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, political works, and fiction.  She also loves spending time with her two nieces.  Robin has served on the board and as Board President of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association.  

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The Great Alone Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780312577230
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 6th, 2018

Another wonderful novel by the author of The Nightingale!  After returning from Vietnam as a POW and suffering from PTSD, Ernt is convinces his wife and daughter (13-yr-old Leni) to leave Seattle and start anew on a remote Alaska island. They are totally unprepared and barely survive. Leni’s voice is riveting in this story, but it is the characters that inhabit the island that drive the story. Both harrowing and joyful.


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The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062666536
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Published: William Morrow & Company - November 7th, 2017

This little known event from WWI resulted in the largest manmade explosion in the world until Hiroshima.  A ship packed with tons of explosives and on its way to France, collides with another in the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, killing and injuring thousands and flattening the city. Spellbinding, with shocking photos of the devastation. By a Michigan author.


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Rosie Colored Glasses Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780778330691
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Published: Mira Books - February 20th, 2018

An unlikely pair fall in love: free-spirited Rosie and uptight Rex.  Their 10-year-old daughter, Willow, struggles to fit in at school (she’s her eccentric mother’s daughter) and with how to relate to her father.  Alternating chapters unfold the story of how her parents meet and fall in love with chapters from Willow’s perspective.  Moving fictionalization of the author’s childhood.   


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The Music Shop Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812996685
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Published: Random House - January 2nd, 2018

Frank is the owner of a music shop on a London side street full of shops that are all past their prime by 1988. Frank refuses to give up on vinyl and sell cassettes, but he stays in business because he has the gift of selecting the exact record each customer needs to listen to help them with their specific problems.  One day, a woman faints outside of his store, setting in motion changes for Frank and everyone on his street.  Charming!


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The Immortalists Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213180
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 9th, 2018

In 1969, the four Gold children visit a fortune teller who tells each of them (in private) the date of their death. What follows is the story of each of them and how they really die. Original premise, excellent writing, and begs the question, “Would you want to know the date?”


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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217713
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

Cantu writes of his experience as a border patrol agent in Texas, who quits after five years, unable to cope with the cruelty on both sides of the border. When he tries to help a Mexican illegal he’s befriended, Cantu gets the chance to see what happens to illegals after the border patrol hands them off to the system. Cantu never preaches, but gives the reader serious food for thought.


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Summer Hours at the Robbers Library Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062678966
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 27th, 2018

When 15-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary, the judge assigns her to work at the library for the summer. She’s assigned to Kit, the reference librarian who’s recently moved to town to escape her past. Throw in Rusty, a Wall Street investor gone bust, and a parade of delightful characters, all with a fascinating story, and you have a charming summer read.


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We Were the Lucky Ones Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399563096
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Published: Penguin Books - January 2nd, 2018

For this novel, Hunter has researched her Jewish grandfather’s family experiences during WWII with stunning results. All have harrowing experiences and end up scattered around the globe during the war: Siberia, Poland, Israel, and South America. Yet they and all of their children survive.  While you read these unbelievable accounts, you will agree they “were the lucky ones.


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The Marsh King's Daughter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735213012
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 17th, 2018

(PB releases April17) Helena and her mother are trapped in the swampy wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, held captive by Helena's father, who kidnapped her mother when the mother was a teenager; Helena was born a year later. You find out at the beginning they escaped fourteen years later, and now her father has escaped from prison. Captivating (pun intended); I could not stop reading it, finishing the book in the wee hours of the morning!


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Magpie Murders Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062645234
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 27th, 2018

(PB releases March 27) Popular crime novelist Alan Conway has just completed this novel, Magpie Murders, about detective Atticus Pund, who is investigating the murders at the English estate of Sir Magnus Pye. When the novelist commits suicide and the last ten pages of the novel are missing, it’s up to the author’s editor to determine just what happened.  A “book within a book” format that is clever, intelligent, and thoroughly enjoyable.


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Camino Island Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524797140
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Published: Bantam - March 6th, 2018

A theft of original Faulkner manuscripts are stolen from a library, and a novelist is hired by the insurance company to discover if a book dealer who dabbles in the black market of stolen manuscripts has acquired them - - without arousing suspicion.  My first Grisham, and  I loved it! Perfect beach read!


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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492650959
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

In the 1920’s, thousands of women were hired to paint radium on watch hands and instrument panels. Told it was harmless, these “ghost girls” lit up the streets on their way home, covered in the fine dust, even painting it on themselves for fun.  When they began getting sick, it stumped the health community and alienated the government and big companies. Shocking yet compelling, with photographs of these brave young women, Radium Girls will haunt and move you.


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Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062569059
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Published: William Morrow & Company - November 28th, 2017

Baier covers Eisenhower’s transition from general-to-president, and the warnings he gave during his farewell address that foreshadowed our current events. Recommended for readers interested in presidential history, World War II, the Cold War, and for fans of biographies. This history buff discovered how little we know of one of our most underrated presidents.


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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812989908
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Published: Dial Press - January 30th, 2018

The 12 lives in the title refer to the 12 times Samuel has been shot during his sketchy and vagabond life.  Ready to settle down, widowed Samuel and his spirited teen daughter move to his wife’s hometown in Massachusetts. The story shifts back and forth from the 12 shooting escapades and the struggle to raise his daughter in a small town full of ghosts of the past.  Exceptional and enjoyable!


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Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812982282
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Published: Random House Trade - October 3rd, 2017

I hesitated reading this because of all I’ve read about Queen Victoria, but Baird gives us a fresh look at the life of the famous queen with her strengths and weaknesses.

Absorbing and engaging.


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The Second Mrs. Hockaday Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616207366
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 14th, 2017

Only two days after marrying Placidia, her Confederate Major is called to war, leaving his young wife alone to run his farm, care for his two-year-old son, and manage the slaves, none of which she's equipped to do. The story unfolds through their letters to each other and between Placidia’s friend and herself.  Solid historical novel that’s a very enjoyable read, great for book clubs, too.


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A Gentleman in Moscow Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780670026197
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Published: Viking - September 6th, 2016

In 1922 the Bolsheviks sentence Count Alexander Rostov to house arrest in the luxurious Metropol Hotel in Moscow for political crimes; however, he is moved from his suite of rooms to a spare attic room.  How he copes with the span of 30 years in confinement makes for an inspiring, moving, and thoroughly enjoyable read.  I can’t rave enough about this spectacular novel!


Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society That Shocked Depression-Era Detroit Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781493030583
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Published: Lyons Press - August 1st, 2017

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House of Names Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501140228
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 6th, 2018

The bestselling author of Brooklyn retells the ancient Greek tale of Clytemnestra, who kills her husband Agamemnon to avenge the death of their daughter Iphigenia, and her son Orestes, who kills her in turn to avenge his father's death. I knew little of the mythical story - - but no matter - - the result is a dramatic, intimate chronicle of a family implosion set in unsettling times as gods withdraw from human affairs. Both absorbing and moving.


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  Meet Tiya Miles as she speaks

 and signs The Dawn of Detroit

 Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 PM

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Book Launch for St. Joseph author Jessica Pennington's new YA novel, Love Songs & Other Lies

Friday, April 27th, 6:30 PM

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