: or, The Whale Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco (Introduction by), Tom Quirk (Commentaries by)
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

The Notebook Cover Image
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 24th, 2014

One Hundred Years of Solitude Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060883287
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - February 21st, 2006

Outlander: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385319959
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Published: Delta - August 10th, 1998

The Outsiders 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - November 1st, 2016

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Penguin Clothbound Classics) Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780141442464
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 27th, 2009

The Pilgrim's Progress Cover Image
By John Bunyan, Roger Pooley (Editor)
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 27th, 2009

The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel (Kingsbridge #1) Cover Image
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Heartwarming Romances

We're firm believers that books make the best valentines. Take a chance on one of these heartwarming romances this Valentine's Day and find true bookshelf love:

 

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

After a chance meeting in a stuck elevator, Alexa agrees to be Drew's fake date to his ex-girlfriends wedding. As their feelings grow, they discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut.

 

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests--for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love--that's thrilling and timeless.

 


 

 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common--a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?



A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

 In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.



Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible tackles gender, class, courtship, and family in this modernized classic.

 

 

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Raised by a stern mother and a kind-hearted father, Rachel is forced to marry a widower to save her family's business and later follows forbidden passions, creating a scandal that turns her community against her.



 

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

When Lincoln, the office "internet security officer", comes across Beth's and Jennifer's personal, against policy messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories. By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself. 


 

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself.


 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 Claire is just reunited with her husband when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is an "outlander"--in 1743 Scotland. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.
 

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

A beautiful afternoon on Mothering Sunday - now known as Mother's Day -- in 1924 provides the backdrop for this exquisite tale of love, longing, and memory. Jane Fairchild, a housemaid, has been the longtime lover of the heir-apparent of the estate next door. Their final cataclysmic afternoon together will alter the course of her destiny in ways that she never contemplated.

Our 2017 Favorites

We asked the Country Bookshelf staff to pick their favorite book from the last year. Who knew it would take booksellers time to pick through their best reads? After much deliberation, here are our favorite books read in 2017 and most anticipated reads for 2018:

 

Anna

2017: The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison
2018: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Katie

2017: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
2018: Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers    

Harry

2017: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
2018: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Matt

2017: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
2018: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames     

Jamie

2017: Sourdough by Robin Sloan
2018: Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner

Caitlin

2017: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
2018: Obsidio by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Kate

2017: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
2018: Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden

 

Wendy

2017: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
2018: The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon

 

Ariana

2017: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
2018: Disoriental by Negar Djavadi

 

 

Like our taste in books? Be sure to click through to the staff pages for more recommendations!

Fall Reading Guide

Leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and curling up with a good book is sounding more and more appealing. We've compiled a list of our favorite autumnal reads to get you in the mood for all things spooky, dark, and magical.

 


Harry
The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke 

I grew up as a kid who could not handle horror movies and was terrified of ghost stories. And yet I was fascinated with the world of the paranormal. I studied werewolves and witches and looked up the true history behind them and went ghost hunting and I thought I had learned everything there was to know about monsters and spirits. 

How delightful to be wrong. This book is full of historical accounts and eye-witness accounts of people's brush with the world beyond the veil. Fan of the podcast or no, you will be fascinated with the folklore of fear from around the world and it's ripples on history. And just in time for Samhain! 


Jamie
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“The circus arrives without warning.”

Gates opening as night falls, Le Cirque des Rêves is home to attractions of great mystery and allure. Acts so fantastical that it is difficult to believe they are rooted in reality. Some are not. Two rival magicians use the circus to house an ongoing competition between their students to showcase incredible feats of magic. Erin Morgenstern crafts a setting of immense beauty and lyricism that is perfect year round, but is the quintessential autumn novel.

Serving suggestions: apple cider and popcorn.


Jess
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

“It begins with absence and desire.
It begins with blood and fear.
It begins with a discovery of witches.”

Avoiding the harvest festival of Mabon in Oxfords Bodleian Library, closeted Witch and Science Historian Dr. Diana Bishop calls up an ancient alchemical manuscript that shakes eldritch creature community. As the mercurial Daemons begin to follow her with unwanted prophecy Diana finds she must accept the protection, and ultimately an All Souls date with a brilliant Scientist Vampire. With action, history, magic and romance this trilogy FEELS like an Edinburgh autumn, full of witches and vampires and engaging history this is perfect for cozy sweaters, tea, and blustery nights.

#AllSoulsRead twitter read-a-long for month of Oct culminating in a fandom Con.


Caitlin
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three sisters must fight to the death to claim the crown. Separated as children they are raised to understand their own special abilities; poisoner, elementalist, and naturalist.  The story is told through multiple perspectives with each character having defined voice. This book is dark and brooding with great character development throughout the novel. While not set during autumn, it definitely has gloomy vibes that I always crave this time of year.


Wendy
The Names of the Stars by Pete Fromm

25 years after babysitting fish in the River of No Return Wilderness (Indian Creek Chronicles) Pete Fromm is hired by Montana FWP to babysit fish over the winter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Trekking into the wilderness in the autumn, he encounters deer, elk, and bears. Now the father of two boys, he reflects on fatherhood and his journey from Indian Creek to the Bob.


Matt
Tales of Horror by H.P. Lovecraft

A collection of Lovecraft’s greatest works which is perfect for all your Halloween horror needs. With his most iconic stories like Call of Cthulhu and The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, delve into the unknown and discover the chaos and insanity that comes when secrets which are better left unknown unearth. “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”.


Katie
The Cove by Ron Rash

Not your typical spooky fall read, but a dark tale nonetheless, The Cove crosses off some of the necessary bullet points for autumnal literary consumption: a dark and forbidding setting, a possible witch, and a stranger appearing out of the forest bearing secrets. But it also delivers more than that, with a striking love story and probing moral questions wound into the fabric of the novel. This is a great read with characters, a setting, and an ending that will stay with you…or, you might say, haunt you!

 

 

 

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H. P. Lovecraft Tales of Horror (Leather-bound Classics) Cover Image
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Wendy's Not-to-be-Missed Mysteries

If you’ve perused our mystery section you’ve undoubtedly seen staff picks from our mystery expert, Wendy. She’s a lover of mystery novels, reads more than the rest of the staff combined, and will also be leading the Wonderlust Mystery Book Discussion through MSU Extended University. We asked her for ten not-to-be-missed mystery reads that will be perfect for your autumn reading.

 

The Child by Fiona Barton

The stories of a baby skeleton found in a building site and a child stolen years ago intertwine. Kate Waters makes a great protagonist and the ending is one you won’t see coming.
 

Gone by Mo Hayder

Officer Jack Caffery and police diver Flea Marley try to locate an 11 year old girl, stolen during a carjacking. The diving aspect really sets this series apart. It’s dark, but so good.
 

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid

This new series by longtime journalist and mystery writer McDermid follows cold case detective Karen Pirie. The DNA of a teenager put into a coma after a joyriding car crash is suddenly linked to a 22-year-old unsolved murder and Pirie is called in to solve it.
 

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

An agoraphobic woman finally ventures outside her home only to find her husband, who is supposed to be out of town. She must continue facing her fear to figure out what is happening in this story by the ultimate thriller writer.
 

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

A mystery within a mystery. While the reader is reading the mystery novel the author is murdered. His editor vows to solve his murder in this fun homage to Agatha Christie.
 

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Devon Knox is a high school student and Olympic gymnastics hopeful. When one of the coaches at the gym is killed in a hit and run, the jealousies and rivalries ramp up. The Olympic hopeful storyline is realistic and the ending is twisty and SHOCKING.
 

A Song of Shadows by John Connolly

PI Charlie Parker is recovering in Maine, living next door to a young girl and her mother. Darkness follows Charlie, but so does his helpful, dead daughter. Supernatural and scary!
 

King Maybe by Timothy Hallinan

LA Burglar Junior Bender finds himself in trouble when he is hired to burgle a ruthless studio mogul. This series is both dark and funny.
 

Stealing People by Robert Wilson

Six children of wealthy international families are kidnapped in London. Kidnap consultant Charlie Boxer finds that case intersecting with his own. Robert Wilson’s thrillers always deliver and keep you guessing all the way through.
 

The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill

Dr. Siri Paiboun is the elderly national coroner in 1978 Laos. He is underfunded, understaffed, and possessed by the soul of a Hmong shaman. Wickedly funny, this series has a loveable cast of characters making do (and sometimes making mayhem!).


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You Will Know Me: A Novel Cover Image
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King Maybe (A Junior Bender Mystery #5) Cover Image
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