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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

If you enjoy hiking, camping, trees, bears, granola bars, backpacking, lakes, or noodles you need to read this book. Bryson makes me want to call in sick for the next year, spending the time wandering the forest without having to worry about a schedule. Plus the writing is intelligent and hilarious. Anyone want to walk the John Muir Trail with me next month?

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Nate
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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780767902526
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - May 4th, 1999

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

This is one of those reads that I picked up and instantly became wrapped up in, the whole time one small part of my brain being so excited that I had at last found that long sought perfect summer read. Mostly told through the point of view of high-spirited and fiercely determined 11-year-old Swan, one cannot help but fall in love with this vibrant young girl. As Swan's Arkansas family is exposed to their core after an unforeseen tragedy, Swan seems the only one who refuses to give up faith or spirit. It may sound cliche, but this really is that book that makes you laugh, hold your breath, and tear up. For fans of Fannie Flagg, this is that it summer read.
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S.M.C.
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385344098
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 10th, 2012

Daughter of the Revolution by Carolyn Cooke

This book surprised me by its wit and full-fledged characters. The time is 1968 in a small New England town that is slow to pick up on feminism and civil rights. Carolyn Cooke's book opens with a crisis that sets the whole town into a forward moving tailspin. We watch a widow, her young daughter, and a teen age girl (who happens to be the only co-ed in an all boys school) circle the edges of independence and liberation in a town that isn't quite ready to meet them. With quirky characters and plenty of wit, this was a satisfying and smart read.
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S.M.C.
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780307741462
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Vintage - June 5th, 2012

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Strange and wonderful, at times almost impossibly confusing–but in that way that seems fraught with meaning. Murakami elevates the natural condition of human existence to an alternate reality, where the weirdness of life is brought into the open when a less-than-normal woman is caught between worlds. There’s sex and love, faith and fantasy, young and old, the mysterious and disgusting–and a story, or stories, that will frustrate and comfort with longing and familiarity.
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Jocelyn
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1Q84: 3 Volume Boxed Set (Vintage International) Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780345802934
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2012

The 3 volumes are paperbacks, the case is hard plastic.


Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

This is one of the spookiest books I’ve ever read, and there is nary a vampire or zombie to be found in its pages. The villain is perfectly human, a monster of an average man compelled by fits of jealousy and revenge. The heroine is Luce, a reclusive young woman living in an old lodge in the mountains, who has taken in the children of her murdered sister. An incredible, addictive blend of southern crime fiction and nature writing. My pick for paperback of the summer.
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Kat
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812978803
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Aimee Bender meets Harry Potter in this smart, spectacular novel about magic and star-crossed love. Just about every bookseller who works here has read and adored this book. It’s the ultimate beach, train, plane, picnic or roadtrip read – no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you won’t be able to put it down. Read it, get yourself a red scarf, and join the ranks of the rêveurs.
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Kat
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Barnes’ slim masterpiece is well worthy of the Booker it won, and your hard-fought reading time as well. The narrator, Anthony, is an erudite man who has lived a life of calm introspection and is now retired. But his story is perhaps not as straightforward as he might have you believe, particularly his remembrance of an old love affair, and the consequences that he is just now beginning to see. Powerful and surprising.
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Kat
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The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307947727
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

Zone One by Colson Whitehead

After a pandemic wipes out most of the human race, leaving behind zombies in its wake, the survivors fight to regain the cities they once inhabited. Zone One focuses on a group trying to retake Manhattan, fighting their way through the classic flesh eating undead, as well as Whitehead’s own creation, “stragglers”, who are stuck as they were when they died. Whitehead’s literary roots help make this a fresh take on the zombie apocalypse.
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Flannery
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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor - July 10th, 2012

Next to Love by Ellen Feldman

A beautifully written story told from the point of view of three WWII military wives. Sexism, racism, anti-Semitism and consumerism all play a big part in the lives of these women. During a time when you were taught to keep private pain private, all three find themselves coping with the damage done by war and history.
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Clytia
Next to Love: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780812982411
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Published: Random House - May 15th, 2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Nick and Amy are unhappily married, and when Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, leaving behind a string of clues and signs of a struggle, suspicion falls on Nick. As days go by and a tabloid frenzy grows, Nick appears more and more guilty…almost too guilty. A book of masterful twists, uncomfortably real characters and moody wit—I can’t imagine a better beach read.
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Kat
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Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307588371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown - April 22nd, 2014

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