Diana's Picks

Diana is the store manager.  While the locals seem to think that Diana is always at Forever Books, she can also often be found biking the roads of southwest Michigan.  She enjoys reading anything of substance (no chick-lit, please), cookbooks, and she has a private book collection rivaling the store.  She has three daughters who have inherited her love of books.

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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735219090
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 14th, 2018

At the age of 6 Kaya Clark is abandoned by her mother and much older siblings, and eventually by her abusive father, leaving her to fend for herself in the marshes off the South Carolina coast.  After many years of being alone, she becomes involved with two young men: one who educates her, and the other found dead.  Kaya, the quiet marsh girl, is the prime suspect.  I fell in love with this strong, intelligent little girl, as she stoically becomes a woman!

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Gone So Long Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393244106
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

Three-year-old Susan witnesses her father murder her mother in a fit of jealousy. Decades later her father wishes to reconnect with his estranged daughter, now a woman in her forties. They confront each other at her maternal grandmother’s home to find some answers.  A  suspenseful climactic ending to a beautiful, empathic novel.

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The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062859952
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Published: Harper - September 11th, 2018

Jonas Hancock, a ship merchant, is shocked to find that his trusted captain has sold his ship and goods, and bought a small, shriveled, horrifying-looking mermaid.  In order to recoup his losses, he makes the decision to display it, involving him with a high-end brothel keeper, and a romping affair with its beautiful courtesan.

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Virgil Wander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128782
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Published: Grove Press - October 2nd, 2018

Virgil is still alive and out of the hospital after a snowy crash which left his car at the bottom of Lake Superior. While convalescing, he meets a Norwegian kite flyer who is seeking information about his son who has been missing for 10 years.  Virgil Wonder is a joy, and reminds us why we love to read about small towns and their quirky citizens.

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Ordinary People Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494819
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 11th, 2018

Two British couples are entering the early stages of midlife: Damian and Stephanie, married with three children, living in the country; and Michael and Melissa, with two children, engaged but not married; each telling their point of view of trying relationships. A remarkable and entertaining read.

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The Silence of the Girls: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525564102
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Published: Anchor - August 27th, 2019

After the death and destruction of Lyrnessus by Achilles and his troops, the women are given away as slaves to high ranking men.  Briseis, the Queen, is saved as the grand prize, and awarded to the undefeated Achilles.  Queen Briseis sadly tells the hardships of the captured women, and what must be endured, in order to survive in a horrifying war camp.  Powerful!

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Five-Carat Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735216709
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 25th, 2018

James Mc Bride, one of my favorite writers, has mesmerized me once again, with his new collection of seven short stories. Filled with wise, humorous, and endearing characters, each story reveals the life lesson that things are not always what we perceive them to be. I laughed and I cried—so entertaining.

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The Only Story: A novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563068
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Published: Vintage - March 5th, 2019

When 19-year old Paul, home from college, is paired with 48-year-old Susan at the tennis club, there is an attraction.  The attraction leads to an affair, and eventually, they are living together, much to their familys dismay.  Paul is now past his prime, Susan has died, and he tells his dysfunctional story of love, still attempting to make some sense of it.  A compelling tale!

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The Italian Teacher: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735222700
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Published: Penguin Books - March 5th, 2019

Bear Bavinsky is a famous painter with multiple wives and an abundance of estranged children.  The exception is his favorite, Pinch.  Pinch has aspirations of also being a painter until his father tramps them down; he settles into life as a language teacher and the protector of his father’s legacy. This enchanting novel deals with the turmoil between famous parents and their children, and the struggle of creating a life for themselves. Loved it!

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Forever Books Turned 20 April 1st, 2019!

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Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM

Come hear our Top 25 of the season!

-Staff will present on their top 25 new books (hardcover and paperback) of the season

-Free book (publishers advance copy) for all attendees

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Signed Copies available from Larry and Sandy Feldman...

Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide.



Building Bridges Across the Racial Divide offers a hopeful view of how well-constructed

diversity initiatives can combat entrenched racial prejudice and segregation in American life. 








Signed Copies available of Killing Vincent: The Man, the Myth, and the Murder