Pam

Pam became the owner of The Bookloft in May, 2016. She reads and recommends many genres, from literary fiction to suspense to YA and cookbooks.

Pam's Staff Picks:


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My Absolute Darling Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: My Absolute Darling

Comments:
Haunting, brutal, beautiful, and horrifying. You may have to take breaks emotional recovery, but this book is worth the pain. An abusive father; a daughter who wants to believe that this is what it means to be loved. 


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Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399592911
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Published: Random House - August 1st, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: Conscience of a Conservative

Comments:
Jeff Flake is the kind of conservative Republican that I grew up with in my own family: concerned with limited government intervention in people's lives and an advocate for free market economics. Concerned with human rights and individual freedoms. He is the type of conservative we wish all conservatives would be, and his book is a call to return to that type of political view and turn away from the hatred and narrow-mindedness that seems to be running the GOP in today's climate. A worthwhile read for anyone interested in political writing. 


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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780062409164
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 13th, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Comments:
It's got time travel, and technology, and witches, and quantum mechanics, and magic! One of my favorite books so far of 2017. 


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Ginny Moon Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780778330165
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Published: Park Row Books - May 2nd, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: Ginny Moon

Comments:
Ginny Moon is as original as its narrator, an autistic 14-year-old girl who is living with a "forever family" after being taken away from her abusive, drug-addicted mother at age 9. The author weaves a sense of dread through the first half of the book that echoes Ginny's anxiety over what has become of her "baby doll" (little sister) after she was taken away. Heartbreaking over and over again. We are privileged to experience the world through the eyes of this girl whose brain may work differently but whose emotions are our own.


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The Dry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250105608
Availability: Backordered
Published: Flatiron Books - January 10th, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: The Dry

Comments:
An interesting and well-written debut in the suspense genre filled with small-town secrets with long-lasting, lingering consequences.
Harper has an undeniable talent for pulling the reader into her story with vivid descriptions and compelling plotting.


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A Greyhound, a Groundhog Cover Image
By Emily Jenkins, Chris Appelhans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553498059
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - January 3rd, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: A Greyhound, a Groundhog

Comments:
A beautifully illustrated, fun rhyming book for the very young or the young at heart.
I love the pages "around, around, and astound!"
A perfect read-aloud for pre-readers and an easy read for those just learning.


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The Baker's Secret Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062369581
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 2nd, 2017

Bookseller: Pam's mom, Linda P.
Title: The Baker's Secret

Comments:
Set in Normandy just before the Allied invasion on D-Day, this tale of daily life in a small village during an enemy occupation is unforgettable.  The characters will stay with you for quite a while. It is a beautiful, painful, sweet, sad, elegant, and finally inspiring and compelling story. DON'T MISS THIS!


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The Wolf Road Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101906149
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Published: Broadway Books - April 11th, 2017

Booksellers: Lauren & Pam
Title: The Wolf Road

Comments:
In this post-apocalyptic thriller, Elka has been raised in the wilds of BC, Canada by Trapper aka Daddy. Suddenly, at 17, things don't add up the way they once did. Lewis examines the costs of survival mode, the validity of taking a moral stance, and the responsibility we all have to live authentic lives. This is a horrifying, satisfying story, gull of the bigger than life characteristics that you find at the edges of any society.


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My Two Souths: Blending the Flavors of India Into a Southern Kitchen Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780762457830
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Published: Running Press Book Publishers - October 11th, 2016

Bookseller: Pam
Title: My Two Souths

Comments:

The first truly innovative cookbook I've seen in years in terms of interesting and delectable flavor combinations. I've made a number of the recipes and every one has been delicious. The Chervil-Lime lobster salad is THE BEST I've ever had, bar none. The Smoky hazelnut chocolate cookies are a revelation of what the perfect cookie may be. Skillet chicken hash pie; tomato & cheese pie; poached pears with peppercorn & ginger . . . every one a delight to the senses. My new favorite "go meals and entertaining.


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IQ Cover Image
By Joe Ide
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316267731
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 19th, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: IQ

Comments:
Genuine-feeling dialogue, engaging characters, and an appealing new take on Sherlock-style mystery solving through inductive reasoning and fierce observation combine to create a fresh, fast-paced mystery/thriller. I hope this is the start of series featuring Isaiah Quintabe (aka IQ), a brilliant young man from the bad side of Long Beach, CA. 


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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525427551
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Published: Dial Books - September 8th, 2015

Bookseller: Pam
Title: Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

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Beautiful writing on imaginary things: "There's no word for secret messages in alphabet soup. Or the first time you put your feet in the grass after a long winter . . . Or for a stranger's note in a used book."  Read it aloud; I hope the children in your life will be transported to the imaginary, and, like the Velveteen Rabbit from long ago, become more real with love.


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Dr. Knox Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307951304
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 11th, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: Dr. Knox

Comments:
Dr. Knox and his friend Sutter are engaging and appealing heroes. Dr. Knox runs a skid row clinic and Sutter is an ex-soldier, ex-mercenary who helps out with the more desperate moments in Knox's life. A woman named Elena leaves her son behind in the clinic one day. What follows is L.A. Noir at its finest.


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The Underground Railroad Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
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Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

Bookseller: Pam

Title: The Underground Railroad

 

Comments:

Powerful writing that evoked folktales told around fires on cold winter nights. Whitehead has created a tale of magical realism where the Underground Railroad is an actual train traveling through subterranean tunnels. The history of US slavery  is told as an allegory through the eyes of a runaway slave, Cora, and her stops at different stations in states along the way. A story filled with counterfeit sanctuaries yet possible freedom (of some sort) at the railroad's terminus. BEST BOOK OF 2016 SO FAR!


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The Hate U Give Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: The Hate U Give

Comments:
"Sometimes things will go wrong, but the key is to keep doing right."
A book about standing up and using your voice for truth and justice even when you are scared. Searingly honest look at racism and police shootings as told through the yes of a 16-year-old girl. I highly recommend this book not just for "YA" audiences but for adults, too.


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Kitchens of the Great Midwest Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143109419
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Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2016

Bookseller: Pam
Title: Kitchens of the Great Midwest

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An utterly charming tale that follows a chef from birth to adulthood. The story is told through the people that know her rather than through Eva's own eyes. Perfect for anyone who loves stories of food and cooking and the glories of taste.
PJP SP


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The Game of Kings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780679777434
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Published: Vintage Books USA - April 29th, 1997

Bookseller: Pam

Title: The Game of Kings

 

Comments:

When I first read The Game of Kings- several decades ago(!)- I was delighted by Dunnett's glorious prose and facility with language and details of history. I have re-read the whole series twice in the intervening years- the series continues to delight.

 Sir Francis Crawford of Lymond is the original dashing and dangerous hero.!


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Saturn Run Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101987520
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 7th, 2017

Bookseller: Pam
Title: Saturn Run

Comments:

A very different story than Sandford's usual suspense books, but with suspense to spare and oh-so-satisfying! High speed adventure featuring courage, treachery, and plenty of surprises. Fun!!

 


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Mary Coin Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142180785
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Published: Plume Books - February 25th, 2014

Bookseller: Pam
Title: Mary Coin

Comments:

Mary Coin tells the fictionalized story of the "migrant mother" made famous through dorothea Lange's iconic photograph. It is, quite simply, one of the most beautifully written books so far this century. Everyone I know who has read this book agrees. It is wonderful.