Just In-November 2019


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The Liar / Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

A novel about how one lie can change everything, when a teenaged girl’s scream, and the false assumption that comes from it, radiates through a street, a neighborhood, and a city, and turns lives upside down.

The World That We Knew / Alice Hoffman

Sent away to 1941 Paris when Berlin becomes too dangerous for Jewish families, a young girl bonds with her protective mystical golem; while her friend, a rabbi’s daughter, becomes a defender of their people.

The Sisters of Summit Avenue / Lynn Cullen

A novel set during the Great Depression following two estranged sisters and their mother–who has spent a lifetime hiding a desperate secret that could dismantle the entire family.

The Revisioners: a novel / Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Explores the impact of racism and interracial relationships between women through the story of an early 20th-century farmer and her unemployed single mother descendant.

Frankissstein: a love story / Jeanette Winterson

A science fiction love story that intertwines disparate lives into an exploration of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, queer love, and controversial experiments impacting cryogenics and the sex trade.

The Reckless Oath we made / Bryn Greenwood

A provocative love story between a tough Kansas woman on a crooked path to redemption and the unlikeliest of champions.

Right after the Weather / Carol Anshaw

A novel exploring what happens when untested people are put to a difficult time, and in its aftermath, find themselves in a newly uncertain world.

Everything is Figureoutable / Marie Forleo

The award-winning star of MarieTV and host of “The Marie Forleo Podcast” outlines a simple mindset that significantly increases the odds of pursuing goals successfully, sharing advice on how to manage self-doubt, haters and making high-risk decisions.

The Future of another Timeline / Annalee Newitz

A geologist desperate to change the past and a teen rebel who has witnessed a history-changing murder are swept up in a secret historical war in a parallel-world America where time travel is possible.

Running with Sherman: the donkey with the heart of a hero / Christopher McDougall

When Chris McDougall agreed to take in a donkey from an animal hoarder, he thought it would be no harder than the rest of the adjustments he and his family had made after moving from Philadelphia to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. But when he arrived, Sherman was in such bad shape he could barely move, and his hair was coming out in clumps. Chris decided to undertake a radical rehabilitation program designed not only to heal Sherman’s body but to heal his mind as well. It turns out the best way to soothe a donkey is to give it a job, and so Chris decided to teach Sherman how to run. He’d heard about burro racing–a unique type of race where humans and donkeys run together in a call-back to mining days–and decided he and Sherman would enter the World Championship in Colorado.

Bookshops




The Bookish Life of Nina Hill / Abbi Waxman

A confirmed introvert finds her simple life upended when the father she never knew passes away, revealing an enormous extended family that overwhelms her budding relationship with a fellow trivia buff.

The Readers of Broken Wheel recommend: [a novel] / Katarina Bivald

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist–even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry: a novel / Gabrielle Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore / Robin Sloan

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore.

Paris by the Book: a novel / Liam Callanan

When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris.

My Bookstore: writers celebrate their favorite places to browse, read, and shop / edited by Ronald Rice

An anthology of essays, stories, and expressions of gratitude by dozens of famous authors describes the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have provided throughout their careers.

The Lost for Words Bookshop / Stephanie Butland

A secretly heartbroken woman who prefers books to people finds her world upended by the arrivals of a poet, a lover and three suspicious deliveries that reveal that someone has found out about her mysterious past.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: a novel / Matthew Sullivan.

Follows the efforts of a bookstore clerk to unravel a puzzle left behind by a patron who has committed suicide, an effort that is complicated by memories of the clerk’s violent childhood.

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted / Robert Hillman

A gorgeously written, tender, and wise novel about love and forgiveness in 1960s Australia, in which a lonely farmer finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of a vibrant librarian.

Words in Deep Blue / Cath Crowley

Teenagers Rachel and Henry find their way back to each other while working in an old bookstore full of secrets and crushes, love letters and memories, grief and hope.

The Diary of a Bookseller / Shaun Bythell

The funny and fascinating memoir of Bythell’s experiences at the helm of The Bookshop, Scotland’s largest second hand bookstore–and the delightfully unusual staff members, eccentric customers, odd townsfolk and surreal buying trips that make up his life there.

The Little Paris Bookshop: a novel / Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

The Bridge: a novel / Karen Kingsbury

Ryan Kelly spends plenty of time at The Bridge–the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee–remembering the times he and Molly Allen–who moved to Portland–once spent there, and now, with the bookstore in deep financial trouble, it will take a miracle to keep tragedy from unfolding.

The Bookshop / Penelope Fitzgerald

Follows a kindhearted English widow’s struggle to open a bookshop in a seaside town against the polite, but uncompromising opposition of the town’s arbiters of culture.

The Bookstore / Deborah Meyler

Mitchell captured Esme’s heart with his stunning good looks and a penchant for all things erotic. Life seems truly glorious… but before she has a chance to tell Mitchell about her pregnancy, he suddenly declares their sex life is as exciting as a cup of tea, and ends it all. Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore, finding solace in George, the laconic owner addicted to spirulina, and Luke, the taciturn, guitar-playing night manager. When Mitchell recants his criticism, his passion and promises are hard to resist. But if Esme gives him a second chance, will she lose more than she can handle?

The Secret of Lost Things: a novel / Sheridan Hay

Eighteen years old and completely alone, Rosemary arrives in New York from Tasmania with little more than a love of books and eagerness to explore the city she’s read so much about. She begins her search for independence with appealing enthusiasm, and the moment she steps into the Arcade bookstore, she knows she has found a home. The gruff owner, Mr. Pike, gives her a job sorting through piles of books and helping the rest of the staff, a group as odd as the characters in a Dickens novel. But when a letter arrives from someone seeking to “place” a lost manuscript by Herman Melville, the simmering ambitions and rivalries of the Arcade staff rise to a boiling point.



Classics Retold


New Boy / Tracy Chevalier

Starting his fifth school in five years, Osei Kokote, a diplomat’s son, hoping to survive his first day becomes friends with Dee, the most popular girl in school, but Ian is determined to destroy the budding friendship. (Othello)

Hyde: a novel / Daniel Levine

Describes the horror classic The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the perspective of the monster, through his hazy knowledge of the back streets of Victorian London, the missing girls and the evidence that amounts against him.

Northanger Abbey / Val McDermid

In this modern retelling of Austen’s classic, bookish minister’s daughter Cat Morland joins her well-to-do friends in Edinburgh and falls for an up-and-coming lawyer who may harbor unsettling secrets. (Northanger Abbey)

Circe: a novel / Madeline Miller

Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals. (The Odyssey)

Boy, Snow, Bird / Helen Oyeyemi

A modern reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale follows the experiences of a woman who marries a Massachusetts single father and succumbs to vanity when the birth of her baby reveals her husband to be a light-skinned African American.

Eligible: a novel / Curtis Sittenfeld

Returning with her sister, Jane, to their Ohio hometown when their father falls ill, New York magazine editor Lizzy Bennett confronts her younger sisters’ football fangirl antics, a creepy cousin’s unwanted attentions, and the infuriating standoffish manners of a handsome neurosurgeon. (Pride & Prejudice)

Vinegar Girl: the taming of the shrew retold / Anne Tyler

A modern retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew” follows the experiences of a preschool teacher who alienates others by speaking her mind and who is expected by her eccentric father to marry his assistant to prevent the young man’s deportation.

Tangerine: [a novel] / Christine Mangan

Arriving in Tangier with her new husband only to encounter the estranged best friend she has not seen in more than a year, Alice allows her friend to introduce her to the rhythms and culture of Morocco, only to be quickly stifled by the woman’s controlling nature, a situation that turns sinister when her husband goes missing. (The Talented Mr. Ripley)

Macbeth / Jo Nesbø

A modern retelling of Macbeth is set in a run-down industrial town in the 1970s and follows the efforts of a popular but increasingly corrupt police officer and his calculating casino owner girlfriend to work with a powerful local drug dealer to murder a professional rival and set up his best friend. (Macbeth)

All the Ever Afters: the untold story of Cinderella’s stepmother / Danielle Teller

A reimagining of the classic fairy tale, presented from the stepmother’s perspective, traces her escape from a life of harsh servitude before single motherhood forces her to take a job as a nursemaid to an otherworldly infant, who eventually becomes her stepdaughter and a princess celebrated for her beauty. (Cinderella)

Mary B: a novel / Katherine J. Chen

The awkward middle child of five, Mary Bennet, who loses herself in the secret pleasures of reading and writing in 19th-century England, soon discovers that her fictional creations are no match for the very real scandal, tragedy and romance that come into her life. (Pride & Prejudice)

Longbourn / Jo Baker

A novel whose principal characters are the servants in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. (Pride & Prejudice)

Sky Without Stars / Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

This sweeping reimagining of Les Misérables tells the story of three teens from very different backgrounds who are thrown together amidst the looming threat of revolution on the French planet-colony of Laterre. (Les Misérables)

A Thousand Acres / Jane Smiley

Larry Cook, an Iowan farmer who has worked a thousand-acre plot owned by his family for generations, abruptly decides to leave his farm to his three daughters and retire. His two eldest daughters are pleased with the decision, but his youngest daughter has been cut out by her father and is angry. As the daughters’ activity on the land progresses, they notice a change in their father. Events begin to unfold that will threaten and destroy the family and their farm. (King Lear)

The Flight of Gemma Hardy: a novel / Margot Livesey

When her widower father drowns at sea, Gemma Hardy is taken from her native Iceland to Scotland to live with her kind uncle and his family. But the death of her doting guardian leaves Gemma under the care of her resentful aunt, and it soon becomes clear that she is nothing more than an unwelcome guest at Yew House. (Jane Eyre)

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle / David Wroblewski

A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death. (Hamlet)