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By White Birch Books

By White Birch Books

The Night Watchman

Louise Erdrich

$28.99 $26.67

In this remarkable novel based on real events and the author’s own grandfather, the main character is a Chippewa Council member and night watchman at a factory near his North Dakota reservation. The time is 1953 when the federal government was considering the “termination” of a treaty with Native Americans that would remove them from reservation lands and erase their identity. The protagonist says the “ex” is carefully removed from “termination” in the proposed bill before Congress. A must read, in my opinion, as even history that is this recent cannot be forgotten.

Dear Edward

Ann Napolitano

$27.00 $24.84

Tenderly handled story of a tragic event. Twelve year old Edward is the sole survivor of a plane crash that takes his parents and older brother. The event leaves this young person to deal with his personal loss while facing the public eager to follow every step of his recovery and to determine his reasons for sole survival. I could not help but to feel for him and want to let him know people care.

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

$26.00 $23.92

This sassy, contemporary novel is getting hot reviews and not just from me. It’s about a white privileged family who employ a black nanny for their child. In a weird circumstance, the nanny is accused of kidnapping her charge. Then she is encouraged to file a racial discrimination suit. The plot thickens from there.

The Book of Lost Friends

Lisa Wingate

$28.00 $25.76

The author of “Before We Were Yours” and so many other wonderful books brings us this latest historic novel (one of my most favorite genres!). This one is about searches conducted by freed slaves after the Civil War for lost relatives who had been separated, often wrenched away, from the rest of their families. The newspaper ads published to find people are as touching as the journey of the main characters themselves. This author never disappoints.

Her Sister's Tattoo

Ellen Meeropol

$17.95 $16.51

An almost local author (lives in Western MA), her latest novel deals with the tempestuous 1960’s anti-war activism through the lives and decisions of two sisters. One is an intense revolutionary, the other socially active but as the mother of a new baby feels strongly about her maternal responsibilities. When a police officer is seriously injured by these women at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration, their loyalties to their own causes and each other become strained to the breaking point.

My Dark Vanessa

Kate Elizabeth Russell

$27.99 $25.75

A 15-year-old female student in a private school is seduced by her 42-year-old teacher. This novel explores the complicated psychology of an impressionable young girl believing she is adored by this man and not a victim of abuse. The affair is secret until another student later on goes public about his actions toward her. “Lolita” in the #MeToo era.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

Malcolm Gladwell

$30.00 $27.60

Multiple stories right from the headlines of how people often draw incorrect conclusions by behavioral assumptions. You will know these recent news stories.

Disappearing Earth

Julia Phillips

$16.95 $15.59

Location is remote Russian peninsula where 2 young girls are abducted. Backdrop of ethnic prejudice toward migrants by locals and police that influences the investigation.

The Book of V.

Anna Solomon

$27.99 $25.75

Well crafted intertwined stories of three women from different eras: contemporary wife/mother/hopeful writer, 1973 senator's wife, and Esther from the Bible!

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

$27.00 $24.84

Two twin sisters grow up in a town in the South and when they flee their community that worships white skin, their lives diverge in shockingly different ways.


Charlotte McConaghy

$26.99 $24.83

This is the best novel I've read since ... I can't remember when. Against the backdrop of climate destruction and greed by humans, a young woman with grief and loss sets out on a dangerous mission to follow the last migration of the last bird species on earth. I cried, I cheered, I despaired, I loved it. A story for our times and our future.