“Nickolas Butler's authorial voice is stalwart as ever, turning toward the natural world and working people with perceptive and unsentimental regard. Even as this story marks a divergence from his beloved Wisconsin landscape for the tourist destination near Jackson Hole, he does not diverge from what he does best: capturing the halting dynamics of male friendships and fractured emotions. The simple plot—a fledgling construction company is hired to build an elaborate house in the middle of nowhere for an eccentric millionaire—turns into an eery page-turner as the amateur builders race against time, brutal elements, and their own demons to complete the project. The story will leave you thinking about our country's widening wealth gap and obsession with capitalism and how work invites both meaning and menace into our lives. I am still grappling with the outcomes Butler gives his characters, but highly recommend reading Godspeed to decide for yourself—you'll fly through it.”Abigail, Storyhouse Bookpub
“Mary Jane is 14 in 1975 and her summer nannying job is filled with surprises, spontaneity, and love as she is pulled into the family of the little girl she watches. A sweet and funny story of discovering yourself, your loved ones, and where you fit in. It really hit home for me.”Courtney Boches, Reads & Company
“Carve out a lot of time for when you start Dream Girl, because you're not going to want to stop! Haunting, atmospheric and often funny — this is one of Lippman's best, which is saying a lot!”Jason Hafer, Reads & Company
“Virginia Feito has effortlessly updated the comedy of manners in this darkly funny mystery. This book will haunt you until you reach the breathtaking conclusion, and you’ll remember Mrs. March for a long time to come.”Olivia Edmunds-Diez, Boulder Book Store
The Rose Code
“While many WWII stories have been told in triplicate, Kate Quinn presents a new angle on the Bletchley Park/code breaker part of the war. She gives us three magnificent main characters who must navigate the turbulent waters not only of the war, but of a new puzzle to solve shortly before the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip.”Sarah Danforth, Towne Book Center and Wine Bar
"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."
So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated...
The Great Alone
“Kristin Hannah's The Great Alone is a powerful, compelling story of survival - survival of the natural elements and of the human spirit. It's 1974, and 13-year-old Leni Allbright lives with her devoted mother, Cora, and abusive father, Ernt, who was a prisoner of war during Vietnam. America is changing after the war, and Ernt thinks their best chance at a fresh start is to move off the grid, to America's last frontier - Alaska. Grizzlies, wolves, and dropping temperatures are Leni's worries outside of her family's cabin, but as Ernt's battle with his demons rages on, it's no safer inside. The result is a beautifully descriptive, heart-wrenching adventure.”Hillary Taylor, Lemuria Bookstore
The Paris Library
“I can’t think of a more perfect novel to recommend to book lovers than The Paris Library! Not only does it bring to life the true story of the heroic librarians of the American Library in Nazi-occupied Paris, its interwoven narrative of a bereft teenager in 1980s Montana who finds a kindred spirit in her mysterious, reclusive, and book-loving French neighbor is a feat of extraordinary storytelling. The Paris Library is a testament to the everlasting power of literature and literary places to bring people together and be a home for everyone, even during our darkest, most hopeless, and divided times.”Alyssa Raymond, Copper Dog Books
“At its simplest, we could just say this is a story about the human condition. Backman’s wry and deceptively simple storytelling provides us an exquisite and astute study of the little complexities that fills our lives with joy and pain. Through his rich story exploring second chances, missed opportunities, and unintended consequences, he captures the essence of what it means to be human and the complexities of navigating relationships with each other by exploring what we say and do not say to one another. The audio version is absolutely spectacular. The narrator brings each character to life with unique and spot-on personalities that I cannot imagine creating myself in my head. Her delivery of the dialogue and story is spot on and kept me laughing throughout.”Cori, Bright Side Bookshop
“A gripping debut that takes all of the skeletons out of the Briscoe family closet and throws them on the front lawn. The depth of character development speaks to my own east Texan family, which feels disconcerting and scandalous. A page-turning read that you won’t want to end.”Charley Rejsek, BookPeople
Such a Quiet Place
“A once tranquil suburb is shocked by two horrible deaths. As the accused killer returns to live in the community, its residents are increasingly uneasy. Pick this book up and you won't want to put it down!”Jane Stiles, Wellesley Books
Britt-Marie Was Here
“Backman's incomparable novels celebrate and revolve around unlikely protagonists: a curmudgeonly widower in A Man Called Ove; a girl on the autism spectrum in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry; and now Britt-Marie, an order-obsessed, cleanliness-loving woman of a certain age. Having left her two-timing husband, Britt-Marie takes a job in the small, depressed town of Borg, and magic begins to happen. Britt-Marie Was Here is another warmhearted delight!”Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books
“Great Circle is about two women 100 years apart: pilot Marian Graves and Hadley Baxter, the actress cast to play the famous pilot. This epic novel is fascinating, adventurous, and well-written, with great characters, historical details, and fantastic settings. Don’t miss this journey!”Kathy Morrison, Newtown Bookshop
“Dark Roads is dark, it is disturbing, and it is very, very entertaining. The mysterious prologue will give you a clue as to how dark it is. It shows us some of the worst of human nature. Disturbing because it is based in part on a highway in Canada where women (most of whom were First Nation) have gone missing with no resolution of their cases. Entertaining because the characters are so compelling, they force you to keep listening and listening and listening. Hailey is a remarkably strong young women whose ability to survive in the wilderness is truly a gift from her beloved father. Beth’s character really evolves in the book from a young woman with no purpose in life, who feels sorry for herself and can’t stand being controlled by her parents into someone with a purpose – find out who murdered her sister Amber in the small town of Cold Creek along the Canadian highway that has claimed many women over the years. Johnny is almost too good to be true – but thank heavens he stays true to himself. And, then there is Wolf – the best dog a woman could ever have. Chevy Stevens is at her best in this thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat through the entire book.”Nancy, Fiction Addiction
Once There Were Wolves
If you enjoyed The Dog Stars, then you’ll love Once There Were Wolves.
“Inti has always relied on tough, talkative Aggie, whether they're with one parent surviving in the wilderness of North America or with the other, a tough cop in Australia. Her sense of security, constantly undermined by her rare neurological disorder - a tactile form of synaesthesia, is fragile at best. We can all relate to Inti's growing fears she faces a parent's illness, her sister's change from strong one to frail one, and the ecological fight of a lifetime. The murder that threatens to undermine her professional project makes Inti question all her certainties (and keeps us guessing until the end!). Like in Mandel's Station Eleven, Heller's The Dog Stars, and McConaghy's earlier novel Migrations, beautiful descriptions of landscapes and tough, edgy questions about ecology enrich a story of a main character searching for strength and trust in a world of disaster, and Inti's story, with its rich parallel themes (book clubs, listen up!) and thriller-speed plot twists, will appeal to a variety of readers.”Nialle, The Haunted Bookshop