Robin's Picks

Robin Allen is the owner of Forever Books.  A former history teacher turned entrepreneur, she opened Forever Books on April Fools Day in 1999 after the closing of a local children's bookstore.  When not at the store or working for the store (rare), she enjoys reading non-fiction history, memoirs, fiction, and children's books.  Robin received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Cornerstone Alliance and served on the board and as Board President of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.   

 

 

 

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This Strange Eventful History: A Novel By Claire Messud Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780393635041
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 14th, 2024

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Miss Morgan's Book Brigade: A Novel By Janet Skeslien Charles Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668008980
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Published: Atria Books - April 30th, 2024

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The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook By Hampton Sides Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385544764
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Published: Doubleday - April 9th, 2024

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The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War By Erik Larson Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385348744
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Published: Crown - April 30th, 2024

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A Short Walk Through a Wide World: A Novel By Douglas Westerbeke Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668026069
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 2nd, 2024

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Table for Two: Fictions By Amor Towles Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593296370
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Published: Viking - April 2nd, 2024

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The Husbands: A Novel By Holly Gramazio Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385550611
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Published: Doubleday - April 2nd, 2024

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Clear: A Novel By Carys Davies Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781668030660
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Published: Scribner - April 2nd, 2024

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The Formula: How Rogues, Geniuses, and Speed Freaks Reengineered F1 into the World's Fastest-Growing Sport By Joshua Robinson, Jonathan Clegg Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063318625
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Published: Mariner Books - March 12th, 2024

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The Great Divide: A Novel By Cristina Henriquez Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063291324
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Published: Ecco - March 5th, 2024

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After Annie: A Novel By Anna Quindlen Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593229804
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Published: Random House - February 27th, 2024

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First Lie Wins: Reese's Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Ashley Elston Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593492918
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - January 2nd, 2024

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The Bullet Swallower: A Novel By Elizabeth Gonzalez James Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781668009321
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 23rd, 2024

in 1895, Antonio Sonoro leaves his drought-stricken Mexican village, crossing the Rio Grande to rob a train, with younger brother Hugo in tow. In the act, Hugo is killed by Texas Rangers, and Antonio is gravely injured. But he arises as El Tragablalas, the Bullet Swallower, on a quest for revenge that ranges across Texas and home again. A page-turner.


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The Burning of the World: The Great Chicago Fire and the War for a City's Soul By Scott W. Berg Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780804197847
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Published: Pantheon - September 26th, 2023

The enthralling story of the Great Chicago Fire and the power struggle over the city's reconstruction in the wake of the tragedy. Recommended by Robin


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North Woods: A Novel By Daniel Mason Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593597033
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Published: Random House - September 19th, 2023

A sweeping novel about a single house in the woods of New England, told through the lives of those who inhabit it across the centuries--a daring, moving tale of memory and fate from the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Piano Tuner and The Winter Soldier. Riveting! Recommended by Robin


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Astor: The Rise and Fall of an American Fortune By Anderson Cooper, Katherine Howe Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780062964700
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Published: Harper - September 19th, 2023

The bestselling author of Vanderbilt returns with another riveting history of a legendary American family, the Astors, and how they built and lavished their fortune. Recommended by Robin


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Beyond That, the Sea: A Novel By Laura Spence-Ash Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250854391
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Published: Celadon Books - May 7th, 2024

This gorgeous novel tells the story of a British girl taken in by a prosperous New England family in the Second World War, and of the legacy of the intimate relationships that ensue. My favorite novel of 2023 (so far!)

 


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The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession By Michael Finkel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984898456
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Published: Vintage - June 25th, 2024

Unlike most thieves, Stéphane Breitwieser never stole for money, hoarding all his treasures in a single room where he could admire them, stealing in broad daylight with his only tool - - his pocket knife. -Robin

 


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George: A Magpie Memoir By Frieda Hughes Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781668016510
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 18th, 2024

The daughter of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes has lived a vagabond life since childhood and finally settles in Wales, gardening obsessively. Enter George, a fledgling magpie, fallen from his nest during a storm, and who takes over her household in a big way. Humorous, heartwarming, so charming, enlivened by Hughes' drawings.


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Lady Tan's Circle of Women: A Novel By Lisa See Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781982117092
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Published: Scribner - June 11th, 2024

In 15th century China, Tan is sent to live with her grandparents. Here she learns medicine from her grandmother at a time when there were only male doctors who could not treat women. Fascinating look at the hierarchy of women from wives to concubines, widows, daughters, and servants. Based on the writings of an historical Ming Dynasty female physician.

 


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Good Night, Irene: A Novel By Luis Alberto Urrea Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316265959
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 4th, 2024

Urrea discovered his mother was a member of the Red Cross Clubmobile organization, a group of women who traveled throughout Europe during WWII to give coffee and donuts to soldier, risking their lives to act like a sister, girl next door, mom or sweetheart to raise morale. This novel is a moving tribute to these women.


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Son of the Old West By Nathan Ward Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802162083
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 5th, 2023

An epic account of the Old West and the life of Charlie Siringo, who drove longhorn, crossed paths with Billy the Kid and Bat Masterson, and in his early thirties joined the Pinkerton Detective Agency to infiltrate outlaw gangs such as Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch. His 1885 autobiography, A Texas Cowboy, was the first of its kind and a bestseller. Recommended by Robin


Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063327528
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Published: Harper - August 1st, 2023

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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

Three generations of a South Indian family spanning 70 years, opens in 1900 with a 12-yr-old married to a 40-yr-old widower with a toddler. (He waits for her to grow up until she is ready for a husband.) Meanwhile, in Scotland, an orphan boy grows up to become a doctor, and escapes his tragic past to become a privileged white man in British India. Don't let the 700+ pages discourage you from this unforgettable masterpiece. 


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The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder By David Grann Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385534260
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Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2023

From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events of The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire. Brilliant!


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Out of Esau: A Novel By Michelle Webster-Hein Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781640096134
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Published: Counterpoint - October 17th, 2023

Paperback releases on October 17, 2023...Robert Glory is of Native American ancestry and pastor of the Baptist church in small town Esau, Michigan for 10 years, but never feels like he belongs. When a lovely mother of two approaches him, questioning her purpose and her faith, he is drawn to her and questions his own. Their growing attraction to causes each to face their past and present wounds. Unforgettable, with gorgeous writing.


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Ordinary Monsters: A Novel (The Talents #1) By J. M. Miro Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250833679
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 11th, 2023

A historical fantasy set in 1880s London, where children are hunted by a man made of smoke to tap into their special talents/powers, while at the same time, others are trying to rescue them and bring them to a haven in Ednburgh. Monsters can hide in plain sight!


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Once Upon a Tome: The Misadventures of a Rare Bookseller By Oliver Darkshire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781324074786
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 27th, 2024

Ever wondered what it's like to work in a rare bookstore in London? Intriguing reading with humor!