Kathy's Picks







Kathy has worked here since 1985. she's become "one with the woodwork," as she puts it.  Kathy is a Traverse City history buff and is likely to point you in the right direction for advice on titles of this kind.


The Book Woman's Daughter: A Novel By Kim Michele Richardson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728242590
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 3rd, 2022

JUNE 2022

If you loved The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek you'll love the story of The Book Woman's Daughter, Honey Lovett. When her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free or risk being sent away for good. If Honey wants to bring the freedom books provide to the families who need it most, she's going to have to fight for her place and learn that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world.

Honor By Thrity Umrigar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616209957
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - January 4th, 2022

MARCH 2022

This riveting novel tells the story of two couples and the sometimes dangerously heartbreaking challenges of love across a cultural divide. In this novel two courageous women are trying to navigate how to be true to your homeland and yourself at the same time.

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel By Laura Dave Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501171345
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - May 4th, 2021


The Last Thing He Told Me is a gripping mystery about a woman who thinks she's found the the love of her life -- and then he disappears. With lots of plot twists and family drama, this mystery is sure to shock you with its last heartbreaking turn.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks—Super Easy!: 120 Shortcut Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More By Ree Drummond Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062962768
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - October 19th, 2021

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift? This is it! The recipes in this book are delicious and don't require alot of prep or fuss -- exactly what cooking should be! There's something for everybody without being complicated or difficult.

The Happiest Man on Earth: The Beautiful Life of an Auschwitz Survivor By Eddie Jaku Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063097681
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Published: Harper - May 4th, 2021


This uplifting memoir of Eddie Jaku's tribute to those who lost their lives to the 3rd Reich. Remarkably, Eddie survived and made a promise to smile every day as a thanks for his precious gift, as well as to honor those who died. Today, Eddie is 100 years old and calls himself "The Happiest Man".

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Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band By Willie Nelson, Bobbie Nelson, David Ritz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984854131
Published: Random House - September 15th, 2020

APRIL 2021

I loved reading this book. Learning what they both went through in life is amazing. I’ve always been a Willie Nelson fan and now this gave me a whole new perspective on him and Bobbie.

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The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook: 100-Plus Fast and Easy New Recipes That Taste Like Home (The Happy Cookbook Series) By Steve Doocy, Kathy Doocy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062968395
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - September 29th, 2020

MARCH 2021

Steve Doocy and his wife Kathy believe the kitchen and the family dinner table should be happy places where memories are made and shared. The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook includes recipes covering a variety of occasions and favorite foods, from holidays, casseroles, and one pot meals to chicken, pasta, and desserts, as well as a whole chapter devoted to the ultimate comfort ingredient: potatoes. Steve and Kathy also share their clever Happy in a Hurry Hacks, which save prep and cooking time and can be used no matter what recipes you're using. Best of all, they include more hilarious and heartwarming stories from the Doocy family and some well known friends.

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Taste of Home Christmas Cookies Mini Binder: 100+ Sweets for a simply magical holiday (TOH Mini Binder) By Taste of Home (Editor) Cover Image
By Taste of Home (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781617659485
Published: Trusted Media Brands - October 6th, 2020


100+ sweets for a simply magical holiday! Whether you're partial to cute cutouts of the kids, old time spritz or simply no-bake sweets that are ready in a snap, you'll find them in this delightful cookbook. There's even a chapter for the top ten cookies of all time, as well as tips for shipping cookies to assemble the perfect cookie plate.

The Lake Michigan Cottage Cookbook: Door County Cherry Pie, Sheboygan Bratwurst, Traverse City Trout, and 115 More Regional Favorites By Amelia Levin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612127323
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - April 3rd, 2018


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Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline By Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781538701669
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 7th, 2020


Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are true legends and country music icons, and very much sisters of the heart. Full of laughter and tears, this eye opening, heart warming memoir paints a picture of two stubborn, spirited country gals who'd be damned if they let men or convention tell them how to be.

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Amish Family Recipes: A Cookbook Across the Generations By Lovina Eicher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781513805771
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Published: Herald Press (VA) - April 14th, 2020


Every Saturday I look forward to reading the column "Lovina's Amish Kitchen" in the Record Eagle. Lovina Eicher invites the reader into her life on an Amish farm, sharing stories of home life, events happening in her Amish community as well as recipes. In Amish Family Recipes, Lovina Eicher shares more than one hundred mouthwatering recipes. Colorful photographs of easy-to-prepare dishes and pictures of life in an Amish household reveal a people committed to faith, family, community, and simplicity.

The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America By Elizabeth Letts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525619321
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 1st, 2021


Ride of Her Life is the true story of Annie Willard, a Maine farmer who decided to see the Pacific Ocean with her dog and a cast off horse. It's a truly amazing adventure and hard to put down!

Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero By Amanda Kloots, Anna Kloots Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063078253
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Published: Harper - June 15th, 2021


Amanda Kloots reflects on love, loss and life with her husband Nick Cordera whose public battle with COVID 19 made world headlines.
This book offers a vision of courage for anyone coping with overwhelming loss, with a reminder that sometimes celebrating life today is the only path through tomorrow's darkness.

Olga Dies Dreaming: A Novel By Xochitl Gonzalez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250786173
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 4th, 2022


A New York City wedding planner for the tony Manhattan elite and her popular congressman brother deal with their Puerto Rican roots and an absent mother who reappears in the wake of hurricane Maria. Despite their alluring public lives, behind closed doors things are far less rosy. Sure, Olga can orchestrate the love stories of the 1%, but she can't seem to find her own until she is forced to confront the effects of long held family secrets.