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Catherine's Staff Picks

Catherine has been a part time bookseller for over 30 years. She teaches full time, so her recommendations are few, but appreciated!

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The Secret History

By Donna Tartt
Narrated by Donna Tartt /  22 hours 3 minutes

In this brilliant novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Donna Tartt gives us a richly textured and hypnotic story of golden youth corrupted by its own moral arrogance.

Richard Papen had never been to New England before his nineteenth year. Then he arrived at Hampeden College and quickly became seduced by the sweet, dark rhythms of campus life --... Read more »

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Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind
By Yuval Noah Harari
Narrated by Derek Perkins /  15 hours 17 minutes

Sapiens

“I don't own many books. I read books and give them away. However, I will NOT be giving away my copy of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. It's a keeper! Sapiens was an intense read for me. I found myself taking breaks every dozen pages or so. Not because I was bored - just the opposite. I needed time to let the author's perspective on the history of our species (you, me, us!) sink in. Yuval Noah Harari is irreverent at times and makes mind-blowing assertions in his book. You may not agree with all of his theories, but what he claims will make you see yourself as the animal you are in a refreshing new light. It's even possible that after you read Sapiens your view of the human condition will have shifted dramatically. Superbly translated from the original Hebrew into English by the author himself, Sapiens is accessible to readers of all types of non-fiction and fiction alike.”

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$34.49 USD

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The Dutch House

A Novel
By Ann Patchett
Narrated by Tom Hanks /  9 hours 52 minutes

The Dutch House

“You can sign me up for any book that is narrated by Tom Hanks. His voice is so incredibly soothing that I could have fallen asleep listening to it. But that would be a mistake. The Dutch House is the evil stepmother story you never knew you needed, and so much more. Though it may be my first read by Ann Patchett, it certainly won't be my last. She writes so lyrically, lending this family epic extra heart and a whole lot of beauty. Though it centers on incredible hardship and grief, I laughed (sometimes at the preposterousness of the situation or commentary) as often as I cried. Patchett made me care, deeply, about her characters, especially Maeve. A timely commentary on how family values influence our choices, the value of forgiveness, and the importance of asserting our own individuality, The Dutch House is a must-listen.”

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My Name Is Lucy Barton

A Novel
By Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by Kimberly Farr /  4 hours 11 minutes

My Name Is Lucy Barton

“Strout has the incredible ability to take ordinary, even mundane situations and use them to make acute observations on the human condition. A mother's visit to her daughter in the hospital becomes the vehicle for an astute examination of daily needs, desires, yearnings, wishes, and dreams that become so much of the remembered experience. Using spare, precise, but beautiful language, she has produced another masterpiece in a growing list of impressive work.”

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Love in Lowercase

A Novel
By Francesc Miralles & Julie Wark
Narrated by Scott Aiello /  5 hours 14 minutes

Love in Lowercase

“A well-written, quirky novel - I can see why this book is a best-seller in several European countries. The characters are eccentric, well-fleshed out and likable. I have to admit that I became quite fond of the main character, a professor of linguistics and German at a University in Spain. This would be a great book to read on a plane or at the beach!”

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Dragons Love Tacos

By Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri
Narrated by Adam Rubin /  6 minutes

A #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon, this deliciously funny read-aloud from the creators of Robo-Sauce and Secret Pizza Party will make you laugh until spicy salsa comes out of your nose.

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party,... Read more »

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Among the Ten Thousand Things

A Novel
By Julia Pierpont
Narrated by Hillary Huber /  9 hours 4 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE AND THE HUFFINGTON POST • For fans of Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Lorrie Moore, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Among the Ten Thousand Things is a dazzling first novel, a portrait of an American family on the cusp of irrevocable change, and a startlingly... Read more »

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Behind Her Eyes

A Suspenseful Psychological Thriller
By Sarah Pinborough
Narrated by Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Huw Parmenter & Bea Holland /  11 hours 28 minutes

Behind Her Eyes

“Behind Her Eyes took me totally by surprise. From the beginning I knew it was the story of a very disturbed person, but which one was the sick one? I knew something happened in the past that was driving two of the main characters, and I thought I was discovering the truth about the past - but, boy, was I wrong. A very dark and eerie psychological thriller of love and obsession that you will not be able to put down until you discover the truth.”

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Mrs. Fletcher

By Tom Perrotta, Alexandra Allwine, JD Jackson, Nicky Maindiratta, Jen Richards, Sarah Steele & Aaron Tveit
Narrated by Finn Wittrock & Carrie Coon /  8 hours 29 minutes

Mrs. Fletcher

“With son Brendan off to college at Berkshire State and ex-husband Ted remarried, Eve Fletcher is feeling a bit unfulfilled, despite her sometimes-trying job as the director of a senior center - until she finds a new and decidedly adult pastime. Neither mother nor son knows what to make of their new lives, and all they know about relationships, to say nothing of sex, seems to be up for discussion. What I love about Tom Perrotta's books is how uncomfortable they can make me feel, while at the same time making me laugh hysterically; Mrs. Fletcher shows Mr. Perrotta in top form on both counts.”

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American Nations

A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
By Colin Woodard
Narrated by Walter Dixon /  12 hours 51 minutes

An illuminating history of North America's eleven rival cultural regions that explodes the red state-blue state myth. North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or... Read more »

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