Emily Recommends

Emily is one of our booksellers by night and a "little school" teacher by day.

I am a bedtime reader, reading as much as I can before falling asleep each night. That being said, I never like anything too serious, sad, or scary that would keep me up. I'll read anything that I could talk to my girlfriends about and generally I have a strict 300 page policy. At this point, I won't even crack a book if its over 300 pages because it would just take me too darn long to finish and I'd be bored before I got to the end.

Favorite Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Pop Culture, Children's Literature Picture Books

5 Most Recent Books:

The Essex Serpent Saints for All Occasions The Shattered Tree The Spy The Magnolia Story

5 Favorite Books:

5 Favorite Children's Books:

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The Essex Serpent Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062666376
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Custom House - June 6th, 2017

"This story finds its main character, Cora Seaborne, by the bedside of her somewhat vicious and now dying husband. It is 19th century England and Cora is a woman about to discover true independence of mind, spirit, and body for the first time. Her newfound freedom leads her to the coast in search of a mythical serpent said to be plaguing the country people. What she finds is a number of new friends, and an endless conflict between science and religion. Sarah Perry’s writing smacks of Jane Austen, but a darker layer is also present for those who enjoy gothic fiction."--Reviewed by Emily


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Saints for All Occasions Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307959577
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

"Follow the challenges and successes of an Irish Catholic family whose matriarch and patriarch came to America as teens in the 50’s. Leaving behind tradition and family, they built a life for themselves in the Boston area. The chapters bounce from past to present, revealing the roots of family secrets, and the repercussions of choices made long ago. Steeped in themes of what it is to be a Catholic in a modern world, family dysfunction, and the American dream."--Reviewed by Emily

 


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The Shattered Tree Cover Image
$13.49
ISBN: 9780062386281
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 25th, 2017

"The time is World War I and British nurse Bess Crawford has sustained a mild injury at the front lines.  She is sent to Paris to recover away from the shelling. Despite orders to take it easy, Bess finds herself increasingly entangled in the identity and origins of a French soldier she once tended to.  You will like this book if you like mysteries by Alan Bradley or Martin Walker.  Instead of being gruesome or terrifying, it leaves you puzzling over facts.  Readers don’t need to be familiar with the characters from previous Bess Crawford mysteries to enjoy this one."--Reviewed by Emily

 


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The Spy Cover Image
$19.80
ISBN: 9781524732066
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 22nd, 2016

A short tale but one worth telling of the infamous Mata Hari. Known almost exclusively for being accused of espionage during WWI, her short life was much more than that. Based on letters written in her final days, this latest work by Paulo Coelho comes at a time when strong women like Mata Hari are celebrated.  In the book her character even states that she was born in the wrong time.  Her thirst for freedom and independence would have helped her flourish in 2017.  Unfortunately, these traits worked against her from her birth in 1876 to her death by execution in 1917.

 


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The Magnolia Story Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780718079185
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Thomas Nelson - October 18th, 2016

The endearing stars of HGTV’s show "Fixer Upper" tell their story from childhood to the present. Chip and Joanna cover all of the pitfalls and miracles that had to happen to get them to their present success. Those unfamiliar with the show will still enjoy the pure inspiration these two bring to an audience. While Chip spearheads the demolition and construction on homes they purchase, Joanna deals with the design end...and her taste is impeccable. Together they have created a business out of flipping fixer uppers for home buyers in Waco, Texas. Readers will walk away with a profound sense of hope and renewed energy in whatever it is that they love.


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The Cartographer's Daughter Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780553535280
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

"I could not put this down! This book is geared towards 10 and up and I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone younger than that. There is action,
adventure, a little bit of love, friendship, magic, and it all swirls around an ancient and mysterious island myth. The story moves quickly which keeps the reader reading and the heroine on her toes. If there were a sequel, I would read it in a heartbeat."--Reviewed by Emily


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Winter Storms Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780316261173
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 4th, 2016

"The last in the Quinn family trilogy, this was my favorite. I will miss these characters! Hilderbrand keeps readers on their toes with surprises around
every corner. She ties up any loose ends from books one and two in a neat little Christmas bow. She continues to provide a perfect replica of a small New England town. Touching down in both Block Island and New York City in this latest work, she proves her ability to weave a story away from Nantucket. I left the book feeling genuinely happy for all members of the story and definitely in the holiday spirit."--Reviewed by Emily


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The Mighty Odds (the Odds Series #1) Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781419712715
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Published: Amulet Books - September 13th, 2016

"This is the first book in a series that will follow the lives of four twelve year olds and their friends after one life changing event.  On the ride home from a field trip, their bus randomly flips over during a huge storm.  As if this wasn’t enough to process, everyone in the bus seems to have gained some sort of super power.  What caused this supernatural phenomenon? Who is the real enemy? Will middle school ever be the same for these kids and their teachers?  With a little bit of mystery and a lot of action, this reader can’t wait for the next book."--Reviewed by Emily

 


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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo Cover Image
$25.20
ISBN: 9781501139888
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Published: Gallery Books - August 16th, 2016

"From first chapter to last this book made me laugh out loud. What it didn’t do was mimic many other comedians first books with pure fluff. There is
substance and grit in these pages. Schumer tackles some tough and important topics like domestic abuse, childhood poverty, and consent. She retraces her steps to success and the people who helped get her where she is today. If you like her now for her blunt unladylike commentary, you’ll walk away loving her for her family values and introverted personal life."--Reviewed by Emily


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The Kingdom Cover Image
By Fuminori Nakamura, Kalau Almony (Translator)
$21.56
ISBN: 9781616955922
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Published: Soho Crime - July 12th, 2016

"This novel, translated from Japanese by Kalau Almony, is a thrilling, dark, crime novel. It follows Yurika, a seductive thief of sorts who pretends to be a prostitute while stealing incriminating photos of high powered men in Tokyo. Who she works for she isn’t exactly sure but they pay her large sums of money for her expertise and her silence. Having grown up in an orphanage and not made many connections in adulthood, Yurika is a lone wolf. Her life suddenly turns a dark corner when she runs into someone from her past and none of her clever, sneaky skills can hide her from one of the most powerful underworld bosses in Japan. At times jarring to read, this one will make your heart race."--Reviewed by Emily


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Vivian Apple at the End of the World Cover Image
$8.09
ISBN: 9780544668676
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Published: Young Readers Paperback - June 14th, 2016

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"Being a teenager almost always involves dealing with lust, love, parental misunderstanding, questions of faith, and trying to find direction. Vivian Apple is about to attempt these typical teen challenges on the edge of a supposed apocalypse. A mega-church is scooping up members left and right to follow a charismatic leader towards an impending Rapture. When Viv’s parents turn into Believers, she finds herself on a cross country journey in search of answers and loved ones. Throughout this coming-of-age journey, the question around every corner remains the same: has the world come to an end?"--Reviewed by Emily


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Modern Lovers Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9781594634673
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 31st, 2016

"The author of The Vacationers is back with another fun piece of fiction. Modern Lovers narrates the lives of several dear friends who rocked out in a band together as youths. Now they find themselves middle aged, seriously adulting, and raising teens of their own. The characters are real enough to feel like someone your own family might see around the neighborhood, if your neighborhood were an up and coming corner of Brooklyn. Perfectly poised for a warm-weather release, Modern Lovers will be an absorbing read for your summer."--Reviewed by Emily


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Wolf Hollow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101994825
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

"Set against the backdrop of rural Pennsylvania, the story of Wolf Hollow could really have taken place in any country town in the USA during the 1940s.  Over seas, World War II rages on, but in this small farm community the bombing couldn’t seem farther away.  Eleven year old Annabelle suddenly has her hands full when a terrible accident occurs outside the schoolhouse one afternoon.  It’s a mystery that needs solving and she’s sure that the new bully in town, Betty, has everything to do with it.  But how is she connected to Toby, the silent WWI vet living in a shack in the woods?  And will the truth change what happened to poor Ruth?"--Reviewed by Emily


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The Night Sister Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9780804169974
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Published: Anchor Books - March 8th, 2016

Now out in paperback:

"As in her National Bestseller Winter People (2014), McMahon has seamlessly blended the genres of mystery and thriller with haunting supernatural forces. This novel uses some of the same elements that made its predecessor such a captivating read while conveying a vastly different story. McMahon binds readers to the story from the get-go with a slightly gruesome opener, an idyllic New England town, and a fictionalized local history that feels instantly authentic. This book is well suited for those kick-starting their mystery reading. While the thrill of the plot might keep readers up at night, the story always falls quickly back into the realm of the supernatural before becoming terribly scary."--Reviewed by Emily


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Happily Ali After: And Other Fairly True Tales Cover Image
$13.49
ISBN: 9780062238504
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 1st, 2016

Now out in paperback:

"Imagine Chelsea Handler without all the raunchy party-girl anecdotes and you have Ali Wentworth. A 50 year old mother and wife whose attempts to live according to popular motivational quotes are realistic, relatable, and hysterical. Out just in time for Summer 2015, this is going to be a great vacation or beach read. Her giggle-inducing stories of managing her career and her self-deprecating humor keep the pages turning. I’d want my girlfriends to read this and then pass it along to their girlfriends."--Reviewed by Emily


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American Housewife: Stories Cover Image
$21.60
ISBN: 9780385541039
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: Doubleday Books - January 12th, 2016

"These may be just the right short stories for readers who typically gravitate towards novels or longer pieces. Each chapter is a crisp, thought provoking commentary on what it means to be a housewife in the traditional American sense. Ellis spins her housewife characters into hilarious, chilling, brave, and real women. Don’t miss my favorites, “How to be a Grown Ass Lady” with its advice for life and “How to be a Patron of the Arts” about becoming yourself when you’re already a grown up. Readers can expect to laugh, shed a tear, cringe, and applaud."--Reviewed by Emily


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Crenshaw Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781250043238
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 22nd, 2015

"Whenever the main character's life gets a little bit stressful, his imaginary friend pops up to complicate matters.  It doesn't help that the imaginary friend is a gigantic purple cat...who talks!  Really, Crenshaw the Cat helps his boy work through times when the family is homeless, broke, and hungry.  This silly character tackles the very important topics of childhood hunger, poverty, and homelessness."--Reviewed by Emily  Ages 9+


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Why Not Me? Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9780804138147
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Published: Crown Archetype - September 15th, 2015

Fans of Kaling’s first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? will undoubtedly be excited to see this most recent collection of essays. Her
first book laid out her roots so fans could see where she was coming from and how she got her career off the ground. This next installment promises to offer insight into her current life including her thoughts on relationships, careers, friendship, body image, and on finding contentment. Kaling’s charm is in her smart sense of humor and ability to make readers feel like they are her pals,
curled up on her couch in New Hampshire sharing a cozy night in, laughing raucously."--Reviewed by Emily


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Home Cover Image
By Carson Ellis, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$15.29
ISBN: 9780763665296
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 24th, 2015

"I love to give this book as a gift.  It features simple text and gorgeous illustrations.  Each page is an example of home that someone or something lives in.  From old shoes to hillside cottages, this covers them all.  Readers may recognize Carson Ellis as the illustrator in residence for the band, The Decemberists."--Reviewed by Emily  Ages 2+


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Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419712197
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

"Whimsical illustrations dance along with the lyrical story of a single woman who makes hats for a living in Paris.  While her life is very chic, she lacks her own perfect hat.  Many offer her their own as a substitute but none fit just right until a true friend offers something very special indeed."--Reviewed by Emily  Ages 2+

 


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And Then There Were None Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9780062325549
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 6th, 2014

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Books


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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Kazu Kibuishi (Illustrator), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545582889
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 27th, 2013

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Maine Cover Image
$15.26
ISBN: 9780307742216
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Books


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The Dovekeepers Cover Image
$16.20
ISBN: 9781451617481
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 3rd, 2012

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Books


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Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781606600221
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Published: Calla Ed - November 17th, 2011

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Ella Enchanted Cover Image
$7.19
ISBN: 9780064407052
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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The 19th Wife Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780812974157
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade - June 2nd, 2009

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Books


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A Beatrix Potter Treasury Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780723259572
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Published: Warne Frederick & Company - February 1st, 2008

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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The Great Gatsby Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780743273565
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 1st, 2004

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Books


In the Night Kitchen Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$7.16
ISBN: 9780064434362
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Published: HarperCollins - January 18th, 1996

One of Emily's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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