Staff Picks - Julie

After years of engineering, I realized that my day job was getting in the way of doing more fun activities like reading, traveling, running and biking. Now that I work at Kepler’s, I have more time to read, but my ‘To Read’ pile of books recommended by our amazing customers and staff grows ever longer! My favorite genres are literary fiction, fantasy/sci-fi, young adult and the occasional mystery. I read in all formats – print, ebook and especially audiobooks – so I can read and run …at the same time. Find me in the store – I’d love to know what you’re reading! 

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The Summer Before the War: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812983203
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 21st, 2017

Downton Abbey Fans rejoice -- a historic novel, set in the small coastal town of Rye, the summer of 1914. And just like Downton Abbey, there is plenty going on for the upstairs gentry class as well as the downstairs working class. It's a beautiful summer and the whole town loves watching and gossiping about the tea parties and picnics of the upper crust. But class division becomes much more serious than who gets to eat their scone with Lady Emily with the onset of the Great War. Simonson addresses some very sticky social issues beyond the obvious division of class, including homosexuality, the role of women, and the ostracism of the nomadic Romani. Whether you're looking for a light charming summer read or a more in-depth look at inequality in British Edwardian society, you'll love this book. --Julie

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I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439177730
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - December 2nd, 2014

The setting - NYC. There is a dead body soaking in a tub filled with Drano. No face, no teeth, no fingerprints, no identity. And that’s just what happens in chapter 1. What starts as a challenging crime scene, becomes an international race against time to save America from the ultimate terrorist threat. Be prepared to lose sleep over this mystery. Definitely one of the top thrillers and my personal favorite of the year!

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A Fatal Grace: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312541163
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 15th, 2011

The village of Three Pines is preparing for the Christmas holidays when in the midst of the festivities socialite CC de Poitiers is found murdered. But this is no ordinary homicide...CC is electrocuted on the ice during a curling match in front of the whole town. Can Chief Inspector Gamache solve this bizarre case? This story will play with all of your emotions with its well-crafted combination of humor, suspense, and hope for human goodness. Excellent!

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An Officer and a Spy: A Spy Thriller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804853
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Published: Vintage - October 28th, 2014

This was one of those books that was hard to put down. Spies, intrigue, double agents - and all based on real events, the Dreyfus Affair. Thrilling historical fiction!

The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Looking for Alaska Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142402511
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Published: Speak - December 28th, 2006

Fearless (Mirrorworld #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316056113
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 20th, 2014

Home: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312428549
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Published: Picador - September 1st, 2009

Walk Two Moons Cover Image
ISBN: 9780064405171
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Published: HarperCollins - December 27th, 2011

The End of the Affair: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Graham Greene, Michael Gorra (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780142437988
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 31st, 2004

First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780441019625
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Published: Ace - November 30th, 2010