Stephanie

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Stephanie has understood the magic of books since her father gave her Little House in the Big Woods at age 8.

She is a career bookseller who can't quite believe her good luck.

She believes in people and stories but not always in that order.

She knows that bookstores are cultural institutions meant to serve at the pleasure of their communities.

She dreams of a world where everyone is happy because they only read books that make their hearts sing.

Favorite Genres: 
Cooking
Essays
Fiction
Romance
Book Recommendations: 
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How to Write a Letter: Find the Words for Every Occasion (How To Series) By Chelsea Shukov, Jamie Grobecker Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781984825902
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 19th, 2021

Do you remember the last time you received a note in the mail from someone you love? Do you remember how special it made you feel? HOW TO WRITE A LETTER makes the art of handwritten communication easy with charming tips and prompts. It will help you write everything from a thoughtful birthday card to a thank you note after a job interview. I implore you to pick up this book and send letters to everyone in your life. Let's make humanity less digital! ~Stephanie


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The Complete Stories (FSG Classics) By Flannery O'Connor, Robert Giroux (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Flannery O'Connor, Robert Giroux (Introduction by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780374515362
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 1st, 1971

This collection immerses you in O'Connor's Southern Gothic tales, where characters grapple with redemption, morality, and the peculiarities of human nature. With sharp wit and unflinching insight, O'Connor's stories challenge and captivate, leaving an indelible mark on American literature. There is nobody else like her. ~Stephanie


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Euphoria By Lily King Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802123701
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

EUPHORIA immerses readers in the passionate world of 1930's New Guinea, where three anthropologists grapple with desire, ambition, and intellectual discovery. Inspired by Margaret Mead's life, this captivating novel is a haunting exploration of love and knowledge, intricately woven into a gripping narrative. There is a very good reason why Lily King is perpetually on my Staff Favorites shelf. ~Stephanie


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Stoner By John Williams, John McGahern (Introduction by) Cover Image
By John Williams, John McGahern (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171998
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: NYRB Classics - June 20th, 2006

STONER is the great American novel that you probably have not read. It is quiet and, yes, painful at times but it glorious in its truth. Read this book when you want to think about life, the world, and your place in it. ~Stephanie


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Persuasion: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Jane Austen, Juliette Wells (Editor), Juliette Wells (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Juliette Wells (Editor), Juliette Wells (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143106289
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Classics - June 28th, 2011

Have you read PERSUASION? If not, you should. It is a captivating tale of longing and hope. Follow Anne Elliot's journey through love's twists and turns, where second chances and rekindled emotions take center stage. It beautifully explores the enduring power of hope in matters of the heart. This is my favorite Jane Austen book and it will be yours too. ~Stephanie


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84, Charing Cross Road By Helene Hanff Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780140143508
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 1990

I gave myself the gift of reading 84, Charing Cross over the course of a single evening. This charming collection of letters between Helene and an antiquarian bookshop in London put an indelible smile on my face. On the surface these letters are a series of book orders, but, beneath the surface, we see the lives of those who wrote them. Salivate as Helene's new treasures arrive. Laugh at her audacious book reviews. Cheer as Helene adopts the whole bookshop. ~Stephanie


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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane By Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763625894
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Candlewick - February 14th, 2006

Read this book when you need a bit of hope and a good hug because sometimes only Kate DiCamillo will do. ~Stephanie


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An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Tamar Adler, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439181881
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Scribner - June 19th, 2012

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Magma By Thora Hjörleifsdóttir, Meg Matich (Translator) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802157393
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - July 13th, 2021

Aggie says I read weird things, and this book probably qualifies. Dark, compulsive, and poetic. I could not put down this wonderful debut novel. ~Stephanie


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The View Was Exhausting By Mikaella Clements, Onjuli Datta Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9781538734902
Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 6th, 2021

Hollywood’s golden couple is faking it. Or are they? The View is romantic escapism in its most delicious form: think the south of France, yachts, and young love. But Win and Leo’s story is deeper than your typical romance; it’s steamy, smart and sparkling. The perfect millennial romance! --Stephanie


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Six Days in Rome By Francesca Giacco Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9781538706428
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 3rd, 2022

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Mrs. March: A Novel By Virginia Feito Cover Image
$26.00
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ISBN: 9781631498619
Published: Liveright - August 10th, 2021

Mrs. March is one of those novels in which you have no idea what is going on, or who to trust, and yet you cannot put the book down. Part crime drama, part psychological thriller, completely engrossing. --Stephanie


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Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love: Recipes to Unlock the Secrets of Your Pantry, Fridge, and Freezer: A Cookbook By Noor Murad, Yotam Ottolenghi Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593234365
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - November 2nd, 2021

Yotam Ottolenghi has never steered me wrong, and his newest cookbook is no different. This time he works his Middle Eastern-infused magic on our pantries and freezers. Test Kitchen recipes deliver the flavor of Ottolenghi with minimal stress and no extra trips to the grocery store. Sign me up! --Stephanie


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The Harpy By Megan Hunter Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802148162
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Grove Press - November 3rd, 2020

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The Lying Life of Adults By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator) Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781609455910
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Europa Editions - September 1st, 2020

How did she get inside my head? How could she know exactly what I felt as a teenager? Elena Ferrante is know for unflinching honesty in coming of age stories and Lying Life of Adults pulls no punches. Giovanna is left grappling with her identity after overhearing her father say she's ugly. Her story is intimate, profound and slightly brutal. I'll be thinking about this one for a long time. --Stephanie


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Scorpionfish By Natalie Bakopoulos Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781947793750
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tin House Books - July 7th, 2020

After returning to Athens after the death of her parents, Mia connects with the Captain - a mysterious seaman no longer at sea - sharing stories and intimacies before ever meeting face to face. Haunting, transporting, and bittersweet. My favorite book of the summer. --Stephanie


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Beach Read By Emily Henry Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806734
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

Hi Friend, do you need a mental trip to the beach? Well, here it is in book form! Emily Henry strikes the perfect balance between lighthearted and soul satisfying in this breezy summer romance. --Stephanie

 


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Writers & Lovers By Lily King Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780802148537
Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

Casey is a struggling young writer, living in a shed and waiting tables to pay her bills. She's grappling with the death of her mother and a bad breakup. But our Casey is strong - she keeps her hopes, her dreams, and her writing alive through struggles and heartbreak. This book is a celebration of writing and King is a masterful writer. --Stephanie


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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar By Cheryl Strayed Cover Image
$16.95
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ISBN: 9780307949332
Published: Vintage - July 10th, 2012

This gorgeous collection of letters and responses has made me laugh, and made me cry, and seen me through some of the worst and best times in my life. I love this book and I promise you will too. --Stephanie


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Scribe: A Novel By Alyson Hagy Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9781555978181
Published: Graywolf Press - October 2nd, 2018

The country has been decimated by a brutal civil war, and the population wiped out by a deadly fever. Our heroine ekes out her living by bartering her letter-writing skills to those who no longer know how, until the day a man comes to her door asking her to write and deliver his letter, and her life is forever changed.

Hagy’s writing is visceral and unsettling (in the best possible way) and the last 10 pages made my heart sing. --Stephanie


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Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories By Pam Houston Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780393356878
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 29th, 2019

Welcome to a world where smart women are looking for the love of a good man. But what does a good man look like? These witty stories perfectly capture the rawness longing and the power of love. Do not be fooled by the title, Huston’s short fiction top tier. --Stephanie


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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062236685
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - October 7th, 2014

Sure, you’ve read Ann Patchett, but have you read her non-fiction?

Her top-notch writing is on full display in essays on writing, dogs, bookstores, familys, the LAPD, and yes, marriage. Patchett is truly one of our best writers and every piece in this book is an absolute pleasure. --Stephanie


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American Housewife By Helen Ellis Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101970997
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Anchor - October 18th, 2016

Welcome to the world of the American Housewife. "Retro-Feminist ladies who lunch" perfectly captures this short story collection. It is sharp, acerbic, and somewhat Gothic through and through. Love this book! ~Stephanie