Cheri

Staff Picks CheriHi!  I am Cheri, aka the Enthusiastic Bookseller. It is true I am very enthusiastic about books!  I am the store manager, children's book buyer, out of print detective and overall giant book fanatic. I'm an avid reader -- much more than children's stuff so take a look at all of my staff pick pages for some great hits in horror, true crime, literary fiction, mythology, mystery, magical realism and memoir.  I'm also a big fan of music, film, cats, photography and great food. 

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Cheri's Staff Picks:

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First Light: A Novel (Night's Edge #2) By Liz Kerin Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250835703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Nightfire - April 23rd, 2024

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: First Light

Comments: 

Nothing can top the quote for this book given by the author CJ Leede so I'm going to include it here: "A Phoebe Bridgers song in book form, I felt and bled, willingly and gratefully." 
PERFECTLY SAID!
This second book picks up 9 months after the conclusion of Night's Edge.  Mia has fled Tucson and is pursuing Devon, the creep vampire that turned her mother and created a mess of their lives. At times, the political side of vampires in human society reminded me of HBO's True Blood, in a good way. It was a satisfying second book!


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Hello, Sun By Julie Downing Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823452057
Availability: NOT ON HAND, but usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Neal Porter Books - April 16th, 2024

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Hello, Sun

Comments:

Julie Downing never fails. She has done it again with this soothing, simple but colorful tale for wee ones.  I love it.


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A Rose, a Bridge, and a Wild Black Horse: The Classic Picture Book, Reimagined By Charlotte Zolotow, Julie Morstad (Illustrator), Crescent Dragonwagon (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Charlotte Zolotow, Julie Morstad (Illustrator), Crescent Dragonwagon (Afterword by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781951836740
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 26th, 2024

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: A Rose, a Bridge, and a Wild Black Horse

Comments:

Julie Morstad is my favorite illustrator. And she sure did pick a great one to work on with this new edition of the 1964 publication. It's splendid!


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888 Love and the Divine Burden of Numbers: A Novel By Abraham Chang Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250910783
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - April 30th, 2024

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: 888 Love and the Divine Burden of Numbers

Comments:

This book is a time machine. If you were born in the 70's get ready for a nostalgia explosion! SO MUCH of Young Wang's life 100% mirrored mine when it comes to the music, movies and pop culture that he loved growing up. This story is bursting with pop cultural gems such as: famous film directors showing up in his dreams to bestow advice, songs dedicated for each chapter like a mixtape, beeper code communication and loaded with references to movies and music. I loved this book so much. A blend of High Fidelity, John Hughes movies and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.


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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668045145
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Ministry of Time

Comments:

Oh my! This book is a TRIP. Imagine MI:5 with time travel and a steamy romance involving a Royal Navy man from Victorian times (based on a real life person) including some great reflections on what it means to be a refugee and the alien-ness of time travelers displaced in an era not their own. That was a long sentence! I can’t say enough how unique and fun this story was. I 100% fell in love with Graham Gore and welcome seeing him come to life on screen (Henry Cavill perhaps?!). 


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The Hunter's Daughter By Nicola Solvinic Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593639726
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Berkley - May 14th, 2024

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Hunter's Daughter

Comments:

A gripping mystery about a cop who formed a new identity when her serial killer father was caught as a child. Anna Keray works by the book. She's a good cop, but the past comes back to haunt her when bodies of women start showing up in ritualistic poses and it seems this killer is a copycat of the notorious Forest Strangler from years before.  But he was executed, right? Why is she drawn to the forest? And what are these visions she keeps seeing? This is a mix of serial killer investigation, mystery and a dash of horror. It reminded me a bit of the first True Detective series. Unputdownable!


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The Witches of Bellinas: A Novel By J. Nicole Jones Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781646221806
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Catapult - May 14th, 2024

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: The Witches of Bellinas

Comments:

An immersive experience into a weird fictional California cult that doesn’t seem too out of the realm of possibility. But beneath the surface of this extraordinary Eden there is something sinister at play. Has the main character really given up her life in NYC to live in this place to please her husband? Reminiscent of the underlying ugliness of White Lotus as well as the movie Wanderlust (without the humor) this story has a wicked twist that I did not see coming.