Diana's Picks

Diana is the store manager (and Poppy's owner!)  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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Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

Two families separated by class are forever connected by teen pregnancy.  Woodson has created an astonishing novel that starts in the middle, and then flows back and forth telling of the role different family members played in the history of the young girl’s life. A wonderful coming of age story that explores race, class, and identity.


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Hannah's War Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316537445
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - March 3rd, 2020

A "mesmerizing" re-imagination of the final months of World War II (Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network), Hannah's War is an unforgettable love story about an exceptional woman and the dangerous power of her greatest discovery.


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Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148537
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

Blindsided by her mother's sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more.


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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984802446
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - January 14th, 2020

Born in St. Joseph, Michigan, Gray has written a novel about Butler family has had their share of trials--as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest--but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives.

 

 


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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
$26.00
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: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393357370
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2019

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
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062859969
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - September 10th, 2019

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
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802147127
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - August 20th, 2019

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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The Silence of the Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525564102
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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!


Shop Locally, Here, 24/7!

We're happy to see you again in the store, largely thanks to your ongoing support of donations, book orders, and words of encourangement and love during the shut down❤️! There are some new conditions and store hours in place; please read over before you visit...

 

⭐️Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of three except for Poppy.


⭐️Staff will be wearing face shields.

⭐️ An acrylic counter shield is in place with hand sanitizer on counter. Charge card transactions are contact-free with no need to sign. As always, we take Apple Pay.  

⭐️ We are still offering contact-free pick up in our entryway. Call the store for ordering or order online and choose in-store pick up. Please choose "pay at store" instead of credit card pay if you would like your purchase to go towards your Forever Friends rewards account. You can then pay at pick up or over phone.  

⭐️Regrettably, our chairs have been removed except for one for persons with special needs. The children's play table and chairs have also been removed.
 

⭐️ At this time, our restroom is not open to the public.  

 

⭐️The front of the store is opened up and fixtures have been moved. While the store is more open, allowing for better socially distant traffic flow, our inventory level is normal for this time of year.  We have been stocking new releases all along, so come see what's new. If you don't see it on our shelves, shipments are arriving in 2-5 days, depending on the book. More non-book items are arriving daily.
 

⭐️ For now, our hours are: Monday-Saturday 10-6

  Sunday 11-5

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

 

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