New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Remains of Innocence by J A Jance (This is the latest novel featuring Joanna Brady) (Hardback)

   J A Jance signing at Mostly Books on August 7th 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard (the final book in the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy) (Hardback)

Splat the Cat  and the Pumpkin-Pickin Plan by Rob Scotton (Paperback)

Paddington  by Michael Bond (Board Book)

The Working Memory Advantage:  Train Your Brain to Function Stronger, Smarter, Faster by Tracy Alloway (Paperback)

One Plus One

Jojo Moyes creates wonderful novels that are eloquently written and filled with amazing characters.  Her latest novel is One Plus One and it is filled with funny mishaps and witty conversations.   This is the tale about a mom who is trying to keep her family happy and safe, which has become a daunting task since her husband left them.  To make things even more complicated, Jess is trying to find a way to stop her son from getting bullied as well as frantically trying to come up with money to send her genius daughter to an elite private academy.  The only way she is going to get enough money for the school is if she can get her daughter to a math competition in Scotland.  The trip doesn’t go as planned, in fact it goes worse than planned.  Jess finds herself unable to get to Scotland until she runs into Ed, who has problems of his own.  Now the dysfunctional family is whisked off in Ed’s car in hopes of turning their lives around.

This is a great contemporary British novel that is rich in atmosphere and character charm.  It was fun getting lost in the chaos of the family and  I instantly fell in love with all of the characters.  The dynamic between Jess and Ed is really entertaining.  They are both strong individuals who are fighting their own personal demons and are reluctant to let another person in for fear of being hurt, creating the perfect recipe for banter and drama.  Overall what I enjoyed the most was the warm feeling you get when you read the novel.  Even with all the mishaps you can feel the  love and the joy of being a member of this non-traditional family.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (Book 3 in the All Souls Trilogy) (Hardback)

The Heist by Daniel Silva (Autographed copies are available) (Hardback)

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke (Hardback)

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (Paperback)

Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves (Paperback)

Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike (Book 2 Earthbound series) (Hardback)

Ms. Pike will be here August 9th from 3:30 – 5:00 PM for a book talk and signing.

Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (Book 4 in the Brotherhood Chronicles) (Hardback)

 

If you are interested in the autographed copies please call or stop in the store.

July’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of July:

1.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2.  California by Edan Lepucki

3.  The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

4.  Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

5.  Divergent by Veronica Roth

6.  Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

7.  Looking for Alaska by John Green

8.  One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

9.  Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

10.  The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Big Burn

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan was a fascinating read.  I was excited to read another Egan book after finishing The Worst Hard Time and I am so glad that I did.  This is a narrative non-fiction book that details the fire of 1910 that swept across Washington, Idaho and Montana.  Forest rangers assembled anyone they could find to help fight this enormous fire, but no one had seen anything like it before.  Egan then takes the story further and discusses not only the men who attempted to fight this fire, but also how conservation and public parks came into existence through the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt.  Egan did an incredible job of discussing the political, social and very human stories effected by this fire.  You can’t help but be moved by some of the amazing stories of what people had to endure in order to put out the fire.  A great read for any book club or non-fiction enthusiast.

 

July’s Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for the month of July:

In-Store Book Clubs

July 23rd Mystery Group (7 PM):  A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry

 

Online Book Clubs:  Click here to join our conversation for the month of July

                                               Theme:  Beach Reads

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth (this is a companion novel for the Divergent sereis) (Hardback)

California by Edan Lepucki (Hardback)

Act of War by Brad Thor (Hardback)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Hardback)

Close Your Eyes, Hold Your Hands by Chris Bohjalian (Hardback)

 

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle (Hardback)

Seven Minutes in Heaven by Sara Shepard (Paperback)

Big Nate Laugh-O-Rama by Lincoln Peirce (Paperback)