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Wife, mother, daughter, friend, volunteer. Most recently, after twenty some years of raising her sons at home, she delightedly joined the family at The Well~Read Moose. She is an avid reader and a member of a local book club. She loves talking about books and pets and life and meeting new pople, oh and books!! Her favorite kind of book would be a fictitious, fantastical, family saga with some mysterious, thrilling, sci-fi, and paranormal elemnts, sprinkled with cats and dogs and humor and magic!!

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The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147517135
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Published: Puffin Books - March 7th, 2017

Very scary, better for older middle school students. Set in England/Scotland during the 2nd World War, when parents sent their children away for safety, but these children were sent into danger. With wits and intelligence and a little magic, they defeat the evil lady of the castle.


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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778319801
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Published: Mira Books - January 31st, 2017

A lovely story of overcoming loss and learning to leave your comfort zone and evolving, even at 70 years old!


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Dark Matter Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781101904220
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - July 26th, 2016

An engaging, non-stop, sci-fi with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and awake long after midnight! Quick read-"unputdownable"
 
Also, a Melissa staff pick!!


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The Trap Cover Image
By Melanie Raabe, Imogen Taylor (Translator)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781455592920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 5th, 2016

Super suspenseful story about an agoraphobic author trying to solve her sister's murder. Nice character development and lots of twists and turns.


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The Girls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812998603
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Published: Random House - June 14th, 2016

In her eagerly awaited debut novel, Emma Cline uses the Manson family as a vehicle for her story which is really about being a young girl in California in the late 1960s, reeling from a parental divorce and the emotional journey of maturing. (Loved her style and the story).


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What We Become Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476751986
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Published: Atria Books - June 7th, 2016

This well-known Spanish author uses the tango and chess as the metaphors to move this story of two untrustworthy people who meet three times in their lives. While the characters are not very likable, they are very realistic. I loved the tempo and feel of this whirlwind saga. The smells and sounds made me feel like a voyeur, with a front row seat to a gritty, sometimes seedy, always strategic, relationship.


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Beware That Girl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553507904
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 31st, 2016

Psychological Y.A. thriller - girls at an elite private school ensnared by a psychopathic predator. Each have goals - who will survive?
 
*Some adult subject matter - Page turner


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The Blackthorn Key Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481446525
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - May 3rd, 2016

A riveting romp through 17th century Europe with a compelling apprentice to an Apothecary Master who leaves secret messages to follow. New author, I'm sure we will see more books of his!


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In a Dark, Dark Wood Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501112331
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 19th, 2016

An English psychological thriller, eerie atmosphere, tense ambiance, uncertain friendships...I read this debut novel in first two sittings.


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Summerlost Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399187193
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 29th, 2016

A tender, coming-of-age, over coming loss, and the sweet serendipity of finding a new friend at the most appropriate time, story.


Caraval Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250095251
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2017

This one is pure fantasy! It delivered on the budding teen romance, vivid setting descriptions carried the story. I'm feeling a trilogy!


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The Animals Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781631491498
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - January 11th, 2016

A story of overcoming the odds, addiction, trust, and the drive to have and maintain relationships, both good and bad. The story lumbers along heavily alternating between the past in Nevada and the present in North Idaho. Very well written with a sympathetic  protagonist, whom I was compelled to root for.


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Brave Enough Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101946909
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 27th, 2015

A perfect bedside table book for a dose of morning meditation or before sleep motivation. Filled with courageous challenges and laugh out loud humor!


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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062330321
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 27th, 2015

Deliciously dark and disturbing short (and shorter) stories to delight and savor into the night. Gaiman is a master at his craft.


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The Doldrums Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062320940
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 29th, 2015

A pleasure to read! The pages are beautiful, the illustrations are stunning, and the words are lyrical. Read aloud or quietly, this book is a treasure.


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My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts Cover Image
By Laura T. Coffey, Lori Fusaro (Photographer), Neko Case (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781608683406
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Published: New World Library - September 29th, 2015

A sweet and hopeful collection of stories about second chances and a gentle reminder to cherish the love of a dog, no matter how old.


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Big Little Lies Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425274866
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Published: Berkley Books - August 11th, 2015

Oh calamity!! A funny, thrilling book about friendship, parenting, marriage and murder! Set in Australia and filled with believable dialogue and suspense!


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Between the World and Me Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

Some of what the author has to say is difficult to hear. That said, this is an important read. You get a personal glimpse into a life very unlike my own. Anchored as a private conversation to his son, there are no holds barred, no punches pulled. Please read.


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How to Love Cover Image
By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jason DeAntonis (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781937006884
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Published: Parallax Press - December 2014

A simply profound guide to practicing mindfulness in loving.


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The Chase Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780345543097
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Published: Bantam - November 4th, 2014

Fox and O'Hare Series
 
I just love the characters in this series. Fox and O'Hare are charming and funny. The settings are beautiful and exciting! Pulse raising adventures abound!


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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812974492
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Published: Random House Trade - July 29th, 2014

A gut retching but ever-hopeful account of an American Olympian who joined the Armed Forces at the beginning of WWII. Some parts were painful to read but Louis Zamperini's amazing spirit shines throughout the book.
 
Also a Jinny staff pick.


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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125471
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

I never would have thought a book about rowing would have engaged me so powerfully. This is a book that celebrates some Americans from 'the greatest generation' and speaks strongly to the resilience of this rowing team from the University of Washington.


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My Brilliant Friend, Book One: Childhood, Adolescence Cover Image
By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

This is a reader's book. The author uses words like a great chef uses spices. Set in Italy, Ferrante begins her series describing, with honesty and in brutal detail, the friendship between two young girls.


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Horns Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061147968
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 8th, 2011

A horror novel that, at its core, is a sweet love story, told with humor and sensitivity, all the while, reeking of fire and brimstone!
 
Also, a Derrick staff pick!


Dog on It Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416585848
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Published: Atria Books - September 29th, 2009

Bernie and Chet are partners - Bernie is a down on his luck private eye - Chet the narrator, is a dog. The storyline works well. Chet's commentary is very funny and so believable! One of the great partnerships of our day!


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The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, Version 2.0 Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060842352
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 28th, 2008

If you are tired of the saccharine Christmas tales, pick up this Christopher Moore book. It's a Christmas socking filled with snarky, ridiculous, irreverent mayhem. A trigger warning at the beginning of the book is a great tip off of where this book is going!


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Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780761147732
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Published: Workman Publishing - October 10th, 2007

A very motivational book about holding back the tide of ageing. A good read for all of us over 40 (and more)! 


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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America Trade Book Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375725609
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Published: Vintage - February 10th, 2004

An "easy to read" historical tribute to amazing architects who designed the Chicago world fair and an insight to a disturbed and creepy mind. Why isn't HH Holmes a more well-known name?


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A Year in Provence Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679731146
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 4th, 1991

A fun, heart warming account of an expat's first year in France. Mayle is a funny writer and is able to make the reader feel welcomed to join the table!