I grew up in San Jose reading Judy Blume books, Little Women, and the Outsiders. Teaching elementary school for 15 years also gave me a love of children’s literature.  And now I get to share my love of books with other readers.  If I’m not at Keplers, you’ll find me traveling to new places, and trying to reach my goal of visiting every National Park.

Favorite Genres: 
Nature Writing
Young Adult
Book Recommendations: 
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Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty By Patrick Radden Keefe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385545686
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Published: Doubleday - April 13th, 2021

This is a deep dive into the history of the Sackler family and their role in the opioid crisis. The research is comprehensive and Keefe’s writing addictive. This is a nonfiction read you won’t be able to put down. ~Diane

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The Lincoln Highway: A Novel By Amor Towles Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735222359
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Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021

It’s 1954 and two brothers from Nebraska decided to get a fresh start after their family farm is foreclosed on.  Their destination is California.  Their mother had abandoned them years before, but occasionally sent them clues to her whereabouts following the Lincoln Highway.  Be warned this is not an ordinary road trip, and not the one you expect.  Full of interesting and mischievous characters, you will surely enjoy this wild ride. --Diane

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Firekeeper's Daughter By Angeline Boulley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

A mystery featuring a young Native American woman who fights to protect her community against harmful influences.  It’s a compelling read that highlights Native American traditions, history and identity. --Diane

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Outlawed By Anna North Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635575422
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 5th, 2021

“In the year of our Lord 1894, I became an outlaw.”  This is the start to a unique Western featuring Ada, who runs away from home to escape being hanged as a witch.  She joins up with the Hole in the Wall Gang and the adventure continues.  A fast paced story with a feminist take on the classic Western. --Diane

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Running with Sherman: How a Rescue Donkey Inspired a Rag-tag Gang of Runners to Enter the Craziest Race in America By Christopher McDougall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433255
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Published: Vintage - July 28th, 2020

When Christopher and his family rescue a donkey and name him Sherman, the adventure begins.  It’s an inspiring and heartwarming story that highlights the human and animal connection. --Diane

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When We Were Vikings By Andrew David MacDonald Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982126773
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 25th, 2020

Zelda is a developmentally challenged 21-year-old woman with a passion for Vikings.  She becomes the heroine in her own quest to protect her family.  You will fall in love with this tender, funny and fierce character.  A memorable and heartwarming read. --Diane

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By Bryan Stevenson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

Bryan Stevenson, an attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, describes how he came to dedicate his life’s work to defending the most vulnerable.  An inspiring and thought provoking read. --Diane

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The Murmur of Bees By Sofía Segovia, Simon Bruni (Translator) Cover Image
By Sofía Segovia, Simon Bruni (Translator)
ISBN: 9781542040501
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Published: Amazon Crossing - April 16th, 2019

A family takes in an abandoned and disfigured baby.  As he grows, it becomes clear that he has certain gifts and will do anything to protect his adopted family.  Set in Mexico during the Revolution and 1918 influenza epidemic, it is historical fiction at its best. --Diane

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The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House By Kate Andersen Brower Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062305206
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 8th, 2016

A revelation of interesting White House history and a view behind the scenes of our country’s most famous home.  The stories recounted by staff from the Kennedy’s to the Obama’s are both funny and sobering.  By the end of the book you will have a better understanding of the operations behind world’s most famous residence. --Diane