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The Vaster Wilds: A Novel By Lauren Groff Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593418390
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 12th, 2023

Harrowing. Gripping. Distressing. All are words that describe the story of a teenage girl who is running for her life, sick as a dog, through the wilds of early 17th century North America. She’s running away from her past life of servitude in London, her terrifying and heartbreaking ocean voyage to the new country, and the horrors of daily life at the fort at Jamestown. To say this girl has been through some sh*t in her short life is an understatement. Utterly alone in the wild, she uses her innate scrappiness to survive by using her wits, a pair of stolen boots, a flint, a metal cup, and a hatchet. The girl’s pondering of God and the pristine nature that is now her home made me incredibly sad--what have we done to this world?  This is not a feel-good story, but it’s a beautifully written one that is well worth reading. For some immersion in the late 16th/early 17th centuries, I recommend reading Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet and then The Vaster Wilds.


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This Little Kitty By Karen Obuhanych Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593435144
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 31st, 2023

Don't tell my two dogs, but this book brings me great joy! I read it whenever I'm in its vicinity and it makes me laugh every time. Anyone who currently lives with or has lived with cats will completely relate to the feline antics. And the illustrations are hilarious – every cat has its own personality and you are sure to find your cat represented. The last page is my favorite; I remember as a child being woken up from a sound sleep by the sharp-as-pins teeth biting my ankles and toes through my bedspread. I think that's why I now have dogs.


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A Little Ferry Tale By Chad Otis, Chad Otis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chad Otis, Chad Otis (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534487697
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 2nd, 2022

A tear-jerker of a book (at least for me!) that reassures the “quiet ones” that we are perfect and important just as we are. It's not a sappy “special snowflake” story, but more like “use your natural talents to the best of your ability. You are important! Loud people are not inherently better than you! Tap into your intrinsic purpose!”


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The Circles in the Sky By Karl James Mountford, Karl James Mountford (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536224986
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Published: Candlewick Studio - September 27th, 2022

Another tear-jerker, although I think this one is universal, not just specific to me! It is a book about death. Straight up. I was drawn to the cover initially—the colors are “my colors” and I loved the blockprint look of the illustrations. I read it while at work, at the back register, and was fanning my eyes with my hands and sniffling by the end because it just hit me hard. The main character is a fox and the deceased is a blackbird but the feelings are raw human.


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Farmhouse By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316528948
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

I am 100% in love with Farmhouse. The illustrations are gorgeous --bits and pieces of items (wallpaper, newspapers, etc.) that Blackall found in the actual, real life, run-down farmhouse that she discovered in upstate New York are used in the collage illustrations. In one illustration, the mother is nursing the youngest of her twelve children, and I'm thinking that may be a first in picture books?!? I could be wrong, but I was very excited to see that most natural part of life reflected in a children's book! The story is charming as is Blackall's back story of the farmhouse that appears at the end of the book. (A bear lived in the basement! The muddy rags that turned out to be handmade dresses!) A lovely book for a person of any age, clearly!