Staff Picks - Marilyn

 
For me, a day that I don’t read is a cryin’ shame of a day! It’s as necessary as breathing for me. And since I’m curious about nearly everything, the daily quest for the newest, next beauty is always dangling as a shiny promise just around the corner. Currently I’m excited about “big fiction” - grand, overarching novels; science books about virology and disease; biographies and kids books of all ages.  
 

$26.00
ISBN: 9781476789088
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 14th, 2015

Stavros Stavros has announced his impending death to family and friends, even inviting them all via Facebook to his “final Dinner”. His identity of a benevolent saintly person doesn’t quite match his real behavior as a hypercritical father, nagging ex-husband. Is he really dying or simply seeking his family's’ blessing? You decide! A funny, tender book.  -- Marilyn


$16.99
ISBN: 9780062120403
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Published: Ecco Press - January 28th, 2014

In the wild southwest of Texas, this story unspools the generational saga of a family embedded in Texas land. A rich story, Meyer portrays their brutal and total love for this vast dry land. It’s wonderful. -- Marilyn


$25.00
ISBN: 9781501115066
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Published: Atria Books - June 16th, 2015

Elsa has a deep bond with her fierce irascible grandmother. Who wouldn’t? After all, they go on wild romps and quests all over, upsetting the status quo. When her grandmother dies, Elsa is angry at being left by her and angrier still to do the last quest for her grandmother involving the quirky tenants. This most wonderful book is deliciously funny, wicked and tender - I love it. -- Marilyn


$24.95
ISBN: 9781565129283
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - June 2nd, 2015

Otto Ringling’s travel and spiritual adventures continue with Volya, an enlightened Rinpoche, now brother-in law across the west on “Rinps” lecture tour. Otto is still prone toward over-analysis about everything, providing Rinpoche rich lecture material and readers a big dose of laughter and grand reading. Lovely, lovely book. -- Marilyn


$28.00
ISBN: 9781476755717
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 3rd, 2015

SO how does Russia work? This wild ride through post-communist Russia’s opening financial markets to the west reads like a business thriller and it is though NOT fiction. It has high tension, audacious moves, sudden market fluctuations, threatening characters and murder. Browder writes a compelling book.

--Marilyn


$28.00
ISBN: 9780316334310
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 14th, 2015

I confess to being late seeing the work of Kate Mulgrew and only know her acting as the formidably kitchen boss in Orange As The New Black. Suffice to say, the second I could get my hands on her memoir, I devoured it. Kate is strong and brave - uncommonly so, from her tiniest tot years to the present. Wonderful read.


$30.00
ISBN: 9781400065677
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Published: Random House - September 2nd, 2014

A massive novel with intertwined stories that weave fantastic adventure in time spinning forward and backward. Wicked people and deeply wise people in deadly dances toward immortality. I loved it completely. 


$27.95
ISBN: 9781594632556
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 16th, 2014

Krysta, a precocious little girl, is unruly and troubled as she processes her mother's suicide. Schooled in Grimm's fairy tales, her life becomes a fairy tale filled with elusive beauty and deadly trials. A Holocaust tale that unerringly bites into the edges of darkness and peril. Sometimes I read a book that shimmers in a special way. This is that book for me.


$13.95
ISBN: 9780761174417
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 7th, 2014

Heroes give meaning to life in unspoken ways through magnificent actions. Here is collection of animal heroes that broaden the idea of heroes that brightens all our lives.


By Annik LaFarge, Scott Mlyn (Photographer), Juan Valentin (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780500291412
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Published: Thames & Hudson - May 20th, 2014

Possibly the greatest walking trip of New York everyone can enjoy - a joyous creation of reclaimed urban space riding the pulse of NYC.


$8.95
ISBN: 9781930238473
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Published: Yosemite Association - June 10th, 2014

Yosemite In Pictures is stunning; a great gift; siren's muse; a motivating quest and so much more. Sublime.


$16.00
ISBN: 9780743245463
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Published: Atria Books - February 9th, 2005

If you're naturally competitive but your knees can’t take running anymore, here’s a great new challenge. Obmasick reports from the road on the birdwatchers race to complete the entire big for sightings. This race isn’t for light-weights but it’s quite entertaining.


$24.00
ISBN: 9781101870013
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Published: Pantheon Books - February 3rd, 2015

Read these stories for the perfect beauty of Baxter’s writing.Savor these characters, at once fragile and resilient.These stories are a gift.  -- Marilyn


$24.95
ISBN: 9780307911773
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Published: Pantheon Books - February 10th, 2015

Wow - an incredible read. I love it, love it! Vietnam a country torn apart, a people finding and mending their broken selves. Just amazing. -- Marilyn


$13.95
ISBN: 9781616200527
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - June 14th, 2011