Staff Picks - Nancy


 
Born and raised in suburban Chicago. BA in Liberal Arts. Moved to the Bay Area in 1984 on Election Day. Three adult children and four grandchildren. Played lots of tennis and golf in my life. Lifelong reader!

Ask me about the Fiction tables. So many favorites! 
 

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501154829
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Published: Scribner Book Company - March 21st, 2017

A young woman from a remote village in China is forced to abandon her baby girl because of local customs. Her daughter is adopted and loved by a couple in Los Angelas. But something is missing in both of their lives. What follows is their search for each other. I loved all of the cultural history I learned in this beautifully written novel. --Nancy


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Our Short History Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616206222
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 21st, 2017

A young single mom with a terminal illness decides to write a book to help guide her son later on. Things get complicated when he wants to meet the man who fathered him. The author here will take you through a range of emotions. --Nancy


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The Last Days of Cafe Leila Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616205850
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 18th, 2017

A beautifully written novel abouy three geneations from Tehran to America and back again. It's a story of home and family, but filled with cultural richness. Bonus...her decriptions of food will make you hungry. --Nancy


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The Chilbury Ladies' Choir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101906750
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - February 14th, 2017

There are no drug addicts here. There is no terribly dysfunctional family. There is simply a joining together of women in a small English vilage trying to improve morale and take care of each other while their men are away at war. How refreshing! --Nancy


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Setting Free the Kites Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399162107
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 21st, 2017

Set in rural Maine during the '70s. this story centers around two boys who become fast friends after a bullying incident. It's a story of fun and fantasy and dreams of any young boy. But it's also about family and love and loss. It's a coming of age story of the bonds that make us human. --Nancy


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Conclave Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493446
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 22nd, 2016

If you are Catholic, a recovering Catholic, or just interested in the politics and machinations of a papal election, you will enjoy this page turner. Wait for the surprise at the end. --Nancy


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You Will Know Me: A Gripping Novel of Stylish Psychological Suspense Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316231077
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 26th, 2016

What does it take to become an Olympian? Innate ability and determination are absolute. More than that, it takes the dedication of a whole family, great coaches, modern training facilities and the support of a whole community. This timely novel follows one tiny gymnast on that journey.--Nancy


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Before the Fall Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781455561780
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 31st, 2016

A small private plane leaves Martha's Vineyard and crashes a few minutes later. On board were the following; the head of a sensationalist media group. He's traveling with his wife, two kids and and Isaeli expat body guard. A Wall Street bigwig who is about to be indicted and his wife. A local artist and three crew members. The plane has recently been inspected and there was nothing wrong with it. So what caused the crash? This is a real page turner. --Nancy


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The Nix Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101946619
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 30th, 2016

On the surface, this is a story about a bored small town college professor who must track down the secrets of his long estranged mother's life. Underneath that surface it is a spot-on social commentary of five decades of American culture. From the ridiculous home ec courses taught to girls, to the mob mentality of political protests in the sixties, to the online gaming addictions of today, and the self-perceived entitlement of the millenial student, Hill shows the humor of it all. --Nancy


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Mischling Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316308106
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - September 6th, 2016

While the subject matter of this book comes from our darkest, most evil time in modern history, Josef Mengele and his twins experiments, the writing here is enough to take my breath away. I could not put it down. --Nancy


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Redemption Road Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780312380366
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 3rd, 2016

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The Seven Good Years: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781594633263
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 16th, 2015

Quite simply the funniest book I have ever read.  --Nancy


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Our Souls at Night Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781101875896
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 26th, 2015

Haruf writes of small town America with spare words, simple plots and small characters. Here are two elderly widowed neighbors who decide to spend their lonely nights together, and the backlash they get from their grown children as well as the townspeople.  -Nancy


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A Little Life Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385539258
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 10th, 2015

This is one of the darkest books I have ever read. It is also one of the greatest love stories . If you can tolerate the abuse it portrays, the story of male friends over many decades will be its own reward.  --Nancy


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Pieces of My Mother: A Memoir Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781492623113
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Published: Sourcebooks - February 2nd, 2016

I have always been intriqued by mother-daughter relationships. I don't think we inherit the sins of our mothers but we do repeat what we know. here a woman goes to here mother's death bed and discovers a lifetime of unsent letters and life stories.  --Nancy


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Big Little Lies Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425274866
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Published: Berkley Books - August 11th, 2015

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The Children Act Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101872871
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Published: Anchor Books - April 28th, 2015

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The Lotus and the Storm Cover Image
By Lan Cao
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143127611
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Published: Penguin Books - April 28th, 2015

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One Plus One Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143127505
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

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Five Days Left Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425277935
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Published: Berkley Books - August 4th, 2015

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Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307743930
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Published: Vintage - May 26th, 2015

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Still Life with Bread Crumbs Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812976892
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Published: Random House Trade - October 28th, 2014

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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

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Under the Wide and Starry Sky Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345516541
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 23rd, 2014

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Long Man Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307476876
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 2015

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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616204518
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - December 2nd, 2014