Tracy

 

Tracy

 

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Sharp Objects Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307341556
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - July 31st, 2007

Gillian Flynn is my new favorite author. She takes you on a journey into darkness that twists and turns in unimaginable places. If you want a great, fast summer read, this is it—ouch + ahhh.


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The Foremost Good Fortune: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307739865
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012

I'll admit I picked this up because I loved the cover. However, I read the book because I loved it and found this story compelling, vivid and insightful. When setting forth on her two year adventure in Beijing with her two small boys and husband, Susan Conley knew the culture shock would be vast. While she learns to cope in this strange world, she never suspected that she'd be diagnosed with breast cancer. Touching and beautiful, Conley shares the meeting of these two experiences.


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Bossypants Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316056878
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - January 3rd, 2012

I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. If you are a sister, daughter, wife, mother or anything else, you will find a touch point in this book—and hopefully a funny bone as well.


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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307476074
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2013

Divorced, alone and fraying at the edges, Cheryl Strayed decides that the 1,100 mile hike up the Pacific Coast Trail will help her find center again. Armed with boots that are too small, a backpack that's too heavy and no experience, Cheryl sets out and shares her extraordinary adventure with us in a delightful, witty way.


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Walkabout Cover Image
By James Vance Marshall, Lee Siegel (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781590174906
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Published: New York Review of Books - January 17th, 2012

Finally—back in print again. An extraordinary book about the collision of cultures, the cusp of adulthood, and the mystical land of Australia.


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Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780152058807
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Published: Harcourt Paperbacks - March 2007

Great middle reader for the 10-12 year old set. Just how much trouble can two boys get into over the course of a summer on a farm ... ever tried peeing on an electric fence? Or putting the washing machine motor on a bike and having to constantly be on the lookout for Ernie the crazy rooster? Try this.


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The Housekeeper and the Professor Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780312427801
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Published: Picador USA - February 3rd, 2009

In the mood for a quiet, well-written, lovely story? This is a gem. A renowned mathematics professor who, after a horrible car accident, can only remember the last eighty minutes, his housekeeper, a single mother and her son create a lovely triangle where each gives and receives in return.


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The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307405777
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Published: Broadway Books - October 6th, 2009

Just in time for Zombie season! What more needs to be said? Killer illustrations.


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Tone Deaf in Bangkok: And Other Places Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781934159125
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Published: Global Directions/Things Asian Press - April 2009

Finally, a book by Janet Brown, a very gifted writer, a keen observer of the world, and one of the most wicked wits around. I love this collection of stories about life in Bangkok, feeling the outsider, and aging.


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Little Bee Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781416589648
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 16th, 2010

This was one of the most powerful and moving stories I've read in a long time. A mother, a refugee, a toddler, and a dead husband whose lives are all intertwined in this beautifully written novel.


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COOP: A Family, a Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061240447
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 4th, 2010

I love Michael Perry. He makes me laugh and laugh and laugh and then cry. This is not about chickens, although there are chickens in it, it is about family and life on a rural Wisconsin farm.


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The 19th Wife Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812974157
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Published: Random House Trade - June 2nd, 2009

Looking for a great read? Want something with a little substance? This is a fictionalized account of Brigham Young's 19th wife and a young man who was thrown out of his polygamist community in modern day. Well written and fun to read.


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By Peter Nelson, Rohitash Rao (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780061688706
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - May 11th, 2010

My 9 year old devoured this book, carted it off to a playdate, read it aloud to his friends, and we never saw our copy again.... What more can you ask for?


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The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears in Paris at the World's Most Famous Cooking School Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780143114130
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2008

If you enjoy cooking, like memoirs, travel, want a good true romantic story, or just want to read some great writing, try this. One year at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris with Kathleen Flinn and you feel as if you've gone through all the same highs and lows as she does, and you come out stronger.


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American Wife Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812975406
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Published: Random House Trade - February 10th, 2009

For the last eight years Laura Bush has been a complete enigma to me. I can only wonder.... In this well constructed, compelling novel, Curtis Sittenfeld attempts a glimpse into a life we can only imagine and he does a fantastic job. I couldn't put this down. I can't stop thinking about it.


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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780439813785
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 2007

I read this aloud to my son at bedtime and long after he'd drifted off, I found myself lost in this remarkable wonderful tale.
Listen to the first sentence on the flyleaf:
"Orphan, clock keeper and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity."
What more could anyone want from a good story?


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The Boy Who Loved Words Cover Image
By Roni Schotter, Giselle Potter (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375836015
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - March 23rd, 2006

Selig loved to collect words. Everywhere he went, he collected words and stuffed them into his pockets—lozenge, sprinkle, oddball, crisp, abundant... Needless to say, he didn't quite fit in with the other children and at recess prefered to collect words while other children played. In this delightful children's book you will discover the magic of words and sounds and new meanings. This was my favorite children's book published in the last year and it has become a favorite of my childs as well.


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The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Ga Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781565125575
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - March 2nd, 2007

Funny, sweet and succulent. I loved this book and I don't even have a vegetable garden. If you want to feel like you're gardening without getting your hands dirty, read this book. If you are one of those crazy gardeners or homeowners who don't know when to stop, read this book. You will be able to laugh at yourself before you plunge into your next project.


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About Alice Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781400066155
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Published: Random House - December 26th, 2006

I loved this book! Yes, it's short and yes, it's hardcover, but it's beautiful and you'll want to read it again and again and then share it with all your friends. It's about true love and marriage where two people truly appreciated everything about one another. Trillin begins this small treasure by talking about the condolence cards he received after Alice died, most of which came from people who didn't know Alice personally, but knew of her from Calvin's books. One young woman sent her condolences and said that she looked across the table one evening at her boyfriend and wondered if he would ever love her as much as Calvin loved Alice.


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Flotsam Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780618194575
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Published: Clarion Books - September 2006

An amazing and beautiful picture book for anyone who wants to go on a great adventure. This wordless book tells the story of a boy who finds an underwater camera washed up on shore. When he develops the film, he ends up on a fantastic and amazing underwater journey.


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$15.00
ISBN: 9781594480706
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 2005

This is one of my favorite book published in recent years! A family story so amazingly well crafted that I reread passages again and again. I am still wondering how Lee was able to put some of his concepts into words.


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The Time Traveler's Wife Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476764832
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

This is a passionate and beautifully written romance. Niffenegger is a true artist and a writer whose next book I will eagerly anticipate. She is able to make Henry's passage through time as beautiful and imaginative as Alice Sebold does in The Lovely Bones.


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Rescuing Patty Hearst: Growing Up Sane in a Decade Gone Mad Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780743255493
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 5th, 2004

I couldn't pull myself away from this memoir. Holman vividly and beautifully recounts her mother's decline into schizophrenia in the mid 1970s. Holman identifies with Hearst when she and her sisters are "kidnapped" by their mother for four years, to prepare for the refugee children of WWII. Holman clearly and eloquently tackles her demons in this childhood memoir and takes her reader along for the extraordinary ride.


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The Family on Beartown Road: A Memoir of Love and Courage Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780812966633
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Published: Random House Trade - March 9th, 2004

A new mother in a new house in the country, Elizabeth finds herself overwhelmed when her father comes to live with her, as he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Add to this mix her husband leaving, and a long snowy winter. Beauty and total despair endmark this magnificent memoir.


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Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781400082155
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - March 22nd, 2005

I usually find the use of Ph.D at the end of one's name arrogant and off-putting, but in this book it says everything. A local author tells of her experience coping with Asperger's and finding a way into the world by observing the lives of the gorillas at the Woodland Park Zoo. Now a Ph.D, Dawn Hughes shares her story.


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The Baby Owner's Manual Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781931686235
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Published: Quirk Books - February 1st, 2003

Even if you don't have a model of your own this book is great for design and accessibility alone. Open, peruse, and read.


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Bitter with Baggage Seeks Same: The Life and Times of Some Chickens Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781582343761
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - November 5th, 2003

Open - Read. Laugh.


Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143123255
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Published: Penguin Books - August 29th, 2012

An absolutely wonderful memoir recounting her early 20s as a midwife in post-war London. Jenny lived in a convent with several other young nurses practicing midwifery with the nuns in the east end. A great companion to the PBS series.


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Marrow Island Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780544373419
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 7th, 2016

A devastating Cascadian earthquake, the San Juan Islands, eco-disaster, a cult, and some crazy mushrooms spill off the pages in this thrilling Northwest novel. Lucy’s father, an oil refinery worker on Marrow Island, is killed in an explosion during an earthquake. Lucy leaves the San Juans and the memories they bring, but is brought back to her home twenty years later. She returns to the area only to discover her childhood friend Kate, living on the island as a member of the The Colony, a group dedicated to creating a new way of life on this now-toxic island.

-Booknotes Summer 2016