Escape Books - easy, funny, or great action!

By White Birch Books

By White Birch Books

The House in the Cerulean Sea

Tj Klune

$26.99 $24.83

Right about now, we could all use an island getaway, right? Come sail away to Marsyas, an island with magical children who will make you laugh out loud with their antics. It's been compared to Umbrella Academy meets any Wes Anderson movie. Plus a sweet slow burn LGBT romance and a main character who we can all relate to. Don't you wish you were here?

Nothing to See Here

Kevin Wilson

$26.99 $24.83

An old friend is called in to help take care of some troublesome stepchildren. The problem - they spontaneously combust when they get worked up. This is problematic because their father is a Senator trying to move up in the government. I loved everything about this book - including the 'fire children.'

Space Opera (Reprint)

Catherynne M Valente

$16.00 $14.72

Space Opera is wacky beyond belief. A washed up rock star is called upon to get his band back together and save the earth. If he fails - total annihilation. No pressure, dude. This one is just plain fun.

Noir

Christopher Moore

$16.99 $15.63

Christopher Moore will always make you laugh many times over. Here he takes on the concept of noir, with a great cast of characters, aliens, an escaped snake - and so much more. Also check out Lamb, Sacre Bleu and Fluke!

Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston

$16.99 $15.63

Romance is in the air! The first son and the Prince of England hate each other - or do they? Read on. This is the story we need right now.

Rabbit Cake

Annie Hartnett

$15.95 $14.67

True confession - this book starts out with the mother dying. But I put it on this list because it's so good, quirky, and wonderful. I laughed, cried and loved it and you will, too!

Almost, Maine

John Cariani

$18.99 $17.47

I LOVE THIS BOOK! A series of stories, Almost, Maine all takes place on one night when wonderful things did or did not happen. Each story in this book is wonderful and you will want to read it again and again and again. This is the feel good book of the year!!!!! (Is that enough exclamation points?)

Orphan X

Gregg Hurwitz

$9.99 $9.19

This is pure escapism. Evan Smoak is Orphan X. He has escaped a top secret government program and now uses his amazing skills to help people. They simply call him and he helps. And he can do almost anything. There are five books in the series now and they are all wonderful escapist candy. I love Evan Smoak!

On Turpentine Lane

Elinor Lipman

$14.99 $13.79

Screwball romantic comedy - this is Elinor Lipman at her finest!

The Arrangement

Sarah Dunn

$16.99

Lucy and Owen decide to try something - a 6-month arrangement where they can stray. They have definite ground rules and it's just to give it a try. No big deal, right? Oh, so wrong!

The Book of Polly

Kathy Hepinstall

$16.00 $14.72

I don't read a lot of books set in the south, but this one got me. Polly is in her 50s. Her daughter Willow is 10. She wants to know about her mother's past, but she's not getting answers. Until she finally does. Quirky (sorry - using that word alot!) and sweet, this is a mother/daughter duo you will remember.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Balli Kaur Jaswal

$16.99 $15.63

Do I need to tell you more or will the title do it? Trust me, this one is enlightening, fun and pretty darn sexy. There's also a bit of an underlying mystery. This might be a fun after hours read aloud. Just a thought!

Rules for Visiting

Jessica Francis Kane and Edward Carey

$17.00 $15.64

May is a gardener and likes plants more than people. When she wins some grant money, she decides to take time off to go visit four of her good friends - and off we go. May has rules and they are good ones. We learn a lot about her, her friends, and her life. And guess what - she learns something too! A sweet gem of a book!

Evvie Drake Starts Over

Linda Holmes

$17.00 $15.64

On the day Evvie was going to leave her husband, he died. How annoying! Now stuck in the role of grieving widow, she takes in a boarder, a major league pitcher with the yips. Guess what - romance blooms!! But it's not that simple or else it would be a short book. This is grown up romance with laughs, quirk and baseball.