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Jennifer is the store manager.

I am an avid and eclectic reader.  My true loves are classic and Scandinavian mysteries, but I really read all over the map.  A little weird is better in my book, as are interesting, but little-known histories and science topics.

Favorite Genres: Mystery, General Fiction, Science, Humor

 

5 Most Recent Books:

Big Book of Continental Op The Wanderers Unreliable Nutshell Good Good Pig

5 Favorite Books:

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Whose Body? The Amsterdam Cops The Soul of an Octopus

5 Favorite Children's Books:

Little Pea Frog and Toad are Friends Princess in Black The Phantom Tollbooth Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children
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The Big Book of the Continental Op Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525432951
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - November 28th, 2017

"Dashiell Hammett was the creator of some of the most famous American detectives of the early 20th century, including Sam Spade and Nick Charles. But it was his creation of the epitome of the hard-boiled detective-the Continental Op-that really made me fall in love with Hammett’s storytelling. The unnamed narrator of over 20 stories and two novels, the Continental Op is the workman behind the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Robbery, arson, missing persons and murder are all cases for the detective-and this collection has them all! Written originally in the 1920’s and 30’s, this is a great introduction to the fantastic world of Dashiell Hammett!"--Reviewed by Jennifer

 


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The Wanderers Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780399574634
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

"On the surface, The Wanderers is a tale of three astronauts and their preparations for the mission that will take them to Mars.  But Meg
Howrey’s fantastic novel is so much more than that.  It is the tale of relationships and of what is real or imagined.  Spending seventeen months in a realistic simulation, astronauts Helen Kane, Sergei Kuznetsov and Yoshihiro Tanaka each bring a special strength to their mission, and each one also leaves behind a loved one.  From the daily tasks to the emergency maneuvers aboard the simulator, the astronauts must be prepared for anything that may occur in the ultimate trip to Mars.  Told in the alternating voices of astronauts and family, it is the story of discovery and despair, hopefulness and wonder."--Reviewed by Jennifer

 


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Unreliable Cover Image
$24.26
ISBN: 9780385542050
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

"Traveling home to Richmond, VA for his mother’s wedding, dysfunctional college professor Edwin Stith gets wrapped up in the dysfunction of his soon-to-be step family, his former friends and lovers.  And to make matters worse, his student/lover may be on her way too.  Edwin is our charming, bumbling Unreliable narrator.  It’s impossible to separate fact from fantasy in Edwin’s mind-and that’s part of the macabre fun of Lee Irby’s latest novel.  Set amidst the glorious/faded history of the south, Irby makes the locale as much a part of the story as the characters themselves.  A swiftly paced tale that takes place over just one weekend, you will finish the book, think about it for a while, then go pick it back up again. An engaging story!"--Reviewed by Jennifer


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Frog and Toad Are Friends (I Can Read Level 2) Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062572738
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Published: HarperCollins - January 3rd, 2017

One of Jennifer's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Today Will Be Different Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780316403436
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 4th, 2016

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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780345539960
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: Delacorte Press - September 20th, 2016

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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780761169086
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 20th, 2016

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Nutshell Cover Image
$22.46
ISBN: 9780385542074
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 13th, 2016

"What would you do if you heard your mother plotting to kill your father with her brother-in-law lover? How could you prevent it or at the very least avenge it? Now how would you do this is if you were still in utero? This unlikely premise stems from the amazing mind of Ian McEwan, author of indie bestsellers Atonement, Sweet Tooth, On Chesil Beach and myriad of others. A strange take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Nutshell is a masterful and wonderfully told tale. Fans of McEwan will delight in this departure and new fans will adore the mind of the yet-unnamed narrator. Highly recommended!"--Reviewed by Jennifer


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Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Kopp Sisters Novel #2) Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9780544409941
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 6th, 2016

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The Zig Zag Girl (Ruth Galloway Mysteries) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544811874
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Published: Mariner Books - September 6th, 2016

"A story of magicians as WWII special ops soldiers.  A fun tale of magic and murder."--Reviewed by Jennifer


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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #1) Cover Image
$10.79
ISBN: 9781594749025
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Published: Quirk Books - August 2nd, 2016

One of Jennifer's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Did You Ever Have a Family Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476798189
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 17th, 2016

"A tale of despair and redemption, told with masterful writing.  Hard to put down!"--Reviewed by Jennifer

 


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The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781451697728
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

One of Jennifer's 5 Favorite Books


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The Little Paris Bookshop Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553418798
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Published: Broadway Books - March 22nd, 2016

One of Jennifer's 5 Favorite Books


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Spill Simmer Falter Wither Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544716193
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 8th, 2016

"spill simmer falter wither is Sara Baume’s beautifully written first novel. Dysfunctional human Ray impulsively connects with rescue dog One Eye. The man-dog relationship allows Ray to finally see his life for what it is-living in the shadow of a long-dead, uncaring father. Man and dog are forced to flee when One Eye attacks another dog and they set off on a rambling road trip. Baume’s prose is constructed in such a way that we are never sure if Ray is speaking to One Eye or to us-and this is the magic of great storytelling."--Reviewed by Jennifer


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I'm Traveling Alone Cover Image
$24.30
ISBN: 9780525428961
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Published: Viking - February 23rd, 2016

"A welcome addition to the Scandinavian mystery genre, I’m Traveling Alone is by Samuel Bjork (pen name of Norwegian novelist/playwright/musician Frode Sander Oien). A tense thriller with remarkably real (and really flawed) characters, the story narrative is driven by events of the past. Main characters Holger Munch and Mia Kruger are at the center of the investigation and (try) not to let their personal issues get in the way. I’m hopeful that this is just the beginning of an amazing series featuring the Oslo homicide unit."--Reviewed by Jennifer


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Weathering Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9781632863577
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - January 19th, 2016

"After the death of her mother, Ada reluctantly returns to her former home along the river with her young daughter, Pepper, to a house she left thirteen years earlier with no intention of ever returning.  But Ada and Pepper find that they are intertwined, not only with the house, but with the life that Ada and her mother had. Lucy Wood weaves the reader into this story with a hint of mystery and a touch of other-worldliness, and her characters represent the insecurities we all feel at one time or another.  A great first novel, I am anxiously awaiting more from this fine writer."--Reviewed by Jennifer


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The Sergeant's Cat (Amsterdam Cops) Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781616956981
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Published: Soho Crime - September 15th, 2015

One of Jennifer's 5 Favorite Books


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The Princess in Black Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Leuyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763678883
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 14th, 2015

One of Jennifer's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems about Just about Everything Cover Image
By Calef Brown, Calef Brown (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780805099287
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 17th, 2015

"If you are not yet familiar with the poetry and illustration of Calef Brown, this is a great time to pick up Hypnotize a Tiger. What a perfect example of why this author/illustrator is such a big hit with kids of all ages!"--Reviewed by Jennifer

Silly poems about pigeonfrogs, falaffel, a skyscraper rocket and (my favorite) a turtle in a fez, accompany Brown’s charming 2-tone illustrations. Hypnotize a Tiger is a fun and slightly silly way to get kids to love poetry!

Ages 8-11.


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Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9780316228862
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 23rd, 2014

"Another installment in the enchanting Red Knit Cap Girl series by talented author and illustrator Naoko Stoop. This time we find Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends in the forest, where they learn the joy of sharing books with others. The simple story of sharing is brought to life with beautiful illustrations that make you wish you could join the friends in the forest! Best for ages 3-6 years."--Reviewed by Jennifer


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Cinnamon and Gunpowder Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250050182
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Published: Picador USA - June 3rd, 2014

"The story of a beautiful pirate and her kidnapped chef-in an epicure’s adventure on the sea."--Reviewed by Jennifer


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What's Your Favorite Animal? (Eric Carle and Friends' What's Your Favorite #1) Cover Image
By Eric Carle, Eric Carle (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780805096415
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - January 21st, 2014

"A visually stunning collection by some of the world’s most famous illustrators– Eric Carle, Jon Klassen, Mo Willems, Rosemary Wells– are brought together in this fantastic book. Ever wonder what animal your favorite childhood illustrator adores? Lane Smith’s favorite is the elephant and Peter McCarty loves bunnies."--Reviewed by Jennifer


I Am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change the World) Cover Image
$13.49
ISBN: 9780803740822
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Published: Dial Books - January 14th, 2014

"Brad Meltzer, well-known mystery author, has teamed with illustrator Elipoulos to create a fantastic biography series for young children. Called Ordinary People Change the World, the latest is I am Amelia Earhart. Combining a simple text of Earhart’s life and accomplishments in a fun storybook, this story teaches us that we can all be heroes and inspires kids to learn and dream. A fantastic way to introduce children to an early love of history and biography, complimented by Eliopoulos’ charming illustrations. Best for ages 5-8."--Reviewed by Jennifer


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The Woman Who Wouldn't Die (Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery #9) Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9781616952976
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Published: Soho Crime - January 7th, 2014

"This is the ninth book in Cotterill’s great series starring Dr. Siri, the elderly coroner of Laos. Dr. Siri’s mysticism consistently gets him entangled in mysteries, his friends and occasional ghosts get in his way and the secrets of his country keep him on his toes (and wrapped up in red tape).

The latest novel revolves around the well-kept secrets of his wife’s past and a clairvoyant who has risen from them dead. Set in a turbulent time in Laos history, Cotterill seamlessly mixes his stories with the history of this fascinating country."--Reviewed by Jennifer


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Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062307545
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Published: Bourbon Street Books - January 7th, 2014

One of Jennifer's 5 Favorite Books


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The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780345496096
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 17th, 2007

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Amsterdam Cops: Collected Stories Cover Image
$15.30
ISBN: 9781569472101
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Crime - July 1st, 2003

One of Jennifer's 5 Favorite Books


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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679775430
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

One of Jennifer's 5 Favorite Books


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