Margaret's Staff Picks

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The Priory of the Orange Tree Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635570298
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 26th, 2019

If you're looking for a new, self-contained, epic fantasy story, absolutely look no further. Yes, she's a tome, but I adored every single page of this book. Shannon creates a fresh new world with a really unique dragon lore and complex, wonderful characters. The action is non-stop, the twists and turns breathless, and the worldbuilding vivid. I cannot recommend this enough. It's a new favorite, and I hope it becomes yours as well.

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The Book of the Moon: A Guide to Our Closest Neighbor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419738494
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 9th, 2019

A delightful, incredibly informative little guide for those of us who don't remember what they taught about the moon in school. I appreciate the author's accessibility toward what can be very dense material, and I found her little quips adorable. I highly recommend!

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501161933
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018

Sigh! I adored this story. Reid just released her latest book, Daisy Jones and the Six, but I have to continute to praise Evelyn. A reporter faces the task of writing the life story of a retired, incredibly famous Hollywood actress a la Elizabeth Taylor, Evelyn Hugo. Having experienced seven husbands, enormous wealth, and oodles of scandals, this book and this character are delicious and heartwrenching and an absolute joy to travel with.

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Herbal Goddess: Discover the Amazing Spirit of 12 Healing Herbs with Teas, Potions, Salves, Food, Yoga, and More Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612124124
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - April 21st, 2015

I am excited for spring for the sole reason that I can engage with this book more. Jirsa takes a deep dive into twelve of her favorite herbs, providing recipes, yoga poses, crafts and more to further understand each one. Get ready to build a relationship with herbs such as lavender, cinnamon, ginger, and holy basil in exciting and new ways. 

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681195087
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - January 29th, 2019

A refreshing spin on a beloved tale, Kemmerer explores the idea of Beauty and the Beast in a way I've never seen before. What if "Belle" came from our world? What if the Beast has killed all of his servants save one? What if his terrible secret leaves his land on the brink of war? I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and unique twists this story takes, and can't wait for the sequel! 

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SHOUT Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670012107
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

Laurie Is Our Queen. No, but really. SHOUT is a verse-written memoir that serves as a reflection of her life before and after the publication of her groundbreaking novel, Speak, twenty years ago. If you haven't read her, what are you waiting for? 

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Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061478789
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 22nd, 2008

A timeless classic, which is why I'm so upset I only discovered this book in my young adult years instead of my childhood. This book reaches all ages, and can be enjoyed by the fireside, in a summer meadow, or anywhere in between. A literary smile.

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WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250217707
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Published: Celadon Books - April 9th, 2019

Short, simple, and to the point..but that doesn't mean it doesn't pack a punch. An expansion on her 2018 commencement speech, this book felt like a warm hug followed by a gentle push from Wambach, and sometimes that's exactly what we ladies need. We are the wolves.