Marilyn

Bookseller 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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One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder By Brian Doyle, David James Duncan (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Brian Doyle, David James Duncan (Introduction by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316492881
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Published: Back Bay Books - December 8th, 2020

You are in for a treat of Brian Doyle's wonderful writings. So many snaps of life both humble and grand and utterly human in our follies, foibles and wonder. Doyle's writing shouldn't be missed, these  pieces are soul food for all. ~Marilyn


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Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships By Nina Totenberg Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982188085
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2022

The story of Nina Totenberg's friendships formed over the decades with many influential men and women including Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a keystone book for everyone and their friends. Through trials, tribulations and joyous times, Totenberg clarifies the deeper meanings and mesh of friendship helping us all through this precious thing called life. This book is a treasure. ~Marilyn


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Taxi from Another Planet: Conversations with Drivers about Life in the Universe By Charles S. Cockell Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780674271838
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Published: Harvard University Press - August 30th, 2022

Who knew taxi rides could spark interesting thoughts and conversation about life, science, weather and philosophic possibilities? You can know these things from astrobiologist Charles Cockell’s experiences on many taxi rides to or from airports and the ensuing conversations they have on their car ride. It’s utterly fascinating for all who wonder: what if? ~Marilyn


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The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern By Rita Zoey Chin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612199863
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Published: Melville House - October 4th, 2022

 Leah's bleak lonesome life is richer than she knows when she sets out  on a rambling road trip cross country that winds into Canada, following crazy stories about her long gone mother from far flung friends. There's magic in Leah as there was in Leah's mother, a revelation of discovery and wonder. It's so good. -Marilyn


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Properties of Thirst By Marianne Wiggins Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781416571261
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 2nd, 2022

A big story centered in desert, rain-starved Owens Valley. One holdout rancher uses his fortune in continual battle with the LA  Water district, who bought all the land and water rights around him - turning Owen's valley into a desert wasteland.

While the U.S. government builds Manzanar Internment Camp, this story becomes larger and more intense. Wiggins's complex characters & her rich storytelling is like no other. Simply, brilliant. ~Marilyn


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Outback Nevada: Real Stories from the Silver State By John M. Glionna Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781647790448
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Published: University of Nevada Press - March 15th, 2022

Meet some REAL characters with fascinating stories from our neighboring state. 

Nevada's much, much more than desert grit and Las Vegas Glitter. It's a grand read. - Marilyn


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The Curve of Time By M. Wylie Blanchet, Timothy Egan (Foreword by), Gray Campbell (Introduction by) Cover Image
By M. Wylie Blanchet, Timothy Egan (Foreword by), Gray Campbell (Introduction by)
$24.95
Not available
ISBN: 9781770500372
Published: Whitecap Books - April 11th, 2011

Float along these pages of a different time; it's utterly captivating and rich. A bewitching memoir about a woman and her children saling the coastal  waters of British Columbia during summers. ~Marilyn


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Counterfeit: A Novel By Kirstin Chen Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063119543
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Published: William Morrow - June 7th, 2022

WIckedly sly frenemies Ava Wong and  WInnie Fang have a bumpy history with at least a decade of silence since college. Silent, until Winnie Chen reaches out to Ava - when this intriguing story ramps up its audacious ride. It's very clever and enjoyable. ~Marilyn


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Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Love Story, in Music Lessons By Jeremy Denk Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780812995985
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Published: Random House - March 22nd, 2022

Jeremy Denk’s memoir is a pleasure to read. As a young piano prodigy with a generous helping of exuberance  and curiosity Denk’s early start to music travels the  triumphs and travails of seemingly overzealous teachers (honest and harsh) and bumps along the way pursuing his love for music. Through all, he maintains his core love of music and we are all grateful for his art. --Marilyn


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Mecca: A Novel By Susan Straight Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374604516
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 15th, 2022

I love this book - these characters and their stories. It’s at once immediate and historic of rightly claimed homespace In a land of doubt. 

You may see California in an expanded way when you read this, this land of California. --Marilyn


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The Swimmers: A novel By Julie Otsuka Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780593321331
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Published: Knopf - February 22nd, 2022

Julie Otsuka writes a compelling tale that tests the boundaries and constraints of following rules that may become arbitrary.

This story's a confetti of moments like random photos falling out of an album: baffling, tender, sweet, foreboding and so elementally human. --Marilyn


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North: A Novel By Brad Kessler Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781419750427
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Published: The Overlook Press - October 5th, 2021

Sahro Abdi Muse was orphaned young and finally must leave the only land she's ever known: Somalia. 

She remembers all her family stories and traditions that can help her on her biggest journey from Somalia to Canada. 

“Hadn't her grandfather  told her she was a star who could journey between warring constellations without harm? That she belonged to many constellations but wholly to none?" 

This intricate story of this young woman, a monk in Vermont and an American Army vet is superb. Really, this is a  must read --Marilyn


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Late City By Robert Olen Butler Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802160324
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Published: Grove Press - September 6th, 2022

Sam’s 115 years old, waiting to die as the 2016 presidential votes are being counted. Sam’s busy trying to die but an ongoing dialogue with God nudges him to review his long life. I loved this long spool of his long life through many tumultuous times -  it’s a different look at dying. --Marilyn


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The Killing Hills By Chris Offutt Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802159878
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Published: Grove Press - June 7th, 2022

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 By Laird Hunt Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635575361
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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 By Cheryl Diamond Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781643752518
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 14th, 2022

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 By David Nott, Henry Marsh (Introduction by) Cover Image
By David Nott, Henry Marsh (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781419747991
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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 By Viola Ardone, Clarissa Botsford (Translated by) Cover Image
By Viola Ardone, Clarissa Botsford (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062940513
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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 By Te-Ping Chen 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 By Greta Thunberg, Svante Thunberg, Malena Ernman, Beata Ernman Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143133575
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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 By Lauren Beukes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316267854
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 10th, 2021

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 By Mohsin Hamid 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 By Dan Richards 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 of a Family and a Landscape By Kendra Atleework Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781643751412
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 1st, 2021

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 By Beth Piatote Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640094277
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Published: Counterpoint - October 13th, 2020

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 By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781683692515
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Published: Quirk Books - May 25th, 2021

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 By Keena Roberts 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 By William Kent Krueger Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476749303
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Published: Atria Books - May 26th, 2020

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 By Ellen Meloy, Annie Proulx (Foreword by) 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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Oksana, Behave!: A Novel By Maria Kuznetsova 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 By Steffanie Strathdee, Thomas Patterson, Teresa Barker (With) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316418119
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Published: Hachette Books - November 10th, 2020

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 By Lynne Olson Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780812985030
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 3rd, 2020

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 By Erling Kagge, Becky L. Crook (Translated by) 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 By Lou Berney 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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Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World By Linda Hirshman 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) By Peter Mayle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679731146
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Published: Vintage - June 4th, 1991

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Little: A Novel By Edward Carey Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525534334
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 22nd, 2019