Cheri

Staff Picks CheriAn avid reader, Cheri loves pretty much all genres, with the exception of political/current affairs non-fiction, business and diet cookbooks!

 

 

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Another Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421677
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Another

Comments: 
How ADORABLE is the artwork in this picture book?! I love the little girl, the sweet black cat and the fact that this story is told without words.  I also really dig the concept of perspective and think it's never too early (or late!) to learn to explore different viewpoints and to do so without fear.


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Almost Everything: Notes on Hope Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525537441
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 16th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Almost Everything: Notes on Hope

Comments: 
The cover isn't the only thing that's awesome about this book - Anne Lamott's personality comes through loud and clear and she's at once wise and funny, too.  Ultimately, her message really is hopeful and I felt I spent time with an older aunt imparting life advice reading this. 


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CIRCE Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Circe

Comments: "The thought was this: that all my life had been murk and depths, but I was not a part of that dark water.  I was a creature within it."
"Until that moment I had not known how many things I feared."
"But there was no wound she could give me that I had not already given myself."
There are SO many things I could say about this book... I identified with Circe and LOVED being in her world.  It's a journey that does take you on adventures that involve Gods, Odysseus, mythical beings and some evil doings ~ yet feels quite real and deep in ways more contemporary than expected.  Circe is unforgettable for sure.


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A Winter's Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781609454838
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: A Winter's Promise

Comments: 
If you liked Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, this may be for you.  I was immediately intrigued by the World of the Arks and the main character Ophelia's ability to travel through mirrors.  The story that unfolds is similar to what you find in fairy tales, however it's so unique in its environment and the characters all very well-developed.  I am so pleased to know that this is just Book 1 and that there is some more of Ophelia and Thorn to look forward to.


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The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611805963
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Published: Shambhala - August 21st, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: The Places That Scare You

Comments: 
You do not have to be a practicing Buddhist to glean something from this book -- In fact, I think it contains wisdom and tools for living that all beings could benefit from.  I certainly wish I was taught this way of looking at the world when I was a child!  If you are feeling disenchanted with life or have trouble getting out of your own way, this is a fresh perspective for consideration. It has been an invaluable resource to me for many years.


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Wee Hee Hee: A Collection of Pretty Funny Jokes and Pictures (Wee Society) Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781524759964
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 18th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Wee Hee Hee

Comments: 
This book is SO cute.  It makes me laugh.  I couldn't stop reading it aloud to my coworkers!  Such great puns!  And the artwork is colorful and friendly.


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Moon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328781604
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Published: Clarion Books - April 17th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Moon

Comments: 
What a charming, sweet story about what it means to step outside of your routine and the gifts of new experiences.  Very simply told, this is an encouragement of imagination, play, as well as staying true to oneself.  And the illustration is just darling.  I have this one on my personal bookshelf as an adult :) 


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Overheard: The Art of Eavesdropping Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781743793640
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hardie Grant - January 2nd, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Overheard: The Art of Eavesdropping 

Comments: 
After living in NYC for over 20 years you'd think nothing would surprise me - but the conversations/eavesdropping that is depicted in this book makes me howl with laughter.  The artwork also has a personality of its own as well, definitely not taking itself too seriously and jives perfectly with the quotes.  I hope there will be a part II!


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The Bone People: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140089226
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Published: Penguin Books - October 7th, 1986

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: The Bone People

Comments: 
Have you ever read something that sticks with you for years and years? Keri Hulme's The Bone People is one of those stories for me.  I still think about the characters and the landscape to this day.  If you are interested in learning about different cultures and also like a mix of mystery, love, and family, this might be a good choice for you.  Be prepared for an experimental, yet beautiful reading experience that at times is akin to poetry and tells the tale from varying points of view. 


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The Dress and the Girl Cover Image
By Camille Andros, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419731617
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 7th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Dress and the Girl

Comments:

I am a HUGE fan of Julie Morstad's illustrations.  She creates worlds that, to me, are so beautiful and endearing, and always draw me in.  The story that the pictures tell is also beautifully done, and is a reminder of how precious each day is, and all the moments that fill them.


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Mary Wears What She Wants Cover Image
By Keith Negley, Keith Negley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062846792
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 15th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title:  Mary Wears What She Wants

Comments:

This book is awesome.  Hooray for Mary Edwards Walker for bringing pants into my life acceptably because although dresses are nice, I can't imagine not having the option.  This story could have been made complicated by the theme, however it's quite straightforward and makes the point nicely.  The artwork is VERY FUN!  I especially enjoy the eyebrows on the unhappy faces!  The notion of not being able to wear what you want is such a foreign one to me and it's nice to read/be reminded of how one person helped bring this freedom of clothing choice to reality.


Hollow Kingdom Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781538745823
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 6th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title:  Hollow Kingdom

Comments:

Three stars for a really original story and downright HILARIOUS moments. However, once I got towards the end of the book I found it too devastating and heavy for my heart to handle. Beware - this is not light reading despite how funny a lot of it is written. As much as I laughed at parts I made up for it in tears later.


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Arrowood (Arrowood Mystery #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780778308386
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Published: Mira Books - December 24th, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Arrowood

Comments: 

This was a fun and quick read. Mick Finlay does a great job with the location and time period. The dirtiness and grit of London at that time was palpable and reminded me of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and Oliver Twist. Arrowood is such a character - his ridiculousness and bombast at times made me laugh and at other times I found him as annoying and exhausting as everyone around him did. The actual crime tale itself wasn’t very sophisticated, but enjoyable enough to keep me turning the page to see what came next. I will definitely be interested in reading the next installment.


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The Poison Thread: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143134053
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Published: Penguin Books - June 18th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Poison Thread

Comments: 

What if it were possible for every bad feeling you ever had of jealousy, hatred, want for revenge to take form from your hand supernaturally to a needle and thread? To kill/punish those that you felt deserved it? Two young women are the lead figures in this story - Ruth is committed to a prison for crimes that appear to come from a magical “gift” she has and the torment she has endured - and pretty, educated Dorothea driven by a moral code to save inmates by using phrenology as a technique and a belief that good triumphs over evil. I grew very attached quite quickly to the idea of this supernatural sewing ability and was taken in by the atrocities Ruth experienced and was moved right along with Dorothea as all unfolded. A traditional gothic gem of a story from start to finish - I very much appreciated where it ended up and the questions that were raised about justice, friendship, women, class and the choices we make in judgment of others and ourselves.


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There Are No Bears in This Bakery Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399556654
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title:  There Are No Bears in this Bakery

Comments:

This book makes me happy for so many reasons: 1) the cat as main character is so cute and funny 2) the artwork pops the characters to life in their eyes and expressions and 3) the last page is a great last minute funny wink to parents.  A great choice for cat (and bear!) lovers and those that appreciate a good chuckle.


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The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062490117
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 11th, 2019

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Title: The Language of Fire

Comments:

You may or may not be familiar with Joan of Arc's story ~ and either way, this book is very enjoyable.  Written in verse, it really draws you in and at times the language is quite beautiful and poignant.  As I was reading it, I almost wanted to alter history as I knew what was coming, but felt so connected to Jehanne I hated to see the end.  I think it was extremely brave and creative for Stephanie Hemphill to take on this subject and to produce it in verse form.


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My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781594749766
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Published: Quirk Books - July 11th, 2017

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: My Best Friend's Exorcism

Comments: 

I don't even know what to say about this book. Taking place in the 1980's (if you couldn't tell by the cover!) this is a story about teenage girls and friendship - the good and the very bad (including demonic possession!).  Grady Hendrix really nails it with the time period with hilarious references (including song titles for each chapter), and it brought me back to my own teenage years in the 80s with my big hair and makeup and personal struggles with girlfriends and boys. This book doesn't take itself too seriously and I really enjoyed the ride.