April 2022 Book News


Author Event!

Join us April 13 at 1:00 PM

We're so excited to welcome local author Kris Spisak to TLB to talk about her debut novel, The Baba Yaga Mask! Read some of the fantastic reviews below...

"Spisak's delightful fiction debut is a compelling tale of lost-and-found and enlightenment." -Leah Weiss, best-selling author of If The Creek Don't Rise and All The Little Hopes

"A tender and thought-provoking story that demonstrates the countless ways that a woman can be strong. A timeless tale that will touch readers across generations and around the globe." -Sadeqa Johnson, International best-selling author of Yellow Wife

"In her novel, Spisak lyrically interweaves elements from Ukrainian culture, such as traditional dance, matryoshka nesting dolls, and tales. Each motif illuminates Vira's character, as with the dolls hidden within one another, speaking to her lifesaving abilities in disguise, deceit, and concealment. A complex, poetic tale, strongly linking past and present through folk art's rich traditions." -KIRKUS REVIEWS

Books are $15.95 and will be available for purchase at the event.


Independent Bookstore Day is almost here!!! Come join the party!

One of our absolute favorite days at TLB is coming! Stop by Saturday, April 30, 11:00-5:00 for unique indie bookstore day merchandise, drawings, giveaways, lots of fun and as always...GREAT BOOKS!


Pack some snacks and visit the independent bookstores in the Richmond area. In anticipation of Indie Bookstore Day, 7 local stores (located on map inside of passport) are participating to encourage you to shop local throughout the month of April.

Stop by TLB to grab your passport, and start exploring!

*Get a stamp for every bookstore you visit, and at your 5th stop, receive a free tote bag.

Beginning April 12, TLB will be open again on Tuesdays 11-5!!

Yay for an extra day to shop great books!


Special Storytime!

Join us on Tuesday, April 19, at 11:30 for storytime! We are so excited to see our sweet little friends and enjoy storytime with them. We will read a story followed by a simple craft.

Parents and caregivers: please decide what your comfort level is regarding masks for you and your child and plan accordingly.


"Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful." --Rita Dove

TLB has a great selection of poetry books to help you celebrate National Poetry Month. Come check out what we've got!

The Book Woman's Daughter is coming out May 3rd!

We know you'll want to read more about Cussy Mary and her daughter, Honey. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek was (and still is) a TLB favorite, and we're so excited for this next one. It will be available May 3rd, so plan on stopping by and picking up your copy! (This would make a GREAT Mother's Day gift. Hint, hint!)

Kim Michele Richardson's The Book Woman's Daughter sets us deep inside Kentucky's rugged Appalachia in the early 1950s and gives us Honey Mary-Angeline Lovett, a sixteen-year-old as fierce and brave as her mama, Cussy Mary. Their world is cruel with its prejudice, and Richardson is not afraid to peel back its ugliness and take us there. But, like the best writers in not only this generation but the ones past, Richardson gifts us readers with something extraordinary, a way back. -- Bren McClain, multi-award-winning author of One Good Mama Bone


Gorgeous spring cards from the talented Mary Moore (a.k.a. The Bird Lady) are back in stock!

These make great Mother's Day cards!

April Books We're Excited About!


Available 4/5!

Coming of age

"Fell writes with a deep compassion and keen attention to the experiences of living with deafness and blindness. This heartfelt romance is hard to resist."-- "Publishers Weekly"

We loved this one at TLB!


Available 4/5!


Like a woman-centric "Mad Men"...A witty and sharp dramedy about resilience and found families...Readers won't be able to get enough of Elizabeth and her makeshift family. Lessons in Chemistry is a story to return to again and again."



Available 4/5!

Historical fiction

A tribute to resilience and starting over. This is heart-wrenching and memorable. -- Publishers Weekly

Echoes of Sophie's Choice reverberate throughout Gillham's novel...a crisply detailed portrait of postwar New York. -- Booklist


Available 4/26!

Historical fiction

"Adriana Trigiani is a gifted, natural storyteller and The Good Left Undone is her at the top of her game. This beautiful, sweeping historical epic about three generations of women paints an exquisite portrait of love, loss, the ravages of time and the price a family pays for its secrets. Brava!"


Available 4/5!

Literary fiction/sci-fi

"A time-travel puzzle... Mandel's prose is beautiful but unfussy; some chapters are compressed into a few poetic lines. The story moves quickly... In the end, the novel's interlocking plot resolves beautifully, making for a humane and moving time-travel story, as well as a meditation on loneliness and love."

-- BookPage, starred


Available 4/26!


"Captivating...Bibliophilic cozy fans will be in heaven." - Publishers Weekly


Available 4/12!


"Terrific . . . With close attention to period detail and precise prose, Phillips brings the era vividly to life. Crime fiction fans won't want to miss this one."

--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


Available 4/5!


"[Vuong] focuses on the complicated relationship with his mother in quiet, astonishing lyrics . . . Even the most ostensibly simple moments prove mesmerizing in Vuong's treatment." --Booklist (starred review)


Available 4/12!


"Our world desperately needs poems that help us come home to loving presence. You have in your hands an anthology with poems that directly nourish the spirit." -- Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

New In Nonfiction


Available 4/12!


"Highly recommended for those looking for a means of coming to terms with their lives and the world around them." --Library Journal (starred review)


Available 4/12!


"puckishly inventive... [ That Noodle Life will] set readers salivating and rushing to the kitchen to start pasta water boiling." - Booklist


Available 4/12!


Beautifully written...eloquent...offers pleasure and comfort to anyone who has ever worried about someone they love." -- Booklist

"A perfect book for 2022, honestly: existential dread, but make it hopeful." --BookPage Most Anticipated Nonfiction

A TLB favorite!


Available 4/19!


Inspired by Thoreau, but soon onto something that is very much his own, Ben Shattuck takes us on a journey that bores into the history of both himself and his native New England. A book of loss and redemption, fear and fragile hope, Six Walks is rich, evocative, and like the boat gunwale that cuts off the tip of his finger, unexpectedly dangerous--in that best of Thoreauvian ways.--Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane's Eye


Available 4/12!


"Linda's thoughtful, practical approach to garden design helps make it less daunting and more doable. Her own garden is pure magic, and this very personal account of its evolution is filled with inspiration, completely relatable experiences, and advice that every gardener can use, whether you garden in inches or acres."-- Kristin Beane Sullivan, Editor, Garden Gate magazine


Available 4/5!


McGrath retraces the remarkable life of this gentle man whose life on the water touched so many. Riverman honors a free-spirited American naturalist and modern-day explorer (a blend of Forrest Gump, Huck Finn, and even Don Quixote) who shucked a conventional lifestyle for complete freedom, at significant personal cost. A masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.

-- Booklist, starred


Available 4/26!


Jagger offers a beautiful reflection on love, memory, and inheritance in this heartrending account of a road trip she took through Big Sky Country.... This will cast a spell on fans of Cheryl Strayed and Glennon Doyle. --Publishers Weekly

New in Young Adult


Available 4/5!


★ "Clear and creative worldbuilding, exquisite set pieces, and emotionally complex, intersectionally diverse characters complement the twist-riddled plot of Taylor's spellbinding debut. The stakes mount in tandem with Jani and Bel's romantic tension, captivating readers and catapulting the tale to a spectacular, cathartic close." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review


Available 4/5!


"A delightful reimagining of a classic that will be enjoyed by Jane Austen fans and mystery readers alike."--School Library Journal

"An engaging mystery that will find a ready audience among Jane Austen fans."-- Kirkus Reviews


Available 4/5!


* Masterly history detective Bascomb provides a fascinating chronicle Will engage readers Riveting Compelling story line Highly recommended for middle and high school students who enjoy narrative nonfiction and sports history. -- School Library Journal, starred review

New in Middle Grade


Available 4/12!


Ages 8-12

Written by the extraordinary environmental and campaigner for equal rights Mya-Rose Craig--aka Birdgirl--this book profiles 30 young environmental activists who are Indigenous people or people of color, from communities on the frontline of global climate change.


Available 4/12!


Ages 8-12

The New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Last Kids on Earth series presents Quint Baker and Dirk Savage in their own epic adventure! --publisher marketing


Available 4/26!

Graphic novel

Ages 6-9

"Dudás' full-color cartoon illustrations complement Ferry's chipper tone and punny dialogue for an upbeat woodland romp."-- "Kirkus Reviews"


Available 4/5!


Ages 5-7

*Perfect to share with family...Starla Jean is the kind of enduring character that readers will turn to time and time again. - School Library Journal, starred review


Available 4/5!


Ages 8-12

Dramatic battle scenes, double-crosses, and one seriously deranged queen makes Wings of Fire a series that should have broad appeal for middle-grade fantasy fans. -- Booklist


Available 4/5!


Ages 6-10

New York Times-bestselling team Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton invite readers to come hang out with them in their 143-Story Treehouse--the eleventh book in the illustrated chapter book series filled with Andy and Terry's signature slapstick humor!

New in Picture Books


Available 4/5!


Ages 4-8

From two bestselling and beloved creators comes a sweet and inspiring picture book about a runaway circus performer who learns to face his fears and follow his heart.


Available 4/5!


Ages 2-4

When you rest your head at night, nocturnal animals awake to dance and play! Push and pull the sturdy tabs to make foxes frolic and hedgehogs hustle in this sweet, interactive tale of nighttime fun.


Available 4/12!


Ages 4-8

In the tradition of Mac Barnett's Count the Monkeys, Tillotson's rib-tickling debut is not to be missed . . . Lourenço's digitally created illustrations of cartoon fruit with faces and expressive animals are bright, dynamic, and foolish. Fruity fun for everyone. -- Kirkus


Available 4/5!


Ages 4-8

When a young girl meets the famous Claude Monet in his garden at Giverny, she learns the importance of staying true to your own vision.


Available 4/5!


Ages 4-8

From writer Stacy McAnulty and illustrator David Litchfield, Our Planet! There's No Place Like Earth is a nonfiction picture book about the Earth, told from the perspective of Earth herself.


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