Favorites from 2020

By The Little Bookshop

By The Little Bookshop

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

David Nott

$26.00 $23.92

Not an easy read by any means but so well-written and moving, you can't put it down. David Nott shares his harrowing stories of war trauma surgery from some of the most dangerous places in the world.

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Robert Kolker

$29.95 $27.55

Couldn't put down this gripping story of a family's painful journey through severe mental illness. It is fascinating, informative, and heartbreaking all at once.

Where I Come from: Stories from the Deep South

Rick Bragg

$26.95 $24.79

We love Rick Bragg! This collection of his best-loved pieces from Southern Living and Garden and Gun cover everything from Tupperware to trucks in only the way he can.

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees

Helen Jukes

$26.95 $24.79

This was a delightful read! It will make you think differently about the beauty in keeping bees and what humans can learn from these amazing insects. Over the course of a year, Helen learns the intricacies of beekeeping and puts her life into perspective.

Migrations

Charlotte McConaghy

$26.99 $24.83

Written almost poetically in some parts, Migrations takes you on a journey involving environmental concerns, adventure, past secrets, and hope for the future. Loved this!

The Vanishing Half

Brit Bennett

$27.00 $24.84

It's no wonder this book got amazing reviews and garnered such attention. Family, relationships, and identity are all called into question in this expertly constructed story.

The Daughters of Foxcote Manor

Eve Chase

$27.00 $24.84

The perfect mix of thriller and suspense, this story of family secrets will keep you guessing until the very end!

Transcendent Kingdom

Yaa Gyasi

$27.95 $25.71

Loved this gorgeously layered story of Gifty, who has been abandoned in more ways than one, and is struggling to understand why the people in her life make the choices they do.

Hamnet

Maggie O'Farrell

$26.95 $24.79

A beautifully-written account of how Shakespeare's beloved son Hamnet's death affected those closest to him.

Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel

Martha Wells

$26.99 $24.83

You must read the Murderbot series, it's fabulous! Start anywhere but read them all.

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue

V. E. Schwab

$26.99 $24.83

A beautifully written story about a young woman in 1700s France who makes a Faustian deal with the lord of the darkness. Really good!!!

The Searcher

Tana French

$27.00 $24.84

Tana French is a great writer and this is my favorite of her books so far. Her formation of the characters is masterful.

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

Grady Hendrix

$22.99 $21.15

This is scary, funny, creepy, campy, good, and scary, and did I say scary? It's so good but keep the lights on and get ready.

Moonflower Murders

Anthony Horowitz

$28.99 $26.67

Anthony Horowitz is one of our favorites and we love when he has a new book come out. This continues some characters from Magpie Murders but you don't have to read that one to enjoy Moonflower Murders.

A Dance with Fate

Juliet Marillier

$17.00 $15.64

Have you read any of Juliet Marillier's books? If not, you really need to. She writes fantasy set in a medieval, celtic-type world with magic and great characters. Her stories are wonderful and will stick with you forever.

The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

Emma Copley Eisenberg

$27.00 $24.84

True crime set in West Virginia about two girls who went missing in the 80's when they were on their way to the Rainbow Gathering. The crime was never solved. The story is told by the author who lived in West Virginia and had heard locals talk about the unsolved crime. Really good!!

Skunk and Badger

Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen

$18.95 $17.43

One of our favorites for middle grade this fall. Adorable and is really good for any age. Badger likes to live alone but when Skunk arrives one day and announces he is Badger's new roommate, Badger has a lot to learn about accepting new things in his life. Charming and funny and wonderful.

The Lions of Fifth Avenue

Fiona Davis

$27.00 $24.84

Great historical fiction set in the New York Public library, everyone loves this book!

Murder in Chianti

Camilla Trinchieri

$27.95 $25.71

The mystery is good but the discussions of food, wine and scenery are why I love this book. First in a new series. I'm already looking for #2 -- where are you??

Axiom's End

Lindsay Ellis

$27.99 $25.75

What if aliens had been living here for many years and the government never told us? This is the story where Cora is tracked down by an alien and she becomes their interpreter to the U. S. government. I listened to the audiobook on Libro.fm and it was great! I hope the author writes a second one.

Perestroika in Paris

Jane Smiley

$26.95 $24.79

Another fall favorite. Wonderful writing. Sometimes the simplest story is the best. Simple but brilliant. This book has amazing reviews.

The Once and Future Witches

Alix E. Harrow

$28.00 $25.76

From the author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January comes a story set in the 1800's about three sisters who reconnect and find their witching powers. Awesome!!

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Holly Jackson

$17.99 $16.55

This is a great Young Adult mystery about a murdered high school student, the student who was responsible, and a student who is digging into the matter and finds that not is all as it seems. Great for adults too!

A Deadly Education

Naomi Novik

$28.00 $25.76

Harry Potter fans, here is a story about a dark school of magic, more monsters than you can count, and a student who might be the most powerful dark wizard ever. Really good!

Black Sun, 1

Rebecca Roanhorse

$27.99 $25.75

Great fantasy by the author of Trail of Lightning which is one of my favorites.

The Silver Arrow

Lev Grossman

$16.99 $15.63

A wonderful chapter book for your children about a magic train and the animals it carries around the world.

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Garth Nix

$19.99 $18.39

In 1980's London, Susan is looking for her father. She stumbles upon a crime and is rescued by the left-handed booksellers of London, a magical association, who helps Susan on her quest, where she discovers her own magical background. A fun young adult read and a good crossover to adults.

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig

$26.00 $23.92

What if you could live your life over, turn left instead of right that day in middle school or say yes to a marriage proposal instead of no? What if? Nora finds herself in the Midnight Library, filled with books that contain all her life's choices and possibilities. What will she do?

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (Hunger Games Novel)

Suzanne Collins

$27.99 $25.75

Here is the backstory about President Snow in the Hunger Games. He grew up in the Capitol but his family fell on hard times. Here is the beginning of the Hunger Games and the choices made by Coriolanus Snow that will have deep ramifications for Panem for years to come. We know how it ends, now see how it starts.