Laura's Staff Pick List - Updated!

By White Birch Books

By White Birch Books

The Knockout Queen

Rufi Thorpe

$26.95 $24.79

Bunny and Michael are the most unlikely of friends - she is tall, gorgeous and wealthy, he is living with his aunt and hiding the fact that he is gay. But friends they are, until a surprising brutal act changes everything for both of them. This is one of those stories that really surprises.

Enter the Aardvark

Jessica Anthony

$26.00 $23.92

What can I say about this one except you MUST read it! Seriously, just read it.

This Tender Land

William Kent Krueger

$17.00 $15.64

Out in paperback, kept saying this book brought you back to a kinder, gentler time. But it's set during the depression! So, go figure. There is something beautiful here as we escape with the orphans and float off down the river to explore an America of a very different time.

Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Kawai Strong Washburn

$27.00 $24.84

I will never think of Hawaii in the same way after reading this book - a powerful look at the history of the Hawaiian gods and ancestors as well as the current day poverty and hopelessness.

The End of October

Lawrence Wright

$27.95 $25.71

Why did I read a book about a pandemic during a pandemic? Who knows, but I learned a lot! Seriously, this book has it all - a deadly virus that spreads quickly, has an unkown origin, potential geopolitical strife, and one super doctor who could save the day!

Ask Again, Yes

Mary Beth Keane

$17.00 $15.64

Out in paperback, this family saga really posed the question, would you do it again if you knew how it all ended? For these two families who happen to live next to each other, that answer is very complicated.

The Guest List

Lucy Foley

$27.99 $25.75

Something has gone very wrong at a big, fancy wedding on a small island off Ireland's coast. Lucy Foley is very good at ratching up the suspense. What went wrong and who is the bad guy? There are so many to choose from on this guest list!!!

Hollywood Park: A Memoir

Mikel Jollett

$27.99 $25.75

Mikel was born into a cult. He was raised with other children in a dorm-like setting by babysitters. Later, his mother escaped with him and his brother, but the damage was done. I don't read a lot of memoirs, but this one really got me. His story is so compelling as he slowly, with many bumps and wrong turns, learns to make his way in the world.

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

Grady Hendrix

$22.99 $21.15

A vampire has moved into a pristine gated community and it is up to the ladies to do something about it! At first, this novel seems extremely campy, but by the end it's almost a feminist manifesto - and a vampire slaying how to!

Magic for Liars

Sarah Gailey

$17.98 $16.54

Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it in the first place. Right.... When called to investigate a murder at The Osthorne Academy for Young Mages, where her magical twin sister teaches, Ivy has to get over herself and use her detective skills, sans magic, to solve the case.

Simon the Fiddler

Paulette Jiles

$27.99 $25.75

Paulette Jiles is back doing what she does so well - evoking a time and a place perfectly. This time it is Texas at the end of the Civil War as we follow Simon as he tries to win his true love. The music in the book is wonderful!

Unsheltered

Barbara Kingsolver

$17.99 $16.55

As we all quarantine clean, this book is a perfect read! Seriously, it's a very good look at how we are living today and maybe some of the changes we could think about making.

The Imperfects

Amy Meyerson

$27.99 $25.75

When the Miller matriarch passes away, the remaining family realizes that she has had in her possession, all of this time, the long missing Florentine Diamond. Can the estranged Millers bury their petty squabbles long enough to do what it takes to claim the inheritance?

The Half-Drowned King

Linnea Hartsuyker

$15.99 $14.71

For those looking for good, meaty reads, this is a great start. The first in a trilogy about the rise of King Harald, the first King of Norway. I think this is the definition of the word saga!

The Mountains Wild: A Mystery

Sarah Stewart Taylor

$27.99 $25.75