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Such an original and fascinating story that mixes modern medicine with the tribes of the Amazon jungles. Very well developed characters and an amazing story line...I couldn't stop reading. One of my top five favorite books ever. -Madison
It started out as the Wife Project, but once Don meets Rosie his life gets turned upside down. Rosie has never known who her biological father is and since Don is a genetic scientist he is a position to help her test DNA samples of possible fathers. But Don is a man who has Aspergers Syndrome and has never been diagnosed, so it is really interesting to read about Don and his interactions with the world. I loved this book and how it was written. Beautiful story. - Madison
Just like in her book, The Paris Wife, McLain has brought this very real person to life in the pages of her novel Circling the Sun. Beryl Markham was a pioneer in her own right as a woman in a man's world. She faced many hardships but never truly let them sink her. Amazing story, great research, loved every bit of it. -Madison
I loved how it was written, telling people's individual stories but then intertwining them all together at the same time. There are some stories about peoples' lives that are just that and they're dull and blah, but this one was really brought to life in the characters. It was different and refreshing and I absolutely loved it. -Madison
I loved the first book in this series, "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" and loved "P.S. I Still Love You" just as much! I love the dynamic of all three of the sisters and how Lara Jean isn't the typical teen girl character. Fun, lighthearted reads. -Madison
Before reading Dead Wake, I didn't know much about the Lusitania's story. Erik Larson is such a story teller, this story was completely brought to life in the pages. I can't say enough great things about this book and the amount of research that Larson put in. The individual stories of the people aboard the Lusitania when it was torpedoed make you invested in the story and the outcome. So heartbreaking, but amazingly well told. - Madison
This is such a cute book that I think will really get middle grade boys and girls excited about reading. It uses multiple formats to tell the story that will keep kids entertained throughout. Funny, exciting and will draw even the most reluctant reader in for the ride. - Madison
An amazing read especially because it's based off of a true story. The atrocities of the Holocaust and World War II are things that should never be forgotten and this book brings it all back to life. The Nightingale was a woman who led downed Allied pilots out of Nazi occupied France and into Spain by trekking through the Pyrenees mountains. So interesting and a true testament to the strength of the human spirit. And as always, Kristin got me to cry at the end! -Madison
Robert Galbriath is the pen name of JK Rowling, under which she writes this fabulous series. Cuckoo's Calling is such a great mystery read and I love the characters of Strike and Robin. JK Rowling's writing really shines through and captivates you. - Madison
This is such an important book even though it's a heartbreaking story. Violet and Finch meet each other standing on the ledge of a bell tower at their school. Violet is suffering the loss of her older sister, and Finch is battling a pretty severe bipolar disorder. They're given a class assignment to see some of the sights of their home state and it takes them on a wonderful adventure together. Mental illness and suicide are brought to the forefront of a very important discussion and are both topics that need to be more widely discussed. Can't wait for the movie! -Madison
Oh man, Amy cracks me up…this one is a really quick, fun read about Amy's life and how she got to where she is today. I think her and Seth Meyers are in love. And it made it made want to go re-watch all of the seasons of Parks and Rec. -Madison
This was such a great read! In the future (but not too far in the future) the government mandates that everyone be told their deathdate at the time of their birth. Denton Little has grown up knowing that he would die during his senior year of high school, but when the time finally comes strange things start happening. A stranger appears at his funeral (since you know you're going to die, your funeral happens the day before so you can be there) and tries to tell him that the government will be coming after him. Denton doesn't understand why his deathdate is different from everyone elses' and when 11:30pm comes on his deathdate and he's still alive, things take an even weirder turn. Very exciting and mysterious read, that I couldn't put down. -Madison
I cannot say enough about Stasia Ward Kehoe’s “The Sound of Letting Go”. This book captured me from page one and did not let go. It’s a painfully honest look at a family struggling to cope with the care of a severely autistic son and brother – the precarious balance of ones’ responsibility to family and the freedom to live their own life. Daisy has always put the needs of her family above her own, but when life at home reaches a breaking point she decides to let it all go. A musical element is so wonderfully woven through the whole book from Daisy’s love of playing in the jazz band and orchestra to the beautiful, almost lyrical, verse through which Stasia tells this enchanting story. She writes about a very difficult topic with such grace and love that you can’t help but be drawn into the world she has created. The characters are dynamic and captivating and it was simply a book that stuck with me throughout the whole awards process. For me, it is a book that I will be able to hand-sell in my store, to a broad audience, with great enthusiasm. -Madison
Holy. Cow. This is one of those books that you want to go back and read all over again just to see how you totally didn't see the ending coming. I was left stunned at the end of this one and forced Suzanne to read it next :) -Madison
I absolutely loved this book. Listening to it on audio with the two main characters, Sarah & Hettie, being read by two different people added a lot to the story. Sue Monk Kidd set out to tell the story of two real-life women Sarah Grimke & Angelina Grimke who were the first women to speak out against slavery and for women's rights, but she spins a fictional story including a slave named Hettie. She discusses slavery from the point of view of a slave and a woman who doesn't have many more rights than the slaves do. Very interesting story and I really liked the authors note at the end which describes the actual story of the Grimke sisters. Highly suggest it! -Madison
Finished this one in less than 24 hours. Couldn't put it down! It really resonated with me since I work in a bookstore, but I think all sorts of people could relate to this story. I love the way its written and the journey the book takes you on. Gabrielle did a great job with this one. Loved it. - Madison
This was a really fun read about a girl who has grown up in the Middle East in a very poor town. After loosing both of her parents she is taken in by her aunt and uncle who tell her that if she doesn't marry soon, her uncle will marry her. She decides to change her fate, steals a sand horse and takes off into the desert where many ghouls and djinnis await. Fun, YA Arabian Nights with a very strong female character. - Madison
The Other Typist reminded me a lot of The Great Gatsby and Suzanne Rindell writes with an excellent voice and really brings the story to life. It takes place in the 20's during prohibition and is chock full with speak easies and flapper dresses and a whole secret underground NY society. Very good book, but you'll be left with some questions at the end. -Madison
This is one of my absolute favorite books that I have ever read. It gets pretty dark towards the end, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Victoria has never had parents. She's moved from foster home to foster home and eventually from group home to group home until the age of 18 when she is emancipated. No one ever understood her, except for Elizabeth. Elizabeth was her safe place, but like everything else, she gave up on her and returned to relying only on herself. But Elizabeth had taught her so much, including the language of flowers. Since the Victorian era, each individual flower has had a meaning, whether it be unrequited love or apology. Victoria had been captivated by this secret language and used it to communicate when she couldn't do it with words. But no one ever understood her messages until she meets Grant one early morning at a flower market. Grant teaches her more about life than she could have ever imagined, but it could drive her away. -Madison
Almost everytime I recommend this book, the customer says "I don't like fantasy books" - do yourself a favor and keep an open mind. Everyone on staff who has read this series, loves this series and you will, too! The whole time you're reading you're never sure how old Kvothe is exactly - it keeps you guessing and the magic will capture your imagination. -Madison
This book was fabulous. A dual narrative of Josephine, an African American house girl before the turn of the century and Lina, a white woman who is a lawyer in modern day New York and how their stories ultimately intertwine. Lina has been assigned a case about reparations for families who's ancestors were slaves and were never paid for their services to large corporations and she is given the task of finding a modern day plaintiff. Very well structured and written, The House Girl takes you back in time and really makes you wonder about other things that slave owners may have gotten credit for, when the credit was really due to their slaves. -Madison
This is such a beautiful story that had me hooked from page 1. Lucie comes to standing knee deep in the waters of San Francisco with no idea who she is or how she got there. When her picture is put out to the media, her fiance in Seattle sees the photo and races to be by her side but no one else had come forward. As Lucie returns to her life, she realizes that she doesn't like the person that she was and digs to discover why she had been the way that she was; standoffish, cold and controlling. As she investigates, she unearths a dark and terrible past, but with new eyes is able to see the world from a different perspective. It also brings to light the serious and not often discussed topic of mental illness and gives it a face, a name and understanding. -Madison
A great spin on the idea of super heroes. Juliette has never been able to touch another person - her touch can kill. Even her parents have abandoned her. She doesn't know why or how she has this power and doesn't want to be the monster everyone sees her as...until she finds Adam who helps her see that her powers could be used for good. Don't miss the e-Book (book 1.5) Destroy Me and Book 2 Unravel Me. Awesome series. -Madison
Not only is Marissa Meyer a fellow Washingtonian, but the book itself is excellent! Like its name implies, its a Cinderella story in the future. The world has survived four world wars, but now a plague-type disease is ravaging the entire planet. Believed to have arrived from the moon (where people are now living) there is no known cure for the disease and the Emperor of New Beijing has fallen ill with it. Cinder is a cyborg, having had numerous body parts replaced by mechanical parts after a devastating accident when she was young. Living with the wife of the man who adopted her and her two sisters Cinder grows up believing that she is less of a person than her human counterparts because of her mechanical parts, but she soon learns she is more important to the world than she once believed. FABULOUS story. Look for Book 2 out now, SCARLET. -Madison
I really enjoy this series. It takes place in the future when the world has gotten so crowded that people live in stack cities, floating townships on the ocean and a select few people known as "settlers" have taken to living on the ocean floor. Relationships between people who live on the mainland, in the townships and on the sea floor are strained to say the least and the main characters Ty & Gemma find themselves in the middle of it all. Whole townships are going missing and no one knows where to begin looking for them. Fun, quick read. -Madison
Jennifer Donnelly is great with historical fiction! It takes place in the early 1900s in New York and is based on a true story. I listened to this one on audio book and really enjoyed it. -Madison
Look on page 94!!!!! -Madison
Kristin is now hugely famous for her World War II novel, The Nightingale - but before long before that one was released, I fell in love with True Colors. A touching story of three sisters that is full of heart, laughter and tears.
Tina Fey is one of my favorite comedians, and this book made me laugh out loud, which doesn't happen often.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this awesome book! The whole thing is like a work of art and put together like a case file for an interstellar incident that occurred. Kady Grant and Ezra Mason fight together for the survival of their people and to expose the truth of despicable acts committed by a huge corporation, BeiTech. So good, and extremely entertaining. - Madison
A fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young circus magicians who have been trained since childhood for this purpose. This is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
I think this is the only type of self-help book that would ever get through to me...real talk and cusswords. I feel like I already implement many of the tricks and tips Sarah talks about in this book - but I still took a lot from this great and entertaining read. Listened onlibro.fm/libertybaybooks - Madison
Where'd You go Bernadette is funny, witty and full of the quirky things that make Seattlites, Seattlites. -Madison
I listened to this one on audio with the author reading it and I loved it! Robyn Scott had a very unorthodox childhood growing up in the African bush of Botswana. An intriguing, true story of a quirky family in a constant state of change that grabs your attention and keeps you entertained. - Madison
These dark, Scandinavian crime novels can be a little much sometimes. But this one was really great, well written with just enough mystery and not a lot of gore. I love it when books keep me guessing until the end and I did not see the ending of this one coming. This is the first book in a long series following writer Erica Falck and detective Patrik Hedstrom.
Such a cool idea for a story and I loved when books are based in fact, but then add a completely fictional element. Claire Roth is an amazing artist and an expert on Degas who ends up with a painting in her loft that may have been a part of the famed (and real) Gardner Museum Heist in Boston in 1990. In real life, none of the stolen artwork has been recovered, but B.A. Shapiro includes a painting of Degas' to the stolen works and an enticing mystery about Isabella Stewart Gardner. Great read and a breath of fresh air from the same ol', same ol'. Artists will LOVE this read, but so will everyone else. -Madison
I am obsessed with this book. I loved Tahereh's "Shatter Me" series and while this one is for a younger crowd, it's a lot of fun. Very Alice-In-Wonderlandy and written so vividly, an entire crazy world gets illustrated in your mind. - Madison
If you're planning a trip to Machu Picchu, have already been there, or are just fascinated by its history - this book is info packed. For me, I read it after I returned from Peru and Machu Picchu so it was really fun to read about all the places we'd visitied and learn more about the history behind everything. -Madison
I really enjoyed this memoir by Kathleen Flinn. Its a wonderful story of family with amazing recipes mixed in. I really like that part of the book as a whole because often a family's history can be found in the recipes that are passed down from generation to generation. Very well written and even made me cry a little - Madison
Having visited Peru in 2014, I loved listening to this audio book which takes place in Chile. The two countries are very similar and it added an extra element to the story for me. This is a great book about a young girl named Maya Vidal who's whole life spins out of control after the death of her grandfather. She becomes a shell of herself living on the streets of Las Vegas until she meets Brandon Lehman. Brandon's brother is one of the best producers of counterfeit currency in the US and soon she gets in way over her head. Her grandmother sends her to Chiloe, an island off of Chile, and she begins to become her self again...but her past is still haunting her and just might catch up to her even on this remote island. - Madison
A great Sherlockian story with ghosts and supernatural beings with a very strong female character, Abigail Rook. She begins working for RF Jackaby, a quirky private investigator, and quickly learns that the world is not at all what she believed it to be. Written with fabulous imagery and humor. -Madison
Madeline is a girl who is allergic to world and must remain in her sterile home or risk certain death. But one day she notices a boy who is moving next door and her whole world is turned upside down. - Madison
If you are at all into video games or the 1980's you are going to love Ready Player One. In a future where people often prefer to live in virtual reality than the real world, the man who invented The Oasis is one of the most famous people in the world. Inside the Oasis you can travel from planet to planet, go to school and live out your wildest dreams. But when he dies and leaves his fortune to whoever can find his "easter egg" hidden inside The Oasis - the challenge begins. I'm not even a huge fan of video games and thought this book was a lot of fun. I listened to the audio book read by Wil Wheaton which was great.
This book was hilarious. So inappropriate and ridiculous that you can't help but laugh at some of things Jenny has gone through in her life. But, like all of us, it was those crazy things that made her who she is today. I could definitely relate to some of her stories, and it was a nice "get-away" read. - Madison
This book was really inspiring. I loved the idea of ideas floating around just waiting for the right person and that if you don't embrace the idea, it will just go on to someone else. Creativity is a huge part of my personality, so this book really spoek to me
This book was AMAZING. Historical fiction about the Berlin Wall going up basically over night. Gerta and her family live in East Berlin and are thinking about leaving for West Berlin. Her father and one of her brothers visit West Berlin for the weekend to try to find a place for them to live, but before they can get home the wall is erected. For four years Gerta wonders about her father and brother until one day when she sees them on the other side of the wall. - Madison
I LOVED this book! Totally weird concept, but so original and I was surprised to laugh out loud and many parts of it! To be honest, I picked it up because I loved the cover...and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was an awesome book as well. Most of the book takes place on a cruise ship where the sole purpose of the trip is for people with terminal illnesses to complete their bucket lists and tie up loose ends. - Madison
Very simple story following the lives of four friends over the course of their teenage years to their forties. The ups and downs of normal life, but so relateable and well written. Great story! - Madison
I could not stop listening to this book - I love books where I can't figure out the ending and this one kept me guessing until the very end! So well written and suspenseful - read it now! -Madison
This entire book revolves a single disaster - an unexpected crash of a private jet. I loved how Noah covered the backstory of each individual person who was on the plane and how their lives all ended up connecting on that fateful day. Loved the writing and how the story flowed within the chapters - couldn't put it down. - Madison
Absolutely loved this one! Great historical fiction adventure - the trek across Alaska made by Allen Forrester (losely based on a real expedition) that is similar to Lewis and Clark across the US. I love that the book bounces back and forth between Allen out on his adventure and his wife Sophie who is at home in Vancouver, WA - but both stories were equally interesting to me. Great story. - Madison
Loved Emma Donoghue's new book, The Wonder. Takes place in historical Ireland - a young girl is making everyone believe that through God's grace, she can survive without food. A nurse, trained under Florence Nightingale herself, is employed (along with a nun) to take up at two week watch to prove that this girl is not getting fed by a secret means. Really interesting - couldn't put it down.
I thought this was an incredibly important book about healing yourself at your lowest point. So incredibly honest and raw - and I think it's important for people to read stories like Glennon's so that they know they're not alone and that there is a way out of the darkest places. - Madison
This book was so well written - the story was so vividly brought to life in my head while I was reading. Heartbreaking, of course, but I couldn't put it down. You must read it. Now.