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 Anita, Bookseller

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband 'master' Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595553676
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Published: Thomas Nelson - October 29th, 2012

What does it mean to follow the Bible's teaching for women? What happens when Rachel tries to take everything as literally as possible? Love the sense of humor and the biblical insights. 

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ISBN: 9780062338204
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 2nd, 2017

By the author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day. That alone was enough to make me want to read the book. I was not dissapointed. Frost (Nicknamed for the poet, not the snowman) narrates the two weeks of eighth grade when cell were banned, Post-it notes proliferated, bullying increased, and he and his friends navigated shifted alliances and a friend who was a girl. 

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ISBN: 9780062460226
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Published: Harper - April 4th, 2017

They both like art. Both vacationed in Florence, then were slated to start university back in England. His brother died in a skiing accident; her mother had cancer. They (almost) run into each other multiple times, but don't meet until... when? This well-written novel about loss and life captured my attention from the first page. 

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735211025
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 4th, 2017

These short stories will stick with me for months (years?). Well-written... varied... true to the way things too often are. What the stories have in common: ties to both the U.S. and Nigeria, and a perspective on life very different from my own. 

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ISBN: 9780316464628
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

Caution: If you give this book to a child, you might not hear anything- except giggles- from that child for an hour! My book-loving third-grade son loved this book. It would also be great for kids who don't like to read. The chapters are short: one of them is only two sentences! And it's OK to read chapters in any order. Or to skip to the one that's in French. What would you do if you won $1,037,037.04? Buy NASA? Rent Mount Rushmore? Hide the money someplace so safe you never find it again? This book is funny and engaging. 

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ISBN: 9780778319801
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Published: Mira Books - January 31st, 2017

I like Arthur Pepper. My heart hurts for him. For 40+ years, he and Miriam had been each other's world. Now, a year after his wife's death, a solitary Arthur still keeps the routine they had during their marriage. Then while going through Miriam's clothes, Arthur finds an unfamiliar charm bracelet. A phone call to a number on one of the charms starts a chain of discoveries about his wife's life before he met her. Arthur ventures outside the world of the comfortable... and in in the process, he breathes life into old relationships and forms new ones.

If I Forget You: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250072788
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - June 14th, 2016

I like the writing style. I like the characters, for the most part- though I'm not sure I like all the decisions they make. Henry is a poet who grew up in a working-class neighborhood and was only able to attend college because of his baseball ability. Margot comes from a wealthy family, and attends Bannister College because it is expected of her. This book moves back and forth between 2012, when Henry and Margot reconnect, adn 1991, when they first meet. I enjoyed gradually getting to know the characters and finding out about their lives so far. Now I wonder where things will go from here.

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ISBN: 9780764210891
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Published: Bethany House Publishers - October 2nd, 2012

Ann silver has stumbled into a high-profie murder case, and she doesn't want it. FBI special agent Paul Falcon is glad for something that might shed light on 30 murders... and he is intrigued by the small-town sheriff who dropped the case in his lap. He learns that Ann isn't just a sherriff; she's also the Midwest Homocide Investigator, a published author, and a friend of the former Vice President who, with Ann's help, is writing the last volume of his autobiography. Just as fascinating as the plot twists in this novel were the contrasts between Ann, the most introverted person I've ever met, and Paul, the oldest son in a close-knit family taht runs multiple business enterprises. This book is hard to put down, even though I've read it before. It's a good introduction to Dee Henderson's works. 

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ISBN: 9780062643865
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Published: Walden Pond Press - February 13th, 2018

I knew this author writes excellent realistic fiction... but a story of fairies granting wishes??? I like fairy stories, and this is a good one. Ophelia, on her first mission, must retrieve a nickel on which a wish was made- but navigating the world of humans isn't easy when you're less than a foot tall and can't allow yourself to be seen...

At Home in Mitford: A Novel (A Mitford Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780140254488
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 1st, 1996

Some of my favorite fictional characters are Episcopal priests. Father Tim is one of them. I love the small-town atmosphere of Mitford, the attraction of the new next-door neighbor, the varied cast of memorable characters. Jan Karon’s Mitford books are among those I periodically reread. And this book is where it all started.

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ISBN: 9780147510488
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Published: Puffin Books - May 31st, 2016

When 10-year- old Ada and her younger brother Jamie leave London for the country to escape German air raids, it’s Ada’s first taste of life without her abusive mother who confined Ada to their one-room apartment. Can Ada ever trust an adult? This book’s many honors are  well-deserved. Loved it!

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By Audrey Wood, Bruce Wood (Illustrator), Audrey Wood
ISBN: 9780439080699
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Published: Blue Sky Press - August 1st, 2001

This book ranks even higher than Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for my alphabet-loving son … and that’s saying something!  The little letters are learning proper alphabet order.  Then Little i loses her dot, and all the little letters carry out an elaborate plan to help her find it.  (Your special young person doesn’t have to know this book is educational!)

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ISBN: 9780425290330
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

Is it possible to fall truly in love more than once?  Louna, the daughter of a wedding planner, has acquired much of her mother’s cynicism about marriages and whether they last.  And yet… she did find true love.  In high school.  It ended.  Can anything half so wonderful ever happen again?

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ISBN: 9780316283762
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Published: Poppy - May 9th, 2017

Readers who liked The Fault in Our Stars might be captivated by The Memory Book. Samantha is a high school valedictorian who writes a book to herself when she finds out she has a rare genetic disease that will steal her health, her memory, and her life.  Well-written… this is a book I will not soon forget.

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ISBN: 9780062414182
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 10th, 2018

Two middle school kids, both very smart. Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, Ben in small-town Louisiana. They start playing online Scrabble with each other. During a week when family situations and friend situations are in upheaval for both the main characters, they go from Scrabble opponents to... something more. 

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501160486
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Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2016

A word picture of what it's like when a grandpa gets Alzheimers. It rings true. The athor hadn't intended to publish it... but I'm glad he did.  

Sins of the Past: A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection Cover Image
ISBN: 9780764217975
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Published: Bethany House Publishers - May 3rd, 2016

I normally shy away from novella collections, but I'm glad I made and exception. Three experienced authors present suspense stories with enough twists and turns to be interesting, but short enough to be read in one evening. 

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By Tyler Whitesides, Jessica Warrick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062568311
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Published: HarperCollins - February 27th, 2018

I like the premise. You can have as many wishes as you want, but each wish has a consequence. The bigger the wish, the bigger the consequence. Ace became a Wishmaker by opening a jar of peanut butter without first reading the warning label. Now he and the genie who came out of the jar are on a week-long quest to save the world from destruction...

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ISBN: 9781941758984
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Published: Inkshares - October 4th, 2016

I did not know it was possible to get run over by an 18-wheeler and survive to tell the tale- but Katie McKenna has done just that! Her story, told with down-to-earth humor, is well worth reading. 

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ISBN: 9780399186219
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Published: Dial Books - January 31st, 2017

Julia is short...she's still small enough to crawl through the dog door if her family gets locked out of the house. She is not excited about landing a part as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz... but once rehearsals get underway she enjoyes it, especially when she meets a friend and mentor- an adult with dwarfism that is exactly her height. 

Book Scavenger (The Book Scavenger series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627791151
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - June 2nd, 2015

Books about people who love books vary in quality - this one is a keeper! A mix of geocaching, reading, and braking codes, the online game of Book Scavenger is something Emily can take with her when she moves to a new city. In San Francisco, she also makes a new friend...

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ISBN: 9781416971702
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2010

A photographic memory. Cerebral palsy so severe she can't make all the letter sounds, let alone speak a word or sentence. Melody is extremely intelligent, but mostly unable to communicate- until she gets a computer that lets her say a sentence by using one movement of her hand... I absolutely loved this book!

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ISBN: 9780544634244
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 3rd, 2016

Barnett's novel explores how decisions made by the protagonists effect their lives. The author skillfully jumps from one version of Eva and Jim's lives to another. Is it destiny? 

What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062194268
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Published: HarperOne - May 16th, 2017

Readable, sprinkled with humor, and filled with behind-the-scenes things you might have not known about the world in which the Bible was written. Identifies the overarching story of God's involvement with humankind. Bell shows how it's helpful to figure out what the biblical writers were saying in their context, then apply to our own lives. Excellent!

A Lineage of Grace: Five Stories of Unlikely Women Who Changed Eternity Cover Image
ISBN: 9780842356329
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Published: Tyndale House Publishers - October 1st, 2009

I love this collection of five novellas- one for each of the women listed in Jesus' genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew. This belongs in every church library... and on personal bookshelves as well. Great biblical fiction!

The Young Widower's Handbook: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616204747
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - February 7th, 2017

The emotions and comments here ring true. How do you proceed when your life companion suddenly dies before age 30? What now? Hunter stes out on a road trip... Good book!

Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062465245
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Published: HarperOne - September 26th, 2017

I hope peole read this, but I'm not sure they will. We don't talk about death. This book gives a glimpse into the life of a funeral director and his decision whether or not to continue in the family business. But beyond that, I appreciated Wilde's thoughts about death and his discoveries about what is or is not helpful to a grieving family. 

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ISBN: 9780062652911
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2018

What a great book! Robinson loves baseball, fixing cars, and her grandfather… her only living relative. Robbie looks white; her grandpa is black; and he’s showing signs of dementia. Can Robbie continue hiding her grandpa’s condition so she can keep living with him? Can she stay out of trouble at school so her grandpa won’t have to talk to the principal?

Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062673602
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 2nd, 2018

Fascinating! I had never heard the story of Elizabeth Jennings, a genteel black woman who, in the 1800s, refused to leave a segregated Manhattan streetcar and won a lawsuit that barred New York  public transport from discriminating because of skin color. The sidebars and photos in this book are excellent browsing, too.

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By Matt Stanton, Matt Stanton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062572912
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2018

This fast-moving book is funny enough that it makes the work of reading super-worthwhile! Max isn’t the smartest in class, or the most athletic, or the best at anything… except maybe attracting the attention of an annoying duck. Can he run for class president as Funny Kid - and wi

The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501169038
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Published: Atria Books - May 1st, 2018

Loved the rich descriptions: colors, landscapes, flavors of various languages and cultures. Two stories are interwoven: Nour is a modern U.S.-born Syrian-American; Rawiya’s story takes place 800 years earlier. Both girls are fatherless, both trek across the Middle East and northern Africa, both are tied to maps, and both are searching for home.


Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience Cover Image
By Allison Pataki, Lee Woodruff (Foreword by), David Levy (Epilogue by)
ISBN: 9780399591655
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Published: Random House - May 1st, 2018

A memoir I will not soon forget! Alli was 30 when, against all odds, her husband had a stroke. And survived. The journey through Dave’s memory loss – which began when Alli was pregnant with their first child – kept me turning the pages. Brain trauma involves so many unknowns… would Dave ever recover the parts of his brain that made him Dave?

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ISBN: 9780062545039
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Published: HarperOne - January 1st, 1984

Madeleine L’Engle is one of my absolute favorite authors, and I reread A Circle of Quiet regularly. This is a great book for anyone interested in the backstory of A Wrinkle in Time – and the difficulties Madeleine, already the author of multiple books, had finding a publisher for it. This book also gives a window into the writing process in general. Love it!

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By Russell Ginns, Barbara Fisinger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524720001
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - February 13th, 2018

What a fun romp through geography! Samantha's uncle has gone missing, and it's up to her and her little brother to navigate secret passages, figure out clues, and fight ninjas to find out what happened. Scattered through the book are notes about famous landmarks (intermingled with fictional secret passage directions) and puzzles to solve. 

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ISBN: 9780147513939
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Published: Speak - May 3rd, 2016

This is a great young adult novel by the author of Amal Unbound. When Naila breaks her parents' rule by having a boyfriend, the whole family takes a trip to Pakistan, where Naila's parents were born.