Jinhee's Picks

Jinhee has worked for the store for 29 years, originally starting out our Petoskey location.  She's one of our book buyers & works on fulfilling online book orders. An avid book reader who especially likes History, Sci-Fiction, Fantasy and some literary fiction.



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Be More Dog By Caroline Crowe, Carlos Velez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Caroline Crowe, Carlos Velez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781782508328
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Published: Floris Books - October 3rd, 2023


Happiness is all around us. Sometimes you just have to BE MORE DOG to find it!

So darn cute!!!  

A beautifully illustrated book about finding happiness in the simplest of things.  Sam the dog takes his little human on an adventure and shows him that joy can be found in the most unexpected of places.

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The Eyes and the Impossible By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524764203
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2023


Told from a dog’s point of view, Johannes spends his day observing the day to day activities of the park he lives in. His job is reporting back to the park’s elders, three ancient Bison.  Aided by his friends, a seagull, a raccoon, a squirrel, and a pelican they observe the humans & other animals that share the park.  

Even with strange new building going up and more humans in the park, it’s the arrival of goats that will change Johannes life forever.  At the heart, this is a story of friendship, beauty, freedom and above all else, loyalty.  A wonderful story that will  readers of all ages will love.

Big Truck Little Island By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536203936
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Published: Candlewick - May 3rd, 2022

MAY 2022

Based on a true story, a big flatbed truck gets stuck on a small island off the coast of Maine, blocking traffic from both directions.
Filled with wonderful drawings, the book captures the trust an cooperation amongst a small community. But the best part is the reveal of what the truck was bringing to the island. You'll have to read the book to find out what!!

Endure: How to Work Hard, Outlast, and Keep Hammering By Cameron Hanes, Joe Rogan (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Cameron Hanes, Joe Rogan (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781250279293
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 17th, 2022

JUNE 2022

Cameron Hanes was 20 years old when he discovered his love of bowhunting. While on a journey to become the very best in the sport, he discovered that the mental and physical strength he would need came through a daily regiment of long distance running and heavy weight lifting. That was 30 years ago and today he runs 200+ mile ultra marathons and is constantly pushing himself to achieve new personal bests in any goal he sets for himself.
Part memoir, part self motivational -- this book will show how if you are strong mentally, you can push yourself physically to accomplish anything.

Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness By Maria Gianferrari, Pete Oswald (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maria Gianferrari, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063067912
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Published: HarperCollins - April 5th, 2022

APRIL 2022

A delightful children's picture book that reminds us of the importance of taking a few moments out of our day to be mindful of ourselves, others, and our surroundings. The drawings of the young child and their incredibly adorable dog will bring a smile to anyone's face (dog lover or not). Includes ideas at the back of the book for mindful walks you can go on with your furry friend and little one!

Flowers For Algernon: Student Edition By Daniel Keyes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780156030083
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 14th, 2004

MARCH 2022

Charlie Gordon is a young man with a low IQ who agrees to undergo an experiment that will turn him into a genius after witnessing the success on a mouse named Algernon. As Charlie struggles to navigate the new world that has opened up to him, he comes to realize that the change is only temporary, only this time he fully understands.
For m, the following quote sums up the book perfectly: "I don't know what's worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you've always wanted to be, and feel alone."

It's a Mitig! By Bridget George Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781771622738
Published: Douglas & McIntyre - April 20th, 2021


This beautifully illustrated children's book guides young readers through the forest while introducing them to Ojibwe words for nature. A fantastic introduction of another language for young children.
Includes a pronunciation guide in the back of the book.

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The Library Book By Susan Orlean Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476740195
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019


The true story of the most catastrophic  library fire in American history. A mystery that still remains unsolved, the author explores the person most believe is responsible, an actor named Harry Peak, and his motive.
However, the heart of the book explores the history of libraries and how they really are civic centers, a sort of town hall if you will. She examines the future of libraries and showcases how fundamentally important they are for our country. A true nod, a love letter perhaps, to libraries.

The Long Walk By Stephen King Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501143823
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Published: Pocket Books - April 19th, 2016


A dystopian horror story set in the near future, where under a totalitarian and militaristic ruler 100 teenage boys are forced to endure an annual walking contest where there can only be one winner. Their pace cannot fall below four miles an hour; after three warnings, they are permanently removed. The winner is promised anything he wants for the rest of his life.
With every page turn, you'll be holding your breath as you follow the main character, 16 year old Ray Garraty, to see what fate awaits him.

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Running with Sherman: How a Rescue Donkey Inspired a Rag-tag Gang of Runners to Enter the Craziest Race in America By Christopher McDougall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433255
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Published: Vintage - July 28th, 2020


The true heartwarming story of one man's efforts to heal the spirit, body and mind of an abused animal. When Christopher McDougall was asked to take in a neglected donkey he had no idea what he was in for. Searching for a way to bond with his new family member, Sherman, he read about burro racing and started the process of training. Along the way, he was helped by numerous people, organizations, and other four legged creatures, all with heir unique stories and legacies. A triumphant testament to the power of movement and the unbreakable bond that humans and animals forge. Not just for runners or animal lovers, but for all people.

The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765365279
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Published: Tor Fantasy - May 24th, 2011

MAY 2021

Book 1 in a planned 10 book series >:O.
Told from the viewpoint of 3 main characters, you'll find yourself rooting for one of them more than you can imagine for a fictional person. At over 1200 pages, it's an investment in time and energy, but you'll realize that it's not nearly enough! Beautiful, heroic, frustrating, exhilarating, and awe inspiring (just a few of the emotions that you'll experience during your read). The start of an epic fantasy series (no dwarves or dragons here). Simply phenomenal....

Boy's Life By Robert McCammon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780671743055
Published: Pocket Books - May 1st, 1992

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) By Patrick Rothfuss Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women By Kate Moore Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492650959
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

JULY 2021

During World War I, hundreds of women and girls went to work in factories, painting watch and military dials with the newly discovered element, radium. When they walked home at night, they would literally be glowing from the luminous paint. Soon after, they started to experience gruesome side effects, and their fight for justice would lead to changes in the labor laws that endure to this day. Their case became one of the first in the country where employers were made responsible for the health of their employees  and ultimately lead to the establishment of OSHA. An  unbelievable story you will never forget!