Sue's Staff Picks

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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525511380
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Published: The Dial Press - March 26th, 2019

I love a book that makes me randomly laugh out loud and smile. This book reminds me of Less in that you are not sure you love the main character and you begin to focus on his mistakes and then you really see just how human he is and are rooting for him by the end!  Wonderful!!


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The Editor Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525537960
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 2nd, 2019

My friend and I have decided to Co-host book club in June and picked this book.  I fell in love with Steven Rowley when I read his Lily and the Octopus.  Funny and well written - a perfect combination!  The Editor is just as good if not better and has so much imagination and character. My friends have all started to read the book and love it already!


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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982106980
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Published: Scribner - May 28th, 2019

If you want a novel that keeps you up at night and has you on the edge of your seat then this is the book for you!  The intense immersion of these two families and the trials that fall to them as well as the NYC area backdrop made for a perfect read!  The topic of mental illness is also very timely and the consideration of one's past and how it affects the present.


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The Art of Simple Living: 100 Daily Practices from a Japanese Zen Monk for a Lifetime of Calm and Joy Cover Image
By Shunmyo Masuno, Allison Markin Powell (Translated by), Harriet Lee-Merrion (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143134046
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Published: Penguin Books - April 2nd, 2019

I have been feeling the need for a recentering in my life.  You could say I am in a very "Zen" mode and point of view.  This perfectly simple book has been just the thing I am drawn to.  It is the type of book you want to read slowly and purposefully.  It reminds you to be present, to take stock of your belongings and realize that everything you want you already have and most importanly that happiness is available at all times if you only pay attention.  I also enjoyed this Zen monk's insights into what it means to design Zen gardens.  I have planned a trip to the Japanese Gardens in Fairmount Park which is in perfect accordance to the philosophy of doing something meaningful instead of buying something in hopes for meaning.


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An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208684
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

Wow!  This book truly deserves a place on the Bestsellers List and I don't always feel that way with all novels that are chosen.  It is extremely timely in its topic of race and prejudice and insightful into what can happen when something bad and unexpected happens to a marriage.  Thiis will make an excellent book club discussion book because of the many points of view that it is told from.


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Disappearing Earth: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

I am always drawn to a novel that brings me inside another part of the world - its culture, its landscape and its sense of family and community. This novel is both suspenseful and filled with well drawn characters.  You will turn each page hoping to find out what happens to the two missing sisters and at the same time lean much about those in the community that are involved with them.  Suprising and beautifully detailed!


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Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984803252
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Published: Berkley - June 11th, 2019

A lovely little book that takes place in China town in San Francisco.  I had been there with my husband many years ago and I can still remember the beautiful colors and sounds and of course the delicious smells.  In addition to the insights into cooking traditional Chinese food, this is a sweet story of love and friendship and family.


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The Immortalists Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735215092
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

Loved this book!  At first it sounded like a creepy premise to know the date of your death but I was drawn immeditately into this family of siblings and their unique lives.  I could not wait to see what happens to them and how they deal with this prediction.  Do you live differently because of this knowledge?  You decide.