Lisa's Staff Picks

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492671527
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

In 1930s Eastern Kentucky, a group of Appalachian women formed the Kentucky Pack Horse Library. These brave women rode up into the hills to put books into the hands of the impoverished people who lived there. Nineteen-year-old Pack Horse Librarian Cussy Carter is committed to finding joy in her life and to bringing it into the lives of those around her. This was a sweet and comforting read--just what I wanted and needed!

Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593188958
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 25th, 2020

The unsettling and symbiotic relationship between two sisters drives this novel. September is the risk-taking and sometimes abusive one, while July is an anxious observer and follower. When something bad happens at school, the girls' mother brings them to a small, dark, isolated cottage. Weird, fractured, disturbing--I loved it!

Devoted Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542019507
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - March 31st, 2020

Full disclosure...though I am a Koontz fan, I haven't read this one yet. Read it with me, and we can discuss! I love a little horror, a little paranormal, and a golden retriever--best-selling author Dean Koontz has included all three in Devoted. Koontz's other novel featuring a golden retriever--Watchers--was nominated for PBS's The Great American Read. I know I won't be disappointed!

The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525511373
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 10th, 2020

Julie Yip-Williams overcame a dangerous and difficult childhood as a Vietnamese refugee to achieve her dreams in the United States. Now a lawyer, a wife, and a mother of two young children, Yip-Williams faces advanced colon cancer and imminent death. This inspiring book is a treatise on life, love, hope, and heartbreak, and all of the miracles in between.

The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524746025
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Published: Dutton - February 4th, 2020

A young Nigerian "woman" is married off by her father, to a man his age, when she is only 14. Abi Dare's first novel tells the story of Adunni, a girl who longs for a better life through education, but loses her champion when her mother dies. Narrated in Adunni's descriptive version of pidgin English, this is a novel that advocates for social justice in a country where it is sorely lacking.

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Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250215598
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 21st, 2019

Written by Tom Papa, a long-time head writer of The Prairie Home Companion, this is a book of humorous anecdotes of family life from a father's point of view. Silly, observant, and spot-on, my dad chuckled his way through it. It might just be a great holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for man on your list!

Migrations: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250204028
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 4th, 2020

This novel takes place in a future where many species are extinct. Franny Stone manages to talk her way onto a fishing boat whose captain reluctantly agrees to Franny's wish--to follow what might be the last migration of Arctic Terns. A journey ensues, a life is examined, and secrets are revealed!