Current Staff Favorites

By Magnolia's Bookstore

By Magnolia's Bookstore

The Jane Austen Society

Natalie Jenner

$26.99 $24.29

Utterly and wonderfully charming! The residents of Chawton, England, who seem to have nothing in common, come together by their love for the writings of Jane Austen. They quickly come to realize that true friendship depends on nothing but a caring heart and the willingness and the courage to be open to others. This is a book to read again and again whenever your faith in humanity is threatened. --Sandi

Circe

Madeline Miller

$16.98 $15.62

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

Miracle Creek

Angie Kim

$17.00 $15.64

This excellent debut novel is primarily a courtroom drama occurring after a tragic event at an alternative treatment center. It explores the different perspectives of all involved and how each view might be valid–but only one is the truth. Touches on many current topics, including the immigrant experience, caring for vulnerable people, alternative medicine, and more. —Debbie

Disappearing Earth

Julia Phillips

$16.95 $15.59

This debut novel takes us to the remote Kamchatka peninsula of northeastern Russia one summer. Two young sisters go missing from the beach, and the author follows the investigation month by month over the next year, focusing on the various people involved in the case. The writing is evocative, and the disparate threads are nicely and satisfyingly woven together by the end. Recommended! —Debbie

Rules for Visiting

Jessica Francis Kane and Edward Carey

$17.00 $15.64

Just as plants need tending, so do friends. May Attaway is described by a friend as “prickly, but in a soft, long-needled way.” She is much better at landscaping than friendkeeping, but when she is given leave from her job as a campus gardener, she sets out to visit four once-close friends. She hopes to see a real day in the life of these friends, not one curated or filtered through a social media lense. With quiet humor, precise social observations, astute literary references, and a sprinkling of Latin botanical names, Kane celebrates an ordinary life deeply enriched by personal connections. A perfect gem of a novel. —Yvette

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

Ruth Reichl

$18.00 $16.56

Back when “Gourmet” existed as a glossy magazine, and publishers had the money to host lavish events, Ruth Reichl was the editor in chief. Reluctant at first, but growing more confident as her tenure progressed, she transformed the staid magazine into a cutting edge publication just before the rise of the internet. In this warm and engaging memoir, complete with recipes, she describes tedious meetings and extravagant meals, the horror of the 9/11 attacks and the frustrations of trying to get David Foster Wallace to write about lobsters. Pour a glass of your favorite beverage, have a snack within reach (this book makes your hungry!) and enjoy. -- Yvette

Actress

Anne Enright

$26.95 $24.26

A woman making sense of her own life as she tells the story of that 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 Island of Sea Women

Lisa See

$18.00 $16.56

Writers & Lovers

Lily King

$27.00 $24.30

The River

Peter Heller

$16.00 $14.72

Take a gripping adventure and survival story set in a mystical wild area (in this case, a canoe trip in the northern Canadian wilderness), and mix it with a deep appreciation for and knowledge of nature, human nature, and art; infuse it with this writer’s ability to shoot it all right into the reader’s bloodstream and BOOM–vintage Heller. This is my favorite yet. —Georgiana

Normal People

Sally Rooney

$26.00 $23.40

What a treat to discover Sally Rooney! From the current onslaught of mediocre prose transmitting suspenseful plots, this novel stands out shining. It’s the story of a relationship between two high school classmates in a small town in Ireland as it changes through their years of college in Dublin. Rooney’s spare and brilliant writing illuminates her insight and makes the unfolding of these two personalities completely compelling. —Georgiana

Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo

Stephanie Storey

$16.99 $15.63

If you love history.. if you love art… if you just love a wonderful story–this is the book for you! Can you imagine living in Florence while Leonardo creates the Mona Lisa and Michelangelo births his David culpture? This is magic! —Sandi

The Women in Black

Madeleine St John

$16.00 $14.72

Originally published in 1993, and set in the Sydney (Australia) of the 1950’s, this gem of a novel is timeless in its depiction of female friendship and manners. The women who work at the upscale department store, Goode’s, must wear black frocks, and the novel takes place during the six busy weeks around Christmas. It is hot. Tempers soar. Dresses are sold. It is delightful! —Yvette

Early Riser

Jasper Fforde

$17.00 $15.64

Fforde is back! ! This isn’t a sequel to his Shades of Gray, but if you liked that one, you’ll love this one. Enter a fully-realized world where most people hibernate all winter. When trouble comes, the valiant folks who stay awake in wintertime must rally the others—menaced by the sorts that Fforde does best. Enjoy! —Debbie

Weather

Jenny Offill

$23.95 $21.56

Once Upon a River

Diane Setterfield

$17.00 $15.64

In a small village on the Thames, some time long ago, there is a gathering place for villagers, and those who live along the river’s banks, and travellers passing through. This is the Swan, an ancient inn reknowned for its storytelling nights, and the center itself of a story and a mystery that sprawl outward—bewitching in plot and language. Uniquely wonderful book! —Georgiana

Little

Edward Carey

$17.00 $15.64

This novel is loosely based on the life of Anne Marie Grosholtz, who grew up to be Madame Tussaud of Wax Museum fame. Before that, though, she was a small girl trying to survive in France as revolution simmered, then erupted. Interesting, quirky, and occasionally macabre! —Debbie

The Diary of a Bookseller

Shaun Bythell

$17.98 $16.54

We can relate! The romance of bookselling; the tedium of accounts. The thrill of matching book to reader; the frustration of selling in the age of Kindles. Shaun tells his life story through the daily trials and triumphs of running a large second-hand bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. Funny, ruthless and surprisingly touching, this is a delight for all readers. p.s. Ask Sandi about the day she met Shaun! —Yvette, Debbie, and Sandi

Exhalation: Stories

Ted Chiang

$25.95 $23.36

Chiang writes extraordinarily crisply; he puts poetry to philosophically complex speculation. The effect is resonant in one's mind after reading one of these lyrical stories. It is the best kind of science fiction--it makes us reflect on free will, intelligence, and, ultimately, ourselves. --Ian

Hollow Kingdom

Kira Jane Buxton

$16.98 $15.62

In a post-plague world, where beloved Seattle icons are in ruin, where zoo animals run free and zombie-like humans rot, who will save the world? How about a foul-mouthed, cheeto-addicted crow?! Profane, gory, and wholly original, this brilliant and funny first novel will urge you to respect Mother Nature—and especially crows—in a whole new way. —Yvette

Deep River

Karl Marlantes

$20.00 $18.00