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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 for all ages.

Favorite Genres: 
Biography
Children's Lit
Fiction
Science
Book Recommendations: 
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The Killing Hills Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158413
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Grove Press - June 15th, 2021

This layered story takes you into the lives of Kentucky hill country. Mick Hardin, on leave from his Army CID work and soon to be officially AWOL is helping his sister the sheriff, gather info on a murder that’s shaken the tight knit community. He's dreading a return to his painful home life to meet his wife about the paternity of  her pregnancy.

Hardin’s a complicated man who knows how to tease info from these watchful folks, some of them his kin.The dance is intricate - hill country protocol at odds with law enforcement procedures and his sister’s very pointed observations about his home life. Mick’s deft weaving into and out of tight jams is intriguing.

Chris Offutt dances with words, stories and character motivations that make this a very immediate and human story.  It is excellent. --Marilyn


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Zorrie Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635575361
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 9th, 2021

I absolutely love this quiet story! Zorrie is that authentic friend we all want to have helping to navigate this journey called life.

Zorrie’s had a life of curveballs thrown at her, from her parents deaths when she was a child, then living with her life-bitter aunt and suddenly homeless.What Zorrie appears to lack, builds her resilience and great wonder in the world. Where others hesitate, Zorrie jumps in feet first.

This is so excellent, I feel tongue tied with the wonder of it. --Marilyn


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Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616208202
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Algonquin Books - June 15th, 2021

From the start of this book, ALL I wanted to do was read it and you will too. Cheryl’s earliest memories at four are filled with wonder, love and wild adventure - it felt magical. Her family traveled the world, moving on a whim, challenging convention. At nine, she was more aware that they were staying one step ahead of the law but not uncovering the real reasons until she was older. DIamond's story is astounding, her strength and courage  to stand up against her father’s rule  is amazing. --Marilyn


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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line Cover Image
By David Nott, Henry Marsh (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781419747991
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Abrams Press - March 9th, 2021

It’s a rare individual who chooses to travel into political hotspots as a trauma surgeon - David Nott is that person. Nott’s deeply personal account of treating refugees while teaching and developing surgical treatments to medical staff is amazing. Nott’s is a seldom seen view into intense living for patients and medical staff alike in the world’s most challenging places. A must read. --Marilyn


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The Children's Train: A Novel Cover Image
By Viola Ardone, Clarissa Botsford (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062940513
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: HarperVia - January 12th, 2021

In post WWII, Italy grappled with conflicting political ideologies and how best to help poor southern Italians. 

Amerigo, an irrepressible, street-smart kid, and his friends join other kids from his poor town to stay with host families in the prosperous north for a time. Though he returns home, Amerigo, like many other kids, never really leaves the north behind. A brilliant bittersweet story. --Marilyn


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Land of Big Numbers: Stories Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358272557
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Published: Mariner Books - February 2nd, 2021

A tidy collection of stories about ordinary people going about their lives. The common theme being, juggling your uniqueness and individuality in the vastness that is China.

All beautifully crafted and wonderfully human. --Marilyn


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Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143133575
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 17th, 2020

Most of the world knows Greta Thunberg for her unwavering call to action about global warming. 

Most don’t know her family history and struggles in Sweden that helped to galvanize Greta's Thunberg’s movement.

It’s a sobering and very good book about inclusion and the reality that every person can rise to great things. --Marilyn


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Afterland Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316267830
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Mulholland Books - July 28th, 2020

Twin sisters: one racing away with her son, chased by her twin sister. They are desperate after an escape attempt from a government facility was horribly botched. Their plans have now diverged radically.  

And there’s a raging pandemic that only affects males…prompting the whole wild scenario.

Strange as it seems, this IS pretty funny, sobering and wild. I found myself rooting for all of them.

It’s great! --Marilyn


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Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

What to say? Exit West.  It took me forever to start reading. That happens sometimes and usually means a profound book for me. It is profound in its seeming simplicity and fuzzy edges. It's about always and past migrations and people flows. It's poetry in prose novel form. It's profound. --Marilyn


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Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781786891570
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Published: Canongate Books - August 11th, 2020

A splendid read by Dan Richards sharing his trekking travels reaching into remote, edgy places where desolation appears to reign over vast landscape. Where most would find extreme isolation, Richards finds wonder and awe in elements most of us are unaware of. If you’ve mused about far, remote landscapes, well then,THIS is your book. --Marilyn


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Miracle Country: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616209988
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 14th, 2020

This heart lofting, expansive memoir of Kendra Atleework is stunning, cinematic and beautifully told. Her roots are in the arid mountains above Bishop, Ca. Her town is small and the rugged country dwarfs everything. Growing up are bittersweet times and she resolves to expand her life outside of home, ultimately leaving and returning to Bishop. Her personal story is woven into the long history of water rights, belonging and otherness in the impossible raw beauty of high desert. --Marilyn


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The Beadworkers: Stories Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781640092686
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Published: Counterpoint - October 22nd, 2019

If you love beautiful writing and who doesn't, get this right now. The Beadworkers is a deceptively slim little book but don't be fooled by page count. It's a superb collection of Native American stories that are contemplative, contemporary and glittering with empathy. I love it. Slow down and travel throgh these pages.  --Marilyn


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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683691433
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Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

Patricia lives the successful southern lady's life until she's exposed at her bookclub for faking her book presentation. It turns out nearly all the club members can't stand their pretentious, perfect club and set up their own club and the fun begins.This story gallops along with hilarious plot twists, misguided assumptions, while honing their true grit as modern southern women. Not to be missed. - Marilyn

 


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Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downs Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538745151
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 12th, 2019

Welcome to Keena’s rich life from birth to early 20s.

Keena & family live In Africa 98% of each year  -

Transitioning to Suburban Philly 2% of each year -

A fierce, smart, wildly adventurous grand memoir.

You’ve got to read this. --Marilyn


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This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

Sometimes a story just wraps itself around you. This is one of those stories. Four orphans on the run from dire conditions at their boarding school take off in a canoe hoping for St. Louis. Krueger's finely told story shines light on desperate times during the depression and redemption that can bloom. Just excellent. --Marilyn
 


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Seasons: Desert Sketches Cover Image
By Ellen Meloy, Annie Proulx (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781948814010
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Published: Torrey House Press - April 16th, 2019

Don’t let Meloy’s slim volume fool you. It’s PACKED with wonderful, witty, razor sharp musings and observations in small essays about her life in the Utah desert always informing her experiences.

You won’t zip right through but meander, ponder and slow down.

It’s grand. --Marilyn


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Red, White, Blue: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$18.65
ISBN: 9780525432982
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Published: Vintage - June 4th, 2019

A story that’s spools out seamlessly. Anna, whose father was a CIA operative, starts to unravel the man behind the man who is her father. Expansive in reach and truth while subtly tightening its grip on experience as revealed by a fellow CIA operative of Anna’s father. --Marilyn


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The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees Cover Image
$24.99
Not available
ISBN: 9780778307785
Published: Park Row - April 2nd, 2019

It's safe to say that honey bees did save Meredith May's life. In idyllic Carmel Valley,Meredith longed to work with her beekeeper grandfather tending his hives and helping in the bee bus. First though, Meredith had to learn the ways of bees as a patient attentive helper. Meredith was immersed in the wonder of nature and nurture as she navigated rough times with her mother. This is a rich tapestry, deep in wisdom and beauty. --Marilyn


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Oksana, Behave!: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525511892
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 11th, 2020

Oksana, an impressionable little girl, doesn’t buy all the happy stories about their soon-to-be new life in America.

Wildly funny starting with their unexpected adventures in steamy Florida landscape as Oksana navigates life in the U.S.

So good! --Marilyn


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The Perfect Predator: A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir Cover Image
$30.16
ISBN: 9780316418089
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Published: Hachette Books - February 26th, 2019

This is Tom Patterson’s battle against a certain death sentence.

Patterson is overwhelmed by a superbug, resistant to ALL antibiotics.

An extraordinary biologic battle of virus VS. bacterium involving teams of doctors, researchers, US Navy and the FDA. A fearsome, amazing story. --Marilyn


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Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780812994766
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Published: Random House - March 5th, 2019

Marie-Madeleine Fourcade,was  the youngest woman to run a major spy network in France called Alliance during WWII. Germany's occupation of France galvanized her war work where she built  & expanded Alliance’s network, keeping spies, couriers and supply lines functioning just one step ahead of the Gestapo. She established a partnership with Britain's MI6, who was desperate for information about Germany's naval buildup and secret rocket development. 

Fourcade's life story is riveting and fraught with danger. --Marilyn


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Silence: In the Age of Noise Cover Image
By Erling Kagge, Becky L. Crook (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780525563648
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Published: Vintage - December 4th, 2018

Kagge explores the idea of being in silence through experience, wonder, travel, and deep thought. Some of his silence quests seem to open a new dimension. A wonderful read. - Marilyn


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November Road: A Thriller Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062663856
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 22nd, 2019

1963:Kennedy has been killed & there's doubt about who pulled the trigger. Frank Guidry is a link in that chain, now on the run from his mob boss.

All hell breaks loose when Guidry changes the plans he was meant to follow. Though Guidry is wily, he's not prepared for the major diversion to his plan.

It's a cat and mouse chase across the country. quite a read. - Marilyn


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The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250060266
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 27th, 2016

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Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062238474
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2016

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A Year in Provence (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679731146
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Published: Vintage - June 4th, 1991

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I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist Cover Image
By Betty Halbreich, Rebecca Paley (Contributions by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143127703
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Published: Penguin Books - August 25th, 2015

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Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781101973608
Published: Vintage - November 6th, 2018

-Marilyn


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Little: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525534334
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Riverhead Books - October 22nd, 2019