The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado

Can anything good happen in a town called Shudder-To-Think?

For El and Octavia, the Pennsylvanian mining town is all they’ve ever known. They’ve done their best to hang out, have crushes, and be as normal as they can while the …


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Throwback Thursday: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

It’s Throwback Thursday! Forty-five years ago this month, Tom Robbins’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was published.

The whooping crane rustlers are girls. Young girls. Cowgirls, as a matter of fact, all “bursting with dimples and hormones”—and the FBI has …


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BYO Book Club Recommendations

At the last meeting of the Bring Your Own Book Club, a bunch of book lovers chatted about the books we’ve all been reading lately. Looks like we’ll be doing it again on April 23rd, if you’d like to …


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The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe

Unfortunately for high school graduate Becky Farwell, her family circumstances prevent her from leaving her small central Illinois farm town to attend college.

While working in the business offices of the local government she discovers a seemingly harmless accounting error. …


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Beach Read by Emily Henry

January Anderson is out of money, out of her long-term relationship, and rage-grieving her dead dad when she pulls up to the beach house on Lake Michigan. This is the cottage her father left for her after his sudden death, …


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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Moody and atmospheric, this is the type of horror book that seeps into your psyche, leaving you wondering who is controlling whom, and how.

The evil threaded through the novel manifests as both grotesque and obvious, and subtle and pervasive. …


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Dealing with Grief

Grief is as tricky as it is painful. Words that comfort one day come up short the next. It’s difficult to be that friend who knows what to say or do. The closest thing I’ve found to a manual for “being there for a suffering friend” is There is No Good Card for This by Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell.

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Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

Everything is bad. Everyone is out to get you. And the world as you know it is ending soon. If you follow the news, that’s the narrative anyway.

Rutger Bregman, a historian from the Netherlands, argues that none of that …


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The Emissary by Yoko Tawada

This short, 138 page, dystopia novel won the 2018 National Book Award for translated literature.

Set in Japan at a time following an undisclosed disaster, the country has isolated itself from the rest of the world. Reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984, …


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The Wood Burn Book by Rachel Strauss

Wood burning is an easy and fun way to customize and personalize wooden objects.  I have dabbled in it myself and love the low cost entry point, and versatility. 

The Wood Burn Book is a handy guide for getting started …


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Jupiter’s Legacy

The trailer for Netflix’s new series, Jupiter’s Legacy just dropped on the web. The show, based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, tells the story of a second generation of super heroes struggling to live …


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Throwback Thursday: Midnight’s Children

It’s Throwback Thursday! Forty ago this month, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children was published.

Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime …


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BYO Book Club Recommendations

At the last meeting of the Bring Your Own Book Club, a bunch of book lovers chatted about the books we’ve all been reading lately. Looks like we’ll be doing it again on April 9th, if you’d like to …


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Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

A deliciously funny, remarkably poignant, and simply unputdownable novel about the power of friendship, the lure of frenemies, and the importance of making peace with yourself through all life’s ups and down. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author …


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Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

Named a best book of 2020 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, TIME, Slate, Smithsonian, The New York Post, and Amazon, Hidden Valley Road is the heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six …


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2021 Southern Book Prize Winners

Southern Book Prize representing southern bookseller favorites from 2020, is awarded to “the best Southern book of the year” as nominated by Southern indie booksellers and voted on by their customers. Winners were chosen by popular vote from a ballot …


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