Current Recommendations for Booklovers

Cady and the Bear Necklace by Ann Dalman

Children and Young Adult

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Cady, a 13-year-old girl of Native American heritage, has experienced big changes in the past year—her father’s marriage to a much younger woman, a new baby brother, and a move from Minnesota to Michigan where she is attending a reservation school for the first time in her life. One day at school Cady finds an eagle feather on the hallway floor and reports it to the principal. He thanks her for this act of honor and tells her that a mystery might soon appear in her life. $5.99 from Amazon / 


The Light From the Darkside of the Moon by Norman G. Gautreau

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

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A remembrance of love in a time of war: 92-year-old Henry Budge defies most of his family by escaping a rehab hospital to make his way to France for the ceremonies of the 70th observance of D-Day. Before he dies, he hopes to at last address a grief he has allowed to simmer for decades and to rekindle memories of Élodie Bedier, the French Resistance fighter with whom he fell in love 70 years earlier. $1.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / 


Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Customer uploaded imageCaptain Marta Ramos, the most dangerous pirate in the Duchy of Denver, is back, and she and Simms are up to their goggles in trouble. Has General del Toro found a way to use the Infected as an army, and can Captain Ramos work with her arch enemy, Colonel Geoffrey Douglas, to stop him? And what about the Rail King and his nefarious plans? Check out the next installment of the exciting adventures of Captain Ramos and her valiant crew to find out more! $4.99 from AmazonBarnes & Noble / 


The Poison That Purifies You by Elizabeth Kadetsky

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

In story after story in this collection, Kadetsky pushes the boundaries of comfort and makes your heart pound. Earthquakes, kidnappings, marauding monkeys; men who thieve and menace and hurt; acts of love and God and shame—it’s all there, in Kadetsky’s bright and mesmerizing world. A stunning short story collection. From $7.63 at Amazon / CR Press / 


The Shooting: A Novel by James Boice

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

A tour de force about gun violence. Clayton Kabede is a regular New York City kid, the son of immigrant parents living in the basement unit of an upscale apartment building where his father works as the superintendent. Lee Fisher lives in the penthouse of that same building — wealthy, paranoid, and armed. This is the story of their encounter - and the past and future lives of a sprawling cast of characters whose lives wrap around and intersect with theirs. Starting at $4.26 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Publisher / 


After Kilimanjaro: A Novel by Gayle Woodson

Romance

Dr. Sarah Whitaker is burned out. When her fiancée suggests spending a year at a hospital in Africa and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro together, she jumps on board. When he backs out, she embarks on the adventure alone. Sarah quickly falls in love with the gentle people, exotic wildlife, and natural beauty of Tanzania, but she is shocked by the high rate of maternal mortality and the scourge of female genital mutilation in the country. She helps by developing a program to train tribal birth attendants in a remote mountain village. Meanwhile, her engagement is in doubt - and another man has entered the picture. If Sarah survives this year, her life will never be the same again. $9.99 at AmazonBarnes & Noble / 


Landslide by Melissa Leet

Romance

Jill grows up in an expansive Garden with her best friend Susie. The Garden’s realm has many rooms, each a showcase of her mother’s designs. Into the Garden, tragedy strikes, a landslide crashing in. When loss hits hard, how to find the resilience to go on, especially when you are only a young girl? Teeming with poignant grief, humor, and love, Landslide is a resplendent exploration of the truth that death can sometimes open paths as wondrous as those created by life. $3.16 at Amazon /


Why Do They Hate Us? Making Peace with the Muslim World by Steve Slocum

General Nonfiction

One of the top 10 books on religion and spirituality of 2019, Slocum's book is essential reading. ”Well-researched, cogently argued… avoids clichés and deeply examines the complex relationship between Islam and the West.” - Booklist. ”A clear, concise, and thoughtful introduction to Islam.” - Kirkus. $7.99 at Amazon


Piloting Your Life by Terri Hanson Mead

General Nonfiction

In Piloting Your Life, diverse women from around the world share their personal stories of learning, growing and thriving through midlife to inspire you to explore and experiment. These messages and stories transcend age providing women of all ages with permission to design and live a life of our own creation. "Essential reading for any woman about to enter midlife, whether they want to or not! " - Reedsy Discovery. $9.99 from Kobo / Apple / Amazon


The Sadness by Benjamin Rybeck

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Kelly Enright flees Arizona returning to her hometown of Portland, ME. Her only plan is to track down her estranged but well-off father. Her twin brother, Max, is living in their deceased mother's home, and if anyone's more screwed up than Kelly, it's Max. Max dreams of completing his unfinished project from a decade earlier, but there’s a major problem: Evelyn, his actress and muse, has disappeared. As Max's search for his lost leading lady becomes increasingly, absurdly self-destructive, Kelly must help her brother, who has never recovered from their mother's death. Starting at $8.89 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble


The Awful Truth About The Name Of The Rose by Marco Ocram

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

Mega-selling author, Marco Ocram, is on the edge of a nervous breakdown, and needs complete rest. Police Chief Como Galahad—Marco’s main character—needs a volunteer to go under-cover at the Abbey, a remote celebrity retreat run as a medieval monastery, where something fishy is afoot. There’s only one solution—Marco books into the Abbey for a detox, just a few days before a hundred A-listers fly in for a grand gala dinner. Could anything go wrong? Will you be amazed by the ending? You bet! Starting at $6.95 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Children and Young Adult

Rosie is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Vance has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he's forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him. Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and as they begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts. $9.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Won't You Be My Neighbor? by Fred Rogers

Children and Young Adult

For the first time ever, Mister Rogers’s beloved opening theme song is a board book to share with the youngest readers. With bright, upbeat illustrations by Luke Flowers and sweet lyrics fans will know by heart, readers follow Mister Rogers through his neighborhood as he greets the familiar, lovable cast of characters from the show. A welcome follow-up to the best-selling treasury A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, and published alongside a board book edition of the affirming song “It’s You I Like,” these Mister Rogers Poetry Books are perfect gifts for the newest and oldest fans alike. $5.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter

Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in. Twining the drama of the everyday — school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents — with the surreal — rivers of thighs, men for sale, and fields of throats — Cassie’s realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty. Starting at $8.69 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo


Spectrum by Martin Ott

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Spectrum is a novel about racism and walls, and holds up a mirror to our current political landscape. It’s a novel about the outer spectrum of what we love and hate, and the inner spectrum of the people we love and hate. The novel chronicles the lives of two scientists, once lovers, whose shared invention was used to catastrophic ends, and the war they’ve waged against one another for hundreds of years. This invention fuels everything in the city but is also falling apart at its core. $2.99 from Amazon / 


Tales from The Beach House: A Novel by James Aylott

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Customer uploaded imageA satiric work of fiction that sharply captures the “Man-Bites-Dog” world of contemporary South Florida. The Beach House, a crumbling old motel, is home to a collection of eccentric residents, each in search of something – fast money, an easy hustle, fleeting romance, enduring love, fame, power, dignity, happiness… a place they can call home. This eclectic gang is compelled by necessity to band together when a sinister developer threatens the very existence of The Beach House. $3.99 from Amazon / 


Sync by K. P. Kyle

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Customer uploaded imageEvery day we each make thousands of decisions. Sometimes it’s the big ones that change our lives, sometimes it’s the tiny ones. What if the choices not made led to billions of alternate realities where different versions of our lives unwind? On a cold and rainy night in New England, the paths of two strangers collide—a young man fleeing from his past, and a forty-something woman dreading what her future holds. Ultimately, they each need to decide: How far would you go to help someone in need? Starting at $4.99 on Amazon / Barnes & Noble / 


The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Customer uploaded imageAs a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her business collapsed, Kaia found herself crushed by depression. Determined to turn her life around, Kaia put everything else on hold to dedicate thirty days to the singular pursuit of joy. In this uplifting and eye-opening memoir, complete with advice, exercises, and key takeaways, Kaia provides a step-by-step guide to how anyone can ditch the negative and plan for joy in their lives. Starting at $6.81 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / 


Shades: Detroit Love Stories by Esperanza M. Cintrón

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

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Esperanza Cintrón’s Shades: Detroit Love Stories is a short story collection that is distinctly Detroit. By touching on a number of romantic and sexual encounters that span the historical and temporal spaces of the city, each of these interconnected stories examines the obstacles an individual faces and the choices he or she makes in order to cope and, hopefully, survive in the changing urban landscape. Starting at $9.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / 


Death Spoke by Leonard Krishtalka

Mystery Thriller Crime and Horror

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Paleontologist turned private investigator Harry Przewalski excavates the dirty underbelly of people’s lives, unearthing sexual betrayals, treachery, fraud and murder buried beneath the science of petrified shards, skin and bones. Ultimately, he must face a brutal killing in his own past, when he fled to a desert war and came back with a gun and a license to detect. Starting at $8.99 from AmazonBarnes & Noble / 


#LookUp by Judy Stoffel

General Nonfiction

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In the decade since the smartphone was released, we have been absorbing new technology like sponges, fervently downloading new apps and dedicating massive amounts of time to gaming, streaming video, and surfing social media. #LookUp will challenge--and change--the way you think about your screens. This book is an indispensable tool for any parent who seeks guidance on how to tackle what could be the largest parenting issue of the current generation--screen time. $6.99 from Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo /