Laurie's Picks


Laurie has worked here since 2013, in the cafe, coffee bar, and most of all at the front desk, where she is a passionate book lover and seller.


Ghoulish Goodies: Creature Feature Cupcakes, Monster Eyeballs, Bat Wings, Funny Bones, Witches' Knuckles, and Much More! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603421461
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - July 15th, 2009


Create some gruesome goodies for that next Halloween party or just because it's October. Check out Spidery Cupcakes, Cheddar Eyeballs, or Worm Pie!

The Wonder of Lost Causes: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062747945
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

JULY 2019

What a tender story! A young boy who has cystic fibrosis with an abused mixed-up mutt at an animal shelter. The boys' determination to save this needy canine is related through chapters that go back and forth between his thoughts and actions and his mother's. Her protective nature of her son complicates his goal, along with the fact that she is the acting veterinarian at the shelter and this dog's time is running out. Combine a child with a congenital disease and a possible 4 legged companion and what do you get? An emotional winner! Don't miss this one! Beach read!

The Scribe of Siena: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501152269
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Published: Gallery Books - January 2nd, 2018

JUNE 2019

Italy, love, time-travel!
Whether you’re a man, woman, history buff, art lover, foodie, scientist, or nerd, this well-written book involving time-travel will “sweep” you away….to Medieval Italy!
The main character, a present day neuro-surgeon from New York, mysteriously time–travels to 1347 Siena– smack dab into the time of the Plague.  The drama and mystery that ensue is enchanting, and the descriptions of that era’s culture are educational and enlightening.  The Italian language and dialect both add  real flavor to the story as well.
 With people today searching for their roots via DNA and, this story of a search for identity and belonging is very engaging.  
Let yourself pretend you exist in medieval Tuscany.  You may just plan to take a trip to Italy soon!

I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780801072925
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Published: Baker Books - September 4th, 2018

MAY 2019

The title says it all! Most likely, if you're reading this blurb, you would say the same! This book gives us great snippets of why we love this most glorious of past times, stories that make us know it's OK to want to read more that to do anything else! Check out Chapter 10 - "Bookworm Problems". They are delightful problems that each of us owns. You will definitely recognize yourself between the lines! Pick this book up for that person who most encouraged your undying reading habit!

The Winter Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9781402241376
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - December 1st, 2010

From time to time I love to return to books I have read in the past. This always seems to lead me back to my favorite genre - historical fiction. I especially love to read about Scotland - oh to be there and feel the wind, see the old castles, and experience the beauty of it all first hand.
The Winter Sea does just that! It takes you there - but back into history. To 1708 - when young King James was attempting to come back to Scotland and claim his crown. The life of Sophia, the heroine, is remembered through the thoughts of the main character, Carrie, who is an author writing her newest novel. She experiences an unusual passing down of history through what can only be described as 'mind time-travel'.
so very good that you'll want to read it twice!
"For if there was no winter, we could never hope for spring. The spring will come!"

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ISBN: 9780345806369
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Published: Vintage - March 27th, 2018

MARCH 2019

Based on the true story of the fires along Maine's coast in 1947, The Stars are Fire truly depicts the struggles of this horrific catastrophe's participants and survivors. This is a story of a mother's courage to save her children and herself starting even before the deadly blazes. Despite some almost insurmountable odds, the heroine's growth from a submissive wife to an independent woman is admirable. Simply put, you cannot forget her determination to be in control of her own destiny and to save those she loves! What a final novel Anne Shreve bestowed on us!


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The Hamilton Affair: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781628728552
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Published: Arcade - June 6th, 2017


This is the passionate love story of Eliza and Alexander Hamilton, who has most recently found notoriety in a Broadway musical. Our American Revolution is depicted with chapters alternating between the viewpoints  of this inspiring but imperfect couple. They give us a glimpse of some of the real founding fathers: Hamilton, Jefferson, Monroe, Madison and Burr. We also learn about this couple's marriage and personal lives during the formation of our country. The sacrifices that American's made in the name of liberty, the political strife of the times, and the Hamiltons' devotion to each other until Alexander's life ending duel is all here. Check out this love "affair" during Valentine's month. Not a romance novel, but true insightful historical fiction!

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The Likeness: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143115625
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Published: Penguin Books - May 26th, 2009


Tana French’s psychological crime novels are over the top and I do believe that The Likeness is her best one.
Taking place in Dublin, Ireland, Cassie Maddox returns and goes back undercover to solve an unrealistic  murder.  She comes face-to-face with her double– the dead body does in fact mirror her and an identity that she and her previous boss had created during her last undercover operation.  
Seemingly farfetched, the characters become all too real as she  and  her fellow investigation  partners search for justice for both the murdered girl and herself  before she becomes the next victim. Saying anything else just may give some clues away.

I love to read because of books like this one!! WOW!

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Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062562685
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - October 3rd, 2017


This poignant story (circa 1914) revolves around letters that were written back and forth from the war front in France to the home fronts in England.  It recounts some of the love, hope, and tragedy between loved ones during the Great War. There is such strong characterization that it will make you feel as if the main characters are presently in your life.

Not only does this novel depict the turmoil of war and it’s emotional toll on all involved, but it also relates some important issues of those times– the vital importance of freedom of speech (and of the press), as well as the birth of the women’s rights movement.
You will definitely love the ending!
Historical fiction at it’s finest– during this most wonderful time of the year!  

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Taste of Home Soups Mini Binder Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781617656132
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Published: Reader's Digest/Taste of Home - March 7th, 2017


Nothing speaks to my winter-time stomach like a good yummy pot of soup. I have long been a huge fan of Taste of Home magazine. Presently in my cabinet at home, I probably have at leas 100 different issues collected through the years, including the premier issue. Taste of Home soups are full of comfort and goodness, sure to please every person in your family. Second helpings are guaranteed! Check out these 100 recipes: definitely soul satisfying!

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Super-Duper Spooky Doodle Book (Super-Duper Doodle Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781328810199
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - July 17th, 2018


A fun doodle/drawing book just in time for fall! ENJOY!

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Preserving Made Easy Small Batches and Simple Techniques Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770850941
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Published: Firefly Books - May 31st, 2012


It's that wonderful time of year: fresh fruit and vegetables are growing! All of these goodies in our garden can only last so long! Thus we need to preserve them and store up for winter.
The key work in this book's title is EASY! You'll find some great recipes from jams to salsa! Now go hit the local farmer's markets!

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Super Easy Burgers: 69 Really Simple Recipes: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525572961
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Published: Clarkson Potter - April 17th, 2018

JUNE 2018

It's summer and it's always time for a good burger. This cookbook has some amazing ideas for America's chosen favorite food. Try them on the grill or in the oven. They are all super easy! Great Father's Day present!

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Wuthering Heights Cover Image
By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Introduction by), Lucasta Miller (Preface by), Pauline Nestor (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141439556
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

MAY 2018

Set in the north of England on the wild moors and craggy hillsides of Yorkshire,  it has always been touted as a romance, but can surely be seen as a story of passionate revenge.  Catherine and  Heathcliff have a relationship that is ever-suffering. Their dark pull toward each other is fierce and somewhat tormented.  It depicts what in humans can not always be controlled.

This book  is definitely my favorite classic of all time!  I cherish it differently every time I read it. 

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ISBN: 9781492637134
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - August 7th, 2018


Susanna Kearsley, one of my favorite authors, has crafted another spell-binding novel! Her newest takes us back to revolutionary America days and shares a local legend that took place, of course, in an historic house that has changed greatly through the years. There is a tragic love story involved that is depicted in back and forth chapter style: colonial times to present day, with a museum curator discovering what really happened all those years ago. It is heartwarming to envision the characters in both ages learn to trust each other and discover that they just nay love each other. There is even a helpful "ghost" and a rescue beagle tucked within these pages. Enjoyable historical study about overcoming prejudice and intolerance!