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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

This is James’ story told in first person and—WOW!—it is impressive. The descriptions and use of code switching was spot on and left an impression on me. The author displays Jim as an intelligent, thoughtful, and whole individual living in black skin during the worst period to be black. Huck the sidekick is also lovable and gullible and honest. With bits of humor here and there and ultimate exasperation throughout, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I hope you do too!


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Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity By Michele Norris Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781982154394
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2024

I can't stop thinking about this book. It can be read in little pieces or all at once--although I got a little overwhelmed a few times and had to stop. Now I will keep this book close and randomly open to a page to read, highlight, and discuss with others. This book comes from the Race Card Project that for 14 years asked people to summarize their thoughts on race in 6 words. Brilliant! (I used to use this in my classroom at the end of projects!) This book relates to EVERY PERSON on Earth--different colors of skin, adoption, immigration, slavery, LGBTQ , Southern, socio-economic, etc. If you have lived under a rock for the last 100 years then you won't relate to this. If you haven't, then read, relate, and be ready to think deeply and be deeply moved.


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A Walk in the Park: The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon By Kevin Fedarko Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781501183058
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Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2024

What a great book! You will be immersed in an adventure in the Grand Canyon that includes history of the people, knowledge of the geology, and day-to-day accounts of the struggle of hiking our famous park. But wait-there's more! Fedarko's writing is supurb! Sometimes I cringed, sometimes I laughed outloud, but many times I was in awe of his descriptions of the remote locations. Consider finding McBride's gorgeous photo book about the Colorado River that includes pictures from this adventure with his best friend. 


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Coyote Lost and Found (Coyote Sunrise) By Dan Gemeinhart Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250292773
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 5th, 2024

If you loved Coyote and Rodeo and Salvador as much as I did in the first book, then you will love them even more here! What a fantastic followup with all the good feels and great insights into life. Favorite book? Favorite place in the world? Favorite sandwich? You learn a lot about a person by asking these 3 questions. And they do it again in this fabulous sequel!

 


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The Women: A Novel By Kristin Hannah Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250178633
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2024

This is my favorite Hannah book so far (I have missed a few that others rave about) but I COULD NOT STOP READING. Clear your schedule because you won't be able to put it down! The first half of the book tells of Frankie's experience in Vietnam. The second half tells of her experience after returning home. This book is a discussion starter with just about anyone--book club friends, people who have memories of the 60's as protesters, or veterans who have said so little over the years. I got the typical response from my brother in law vet who said 
 "there were no women over there". Some things in war have changed--more women, more support and understanding of trauma, etc. but most things remain the same. War is brutal, horrific, and life altering to everyone. Hannah has again researched intensively and explained a part of US history that many don't know or don't want to remember. But today we need to continue these discussions as current wars evolve. Read this book! I am still thinking about it weeks after finishing.


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The Other Valley: A Novel By Scott Alexander Howard Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781668015476
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Published: Atria Books - February 27th, 2024

This is a coming-of-age novel for the smart, young protagonist Odile, but it is also a twisted view of reality where valleys to the east and west are 20 years past and 20 years future. This is a unique thought that kept my interest as I tried to figure out how and when Odile would pass over. The dystopian setting is often reserved for young adult readers but I’m glad this debut author jumped into this genre for adults—good for lovers of The Giver.


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The Frozen River: A Novel By Ariel Lawhon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385546874
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Published: Doubleday - December 5th, 2023

I am predicting that this will be my favorite book of the year! On page 39, "Memory is a wicked thing that warps and twists. But paper and ink receive the truth without emotion, and they read it back without partiality. That, I believe, is why so few women are taught to read and write." This quote got me and held me throughout as it relates to 100's of years of male dominated society. Anyway--1700's Maine, midwifery, a dead body, a loving husband, rape accusations and stigma, land acquisition, corrupt businessmen and lawyers. This book has it all! The best part is that the author based the story on the journals of an actual midwife.


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Happiness Falls (Good Morning America Book Club): A Novel By Angie Kim Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593448205
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Published: Hogarth - August 29th, 2023

I liked this author's first novel so hopped at the chance to read the second. Glad I did! This is much more than a missing person thriller. Within the story other philosophical threads are given, especially around life with disability (as it was with Miracle Creek). Eugene is 14 and has a diagnosis that leads the family to believe he is low intelligence. Question 1: how is the perceived Intelligence of people with physical impairments that impede speech impacted by their language deficits? Even close family members can get this wrong. The author researched this topic thoroughly so the reader gets more than just a missing person novel. Question 2: Can happiness be quantified? Fun stuff to think about!


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Go as a River By Shelley Read Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781954118232
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - February 28th, 2023

This is my favorite book of the year so far! Wow! I hope the author has another one because I didn't want this one to end and I want to read her lyrical prose again. Things I loved: setting (Western Colorado in the mid 1900s) with peach farms and Blue Mesa Reservoir history, strong female character who lived a life of struggle but ultimately emerges as strong and resilient, historical events that truly tug at your heart (ie sending boys off to Vietnam), and a local author (Gunnison) who teaches at WCU and understands Colorado to her core. Read this with a pencil to mark all the beautiful descriptions of nature!


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Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063327528
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Published: Harper - August 1st, 2023

How does a high school budding actress from rural New Hampshire who seems to have a path to Hollywood ahead arrive contentedly on a cherry farm in Northern Michigan? The beauty of the setting (self disclosure - I'm from Northern MI) and the beautifully developed characters make me grateful to Ann Patchett for coming back to fiction. Yes, it's another 2020 pandemic setting but that is minor and doesn't get in the way of the story. Secrets of Lara's past are slowly revealed to her adult daughters as they pick the harvest. Love, coming of age, friendships, addiction, betrayal are all wrapped into a summer stock theater. Extra bonus: if you love the play Our Town you will love this book even more!


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The Last Ranger: A novel By Peter Heller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593535110
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Published: Knopf - July 25th, 2023

Peter Heller says his favorite place in the world is a good porch--I would love to be sitting on that porch with him just making observations and drinking coffee. His writing about nature is unmatched by anyone and I am always in awe of how he can describe the last sunlight touching the top of a ridge with a herd of elk grazing below. But along with the nature writing, there is always a mystery--something going on that shouldn't be. Ren, the Yellowstone Park Ranger and main character in this story, has to confront people from every walk of life with different relationships with the park and keep a cool head while doing that. I have read every fiction book by Peter Heller and this one definitely did not disappoint! It's fabulous!


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Orbital By Samantha Harvey Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802161543
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - December 5th, 2023

This was an unexpected delight! The premise is easy--six astronauts in a space station in 24 hours. This is 16 orbits of Earth. There is no plot to this novella, just amazing insights about the view of Earth that appears, disappears, then reappears out the window. What is the purpose of space exploration? What are the insights of the people who are spinning up there--do they miss their families? can they handle the monotony of their existence? are the years of intense training worth their current experience? They observe an immense typhoon destroying large swaths of land with no way to help. The author gets big kudos for the research that must have been required to pull this off. I will be thinking of this novel for a long time to come. BONUS: Geography on every page!


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Beyond That, the Sea: A Novel By Laura Spence-Ash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250854377
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Published: Celadon Books - March 21st, 2023

What a fantastic debut novel! This is historical fiction at its finest. Little Beatrix is sent away from her parents in London during WWII to live safely with a new family in America. She instantly has two brothers and a higher class of living—summers in Maine and private schools in Boston, and a doting, cookie baking mother who instantly loves having a daughter. The story follows the family for 30 years from each of their perspectives as the lives of the two families intertwine, then separate, then come together again. So well written that I related to every character.


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The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club) By Abraham Verghese Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780802162175
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2023

I loved this book - maybe even more than his Cutting for Stone! It's such a complete dive into family history, cultural history, and medical history in a beautiful region of Southern India. The descriptive language that Verghese uses is absolutely striking and when I paired the audio (author read) with the book, I was able to thoroughly enjoy his skill as a writer even more. The length seemed intimidating at first, but then once I was reading, I wanted all the details about the family and ultimately did not find it too long. I highly recommend this! It is a true joy! 


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Crow Mary: A Novel By Kathleen Grissom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476748481
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Published: Atria Books - March 12th, 2024

I feel historical stories from the indigenous tribes of the Plains have not been written in the last few years, but I'm grateful that Kathleen Grissom took this story on--she's been researching this one for 20 years and was blessed throughout the research by relatives of Crow Mary (this is based on a true woman) and tribal leaders today who are working on preservation of the culture. The reader finds out right away that Crow Mary is a determined, intelligent, and emotionally impassioned female. She is integrally involved in the white man's takeover and the clashes of the cultures but always stays strong and steady through the hardships. 


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Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality By Sarah McBride, Joe Biden (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Sarah McBride, Joe Biden (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524761486
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Published: Crown - March 5th, 2019

As I read memoirs, often my rating is determined by how much I learn about the different lived experiences of the author. So this one--wow!--I learned a lot. Sarah McBride is wildly impressive and intelligent and brave and through this memoir so incredibly open. I learned about politics and the frustratingly long and gut wrenching process for introducing and then getting a bill passed. I learned about the decision process a transgender person goes through from personal transformation to enlightening family and in this case, telling the world. And finally, Sarah writes about the love of her life becoming sick and the excruciating path to death. Please read this book! 


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Symphony of Secrets: A novel By Brendan Slocumb Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593315446
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Published: Anchor - April 18th, 2023

This was a page turner for me just as Slocumb's first book Violin Conspiracy was. He intertwines stories and music and in this one, timelines, so interestingly. A famous 1920s composer does not actually compose any of his hits. His female black neurodivergent "helper" and "friend" is the genius. She sees the world in sounds and can put them onto paper using her own doodle system. Then along comes Dr. Hendricks in present day who idolizes this composer. But when given access to newly discovered scores, he and his friend find the truth in the musical margins. Privilege, race, greed--it's all in here!


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The First Ladies By Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593440285
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Published: Berkley - June 27th, 2023

I feel grateful every time I read historical fiction about activists who made inroads and started the movements that are still necessary today. I also feel grateful for these two authors who excelled together writing Personal Librarian and have done it again with deep research and amazing stories about Eleanor Roosevelt and Mary McLeod Bethune. Yes, it's a time of history that has been written about a lot but I feel I learned immensely about and from these two women giants.


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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593422946
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 8th, 2023

James McBride wrote his memoir The Color of Water in 1996 so it's been awhile since I've read his writing but I am so happy I read this one. The characters in this book are intricately developed and quirky and believable. The plot moves slowly since McBride is busy making sure you understand how each person ticks. Then the injustice and unfairness of life for Jews and Blacks in Pennsylvania slaps you in the face. This is 1930s America where communities of people collide, each with their own vision of their current and future place in American society, sometimes realistically and sometimes not. The repercussions are still relevant today.


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My Side of the River: A Memoir By Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250277954
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 13th, 2024

It is difficult to rate memoirs because I feel like I am rating someone's life experiences. Therefore, I tend to think of memoirs as a way to learn about other people and their struggles. This author was told on the first day of kindergarten to be the best and nothing else is acceptable. Yes, her family from Mexico knew the value of an American education -- but wow! what pressure she had on her! Fortunately, she had the smarts are drive to rise to the top of her class. The issues that made me mad were the immigration laws that separated her from her family and then the Ivy League school that gave her little support, and the classmates who didn't help. Also, the push to the finance world was disappointing.  Good read for teens to adults!


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The Librarian of Burned Books: A Novel By Brianna Labuskes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063259256
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 21st, 2023

If you like historical fiction with very strong female characters, then this book will work for you. There are three storylines going on and as you read you must think about the year and location that each one is taking place. I can't decide which woman is my favorite--Althea (small town girl from Maine shocked by living in Berlin), Hannah (a librarian in Paris at the wrong time in history), and Viv (hardworking widow and activist in New York who tries to save the Armed Services book distribution program). It takes a while, but the author finally brings the women together to wrap up the story into a satisfying conclusion.


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Lady Tan's Circle of Women: A Novel By Lisa See Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982117085
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Published: Scribner - June 6th, 2023

Lisa Tan has found an extraordinary woman to research and tells the tale in her usual captivating style. How were female patients treated by male doctors in 1400’s China? Very poorly since the male doctors were hidden behind a screen and forbidden from even touching a female patient. Then Lady Tan was permitted to be trained by her medical grandparents and the trajectory of her life changed immensely. She studies each female patient using the Four Examinations—looking, listening, touching, and asking. Details of her elite life are described in the sheltered inner courtyards and gardens beside generations of concubines, aunties, and children. But then she is allowed to expand her horizons beyond the walls and becomes a celebrated female doctor.


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Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593158685
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 30th, 2022

What a fun ride! This is my first TJR book and I would really recommend it--especially if you have any interest in the world of tennis. Carrie Soto is the GOAT when she retires but then in the next few years her records begin to fall and she feels drawn back to the court. She is one tough cookie known in tennis circles as "The Bi$#!%@" but as the story goes on you see another side of her. Javier (father and coach) is a favorite character who knows the tennis game inside and out. And then comes Bowe--does she let herself fall for him or not? Does she win a few Grand Slams along the comeback trail or not? Have fun with this one!


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Mad Honey: A Novel By Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781984818386
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 4th, 2022

I haven't loved a Jodi Picoult book in awhile but this is up as one of my favorites. Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan coauthored and found a rhythm in their writing. This story is told in two voices--an 18 year old who's dead at the beginning and the mother of the boy accused of the murder. With typical twists and turns and told in regressing and progressing timelines, I stayed interested throughout. As usual, the research is thorough and current hot button topics are covered (not revealing anything here) but definitely the two main characters have to endure life altering choices when they both land in a small New Hampshire town. And then there's the interspersed beekeeping--an added bonus!


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Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again By Johann Hari Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593138519
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Published: Crown - January 25th, 2022

"Why You Can't Pay Attention--and How to Think Deeply Again" --this subtitle says it all. I truly wish this book had stayed on the bestseller list longer to attract more readers because it is that important! As screentime has increased, humans' focus time has decreased and it is not our fault. Hari takes a deep dive into the research and interviews experts all over the world who explain what corporations have done to change our brains. They explore twelve reasons we are all struggling in everyday life situations. Fortunately, the book also explores what we can do to get our focus back--and it does not involve throwing our phones away and moving into a remote cave.


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Gilded Mountain: A Novel By Kate Manning Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982160944
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Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2022

I loved this book! Sylvie arrives in Moonstone (ie Redstone) Colorado around 1907 with her family so her father can work in the marble mine. The cruelty of the mine bosses and owners is apparent on every page. The miners struggle through long, dangerous hours and cold winters in tents while the mine owners live lavishly in the castle at the bottom of the hill. Splendidly written with grand views of local landscapes and relevant topics (unionizing, women's rights, immigration) for today, this book really caught my attention. Manning incorporates historical events as she describes young Sylvie navigating between the two worlds of the haves and have-nots. Enjoy!


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Horse: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780399562969
Published: Viking - June 14th, 2022

This is the best book I have read this year! Geraldine Brooks does not disappoint with her detailed research and deep dive into a true legendary American racehorse. In the 1850s a slave boy was present at Lexington's birth and then "rides along" to follow the horse's fortunes and successes throughout his life. Another storyline takes place in 2019 when an art historian researches a painting found in a roadside trash heap and an anatomist examines Lexington's bones. I was completely intrigued by every character and every thread and how the author brilliantly weaves these together.


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The Farewell Tour: A Novel By Stephanie Clifford Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063251137
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Published: Harper - March 7th, 2023

I could hear Lillian's raspy, cigarette worn voice telling everyone on her tour bus exactly what she thought and this being her last tour, she believed she had the right to do this because she had been through a lot! The book interweaves her life story growing up in Eastern Washington and moving to Tacoma, Bakersfield and then eventually her success in Nashville with the last tour in 1980. This is historical fiction with sexual assault, domestic violence, race issues, and the male dominated music industry. But in the end you will be cheering her on and truly wishing you were at that last concert on her Farewell Tour!


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Woman of Light: A Novel By Kali Fajardo-Anstine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525511328
Published: One World - June 7th, 2022

This is the best book I've read in a while. If you like historical fiction, the Northern NM and Colorado settings as seen through many generations, both indigenous and immigrant, is interesting. Denver, Colorado in the 1930s was a hardscrabble place if you didn't fit the right profile. If you like strong characters you will fall in love with all of them, especially the women. "Little Light" radiates just as her name does. And finally--the language! This author commands respect with her beautiful descriptions of vast landscapes and urban desperation.


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Powder Days: Ski Bums, Ski Towns and the Future of Chasing Snow By Heather Hansman Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781335081117
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 9th, 2021

If you have landed in the Vail Valley in the last 40 years with the intention to be a ski bum or at least get more ski days, then this book is perfect for you. Buy this book for your favorite skier! The author takes a year to travel throughout the ski industry (including our beloved Eagle County) to answer the question is it still possible to live the ski bum lifestyle? Her research dives into every important topic - housing shortages, low wages, gender inequalities, mental health problems, alcohol abuse, wealth disparity, and impending climate changes that will affect skiing. Every chapter had something I could relate to as she travels throughout CO, WY, MT, and NM. The book was also interspersed with descriptions of hidden powder stashes and ideal runs that got me thinking about the upcoming season! Are my skis tuned yet?


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Take My Hand By Dolen Perkins-Valdez Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593337691
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Published: Berkley - April 12th, 2022

This novel was eye opening for me and unfortunately very relevant to current events related to Roe V. Wade. This is based on true events in the 60s and 70s when the US government paid for, justified, and performed sterilizations on young poor and black girls. They justified birth control that was not yet approved. Civil, a newly graduated nurse, takes a job in a family outreach center hoping to help local families. Instead she is swept into the controversial procedures in a way that takes over her life in unexpected ways. This is a very well written historical novel.


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Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

This is the ultimate rom-com for book lovers just as the title says. Nora Stephens is a cut throat literary agent who you are not supposed to like but she is quite endearing despite her grizzly personality. The city girl and her sister take a month off to spend time together and relax in small town North Carolina. All the predictable twists and turns start as soon as their plane hits the runway as they enthusiastically pursue their vacation checklist--petting horses, sleeping in a tent, and yes, dating the local men! This was not my typical read but I ended up really enjoying it! I might even peruse Emily Henry's other titles now. . .


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Wind Riders #1: Rescue on Turtle Beach By Jen Marlin, Izzy Burton (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jen Marlin, Izzy Burton (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780063029248
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Published: HarperCollins - October 19th, 2021

Attention all kindergarten and first grade teachers (and parents)! This is it! If you loved Magic Tree House and need a new idea this is it!! If you want a first read together series this is it! The bonus is that the characters are curious and compassionate about animals. They collaborate to solve environmental issues. In this first in the series, a magic sailboat travels to Hawaii. What a great way to incorporate geography discussions. Then at the end are fact pages to enhance the learning. So much fun (from a former teacher)!


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The Golden Swift (The Silver Arrow) By Lev Grossman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316283540
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2022

This is a sequel to The Golden Arrow but there's no need to read that one. Tom and Kate hop on the magical train again to find their missing uncle and save some endangered animals along the journey. However, real life gets in the way. Kate tries out for the middle school play and meets a boy who has been homeschooled all his life. Is he a friend? an enemy? Should she defend him from bullies or join in? This book continues the climate and environmental themes in a gentle format--informative fiction. It would be fun to Google all the geographical regions and unusual animals mentioned in the book--a great classroom read aloud or family bedtime read.


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Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385547345
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Published: Doubleday - April 5th, 2022

Elizabeth Zott is a brilliant chemist in 1960s California so unfortunately she deals with inequality, prejudice and sexism daily. She deals with these realities using persistence and wit and thus becomes one of my favorite characters I have read in a long time. As her life in research fizzles out, she reluctantly turns to TV. Her afternoon cooking show is actually a pep talk for women who are stuck in their homes doing laundry, raising kids, and cooking dinner, denied their desires to follow dreams. Besides Elizabeth Zott, I fell in love with the fabulous side characters--Mad, Harriet, and the smart dog named SixThirty.


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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

This was a delightful book where I loved all the characters, but especially the Pacific Octopus named Marcellus. He narrates sections of the book and definitely lives up to the "intelligent" definition of "bright" from the title. But he's not the only character you will love! Tova is struggling with her life at 70 and living in the Pacific Northwest house her father built with constant reminders of her dead son and husband. She is oblivious to the Scottish shop owner who has a crush on her. Then Cameron appears! He is so frustrating as a 30 year old who gets fired from every job but eventually adds so much to the story. This is a great debut novel that's fun to read!


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Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience By Brené Brown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399592553
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Published: Random House - November 30th, 2021

This is Brene Brown's best book yet! However, before diving in make sure you know who Brene Brown is..watch some TEDTalks or listen to her podcast. Her extraordinary ability to describe in detail the current research on emotions and feelings can be topped by no one else. The layout of the book is beautiful like a coffee table book but the content is deep and meaningful. It is not a self help book that gives you directions on how to fix something but it is a self discovery book that gives examples and stories that lead to "Oh I feel that too!" 87 emotions explained--there is a lot in this book but it can be swallowed in small bites.


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Black Cake: A Novel By Charmaine Wilkerson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593358337
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 1st, 2022

Eleanor Bennett dies before revealing many secrets of her life. She leaves a recording for her two adult children Benny and Byron who have not gotten along in years. From her upbringing on a beautiful shore in the West Indies to her daring escape and life transformations thereafter, this book jumps back and forth in time each leap reveals a little bit more. It's a layering effect that keeps the reader reading and guessing. The two siblings--will they put aside their grudges and past history in order to understand the new family history that is revealed?


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Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch By Erin French Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250312341
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Published: Celadon Books - April 6th, 2021

Do you ever dream about a dinner at a restaurant that has such a high demand for reservations that you have to send a postcard and then only have about a 50% chance of getting in? This memoir tells the story of a girl who grows up in rural Maine working at her father's diner. She falls in love with food but then unfortunately falls in love with an abusive man and prescription drugs and alcohol. She hits bottom and then climbs out and becomes the owner of an international food destination in Freedom, Maine. The food descriptions are beautiful and piques my appetite and yes--I'm sending in my postcard this year!


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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Jeanine Cummins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250209764
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 21st, 2020

Devastating and riveting and absolutely mind-boggling all at once because the storyline is happening every single day just south of us. The story chronicles a middle class woman and son who get caught up in the cartels and have to escape from their Acapulco home. The unrelenting violence is real but so is the love and compassion. Lydia and Luca and Soledad and Rebeca and all the others face daily  challenges but ultimately make it to el norte. This is an important read for EVERY person in the US and will stay with you in your thoughts for a long time.


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Violeta [English Edition]: A Novel By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Frances Riddle (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780593496206
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 25th, 2022

I have skipped a few of Allende's recent titles but this was the perfect one to jump back in and enjoy her writing. This acts as a memoir as it is written as a letter to her grandson and it covers 100 years of history spanning South and North America (1920-2020). Violeta is a strong, smart woman who endures political upheaval, financial ruin, disappointing men, and pandemics but also thrives in powerful loves, childrearing and eventually activism and support of other women. This is a very satisfying read.


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Her Hidden Genius: A Novel By Marie Benedict Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728229393
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - January 25th, 2022

She's done it again--Marie Benedict has found a strong woman in history who deserves a lot of credit. Dr. Rosalind Franklin is a powerhouse in scientific research back when there was a race to be the first to describe the structure of DNA. She was misunderstood by her family and male colleagues. She was undermined by the men who went on and got the Nobel Prize. But Marie Benedict has done her exhaustive research again and gives us another amazing account of an important historical figure. I recommend all of her books, not just this one!


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The Violin Conspiracy: A Novel By Brendan Slocumb Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593315415
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Published: Anchor - February 1st, 2022

Wow! What a fun ride! From page one the reader knows a Stradivarius has been stolen. Every page gives more insight about the instrument and its owner Ray. You will grow to love Ray and truly hope his violin is returned. He goes through struggle upon struggle as a young black kid from the South who just wants to play classical music and who happens to be extremely talented. If you love music, if you love underdog stories, or if you just love page turners, this book is for you!


Northwind By Gary Paulsen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374314200
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 11th, 2022

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Frankie & Bug By Gayle Forman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534482531
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Published: Aladdin - October 12th, 2021

What a nice story about friendship. Two ten year olds living in Southern California in the 80's have a summer to remember. Bug is used to daily beach trips with her older brother--but not this summer! There's a new friend upstairs to get to know--and he has a secret! There are scary skinheads down the block and a serial killer in the area. Bug learns that housemates are important family even with their interesting quirks and backgrounds. Heartwarming describes this book!

 


Out of My Heart (The Out of My Mind Series) By Sharon M. Draper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781665902168
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - November 9th, 2021

Taste: My Life Through Food By Stanley Tucci Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982168018
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Published: Gallery Books - October 5th, 2021

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We Are Not Like Them: A Novel By Christine Pride, Jo Piazza Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982181031
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Published: Atria Books - October 5th, 2021

Everyone should read this book! This is perfect for book clubs--so much to discuss! This book relates to current news but has much more. Two best friends, one black and one white, are navigating adulthood (fertility difficulties, climbing the ladder in a newsroom, etc) when a black boy is shot by Jenny's cop husband. Ry is assigned to cover the murder on the news. Will their lifelong friendship survive this? Will they build a deeper understanding of each other?  With alternating chapters from each woman's perspective, I could not put this book down.  


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The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times (Global Icons Series) By Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250784094
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Published: Celadon Books - October 19th, 2021

When I was in kindergarten I saw Jane Goodall's iconic film of interacting with a chimp and she's been my hero ever since. If you have been feeling frustrated or overwhelmed lately, this book will help you get out of a slump. Jane travels the world with stories of hope and collects more as she goes. Now approaching 90, she stops long enough to have a conversation with Abrams. This book is a comforting dialogue that dives deeply into the meaning of hope and why we can still be hopeful even with the climate crisis and pandemic as our current events. She made me hopeful again!


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The Beatryce Prophecy By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781536213614
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Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

If you loved some of DiCamillo's earlier books like Tale of Despereaux, then this one is for you! She creates a heartwarming story that will make your heart happy--and fall in love with a goat named Answelica. Follow the tale of a girl who has no memory of her past from a monastery to the king's castle. As usual, DiCamillo uses great vocabulary throughout. The illustrations are beautiful. Enjoy!


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Bewilderment: A Novel By Richard Powers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393881141
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2021

The main characters-an autistic boy and his college professor father-are grieving the death of the mom/wife. The boy is a very endearing character who you will love more and more as the book goes on. But unfortunately he is ultra sensitive to the suffering of animals on earth. Many current social, political, and environmental issues of the times are presented in underlying layers. I loved the descriptions of possible life on other planets and the wildlife struggling to survive right here on our planet.


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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family By Robert Kolker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593341445
Published: Random House Large Print - May 12th, 2020

This is a good book club option since everyone will come with different background experiences about schizophrenia. A thoroughly researched expose into a family of 12 children where 6 were diagnosed with schizophrenia takes place mostly in Colorado. This was chosen by Oprah and hopefully will help to destigmatize mental health issues.


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Smile: The Story of a Face By Sarah Ruhl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982150945
Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - October 5th, 2021

This memoir written by a playwright tells of her ten year journey with Bell's palsy. She explores how humans crave symmetry and when it is not apparent on a face, how interactions are then disrupted. Her search for a cure is long and winding and she finally realizes that recovery may be different than she originally thought. She worries about her children's growth-if a mom can't smile, do they still see her joy? This is well-written and brought up so many issues exploring our society's emphasis on outward appearances.


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Beautifully Me By Nabela Noor, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nabela Noor, Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534485877
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

This book is a beautifully illustrated and goes straight to the heart. Zubi starts school and throughout the day gets mixed messages about her body and goes home to discuss her questions with a very understanding family who sees and corrects their own body imaging views. This is a body positive, heartwarming, strong family children's book.


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We Are the Brennans: A Novel By Tracey Lange Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250796226
Published: Celadon Books - August 3rd, 2021

I have finished reading about this family but find myself thinking about them and wondering how they are doing. This Irish American tight knit family in New York has family secrets and drama galore. Each chapter is told from a different members perspective with plenty of flashbacks that slowly reveal their background stories. Several twists and turns kept me reading and then a good ending that wraps everything up. I find myself craving a little visit to a good Irish pub--and maybe even a tall stout!


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Shallow Waters: A Novel (Daughter of Three Waters Trilogy  #1) By Anita Kopacz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982179663
Published: Atria/Black Privilege Publishing - August 3rd, 2021

As a white person with unfortunately little background on myths and legends told by slaves in America, this book was intriguing with its mix of historical accounts, mythology, and magic woven together. Yemaya emerges out of a cocoon and travels as a young girl through the American South and then along the Underground Railroad pursuing her lost love Obatala, a slave harshly grabbed from the shore in Africa and brought to America on a slave ship. She has mystical powers of healing that help slaves as they escape the cruelty of slave owners. I enjoyed the mix of history and spiritual strength shown in the story.


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Beautiful Country: A Memoir By Qian Julie Wang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385547215
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Published: Doubleday - September 7th, 2021

Yes a wonderfully written memoir from the perspective of a Chinese family in the mid 1990s in New York City. Its true that white privileged folk like myself inaccurately assume that Asian immigrants are fine and will succeed without any struggle. With increased hate crimes against Asians, this book brought to the forefront that every immigrant experience is different and is often scary and deprived. The story mostly tells about Qians 4th and 5th grade years where she starved daily, worked in horrific conditions, and listened to her parents fight--or worse--attack her verbally. It gets worse when her mother is hospitalized. This ranks up with Angelas Ashes and Glass Castle when detailing the disappointments, embarrassments, humiliation, and extreme poverty of a girl just trying to get through elementary school.


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Red Island House: A Novel By Andrea Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982137809
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Published: Scribner - March 23rd, 2021

Have you been craving a tropical vacation to a serene beach? Have you been to a tropical vacation spot and peaked into stores and homes and wondered about the stories of the occupants? This book will fill the cravings of both of the above. Each chapter is a stand alone story of a community member of a small island in Madagascar (I now have it on my bucket list!) delving into the relationships between the protagonist (an African American academic), her Italian business tycoon husband, and all the local islanders, many of whom work as staff at their large vacation home. There are lovely stories and sad stories intertwined. I loved every character in this book but probably would not want to be friends with any of them! Living in a tropical paradise is not as nice as it would seem.


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The Guide: A novel By Peter Heller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525657767
Published: Knopf - August 24th, 2021

Jack from The River is back to his home state of Colorado and takes an end of summer job as a flyfishing guide in a tight, secluded canyon above Crested Butte that caters to the ultra rich. Peter Heller is a master storyteller whose pacing captures the readers attention. For the first half of the book I enjoyed the slow pace and intensive descriptions of fly fishing that made me want to grab my rod and head to a trout stream. But in typical Heller fashion, sinister and unexplainable events and hints of the lingering worldwide pandemic keep Jack feeling uneasy. Finally his need to know what is happening in the fishing lodge next door leads to the discovery of shocking international greed and sickening exploitation. Heller speeds up the pace and all hell breaks loose. No more hints here- grab this book and set aside some time for Peter Heller to give you a bumpy ride.


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Bodies Are Cool By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tyler Feder, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780593112625
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - June 1st, 2021

Every body shape and size and color are acceptable! This is a celebration of all humans and a great way to talk about acceptance of everyone. Every page has an abundance of people with things to notice--it's almost like a Where's Waldo but you are not searching for a quirky guy in a striped shirt but every type of person with a myriad of subtle differences. What a celebration of life! The description inside says it is a joyful body-positivity anthem and that describes it perfectly!


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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571313560
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2015

As I plant my garden and walk the dog this spring, I am listening to the audio of this book. It is a deep dive into environmental issues from the perspective of a Native American (Potawatomi Nation) female scientist. The story of bringing an old pond filled with green algae back to a swimmable water hole for her daughters is an analogy for bringing other climate disasters back with diligence and perseverance. My favorite stories from this book include making maple syrup, learning her native tongue, taking her college students out to a reed swamp to study the plants, and the overall need for gratitude in every aspect of our lives.


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Linked By Gordon Korman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338629118
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 20th, 2021

Gordon Korman has done it again, written a timely middle grades book with relevant topics and the best part--it takes place in Colorado. Swastikas are painted throughout the middle school where Link attends. Then more and more appear even as the student body rallies together to learn about the hateful meaning of the symbol and try to unite against the crime. The only Jewish girl in town is the daughter of paleontologists who are digging bones from the local hillside. She and Link create an interesting bond even as the mystery continues. This book would be a good conversation starter about dark parts of our history.


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The Secret Keeper of Jaipur: A Novel from the Bestselling Author of the Henna Artist By Alka Joshi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778331858
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Published: Mira Books - June 22nd, 2021

In the followup to her first novel The Henna Artist, the author continues the story with the same wonderful characters who draw you in to the hierarchical structures and the royal class of India. This book starts out with a bang-literally! Readers do not need to read the first book in order to fall in love with the characters and their intertwined relationships and secrets held between them. The story takes place in two cities of India-one in the hot interior and one at the foothills of the Himalaya. You can almost taste all of the cuisine and see the carefully planted gardens as the plot thickens.


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My Jasper June By Laurel Snyder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062836632
Published: Walden Pond Press - January 12th, 2021

This would be a great book for a family read aloud since it has themes of loss of a family member and homelessness. It truly shows how deep a friendship can form even when you don't know everything about your new friend's background. The ending--albeit predictable--leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling.


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Best Nerds Forever By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316500241
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Published: jimmy patterson - May 3rd, 2021

James Patterson--yes, the one who writes for adults--is now a go-to author for middle grade students and this one won't disappoint. The main character Finn dies in the first chapter and then watches as his nerdy group of friends (lovable misfits) learn to handle life without him. Finn's father had been a number cruncher and knew the statistics for every type of death, thus unfortunately instilling in his son a fear of any risky behavior. But after he's dead, he discovers that he can do all those things he was scared to do (ie jump off a cliff into a deep lake) and that people who are living should have a balance of fear and courage.


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The Painter (Vintage Contemporaries) By Peter Heller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804170154
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

I have read pretty much everything Peter Heller has written but this one sticks out as my favorite. The main character is an artist who loves to fly fish and paint. He just wants to hide away in his Western Slope small town community. But then he witnesses a brutal attack on a horse and his life changes in a moment. I can picture the scenery as he drives the dirt roads around Paonia and then the desert near Santa Fe where he ends up in a life or death chase. Great storytelling and suspense!


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We Could Be Heroes By Margaret Finnegan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534445260
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2021

This is a story about a sweet friendship between unlikely friends who both have challenges in their lives. Then an elderly neighbor's dog becomes their mission. Is the dog being abused? Booler the dog also has health challenges and helps to cement the friendship and then leads them to an adventure for all. Ultimately, who is saving whom?


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The Elephant Girl By James Patterson, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Sophia Krevoy (With) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316316927
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Published: jimmy patterson - July 25th, 2022

This is the perfect read for any animal lover, especially anyone interested in elephants. It takes place in a village in Kenya where a young girl secretly witnesses the birth of an elephant (she is not supposed to be with the herd). Then danger prevails with nearby poachers, corrupt rangers, and disgruntled community members. After tragedy strikes, Jama has to make instant decisions that will affect her life forever. Although I cried during parts of the story, the heartwarming conclusion makes it all worth it. This would be a good family or classroom read aloud with short chapters and lots of discussion topics around the fate of endangered animals and conservation efforts in Africa.