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Perdu Cover Image
By Richard Jones, Richard Jones (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682632482
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Perdu

Comments: Oh, Perdu is just so sweet! It's so exciting to see him find his human.  :)


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Best Friend in the Whole World Cover Image
By Sandra Salsbury, Sandra Salsbury (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682632505
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri
Title: Best Friend in the Whole World

Comments: I love Milton the pinecone!!  What a sweet, fun story about friendship.  The artwork is also so friendly :)


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Broken (in the best possible way) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250077035
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 6th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Broken (in the best possible way)

Comments:

Jenny Lawson has done it again. She is fearless, funny and deep about her life and I absolutely love her for it. If you haven't read any of her books before I encourage you to do it - she's a unique voice. My wish for us to be best friends still stands...! HAHAHA!


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Never Have I Ever: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781618731821
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Published: Small Beer Press - February 23rd, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Never Have I Ever: Stories

Comments: 

Simply amazing.  Is now on my list of best short story collections EVER. 
The publisher description says it best: spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales all gathered together in one fabulous bundle.


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Ariadne: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250773586
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 4th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Ariadne: A Novel

Comments: 

Oh the tragedy! the drama! the horror! the heartbreak of it all!  The gods show their ugly sides and the women are in full force in this amazing retelling of Ariadne’s story. So many of the famous show up - Daedalus and Icarus, Theseus, Minos and the Minotaur of course!  Hippolytus, Dionysus and his maenads - it’s a huge cast all tripping over each other with the drama that only gods and their vengeful games can create. And out of it all is this blazing human story of sisterhood and sadness that rages even in the eyes of Medusa — highlighting the cost that all the women have paid. Best book I’ve read in 2021!  I hope Jennifer Saint will write many more books.


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Daughter of the Forest: Book One of the Sevenwaters Trilogy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250238665
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Published: Tor Books - April 21st, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Daughter of the Forest

Comments: 

If you love fantasy and also folklore this book will be of interest.  Sorcha is an amazing female protagonist and the tests she must pass in order to succeed are really hard.  Brothers turning into swans, an evil enchantress stepmother, a silence she must keep... this is so much fun!  It isn't light fare - be warned of violence, some dicey sexual encounters, and all manner of pain - but it does have a lovely slow-burn romance with a "love conquers all" theme that leaves one itching for the next installment.


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Nightbitch Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385546812
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 20th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Nightbitch

Comments:

Reading Nightbitch is like having a very violent, visceral nightmare that you cannot wake up from and then realizing you actually like it. I won’t pretend that I related to this woman, but I was absolutely drawn into this experience from the opening pages. I didn’t want it to end and I keep thinking about raw meat... it’s time to go howl at the moon!

 


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Rememberings Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780358423881
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Published: Mariner Books - June 1st, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Rememberings

Comments:

I always loved Sinead and I still do.  Great book for any fan. Her life has been very colorful and her voice is unique.  Take a trip back in time with her and enjoy the stories.


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Rain Before Rainbows Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536212839
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Published: Candlewick - October 6th, 2020

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Rain Before Rainbows

Comments:

A beautiful book full of hope and good feeling.  Lovely poetry to read aloud and gorgeous artwork.  I think that this would be a great book for bedtime as well.


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Toasty Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823447077
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - May 4th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Toasty

Comments:

Tee hee!!  Toasty is a piece of bread that wants so very much to be a dog.  But then he realizes that being himself is the best way to be.  This is adorable and silly with a great message.


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Broken Horses: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593237243
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Published: Crown - April 6th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Broken Horses: A Memoir

Comments:

I’m a mega fan of Brandi Carlile. I couldn’t get my hands on this book fast enough and pretty much devoured it. I’ve been knocked out by her voice numerous times and now I’ve been knocked out by her storytelling. What a life she has had thus far... and I’m certain there will be so much more to come. She’s an inspiration not just in music but in life. Love her!


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Arsenic and Adobo (A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery #1) Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780593201671
Published: Berkley - May 4th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Arsenic and Adobo

Comments: 

Super fun and fresh culinary Filipino cozy mystery! My stomach was growling with all the delicious food being served up even in the midst of murder! Great characters and super fun environment in Shady Palms. Bonus: recipes for the yum food included at the end. I SO want to eat that coconut jam.


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Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief Cover Image
By Joanne Cacciatore, Jeffrey Rubin (Foreword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781614292968
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Published: Wisdom Publications - June 27th, 2017

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

Comments:

Awesome quotes used at the beginning of each story. This book was exactly what I needed at the exactly right time. Truths were revealed through tears. A big deep heart book.


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The Death of Jane Lawrence: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250272584
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 5th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Death of Jane Lawrence

Comments: 

Whoa, this book. A mash up of gothic romance, psychological thriller, gruesome horror and magic. It’s been a while that a novel has given me nightmares but I had quite a few this week. If you like Rebecca, Crimson Peak, The Haunting of Hill House with a dash of medical surgical gore this will be sure to appeal. I loved it and already miss being scared at night now that it’s over.


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Tangled Up in Luck (The Tangled Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534495791
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - November 2nd, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Tangled Up in Luck 

Comments: 

I really enjoyed this. Charming characters, fun town setting and cool historical mystery. I so appreciated the very realistic middle school foe to friendship transition and humorous encounters with family, teachers, librarians and the like. And of course zemblanity!


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The Orphan Witch: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250797377
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 28th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Orphan Witch

Comments:

This is a magical feast! I completely geeked out over all of the witchiness and sisterhood and spells and can I say there is only ONE man in the entire story? (Kinda loved that too.) The main character is named Persephone so yes, she's a great character. Net is: anyone that likes stories about witches and magic will enjoy this. It features some great JK Rowling-esque quotes like: "Change could be its own magic, one of creating new possibility and a better future." As well as an awesome excerpt from Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market. It definitely is a good one for YA readers too as it's not mega violent or too mature romantically. This comes out in October and I think that's a perfect time for it to appear on shelves. I'm excited for maybe more adventures with this author to come?!


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The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250767769
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Published: Tor Books - June 1st, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Library of the Dead

Comments:

Part Ghost Whisperer, part suspense novel, part mystery, and a wee bit of horror all make this story hard to categorize. My favorite part 100% is the main character of Ropa. Her Scottish brogue sizzles to life off the page with her cynicism and dark charm. She's a breath of fresh (albeit snarky) heroic air. I look forward to spending time with Ropa again in hopefully another go and get more familiar with the futuristic Edinburgh. Only reason it doesn't get 10 stars is it's the first in the series and suffers a bit from a lot of build up and not much payoff. I hope to get more on the library in the future installments!


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The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982157692
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Published: Scribner - April 6th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Hard Crowd

Comments:

Rachel Kushner is SO COOL.  These essays just prove it.  Such interesting varied topics written in a thoughtful, smart way.  She's like the Steve McQueen of writers.


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This Thing Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374539238
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Published: MCD x FSG Originals - October 12th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: This Thing Between Us

Comments:

Whoa, this is other level creepfest.  Big nods to Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and The Shining (both faves) as well as 2001 Space Odyssey and even a little bit of The Exorcist. Net is: this book is flipping scary. I actually felt paranoid in my bed after reading and then found myself up at 5am to get back to it because it was making my head buzz so much.  I’m still thinking about it and wondering what the heck it all was. Highly recommend to any true horror fan out there that likes freaky stories. And also the cover art is FANTASTIC!


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The Only Good Indians: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982136468
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Only Good Indians

Comments:

Oh yeah, karma's a b****. Four friends from the Blackfeet Nation make a grave mistake with the natural world and the consequences are horrifying. I wouldn't characterize this as a typical ghost story however the characters are all haunted and the book itself has been haunting me since the last page. Stephen Graham Jones blends horror with a beautiful narrative style that reminds me a lot of Stephen King and Ramsay Campbell. My plan is to read ALL of his novels as this was such an impressive introduction for me. Dark, violent and grisly in all the best ways.


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Harvey and the Extraordinary Cover Image
By Eliza Martin, Anna Bron (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781773215440
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Published: Annick Press - November 3rd, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Harvey and the Extraordinary

Comments:

This was really a special book.  I loved the main character of Mimi and her family members were all really great too. The sadness of the story tugged at my heart strings for this girl, but it ultimately has a lovely message about the support of family and friends.  And also how the ordinary can be extraordinary. 


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The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982102548
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina

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Such a great story and characters. I was drawn in immediately and did not want to put it down. Magical realism at its best. Anyone who likes sprawling family sagas mixed with magical curses and secrets will enjoy this.


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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Comments:

"Death might appear to destroy the meaning in our lives, but in fact, it is the very source of our creativity. As Kafka said, 'The meaning of life is that it ends.' Death is the engine that keeps us running, giving us the motivation to achieve, learn, love, and create. Philosophers have proclaimed this for thousands of years just as vehemently as we insist upon ignoring it generation after generation." That is just a wee snippet of the greatness contained in this thoughtful, entertaining, and very eye-opening book. My own morbid fascination with death is what made me dive into this with gusto. Caitlin Doughty brilliantly handled all the details with just the right balance of technical detail and grim humor. So much of what she says in this book hit home with me. Here is my favorite line of the book: "The only thing that's certain is that nothing ever is." Truth.


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Mythos (Stephen Fry's Greek Myths #1) Cover Image
By Stephen Fry (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781452178912
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 27th, 2019

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Mythos

Comments:

So much fun even if you are already familiar with all the myths. Stephen Fry retells the tales in such an accessible and entertaining way. I laughed out loud many times at his dry humor.


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Feral Creatures Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538735244
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 24th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Feral Creatures

Comments:

ST remains one of the greatest characters to be created -- he is just as funny in this one. Any fans of Hollow Kingdom will not be disappointed in this new adventure. This is a super fun read! Themes: zombie apocalypse, parenthood, anthropomorphism


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Tales from the Cafe Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335630988
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 12th, 2021

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Tales from the Cafe

Comments:

I really liked this a lot.  Very nicely written in a detached style that suited me.  Raised great questions about what risks one is willing to take to go back in time to resolve internal longing, conflict.  Themes: time travel, magical realism, regret, making amends


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The Littlest Family's Big Day Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525578673
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Littlest Family's Big Day

Comments:

The Littlest family has just made a move and they have such a lovely adventure exploring their new neighborhood.  And by the end, wow it sure feels like home.  This book is so warm, and the artwork is just gorgeous.


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Daisies For Innocence (An Enchanted Garden Mystery #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780451476883
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Published: Berkley - January 5th, 2016

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Daisies for Innocence (An Enchanted Garden Mystery #1)

Comments:

To have the ability to sense what scents make people peaceful and happy would be a pretty cool skill. That its inherited from groovy "Gamma" makes it even better. An enchanted garden, essential oil splendiferousness and a Corgi best friend made this light mystery a goodie.