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Simon the Fiddler

Paulette Jiles

$16.99 $15.63

Simon is a young musician dedicated to his craft who, after evading military duty for most of the Civil War, gets conscripted at the tail end; and his talents are then put to use in the regimental band. This is the story of his life and adventure during this time - how he manages to pursue and advance his musical passion, as well as his passion for the young woman he meets along the way. Jiles is an extraordinarily gifted writer and great story teller. --Georgiana

Miss Austen: A Novel of the Austen Sisters

Gill Hornby

$16.99 $15.63

This is the story of Jane Austen's sister Cassandra and her journey to protect the memory of Jane. Lovely, familiar characters but deeper insight into Jane; this book is a chronicle of unending love and devotion. --Sandi

Actress

Anne Enright

$16.95 $15.59

A woman making sense of her own life as she tells the story of her mother, Katherine, a legendary Irish actress. They have a close bond, uncomplicated by any father figures; and Katherine's wildly extravagant life and view of the world is fascinatingly conveyed through the eyes of her daughter Norah, who has her own mix of blindness and wisdom. Anne Enright's writing is, as always, immediate, brilliant and a joy to read. --Georgiana

The Night Watchman

Louise Erdrich

$18.00 $16.56

Erdrich has a rare combination of vast intelligence, wisdom and the ability to tell a dazzling and compelling story. She weaves this one around the 1953 attempt by Congress to terminate Native American tribes and their treaty-granted territories; it's meaningful, thrilling and a deeply satisfying read. --Georgiana

The Adventurer's Son: A Memoir

Roman Dial

$17.99 $16.55

John Krakauer's review is best: "A page turner that will rip your heart out." It's the story of Roman Dial's son's life - with his famous adventurer father and his family and later on his own, and his disappearance in the Costa Rican rain forest; and then it's the story of his father's efforts to find him. Filled with wondrous adventures and environments, though heart-rending as well. --Georgiana

Wine Girl: The Trials and Triumphs of America's Youngest Sommelier

Victoria James

$16.99 $15.63

A most captivating and inspiring memoir. Victoria James is America's youngest sommelier and her story of what it took to achieve that is harrowing and ultimately inspiring. This memoir reads like a novel - and a brilliant one at that! --Sandi

The Glass Hotel

Emily St John Mandel

$16.95 $15.59

Read carefully and you will recognize 2 characters from the author's previous book, "Station Eleven." Although - mercifully! - not set in a post plague world, this novel uses the same technique of interwoven stories to tell a broad reaching tale about loneliness and identity, ghosts and guilt. A beautiful hotel on Vancouver Island, a shipping executive, financial crimes, a disappearance - how are they all connected? Beautifully written with vivid description and believable characters. --Yvette

We Ride Upon Sticks

Quan Barry

$16.95 $15.59

1989. The Danvers (MA) High School girls field hockey team is having the best season. Ever! Is it because they are channeling the dark magic of the nearby historical Salem witches? Is it due to the dreamy power of Emilio Estevez, pictured on a notebook, in which they all sign their pledge? Or do the girls just become their "true and fully wondrous selves"? Packed with details (acid wash, neon) and hair so big it almost has a speaking part, this novel is a nostalgia trip and sports story combined with a powerful message and a lot of humor. I read the whole thing with a grin. --Yvette

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

Anna Wiener

$17.00 $15.64

Anna Wiener left her east coast job in publishing for a position with a tech startup in Silicon Valley. This is her brilliant history of her time there, and of the time itself, when things began to blow up in "big tech." Gripping on both personal and sociological/historical levels. Still thinking about it! -- Georgiana

Writers & Lovers

Lily King

$17.00 $15.64

I will read anything Lily King writes. This, her latest, is about a young woman devastated by the sudden death of her mother, as well as the end of a love affair. She moves to Cambridge, MA, determined to peruse a writing career, and this is that story. Keenly observed, incisive, sardonically humorous. --Georgiana

The House in the Cerulean Sea

Tj Klune

$18.99 $17.47

A beautiful and important story for the time we’re living in. Meet Linus–a sad and lonely man living with his cat who doesn’t really like him. Linus is sent to investigate a house of magical children and their caregiver, Arthur. So begins a tale filled with humor, preconceptions, misadventure, revelation, and above all acceptance and love. Have your tissues ready! —Sandi

Weather

Jenny Offill

$16.00 $14.72

Written in memorable, propulsive, short paragraphs, this book is so excellent, so timely and so keenly observed I'm still thinking about it weeks later. Librarian Lizzie starts answering letters for her mentor, now the host of a doom-laden survivalist podcast. Along with Lizzie, you will go from laughing at tin-foil-hat nutters, to planning your own doom-stead. Like climate change, this is not a book to ignore. --Yvette

Deep River

Karl Marlantes

$20.00 $18.40

"Deep River" is the perfect title for this in-depth yet fast flowing story of Finnish settlers to Washington state. Strong characters, especially the women, enter and transform the new land under immense trees. Loggers, fishermen, Wobblies, musicians, brothel keepers, families and children are given rich lives and plenty of action. Don't be dismayed by the heft - this is a page turner. --Yvette

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

Elton John

$19.99 $18.39

Sex, drugs, & rock-and-roll...what's not to like?! Elton John is droll, self-deprecating, and witty, sharing the story of his life from his musically gifted - but terribly lonely - childhood to his global success as an adult. He looks honestly at the missteps and challenges along the way, and provides a very entertaining and interesting read. --Debbie

Rough House: A Memoir

Tina Ontiveros

$18.95 $17.43

"Educated" set in the PNW! The story of Ontiveros' childhood with her family, both before and after her parents divorce, is one of just barely scraping by, but in such a way that her life can inspire envy as well as sorrow. Her lumberjacks dad's outsized personality is at once riveting, horrify, and occasionally beautiful; and Ontiveros conveys this masterfully. Her depiction of the rich northwest outdoors is as affecting as that of her youth and coming of age in this world. --Georgiana

The Grammarians

Cathleen Schine

$17.00 $15.64

Obsessed with words from their very first years, red-headed twins Daphne and Laurel are the grammarians of the title. As babies, they spoke a special twin language that only they could understand. As they grow up, Daphne becomes a copy editor and Laurel a poet. Their love of words remains, but can their love for each other withstand these divergent linguistic pathways? And, more to the point, who with inherit the prize family heirloom, the Merriam Webster’s New International Dictionary, second edition? This charming comedic novel will make you fall in love with words all over again. -- Yvette

The Gifted School

Bruce Holsinger

$17.00 $15.64

Thoroughly satisfying story centers on 4 women friends in a Colorado mountain town who've known each other from their children's infancy. It sprawls out from there to encompass the lives of their spouses , ex-spouses, children and others. The town's decision to open a school for gifted children catalyzes changes in relationships throughout the community and provides a lens through which to examine the values which we attach to different kinds of "gifts" , all while keeping us highly entertained. --Georgiana

Circe

Madeline Miller

$16.99 $15.63

From the very first sentence, Circe casts her magic on the reader. You might know her only as the witch who turned Odysseus’s men into pigs; here author Madeline Miller brings her fully alive as daughter, sister, lover and mother in a world where the gods act as selfishly and stubbornly as in any other large family, and mortals and demons co-exist. Grounded in specific details such as the type of herbs growing on Circe’s island, the food on the plates, and color of the sea, but also smoothly encompassing a timeline of a thousand years, this book is truly an epic. --Yvette

Eighty Days to Elsewhere

Kc Dyer

$16.00 $14.72

Simply Fun! Fun! FUN! A New Yorker is challenged to reproduce Phileas Fogg's Around the World in 80 days voyage and the fun begins! NO commercial flights leaves our heroine having to think fast and way outside the box. I loved it! --Sandi

The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and Da Vinci's Italy

Laura Morelli

$16.99 $15.63

An exciting and heart wrenching novel inspired by actual people and events. Follow the young, female art conservator as she attempts to protect priceless pieces of art. The story also follows the Monuments Men as they recover stolen works of art. Told in 2 time periods by 4 voices. --Sandi

The Thursday Murder Club

Richard Osman

$26.00 $23.92

I'm giving a shout-out for one of my favorite books this year - the Thursday Murder Club. The story is set in a retirement village in the UK. It is clear early on that there is more to these retirees than one might think! Wonderful characters and an exciting plot have endeared this book to me. If this were a real place I'd move in and join the club! --Sandi

The Cold Millions

Jess Walter

$28.99 $26.67

Brimming with the sounds and smells of 1909 Spokane, WA, and drawing parallels to our own turbulent times, “The Cold Millions” is above all a gripping adventure story of 2 brothers caught in a particular moment in history. Peopled with vivid characters both real (feminist labor organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn) and imagined (Ursula the Great who performs with a live cougar), this propulsive novel pits the hungry workers against the rich white men in power. Shifting narratives amplify each character’s voice, just as Walter’s powerful writing honors the natural setting. As big as the West and as intimate as the personal decisions the characters make, this novel is a triumph. --Yvette