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By Open Book Bookstore

Elkins Park and Philadelphia Area Novels or Authors 


Laurie Halse Anderson

$10.99 $10.11

Our favorite local YA author's memoir is now in paperback!

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed

Leila del Duca and Laurie Halse Anderson

$16.99 $15.63

Coming Soon: Laurie Halse Anderson's first graphic novel

The Dutch House

Ann Patchett

$27.99 $25.19

Ann Patchett's novel takes place mostly in Elkins Park, Jenkintown, and Rydal.


Madeline Miller

$16.99 $15.63

Finally in Paperback! Madeline Miller of the Mainline Philadelphia suburbs deserved all the raves she's received for this fantastic retelling of tales from Greek mythology.

Long Bright River

Liz Moore

$26.00 $23.40

Liz Moore addresses the opoid problem in the Kensington area of Philadelphia in her latest thrilling novel.


Jon McGoran

$18.99 $17.47

Jon McGoran's thrilling conclusion of the SPLICED trilogy will be out in May 2020

Henna House

Nomi Eve


Local author Nomi Eve's second novel of a Jewish woman from Yemen was the 2014-2015 "One Book One Jewish Community" title for the Philadlephia area.

Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid

$26.00 $23.40

Kiley Reid moved from New York to the Philadelphia area after her main character did the same!

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

$23.99 $21.59

Local author Erica Armstrong Dunbar's lively non-fiction telling of the Harriet Tubman is a stunning and powerful mix of pop culture and scholarship.

If We Had Known

Elise Juska


Cheltenham High School Alumna Elise Juska looks at a school shooting from a new perspective.

LILLI de Jong

Janet Benton

$16.00 $14.72

Local author (and bookstore customer) Janet Benton certainly did her research! Her first novel, about an unwed Quaker mother in late 19th century Philadelphia was named a Library Journal Best Historical Fiction Book of 2017.


Liz Moore

$15.95 $14.67

Liz Moore's wonderfully sad but hopeful literary tale of the oversized Arthur Opp.

The Blessings

Elise Juska


This 2014 novel by the director of the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of the Arts was hailed as one of the best books of 2014 by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Family Orchard

Nomi Eve


Nomi Eve's first novel was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.


Jon McGoran

$9.99 $9.19

The sequel to local author Jon McGoran's SPLICED takes place in Philadelphia and other parts of south east PA.

Poisoned Pawn

David Siegel Bernstein

$14.95 $13.75

Local resident David Bernstein, author of "BLOCKBUSTER SCIENCE: The Real Science in Science Fiction" has dipped his toes into detective fiction with this new novel.

Everyone Loves a Parade!*

Guilherme Franco and Andrea Denish

$17.99 $16.55

Congratulations to Andrea Denish, who , five years ago, helped us with our initial bookstore funding video. Now she's a picture book author!

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller

$16.98 $15.62

Madeline Miller's earlier novel retells the legendary story of Achilles and the Trojan War.

Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

$16.99 $15.63

Erica Armstrong Dunbar's 2017 finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and a winner of the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Award started when the author happend on an ad for a runaway slave while researching something at Philadelphia's Library Company.