Cheri

Staff Picks CheriHi!  I am Cheri, aka the Enthusiastic Bookseller. It is true I am very enthusiastic about books and love to share recommendations.  I'm the children's book buyer here at the store, however I am also an avid reader of many genres outside the kids room.  Check out my staff picks that are on multiple pages.  My favorites are books with magical realism, gothic and horror fiction, true crime, memoir and mythology.   

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Cheri's Staff Picks:


 

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I Want to Be Mad for a While! By Barney Saltzberg, Barney Saltzberg (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338666540
Availability: NOT ON HAND, but usually Ships in 2-7 Days
Published: Orchard Books - August 2nd, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: I Want to Be Mad for a While!

Comments:

Let's face it - feelings come up and sometimes you just feel mad.  It's okay! It happens to everyone.  This book is a great meditation on feeling your feelings, letting it come and letting it pass - as it always will :)


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Pizza!: A Slice of History By Greg Pizzoli, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Greg Pizzoli, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780425291078
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 9th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Pizza! A Slice of History

Comments:

Yay pizza!  Greg Pizzoli never disappoints and this time he's writing about a favorite topic of mine.  Fun, whimsical artwork paired with the real history of pizza makes this a yummy treat of a read.


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All of Our Demise (All of Us Villains #2) By Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250789341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Teen - August 30th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: All of Our Demise (All of Us Villains #2)

Comments:

Woo!  I so love this world and these people!  The story picks up where All of Us Villains left off and it’s an immediate immersive fast paced frenzy to the finish. So many surprises, so many battles, so much action the story doesn’t let you pause for a second. There are even a few romantic moments in between all the spell casting. Super fun ride with such great fully fleshed out characters. I did get choked up a bunch of times as everything unfolded. Much like after the first book, I will be thinking about this one for a while. 


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A Dreadful Splendor: A Novel By B.R. Myers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063209831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 23rd, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: A Dreadful Splendor

Comments:

A splendid page-turner that keeps you guessing until the end. I fully enjoyed this step back in time to Victorian London and the character of Genevieve Timmons, swindler and fake spiritualist. When she ends up at an estate in the country to perform a fake seance she becomes entangled in the mystery of who killed Audra, the young fiancée to the heir - who just happens to be a very handsome gentleman (who reminded me of Mr. Darcy). All kinds of seemingly supernatural happenings start to occur and Genevieve is forced to question her beliefs. Could ghosts be real after all?  I was reminded of Rebecca, the movie Laura and also a little bit of Jane Austen and Knives Out.  Super entertaining and exactly the right mix of spooky mystery and romance for me. 


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Bliss Montage: Stories By Ling Ma Cover Image
By Ling Ma
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374293512
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 13th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Bliss Montage

Comments:

Exquisitely written stories that were odd and also touching. Ling Ma is skilled at concisely creating a mood and atmosphere. The story Returning was my favorite. 


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Beatrice Likes the Dark By April Genevieve Tucholke, Khoa Le (Illustrator) Cover Image
By April Genevieve Tucholke, Khoa Le (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643751573
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Beatrice Likes the Dark

Comments:

Beatrice likes the dark and Roo likes the light.  Will two sisters who like opposite things and are so different from each other get along? A wonderful book about loving each other despite our differences.


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Adventures with Finn and Skip: Bird (Adventures with Finn and Skip ) By Brendan Kearney Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780744056730
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: DK Children - September 13th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Bird

Comments:

Finn and Skip are back and this time they are taking flight and looking at the environment from a bird's eye point of view. Provides great learning about climate change and what you can do to help. And the artwork is so cute!


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Mary: An Awakening of Terror By Nat Cassidy Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250265234
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Nightfire - July 19th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Mary: An Awakening of Terror

Comments:

Perfect for Spooky Season, this book gripped me from the start.  Mary is a quiet, lonely person facing all that comes with middle age as a woman, both physically and psychologically.  Upon returning to her hometown, she is haunted by ghosts and thrust into confronting a past that she had blocked out.  This is a gruesome tale that includes a monstrous cult, a serial killer, horrific ghosts and a haunted house with hidden rooms.  Ultimately, it is a gory supernatural reflection of middle age.  Great for fans of horror.

 


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Forestfall (World at the Lake's Edge Duology #2) By Lyndall Clipstone Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250753410
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 27th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Forestfall (Lakesedge #2)

Comments:

The Lakesedge story continues with Violeta and Rowan and the dark Lord Under. Violeta is living out her bargain in the world below with the Lord and Rowan is desperate to release her. Very similar to the myth of Persephone with all of the gothic romance of Wuthering Heights.  This book had so many cool gods/creatures from the World Below like Lady Moth who is very creepy but awesomely depicted.  The ultimate question is will Violeta and Rowan ever be together or has the world Below and Lord Under changed her into a dark queen???  


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Still This Love Goes on By Buffy Sainte-Marie, Julie Flett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Buffy Sainte-Marie, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771648073
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greystone Kids - September 27th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Still This Love Goes On

Comments:

Beautiful artwork by Julie Flett accompanied by the talented Buffy Sainte-Marie's lyrics. I love that the sheet music is included at the end of the book. Would be a wonderful gift.


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City Moon By Rachael Cole, Blanca Gómez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rachael Cole, Blanca Gómez (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553497076
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Studio - September 19th, 2017

Bookselller: Cheri

Title: City Moon

Comments:

I always fool myself into thinking that I will stop falling in love with children's illustrated hardcovers and then I stumble across one such as this! Great art, great sentiment and I love the moon in the city.


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Good Night, Little Bookstore By Amy Cherrix, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Cherrix, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536212518
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - August 29th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Good Night, Little Bookstore

Comments:

So adorable!  I love this book so much.


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Farmhouse By Sophie Blackall Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316528948
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

Bookseller: Cheri

Title: Farmhouse

Comments:

This is a must-have!  I am a huge fan of all of Sophie Blackall's books and this one is just as beautiful as all of her others.  I can't say enough great things about it -- you just have to experience it.