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Megan works along with Jill booking musicians for our weekend concerts. She works upstairs at the main desk, as well as downstairs in the Shine Cafe doing battle with the espresso machine. She is also in charge of magazines!
Black Rabbit Hall Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101983157
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 4th, 2017


Ever wonder where the ghost of who you used to be is? You will find it getting lost in the halls of this Gothic manor. If you are a fan of Kate Morton, or our own local author Wendy Webb, you'll enjoy this spooky mystery of old family secrets on a blustery November evening.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Year of Food Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062653055
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017


Have you ever made your own mozzarella cheese? Thanks to this book I have, and apparently this makes me a "real housewife"! Interested in knowing or growing your own food? Kingsolver and her family did just that for one year. No, it didn't all go smoothly, but they had one heck of a time.

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ISBN: 9781561459179
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - April 1st, 2016

JULY 2017

In this retake on the classic tale, Little Red Riding Hood takes matters into her own hands. Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf in this story? Not her!

JUNE 2017

Any other parents sometimes, or ALL the time, confused about how to make your way in this journey of parenting?  Check out this fun, illustrated and cheap guide. After glancing at it, you’ll know all you need to know.  
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ISBN: 9781594633409
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2015

MAY 2017

Told in my favorite writing style where you are not quite sure if it is real or not, Oyeyemi reweaves the fairy tale of Snow White. This story brings up race and racism in a way we all want to talk about, and ignore, at the same time. It should make you uncomfortable, but in a good way; a way you cannot stop reading.

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ISBN: 9780385344166
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Published: Bantam - April 3rd, 2012

MARCH 2017

This is one great big little lady! For anyone who loves historical fiction, this is a fantastic pick during Women's History Month. If you enjoyed Water For Elephants and The Night Circus, with the lush circus setting, you won't want to put this down.

I Took the Moon for a Walk Cover Image
By Carolyn Curtis, Alison Jay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781846862007
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Barefoot Books - September 1st, 2008


Check this out if you are looking for a new bedtime book for your toddler. This is my 3 year old daughter's favorite one. It is written in a beautiful rhyme that is sure to put your little one right to sleep.

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By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481439787
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 16th, 2016


This book is beautiful and magical. But mostly it makes me believe that something could be magical. Read this and pass it on, as the Night Gardener does with William.

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By Sean Taylor, Jean Jullien (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763675783
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 10th, 2015

JUNE 2016

This is the silliest owl I've ever met! What do owls eat anyway and how are they supposed to catch it? This little guy needs a lesson. Have a good laugh with him.

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Empire Falls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375726408
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Published: Vintage - April 1st, 2002

MAY 2016

This is a great story about life in a small town where everybody knows everybody else's business. Sound familiar fellow locals? If you have already read Nobody's Fool, and are waiting for Everybody's Fool to come out in paperback, check out this smart, funny, and true snapshot of life.

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375858604
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 6th, 2015

MARCH 2016

The bear on the cover caught my attention with his sideways eyes, but held my affection through the entire book. However, the best part is the surprise revealed at the end of the book. Be patient though, don't peek! As an ex kindergarten teacher I kept picturing my class dying with laughter at the end. Enjoy!

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So Sweet!: Cookies, Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, and More Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449407285
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 4th, 2011


This year for Valentine's Day, or anytime after, make sweet whoopie.....pies that is (page 73)! Have fun with the great recipes in this inexpensive little charmer. (Discount $3.98 version available in store!)

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Me Talk Pretty One Day Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316776967
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 5th, 2001


OK it's January and don't we all need a good laugh? Pick this up or any of Sedaris's other short story collections. You'll probably see your own in them as I do. These are the kinds of stories that stick with you and make you laugh over and over again.

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ISBN: 9780803734968
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Published: Dial Books - September 16th, 2014


The characters in this book are so bold, they jump off the page and into your life. Nelson creates a person that I wish was real so much that I keep looking for him in art magazines hoping he'll be there. I'm unsure of why I picked this book up, because teen romance is not usually my genre. Nonetheless, I still think of this book now, years after I originally read it.

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ISBN: 9780743203661
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 19th, 2003


In anticipation of Bonnie Jo Campbell's new book Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, due out in October, I would like to highlight one of her earlier works. Many of you have already read Once Upon a River, so now read Q Road where we first met Margot and now get to know her daughter Rachel. Prepare to know to of the greatest women you will ever meet.

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ISBN: 9780061358302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2007


This lovely set of stories is about the family you find, rather than the one you are born into. Shouldn’t we all be so lucky?

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ISBN: 9780441016990
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Ace Books - September 3rd, 2008

JUNE 2015

Who hasn't started this series yet? Go for it! It's a good summertime read for super campy fun.

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By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763672935
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014


For those of you who love Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, you will recognize this as its silly little sister. This family goes on a great winter adventure and do they have a great time! With this book, your family will too. Everyone will want to hike in the woods now.

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Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations Cover Image
By Jeffrey D. Clements, Bill Moyers (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781626562103
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - August 18th, 2014


This book is not just information, it is a call to action! Clements recounts the Supreme Court's bizarre ruling that made the rights of corporations and money more important than people. More than 500 cities and towns, including Traverse city, have formed groups to call to overturn Citizens United. Learn how to join the fight.

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Fall Leaves Cover Image
By Loretta Holland, Elly MacKay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544106642
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - September 2nd, 2014


As a former kindergarten teacher and home schooling mom I have seen alot of books about autumn, and this is one of the most beautiful I have ever come across. This is a stunning illustration of the changes and happening of fall. Enjoy the season of color with your kids, young and old!

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ISBN: 9781451656930
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 23rd, 2012

MAY 2014

Have you ever had an event in your life stay with you no matter how hard you try to escape it? These characters have too. Even the good parts of each ones life is colored by them. Some get over it, and some get one with it. It is interesting to see which is which and why.

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ISBN: 9780143036692
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Published: Penguin Books - March 7th, 2006

MARCH 2014

If you are waiting for The Invention of Wings to come out in paperback and you read The Secret Life of Bees long ago, give this one a try. Kidd is an amazing storyteller no matter what the subject or arena.

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A Widow for One Year Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345434791
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Published: Fawcett Books - November 27th, 2001


John Irving tells the tale of a family in such a way that made me laugh, cry, and get angry all at the same time.

The characters, their choices, and the ultimate consequences each face are sometimes heartbreaking but always compelling. Strangely enough, some of the main characters are non-human picture hooks and the pictures that once hung on them.

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ISBN: 9780385349291
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - September 10th, 2013


From their blog the authors create a lighthearted look at the joyous trials of motherhood.  The book is a collection of hilarious snippets which begin with pregnancy , labor  and the sleeplessness of infant care. Cocktail recipes, alcoholic and non, are included. As for the end of the book, I’m not sure.  My eyes were pretty blurry by then.

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ISBN: 9780446582360
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 25th, 2012

MAY 2015

Fifteen year old Mosey Slocub's grandmother and mother both got pregnant when they were fifteen. So now, everyday, she secretly takes a pregnancy test even though she has never had sex. Paranoid? Yes, but in a great way. You'll love all three of these wonderfully strong women.

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ISBN: 9780758238757
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - September 25th, 2012

July 2015

Did you ever repair something, and in turn found you have repaired yourself? One summer Effie fixes up her family's old summer cottage and fixes herself as well. The setting of this story makes everything come alive. Enjoy!