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The Kept Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062236739
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Published: HarperTorch - January 7th, 2014

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In 1897 Elspeth, a midwife, returns to her homestead to find her family murdered and is accidentally shot by her sole surviving son, 12 year old Caleb. Elspeth is nursed back to health by Caleb and leaves with him to track down the killers. With a sense of time, place, and mystery reminiscent of A Reliable Wife, we soon learn the long-held secrets that formed their family and how these secrets may have contributed to the murder. Told in the alternating voices of Caleb and Elspeth, this debut pulls together the deep meanings of motherhood, adolescence, and the brutality of western frontier life.


Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476710839
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Published: Atria Books - January 7th, 2014

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This short memoir is a fascinating read, covering the subtle evolution of the author as he immerses himself in the rugged life of a Montana ranch hand. Peppered with interesting detail about the daily and sometimes mundane tasks on the ranch, you get a real sense of the work with a mix of isolation and camaraderie. It’s not the story of a young man trying to find himself, but rather a young man growing more into himself. But the real story is in the growing relationship between the author, the work, the land, the weather, the cattle, and the wolves.

 


The Silent Wife Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143123231
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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2013

Kelly's pick

A great choice for fans of Gone Girl.  I read it in 1 sitting.


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780770436407
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Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

Kelly's pick

The best novel of 2013! Told throughout a decade in war-torn Chechnya it follows 3 main characters--an incompetent doctor with the soul of an artist, a surgeon hardened by the reality of war and an 8-year old girl forced to endure too much. A BRILLIANT first novel!


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The Orchardist Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062188519
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 5th, 2013

This book reminded me of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.  It's a beautiful first novel.


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The Dovekeepers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451617481
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 3rd, 2012

Alice Hoffman's finest book (and that is coming from a HUGE fan.) A mesmerizing tale from the perspectives of 4 women forced together at the Roman defeat of the Jews at Masada. Magical, as always, but in a historical setting the magic weaves a deeper, richer tale.


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The Language of Flowers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345525550
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2012

My favorite debut novel in years!


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The Fates Will Find Their Way Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061996061
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Published: Ecco Press - January 17th, 2012

This smart & engrossing debut by a McSweeney's award winner is a story about the stories we tell ourselves. 16 year old Nora disappears from her upscale community one Halloween and a group of boys who knew her spend their lives haunted and affected by what may have happened to her. Reminded me of The Virgin Suicides.


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What Is Left the Daughter Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780547521824
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2011

Norman, a true master, once again brings his beautiful, spare writing to a morally complex story. Wyatt Hilyer's parents both commit suicide after learning they are in love with the same woman. This sends Wyatt to live with his aunt, uncle, and adopted cousin Tilda. So begins his tale of love, sorrow, and sacrifice all against the backdrop of World War II.


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How Rocket Learned to Read Cover Image
By Tad Hills, Tad Hills (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375858994
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - July 27th, 2010

Super cute! A bird opens a school for his new friend Rocket and sparks his interest in "the wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet." Rocket practices with spelling and reading all winter and when the bird returns in the spring, Rocket can read! My kids love spelling along with the practice words and putting letters together for fun words like "grrrrrr".


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In the Company of Angels Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781608194674
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - January 4th, 2011

Recovering from imprisonment in Pinochet's Chile for teaching political poetry, Bernardo meets Michela, herself a survivor of tragedy. BUT--wait, this is an amazing, beautiful book about the human experience and the resilience of the human heart. This is the first book of the acclaimed Copenhagen Quartet to be published in the United States. My favorite book so far this year.


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The Lonely Polygamist Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393339710
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 29th, 2011

This family has the same joys, desires, and problems as your own--they just have 4 wives and 28 children. A wonderfully crafted story of the family with a little dark comedy. The chapters narrated by the 12 year old boy are heartbreaking and touching. I couldn't put it down!


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A Reliable Wife Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781565129771
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 5th, 2010

A woman answers a newspaper advertisement for "a reliable wife" in early 20th century rural Wisconsin. Who is she? Who is this wealthy, lonely, troubled man who placed the ad? A page-turning, literary tale with echoes of classic tales like Wuthering Heights and Rebecca.


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Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9780307386861
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Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2007

Maybe you've read this--maybe you think it's too old fashioned. NO! It's like chick-lit you can feel good about. I longed for more, more Austen after I re-read this. Funny, oh-so witty.


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