“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” - Anna Quindlen
A bookseller for many years, a painter for even longer, and a lifetime reader, Marlene is happy to offer suggestions from nationally acclaimed writers as well as local talent from the Inland Northwest. She is committed to helping The Well~Read Moose become the best little independent bookstore ever!
“Fill your house with lots of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” - Dr. Seuss
This book will make you think and re-think about the Syrian refugee crisis happening right now. I hope I have a fraction of this young woman's bravery. An incredible story, well-told and a journey you will never forget.
A provocative, kinda creepy, strange, compelling mystery thriller from Bohjalian. Sex, secrets, and a 21 year olds search for what really happened to her mother.
High adventure, obsession, scary snakes, killer insects, incurable diseases, the cutting edge science of LIDAR, and more! All true, all incredible. I so enjoyed reading this book from the comfort of my chair. Journey to Honduras and discover!
Two Nobel Prize winning Israeli psychologist combine their lives and brain power to study and discover the many ways humans can err in their decision making process."Reality is a cloud of possibility, not a point"
I would travel with Eric Weiner in a heartbeat! Always funny, informative and entertaining. This book connects culture and creativity in his ingenious ways. Fans of Bill Bryson will also love Eric Weiner. "What was in the air, and can we bottle it?"
A really good, fell-good, Christmas story. A sweet romance, a story about forgiveness, and plenty of peppermint mochas.12 years +
From the writer of Olive Kitteridge a beautiful, unsentimental yet sensitive quiet book about a mother/daughter relationship, however, as you read this spare, honest book filled with their conversations, you'll find it is about so much more.
Another smart, quirky book from Maria Semple. Super stressed Eleanor is determined to make on day in her life the best it can be. Sharp observations and a fun, fast read.
A perfect little western and gem of a book. A retired and weary Army Captain is tasked with returning a 10 year old girl that had been taken by the Kiowa years before. It's a complicated 400-mile journey that I think many readers will enjoy.
Twenty-five years after writing the classic book Indian Creek Chronicles, Fromm returns to the wild for a great sequel to his first book. Beautifully written with his love of living life in the wild reverberating on every page. Terrific!
An interesting and unusual read. A nurse is brought from England to a small Irish town to determine if an 11 year old girl is a religious miracle or part of an elaborate hoax. I found this a very compelling read.
1st - You have a great idea for an internet start-up company.2nd - Work hard, the company succeeds and you sell company for $2 billion3rd - Now what? Use your fortune to make a difference in the world!
10 year old Obayda is a bacha posh, a girl dressed as a boy in modern day Afghanistan. She must find a way to keep the freedom and independence she has had when she has to return to life as a girl. Good!!
A very poignant story told from a dog's perspective. Two children get lost in a snow storm and a kind, wonderful Irish Wolfhound saves the day. Poetic and uplifting.
Morning Book Club really enjoyed discussing this book. Lots of interesting case analysis and back-story of these two ground breaking women of the Supreme Court.
This is not historical fiction in the traditional sense - very original in both the telling and structure. A very powerful, compelling book about Cora, a runaway slave. I could not put it down. Heavy to read at times, however, well worth it!
Based on actual events, this historical novel will inform as well as entertain. It tells the story of a plague outbreak in San Francisco in 1900. 13 year old Lizzie is smart and resourceful and family secrets, town secrets and medical drama make this a real page turner!
A road trip novel that you will have so much fun reading! A coal minter, a wife in need of adventure, a well-behaved rooster and an alligator you won't forget, and a grown son who is just trying to figure out what really happened on this trip. Set in the 30s. Good, good read!Also, a staff pick for Derrick.
A small, quiet, unsentimental gem of a book. Haruf has such a way of simply expressing what is true and important. Love this book!
After several attempts when Nyda was younger, she was finally able to swim from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64! She endured crippling jelly fish, being blown off course, rough weather and being told to just give up...she didn't! Inspiring!
Just read pages 3-7 and you will be hooked! Mezrich is one of the very best non-fiction writers that read like top-notch fiction thriller. I always look forward to his next book and this one doesn't disappoint. A harrowing Russian tale and rise of Putin.
Carbo delivers another good book with another investigation set in Glacier National Park. After park police find a couple of bodies that fell from a cliff...A what happened and whodunit?
Sail with Harriet on her impulsive cruise to Alaska. Her journey will reveal that her life is full of false assumptions! Quirky and inventive, this novel is funny, wise, and told with heart. Both Melissa and I really enjoyed this book!Also, a Melissa and Abby staff pick.
Negative 50 degree wind-chill, zillions of mosquitoes, eating seal blubber - no thanks!...but I loved reading this father/daughter Alaskan adventure from my comfy armchair. Their three trips entail building a very remote cabin, checking trap lines in the winter, and canoeing the Hula Hula river north to the Artic Ocean.
Best Erdrich novel yet! A contemporary story about a tragic accident and all the family repercussions that follow. Justice, unforgettable characters and a masterful understanding of the human heart.
Inspired by events in the author's own family - this is a powerful debut novel filled with superstition, jealousy, power, vulnerability, desire and obsession. Catch a glimpse into the lives of a Jewish family in early 20th century Iran.
This book is well-written and well-researched. It delves into the complexities of fighting a wildfire and the hardships and dedication that the fire-fighters face when confronted with the summer fire season. Sad, however, maybe the lessons learned will help future fire battles.
Local author Shawn Vestal's crazy, wild ride of teen rebellion, loss of innocence, Mormon fundamentalists and Evel Knievel. Slip back into the 1970s and see if these 3 teen's grasp at freedom is worth the price.Also, a Derrick staff pick!
A wise, beautifully written novel that captures Quinllen at her best. Family secrets, fickle friendships, and questions about loyalty and love. And it has a beautiful cover!
This book entertained me, scared me, and made me wonder what lies ahead for us in this social media world. You will think twice before posting anything online again. This book is about people who made an unwise decision. From the author who wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats.
Travel with Joseph through Yakima on the way to Walla Walla, as he has one adventure after another in the late 1800s. All he wants is to get his beloved horse back, however, he has many obstacles in his way, but courage, bravery, and friendship will help him find his horse and home. Great 12 year old read!
This subject is currently in the news and covers a part of history most of us know nothing about - the Turkish purge of Armenians in 1915. This book doesn't shy away from details, however, it is steep in love, empathy, and hope.
Sometimes when bad things happen to good people, we ask "why?" Sometimes the simple answer is "why not?" This story is tragic, yet not a tragedy. Insightful, beautifully written and an honest look into the short life of a talented neurosurgeon.
Young Mark has made a decision to climb Mt. Rainier with his trusty dog, while his family thinks he's off to Spokane. Adventurous and a journey through the eyes of someone battling something more than just a mountain during a blizzard. Ages 11-12.
Kristin Downey manages to convey an impressive amount of history into a real page-turner. She brings to life the ambitious, controversial, and dramatic life of Queen Isabella. Her impact on the world still resonates today. Experience all the infidelities, murders, the Spanish Inquisition, Christopher Columbus and power-grabbing of the 14th and 15th century. You won't be disappointed!
In the shadow of WWII, a socialite reluctantly follows her husband to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness Monster. Historical and well-written, this book isn't so much about "Nessie"-but more about relationships that unravel and some that begin.
Absolutely, beautifully written novel by Shann Ray, who teaches at Gonzaga University in the state of Washington. This western epic is steep in Montana history and landscape with many moments of toughness and tenderness. A tale of conflict between a revengeful copper baron, cowboys, and the Cheyenne people. You will enjoy every page you turn. Local talent at its best!
A 5th grade boy and his family are going through some difficult times, but with the help of a loving family and the reappearance of an imaginary friend, he discovers strength and hope. Very well written by the author of The One and Only Ivan.
A grizzly, old criminal and a young law man with troubles of his own, form a relationship while awaiting trial in rural Montana. Gritty and raw, yet very poetic and beautifully written. All that makes for a really good read.
A very passionate argument on the influence and importance fiction has on Americans and the world. The author's experience as a new citizen, having gone through the Iranian revolution, is insightful and elegant. From the author who wrote Reading Lolita Tehran.
You will not be able to read this book and not come away affected somehow. Stevenson is a modern day Atticus Finch and I'm glad we have people in the world that can make such a difference.
An entertaining glimpse of the life we live when dogs become important members of our family. Join Denizet-Lewis on his travels throughout America-even stopping in Idaho, and discover how a little dog-crazy we all are.
Local author Stephanie Oakes has written a page-turning debut novel that is perfect for the reader that likes books a bit dark, thought provoking and likes the unraveling of a good mystery. Excellent writing.
A beautifully crafted story about a mixed race family dealing with misunderstandings, and the struggles life can bring. This book will stay with you after you finish it.
Family secrets, hope, disappointment, lots of humor and plenty of suspense. All of these components make this one of the best memoirs I've read.
Intelligent, well-paced novel. Well-deserved of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Rich in detail and content. A young boy steals a small masterpiece and all the ramifications that follow.
How do the weak outsmart the strong? Gladwell does it again - he explains complex dynamics in such an entertaining way. He will make you rethink your ideas about advantage and disadvantage. I so enjoy all his books!
Completely readable and chock full of well-researched information. Whether you're anxious to fly or suffer from debilitating anxiety like Stossel, this book has great insight, humor and inspiration.
This story has heart, courage, and intelligence. Written from Ivan's perspective - your hear will get stomped on, yet will also be mended and be a little bit bigger after reading this extraordinary story. A must read!
A 72 year old Lebanese woman recounts her life story. A life full of reading books, inner struggles, solitude, funny commentary, and something she scuffs at...the arc of redemption. Literary and wonderful.
Great narration from a 12 year old girl who accompanies her father on a trip from her home in London to N.Y. to help him find a missing friend. She's smart and perceptive and the journey reveals the complexity of adult relationships. Really Good!
Amazing that this classic was written by a 26 year old graduate student! A moral fable that has much to offer in thought and content in such a slim volume. "Between the living and the dead, the bridge was love." "The only survival, the only meaning."
Informative, entertaining, and puts the reader right in the middle of early years of the FBI in the turbulent 60s through recent times. Ruby Ridge, Shoshone County Dixi Mafia - crazy stuff!
Set in India and America, two brothers bound by tragedy, revolution, and a woman. Lahiri has an incredible gift when it comes to writing. Some books you read for the plot, some for language...this has both.
A profound and dramatic telling of the author's and her photojournalist abduction on their 4th day in Somalia. Harrowing, yet inspiring too. I won't be traveling there soon.
Historical Fiction at its best! All the attention and accolades this book has generated are well-deserved. The words read like diffused light. A plot that could have been melodramatic, but is not. A structure of short chapters that work. Loved this book!
Being mentally aware, but unable to communicate, Martin Pistorius overcame such incredible odds to write this extraordinary story. Told in such a humble and genuine way - I can't recommend this book enough! So insightful and moving.
Harrowing, powerfully told story that thank goodness has a happy ending. Really fascinating and well-researched.
A great summer read. An unlikely love story between a quadriplegic and his hired caregiver. Funny, surprising, and thought-provoking. Easily devoured!
Quirky, smart, and fun to read. An unusual written format that is original. Lots of funny insights and cultural commentary on the Seattle area.
Set in North Korea, this book deserved the Pulitzer Prize. Excellent storytelling. Serious yet very compelling to read. A very, very good book.
Elegant, wise, and full of meditation on life and death, regret, and how we remember our lives. Not one word too many.
A family's struggle to stay afloat...while their theme park and family unravels. Unexpected, humorous, and a young heroine that you won't forget. Impressive debut novel.
Dave Eggers is such a master storyteller. The war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina collide in this disturbing and compassionate account of Zeitoun and his family.Also, a Melissa staff pick!
Bel Canto is a gem of a book - our favorite Patchett novel though all of them are marvelous! A unique setting and diverse characters are woven together through an unforgettable narrative that we still think about years later.Also a Melissa and Mellie staff favorite.
This cover says it all. The true story of the bond between a boy and an elephant that spans several decades. Friendship, loyalty, adventure!
A funny account of writer, Gary Paulsen, adventurous decision to run the Iditarod. Sit in a comfortable chair because you won't put this down until the race is over.