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.  

 

 

 

Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525562177
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Published: Viking - September 14th, 2021

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Matrix: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634499
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

Groff brilliantly imagines the life of 12th-century Marie de France, the illegitimate half-sister of Henry II, and one of the first women believed to have written verse in French. In this novel, Marie subversively leads a royal abbey in England from poverty to wealth and power. Groff is the author of the bestsellers, Florida and Fates & Furies.


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Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

Doerr is the author of the bestseller, All the Light You Cannot See, this epic saga plays homage to the book and to libraries in ancient Greece, 2020 small-town Idaho, and in a 22nd-century ark-like spaceship. A gem, worth the commitment to the 600+ pages.


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Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781541672420
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Published: Basic Books - September 28th, 2021

This conservation biologist takes a fascinating look at how nature deals with climate change. Without preaching or lecturing, he reveals how plants, animals, and ocean life adjust, often creating a chain reaction.  Engrossing, and not to be missed by nature lovers.


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Velvet Was the Night Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593356821
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Published: Del Rey - August 17th, 2021

The author of Mexican Gothic has created a thriller in 1971 about an enforcer and a secretary who search for a missing student, only to discover more than they bargained for. Excellent noir, insight into a time in Mexico that resonates today.  Can’t-put-down reading.


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All the Little Hopes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728232744
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - July 27th, 2021

A small North Carolina town during WWII is the focus of Weiss’ newest novel, with the focus on two 13-year-old girls from different backgrounds who learn to mesh. This is charming, moving, and oh-so-Southern. A joy to read and unforgettable. Weiss is one of my absolute favorite authors!


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Vesper Flights Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802158673
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Published: Grove Press - July 13th, 2021

English naturalist is the author of H is for Hawk and has written another exemplary collection of essays of her observations of the intersection of animals and humans. An elegant memoir.


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London's Number One Dog-Walking Agency: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063059788
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Published: William Morrow - July 6th, 2021

Macdougall left her job to start a dog-walking business and regales the reader with stories of a cast of characters and their dogs. A few tears, but mostly laughs and warm fuzzies. Thoroughly enjoyable.


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Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781954118003
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 6th, 2021

A National Park Service biologist and PhD teaches, but lives in isolation in her small cabin in a Montana valley. She develops an unusual friendship with a fox, which is met with extreme skepticism and ridicule by her students and colleagues. Judge for yourself - - but it’s magical. Fascinating insights into nature adds to this exceptional book.


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The Personal Librarian Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593101537
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Published: Berkley - June 29th, 2021

The little-known story of the Black woman hired away from Princeton to oversee the personal library of J. Pierpont Morgan, one of the largest collections of books, rare manuscripts, and artwork in the world.  This extraordinary woman became one of the most powerful women in New York.


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Ridgeline: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250310460
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 1st, 2021

Perfect for the Larry McMurtry fan, this western is the novelization of the 1866 Fetterman Massacre, in which a confederacy of Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes fought a detachment of U.S. soldiers from Fort Phil Kearny in present-day Wyoming. Told from the viewpoints of the soldiers, the women, scout Jim Bridger, and the Native Americans, it foreshadows the Battle of Little Bighorn. Historical fiction at its best.


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Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984824332
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Published: Crown - May 4th, 2021

This is the harrowing, Belgium expedition to the Antarctic in 1898 where the ship became icebound for a year while the crew suffered madness, death, and danger. Norwegian first mate Roald Amundsen became a legendary polar explorer and the American doctor on board saved the crew from scurvy by making them eat raw penguin meat.  Drama galore, and it reads like fiction.


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How Y'all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063076198
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Published: William Morrow - April 27th, 2021

A feel-good, hilarious book that will make you both laugh and bring a few tears to your eyes.  Jordan is the consummate Southern storyteller.  Who knew he trained thoroughbred horses in his youth and didn’t make it to Hollywood until his thirties? He’s had quite a career, but I remember him as Beverly Leslie on Will & Grace. Pure fun, and some life lessons I won’t forget.


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Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250247131
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 20th, 2021

Exceptional biography of Daniel Boone and the settling of Kentucky with fierce resistance from the Shawnee. Boone is captured, his son is massacred, and his daughter kidnapped.  Not for the faint of heart, but well-written and fast-paced, and for this former high school history teacher, a real delight to read!


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Good Eggs: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982164294
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Published: Atria Books - March 2nd, 2021

In Dublin, eighty-three-year-old Millie shoplifts one too many times, causing her son to hire irrepressible and upbeat Sylvia as an aide.  Aideen, Millie’s teenaged granddaughter, is struggling and is thrown into the mix. Oh, the hilarity that ensues! And it ends with a caper! This is the feel-good book you are looking for.


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We Begin at the End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250759665
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 2nd, 2021

Cape Haven, a picturesque coastal California town, is the setting about the repercussions from an accident years ago. When the driver from the accident is released from prison, a woman he was tied to is murdered, leaving her fierce 13-yr-old daughter, who is center stage in this excellent thriller.


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The Four Winds: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250178602
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 2nd, 2021

The author of bestseller The Nightingale has written an emotionally charged epic of Dust Bowl-era Texas and the devastating choices people must make to survive. Another winner for Hannah.


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We Run the Tides: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062936240
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Published: Ecco - October 12th, 2021

13-yr-old Eulabee (“I am a daring enigma”) and her four best friends live in the trendy San Francisco neighborhood overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. Because one of the girls is beautiful, her accounts of events are believed and Eulabee is gradually ostracized.  The author masterfully captures the voice of girls this age, and anyone who has ever been a teen will relate. Highly engaging.


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My Year Abroad: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634574
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 2nd, 2021

Tiller is living with a 30-year-old woman and her precocious son, who are in a witness protection program, fraught with danger. It’s a roller-coaster ride for young Tiller who had abandoned college to hitch his wagon to a mega-wealthy businessman who lures him into his world of the rich and suspicious, where he ends up on the other side of the world to help him promote a health drink.  Both stories shift back and forth to conclude in a bizarre climax. A most unusual story, full of dark comedy, both strange and wonderful.


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The House on Vesper Sands Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781951142247
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Published: Tin House Books - January 12th, 2021

 A riveting Victorian-era murder mystery and supernatural thriller, and despite its eerie gothic atmosphere, it has a strong undercurrent of humor throughout. The writing is reminiscent of Charles Dickens.


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Is This Anything? Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781982112721
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 9th, 2021

For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy. -Recommended by Robin!


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The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062868091
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 5th, 2021

An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice,  and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a  kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams.-Recommended by Robin


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The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063026070
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 19th, 2021

At 85, Eudora has had enough of life, enough of people, and makes arrangements to end her life. But then a 10-yr-old moves in next door and a 70-something widower intrude upon her hermetic life. Fans of A Man Called Ove will love this feel-good novel.


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The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982157999
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2020

Looking for a feel-good read? If you love Jeopardy like I do, you won’t be disappointed by this lighthearted and entertaining book.

 


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Hamnet Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984898876
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Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

O’Farell imagines the life of Shakespeare’s family in Stratford-on-Avon, including how Hamnet, his son and a twin, died at 11 in 1596. A gripping drama, painfully lovely, and historical fiction at its best.


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All the Devils Are Here: A Novel (Chief Inspector Gamache Novel #16) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250145246
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Published: Minotaur Books - June 29th, 2021

My first Louise Penny mystery but not my last, and proof that you don’t have to read previous installments involving Inspector Armand Gamache, who uses his brilliant investigative skills this time during a visit to Paris.


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The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781524746094
Published: Dutton - February 23rd, 2021

14-yr-old Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing. From a small Nigerian village, she is determined to finish school and become a teacher, the only way her mother says she can have a “louding voice.” But when her mother dies, her father marries her to a much older man as his third wife. How she overcomes this and much worse is moving and inspiring, bringing me to tears.  You’ll be cheering for her all the way. 


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Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593129289
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 11th, 2021

The 9-yr-old narrator of this outstanding novel is enamored with detective shows and lives in a shantytown in Delhi.  When classmates begin disappearing, Jai decides to play the detective and solve the cases.  A wonderfully memorable book full of heart, humor, and heartbreak. One of my favorite books of 2020. 


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The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice—Crossing Antarctica Alone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982133122
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Published: Scribner - January 19th, 2021

In the 2018 harrowing account of the first solo crossing of Antarctica, O’Brady is both triumphant and determined, regardless of the obstacles thrown in his path.   Simultaneously, racing to achieve the same goal is British Army Captain Louis Rudd. Also is his back-story: how he survived severe burns during his collegiate years and was told he would never walk, only to become a triathlete and climb the seven highest summits on earth.


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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Another winner for Larson, author of The Devil in the White City. Need I say more? As much as I’ve read about Churchill and WWII, this is a fresh look at the man and his country’s bravery during the Blitz from May 1940 to May 1941.


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When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982106386
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Published: Scribner - November 3rd, 2020

Neumann sights her father’s name among the Holocaust dead in a Prague synagogue when she knew he was really alive. Born and raised in Venezuela, she discovers after her father dies that he was Jewish and fled  Czechoslovakia during WWII. How she unearths this mystery and discovers an entire family is riveting reading; with photographs.


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The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062742209
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Published: Custom House - April 27th, 2021

Because Rosenberg was a young-looking 19-yr-old when he worked for the French Resistance during WWII, he could pose as a student in order to gain access to Nazi secrets, smuggle forged documents and those fleeing France, and even worked for U.S. Army units as they overtook the enemy.  Now approaching 100, Rosenberg is professor emeritus of languages and literature at Bard College, where he has been on the faculty for fifty years. Reads like a spy thriller! 


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The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501176739
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Published: Atria Books - November 3rd, 2020

Russell recounts the story of the Titanic from the perspective of six first class passengers and their families: a British countess; the managing director of the shipyard where the ship was built; a philanthropist; the vice president of the Pennsylvania railroad, and his son, Jack; and one of the highest paid actresses in the world. Meticulously researched yet entertaining. Exceptional. 


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A Bookshop in Berlin: The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the Nazis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501199851
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Published: Atria Books - August 4th, 2020

A riveting memoir rediscovered 60 years after its publication about a Polish Jew who fled Berlin to France, abandoning her French-language bookstore. Frenkel endures four years of hiding, capture and imprisonment, eventually attempting to flee to Switzerland.


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Cilka's Journey: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250265692
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 8th, 2020

Morris’s novel is based on the true story of a Jewish woman who survived Auschwitz, only to be sentenced to 15 years in a Russian gulag in Siberia for fraternizing with the enemy, forced to be a Nazi officer’s mistress. An inspiring survival story about one of the prisoners mentioned in her previous book, The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Life-affirming and inspirational, not all gloom and doom. 


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This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476749303
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Published: Atria Books - May 26th, 2020

Odie and his brother are orphaned and are sent to live in the nearby Indian School, the only white students. When their protector dies, they leave and take with them her little girl and a mute Indian boy. What follows is a escape quest down the Mississippi in 1932, encountering all manner of people surviving the Great Depression. A treasure and an unforgettable book. 


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The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399590610
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Published: One World - November 17th, 2020

Hiram Walker is the son of a slave woman and the plantation owner, who educates him to serve his white son. Hiram soon discovers he has a gift, and uses it to head north, working with the Underground Railroad, only to realize his true home and purpose is in the South. This is Coates’s first foray into fiction and it’s a treasure. 
 


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A Single Thread: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525558262
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Published: Penguin Books - October 6th, 2020

The author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring focuses on Violet, an English 38-yr-old “spinster” in 1932 who lives with her mother when her fiancé and brother were killed in The Great War.  She wanders into Winchester Cathedral during her work lunch hour and is drawn into a society of women who embroider kneelers for the cathedral. I’m allergic to needlework, but I fell in love with this story based on the real-life “Broderers” and Violet’s “declaration of independence.” Charming, yet substantive. 


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The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593085233
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 11th, 2020

Tom and his wife have a sheep farm in remote Australia in the 1960s and when she leaves him for weeks only to return pregnant with another man’s child. He loves the boy as his own, and is broken hearted when she leaves with him.  When the charismatic Hannah, several years Tom’s senior, arrives in town (with a story of her own) to open a bookshop, Tom is hired to build the shelves. A feel-good novel with plenty of heart.


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The Deer Camp: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land that Healed Them Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781635573480
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 14th, 2019

Dean’s father purchased a piece of property near Muskegon, Michigan, with the hope that his three estranged sons would help him build a hunting camp to help heal their family. Kuipers’ writing is sheer poetry as he describes the environment and our deep connection to it. I do not hunt, but no matter, that is not the focus. If you are from Michigan or have memories of your family “going up north” on vacation, you’ll enjoy one of my favorite books!


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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101972052
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Published: Vintage - September 29th, 2020

A brilliant account of the true crime book that Harper Lee, the author of her lone book, To Kill a Mockingbird, did not write but investigated and researched for over a decade, following the Alabama serial killer who murdered his wives and family members for their life insurance monies.


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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

Part Agatha Christie, part time-travel, part Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, this stunning book is original, creative, unexpected, and totally engrossing.  British author Turton is a brilliant storyteller:  His main character awakens in a forest with no memory of who he is and the name of the woman he is shouting. He also discovers he is not the person he sees in the mirror and knows none of the people gathered for the 19th anniversary of the death of the owner's child. Nothing formulaic here! (Warning: 5 am reading!) Quite simply, the most astonishing mystery I've read in twenty years as a bookseller.


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The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062797155
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 4th, 2018

A novel based on Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov’s account of  his harrowing experiences tattooing prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp where he met his future wife.  Morris includes photographs, a map of the camp, and a postwar follow up on Lale, his wife, his family, some of the prisoners, and his guards. Agonizing, yet triumphant.


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Circe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

You don’t need a background knowledge in Greek (I have little) to enjoy this stunning novel about Circe, daughter of Helios, god of the sun. Ignored by her family as homely, banished by her father to a remote island for turning a human into a sea monster, Circe eventually meets Odysseus, turning his crew into swine. Loved this!


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The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101981634
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Published: Penguin Books - April 23rd, 2019

At the turn of the 19th century, feathers were the fashion, leading to the massacre of birds on a massive scale. Unfortunately, in 1999, the hunt began again; people clamored for rare feathers for the new fad: tying flies for salmon fishing. In 2009, an American studying in London took off with hundreds of birds from the Tring Museum. An enthralling account of a truly bizarre crime and Johnson’s hunt for the truth.


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A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

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!


 

 

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Tuesday, November 9, with times from 6:30 - 8:15

Wade Rouse returns to Forever Books in November to sign his new novel, The Secret of Snow!

Click here for details on how to pre-order The Secret of Snow and reserve your spot to see Wade!

 

 

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Saturday, November 6 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Meet local children's author, Kelly J. Baptist, as she signs her new intermediate novel, The Swag is in the Socks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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