Amanda

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Amanda spent her first 40 years in Michigan and Chicago and has no plans to return to those gray skies. She feels lucky to be able to walk to work and read for a living. She loves to read literary mysteries and fiction, and especially appreciates dark humor, gothic noir and magical realism.  She has read the first 50 pages of too many books to count.

Favorite Genres: 
Literary Fiction
Mystery
Book Recommendations: 
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Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385547345
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Doubleday - April 5th, 2022

Exceptional! Fast-paced and feisty, Lessons in Chemistry is the delicious story of chemist, Elizabeth Zott, a trail-blazing feminist in 1960s California, trying to manage motherhood, meal prep, and misogyny- all in the name of science. An absolute JOY to read- --Amanda


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The Club: A Novel By Ellery Lloyd Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062997425
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Harper - March 1st, 2022

Twisty- and not just the singular road that gets you to the Island during low-tide. This is the perfect thriller- questionable characters, complex relationships and the air of exclusivity and danger.  This is a party you do not want to miss! --Amanda


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Hurricane Girl: A novel By Marcy Dermansky Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593320884
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Knopf - June 14th, 2022

It's really not funny when bad things happen, but getting inside the head of Hurricane Girl's Allison Brody is just that- laugh-out-loud funny, despite the cringe-level horror. It comes down to Marcy Dermansky's one-of-a-kind style- quirky, deadpan and heartfelt. I could not look away!


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A Slow Fire Burning: A Novel By Paula Hawkins Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735211230
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 31st, 2021

Ths is honestly so good, and the title so perfect.  Paula Hawkins once again gives us complex characters-- all flawed, and all involved.  But how, and why? And who, really, was there that morning when the body was discovered? --Amanda


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The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel By Zoraida Córdova Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982102548
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

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Several People Are Typing: A Novel By Calvin Kasulke Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780385547222
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Published: Doubleday - August 31st, 2021

When the Stars Go Dark: A Novel By Paula McLain Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593237892
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - April 13th, 2021

The past and present blur in this atmospheric thriller set in Mendocino.  Once again, Paula McLain richly develops her characters and speaks in their voice- a great read!


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The Other Black Girl: A Novel By Zakiya Dalila Harris Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982160135
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Atria Books - June 1st, 2021

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Migrations: A Novel By Charlotte McConaghy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250204035
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Flatiron Books - July 6th, 2021

Truly a stunning read and my favorite book of the year!  This novel moves through both time and sea- fiercely seeking personal redemption, purpose and of course, the elusive and heroic Arctic tern.  A beautiful and singular story.  -Amanda


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Madam: A Novel By Phoebe Wynne Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250272041
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - May 18th, 2021

A new teaching assignment at the elite girl's boarding school seemed perfect- until it wasn't.  Gothic noir at it's creepy best- rich with secrets and darkness.  Loved it!


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The Kingdoms By Natasha Pulley Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635576085
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 25th, 2021

What happens when your memory gives way, and you no longer know who you are or where you've been, or when you've been?  For fans of Evelyn Hardcastle, settle in to a mind-bending affair!


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The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes: [A Cookbook] By Sam Sifton Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984858474
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - March 16th, 2021

This is for when you just want a bit of guidance, an easy answer for "What's for dinner?" A book for taking what you already have and elevating it - Give it a try


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The Maidens: A Novel By Alex Michaelides Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250304452
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Celadon Books - June 15th, 2021

Such a strong follow-up to The Silent Patient!  Another taut, psychologicall thriller with twisted turns, secret societies and murder.


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The Italian Party: A Novel By Christina Lynch Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250151421
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 5th, 2019

When you need to go to Italy right now! --Amanda


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Pretty as a Picture: A Novel By Elizabeth Little Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143110552
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - December 29th, 2020

Loved this!  This is a sly, little mystery with a noir-like vibe.  Our heroine is quirky and real, with the story twisting and turning in a very "Hitchkockian" way.  An easy book for those who love the who-done-it without the violence and gore. --Amanda


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Nothing to See Here By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062913494
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

I love Kevin Wilson!  He is really unparalled in comic literary fiction.  What would it look like if kids caught fire? Casual-like, when they did not get their way and literally burst into flames?  This is where Kevin's books shine- he puts his heart and soul into the unusual-- finding the humor and humanity along the way. --Amanda;


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Burial Rites By Hannah Kent Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316243926
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Back Bay Books - April 1st, 2014

I recommend this to anyone making their way to Iceland. Part mystery/literary fiction, Burial Rites is a story about the last witch executed in Iceland- rich in history and lore.  Iceland, and its past, really come alive. --Amanda


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Celine: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Peter Heller Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101973486
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Vintage - January 2nd, 2018

Truly one of my favorite books ever, and one of my top picks for gifting- Peter Heller is poetic with language, and his characters have quirkiness and grit that make his stories shine.   --Amanda


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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel By Oyinkan Braithwaite Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525564201
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

My favorite book from 2019!  This dark comedy sounds bad- what if your sister was, really, a serial killer.  Would you clean it up, like you have taken care of your sister her whole life- you being the older, responsible one. . .? Would you stop her? Would you tell. . . Don't miss this- --Amanda


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The Trespasser: A Novel (Dublin Murder Squad #6) By Tana French Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143110385
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - August 8th, 2017

Squeeze Me: A novel By Carl Hiaasen Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525435280
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - May 11th, 2021

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Suite Francaise (Vintage International) By Irene Nemirovsky Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400096275
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - April 10th, 2007

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From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir By Beck Dorey-Stein Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525509141
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel By J. Ryan Stradal Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399563065
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 23rd, 2020

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Under the Harrow: A Novel By Flynn Berry Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143108573
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2016

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success By Julie Lythcott-Haims Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250093639
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 2nd, 2016

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Sometimes I Lie: A Novel By Alice Feeney Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250144850
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Flatiron Books - October 30th, 2018

The Turn of the Key By Ruth Ware Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501188787
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 12th, 2020

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Bel Canto: A Novel By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060838720
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

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The Girl on the Train: A Novel By Paula Hawkins Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634024
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Riverhead Books - July 12th, 2016

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Five Tuesdays in Winter By Lily King Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802158765
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Published: Grove Press - November 9th, 2021

One Night on the Island: A Novel By Josie Silver Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984820631
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Ballantine Books - February 15th, 2022