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February 2024 Book News


February Story Time

Join us Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11:30 AM for a fun Valentine's Day story time and craft.

We are going to make valentines -- come make one for your mom, your teacher, or anyone special to you!

This is a free event but please call or email us to register.

For readers of Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier and Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles, an evocative, morally complex novel set in rural 19th century North Carolina, as one woman fights to keep her family united, her farm running, and her convictions whole during the most devastating and divisive period in American history.

Upcoming Author Event

We are very excited to welcome

author Donna Everhart Monday, Feb. 26, at 6:00 PM

who will be discussing and signing copies of her new book

When the Jessamine Grows

This is a $25 ticketed event

which includes a copy of When the Jessamine Grows

Donna has a wonderful presentation prepared -- we know you'll want to hear it and meet her in person. We'll have cupcakes and champagne to toast Donna's new book and to celebrate owner Mary Patterson's almost 60th birthday (59 and holding!). It's a book party and a birthday party! Don't miss the fun!!

Tickets can be purchased in-store or by phone.


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TLB Spring Book Club Info

It's the best book club in town -- come join us!! You will need to purchase the book from our store in order to confirm your sign-up. You can pay for the book in-store or by phone. 804-464-1244. You will receive an email from the store when the books are available for pick-up.

Questions? Call us or send an email to:

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February Book Pick:

Wild Girls by Tiya Miles


Day group: Wed, 2/14 at 1:00 PM: This Time Slot is Now Full

Evening group: Tues, 2/20 at 6:30 PM

Thoroughly absorbing . . . A beautiful synthesis of diverse women's experiences, combining history with memoir and a call to action, this brisk, elegant study. . . reframes hard-fought battles for women's equality through the lens of empowerment provided by the natural world. It begs us to acknowledge the primacy of the earth not only in historical lives but in our own as well.-- "New York Times"

March Book Pick:

Landscapes by Christine Lai


Day group: Wed, 3/13 at 1:00 PM

Evening group: Tues, 3/19 at 6:30 PM

"In the wake of environmental destruction, Penelope is preparing to sell the house she and her partner have lived in for twenty years. While faced with a daunting past and looming future, she turns to art and beauty for home, hope and healing."

--Karla J. Strand, Ms. Magazine

April Book Pick:

The End of Drum-Time by Hanna Pylvainen


Day group: Wed, 4/10 at 1:00 PM

Evening group: Tues, 4/16 at 6:30 PM

"With engrossing details of reindeer herding, a beautifully rendered setting and powerful echoes of America's own dark history of settlers forcing their religion on Indigenous peoples, The End of Drum-Time will leave a lasting impression on all readers of historical fiction."

--BookPage (starred review)

New in Fiction

Available 2/6

Historical Fiction

"Stuns with sacrifice; uplifts with heroism . . . an important, long overdue tribute to the brave women nurses who served in Vietnam." --Bonnie Garmus, author of Lessons in Chemistry

Available 2/6


"Hazelwood unleashes her sparkling voice and wit on a paranormal Romeo and Juliet."--Ruby Dixon, international bestselling author on Bride

Available 2/6


"Introduces readers to a conspiracy of murder and skullduggery as seen through the eyes of a naive junior investigator . . . Highly recommended for lovers of fantasy and steampunk mystery and readers searching for magically engineered combinations of alchemy and corruption." --Library Journal (starred review)

Available 2/27

Historical Fiction

"In the tradition of Maggie O'Farrell and Tracy Chevalier, Emily Howes brings us the story of Thomas Gainsborough's two daughters, Molly and Margaret, whom she imagines were equal parts muse and millstone for the famed eighteenth-century portrait painter. Howes' thorough research and exquisite prose brings both girls to life, but it is the author's deep understanding of mental illness and how it affects families that sets the novel apart. Emily Howes is a true talent, and I did not want this book to end."-- RACHEL BEANLAND, author of The House is on Fire and Florence Adler Swims Forever

Available 2/13

Historical Fiction

"Equal parts detective story, folktale, and family saga, the highly anticipated latest novel by Choo ( The Night Tiger, 2019) will appeal to fans of diverse, imaginative literary fiction, historical mysteries like Nilima Rao's A Disappearance in Fiji (2023), and fantasy like Marlon James' Dark Star trilogy."

-- Booklist (starred review)

Available 2/6


"A whodunnit meets treasure hunt sprinkled with antiques - what's not to love? Polished to a gleam, there's not a speck of dust on this one. Page-turning, full of fascinating nuggets about the antiques world, and enormous fun to read. A real treat."

--Eve Chase, author of The Birdcage and The Glass House

Available 2/27

Historical Fiction

"While the focus is on the women's lives and friendships, Williams (Things Past Telling, 2022) doesn't shy away from recounting the pervasive and insidious racism and misogyny faced by the women of the 6888th, including inadequate facilities and housing and harassment from both civilians and fellow service members. This novel will resonate with readers interested in character-driven stories about women's courageous service during WWII." -- Booklist

New in Nonfiction

Available 2/27


"In this aching meditation on loss and friendship, essayist and novelist Crosley ( Cult Classic) eulogizes her late literary mentor and best friend against the backdrop of the high-pressure publishing industry...Her characteristically whip-smart prose takes on a newly introspective quality as she reinvigorates dusty publishing memoir tropes and captures the minutiae of a complicated friendship with humor and heart. This is a must-read."

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Available 2/20

World Literature

In this book, Rosalind Kerven has revived the best Celtic fairy tales for a new generation. The stories are sourced from old folk tale collections from all three regions, alongside selected medieval Welsh and Irish texts. This book complements the stories found in English Fairy Tales & Legends. (publisher marketing)

Available 2/27


"Affecting.... [O'Kane's] reverence for her avian subjects comes through on every page, and she retains a journalist's keen eye for detail: 'The male cardinal reminded me of an Irishman, standing up to leave his pub at midnight, head held high and chest inflated as he sang his traditional a cappella goodbye song.' This soars." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Available 2/6


A sublime bedside companion to enjoy as the frost melts and days grow longer, with poems to immerse yourself in the season. From William Blake and Emily Dickinson to Robert Browning and Eleanor Farjeon, some of the finest poets that ever put pen to paper describe this wondrous season of new beginnings. (publisher marketing)

Available 2/20


"The broad range of topics ensures most readers will find something of interest, and the brisk pace will keep them glued to their seats. Playful yet enlightening, this entertains." -- Publisher's Weekly

Available 2/6


Get the Picture is a brilliant adventure through the fraught, frenzied, fanatical world of art and emerging artists. Bosker flings us into the epicenter of creativity and obsession, and with infectious curiosity, illuminates the surprising science, history, and controversies at the core of our relationship with art. An extraordinary book." --Kirk Wallace Johnson, author of The Feather Thief

Available 2/13


"To understand who we are, we must begin at the beginning--which is precisely what Jeffrey Rosen does in this remarkable and timely book. By exploring how the American Founders viewed virtue and the fabled (and often misunderstood) 'pursuit of happiness, ' Rosen offers us a much-needed reminder of the centrality of civic and personal virtue."--Jon Meacham, author of And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle

New in Young Adult

Available 2/20


"A Tempest of Tea is a masterpiece, filled with phenomenal prose, impeccable world building, and a mesmerizing found-family cast embarking on the heist of their lives! Hafsah Faizal has written the kind of book you can't stop thinking about--and you won't be able to wait for the sequel!" --Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

Available 2/27


"This fast-paced examination of reality television and surveillance....boasts a cast of resourceful and morally gray teens and teems with anticipatory tension reminiscent of The Hunger Games." -- Publishers Weekly

Available 2/13


"A great historical adventure for young adults, told in journal entries. This book would appeal to readers looking for a strong female role model and would be a welcome [addition for] libraries serving teens."-- School Library Journal

Available 2/13


"Sei Lin expertly weaves themes of longing, grief, and courage among visceral worldbuilding, which is conveyed via intricately detailed prose. Distinctly rendered characters debate nuanced questions of morality against a backdrop of white-knuckle action sequences in this suspenseful series opener." -- Publishers Weekly

Available 2/27


When attempting to rid herself of magic, seventeen-year-old Liska is captured by the demon warden of the spirit-wood who offers her one year of servitude in exchange for any wish, but she soon discovers the sinister truth at the heart of their deal. (publisher marketing)

New in Middle Grade

Available 2/6


In this fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling series from Edgar Award winner James Ponti, the young group of spies take on New York City in another international adventure perfect for fans of Spy School and Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls. (publisher marketing)

Available 2/20

Graphic novel

In the first book of AGENTS OF S.U.I.T., the new volume in John Green's smash-hit INVESTIGATORS world, eager rookie agent Cilantro stepped into the spotlight--and rocketed into space! Now it's time for the B-Team to show why they're so un-B-lievably B-loved. (publisher marketing)

Available 2/27

Social themes

Ten-year-old Lina wants to create a viral video to help her mom's business, but as she navigates the world of likes and views with her two best friends, Lina must find the courage to stay true to her authentic self. (publisher marketing)

Available 2/6

Historical fiction

* "Gratz does his usual splendid job of creating the visceral drama of battle alongside fully realized characters. He handles the theme of heroism well, while not straying into the didactic, and is especially good at depicting the enduring friendship of the two boys as, together, they experience the date that will live in infamy." -- Booklist, starred review

Available 2/27


April Wood has returned home from her adventure on Bear Island. But even though it's been a whole year, she can't stop thinking about Bear.

When April hears that a polar bear has been shot and injured in Svalbard, she's convinced it's her friend and persuades her dad to travel with her to the northernmost reaches of the Arctic. So begins an unforgettable journey across frozen tundra and icy glaciers. (publisher marketing)

New in Picture Books

Available 2/6

Animals/Ages 3-7

★ "At last! A unicorn book as charming as the species it highlights." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "A delightful, buoying romp." -- Booklist, starred review

Available 2/6

Nonfiction/Ages 5-8

★ "McDaniel gives an account of Baker's life that is as celebratory as the heroes in her folktales, attesting that Baker internalized the message that 'where there's a will, there's a way'. Harrison's exuberant mixed-media collage illustrations capture the vibrancy of both the storyteller and her stories, creating worlds and words that leap off pages." -- Horn Book, starred review

Available 2/20

Social themes/Ages 3-6

"Daniel is back in another open-hearted, child-friendly picture book. . . . Archer's expertly composed double-page-spread illustrations . . . portray a world bursting with life and vivid color. . . . From the spectacular illustrations to the warm relationship between Daniel and Grandpa to Daniel's curiosity about the natural world, there's much to savor here; and the question of 'what's new?' may elicit a wealth of reader response and interaction." -- The Horn Book

Available 2/6

Concepts/Ages 3-5

"[A] pleaser for younger readers and listeners who are feeling small; for those who might wonder just how much larger the Moon is than Australia, or for that matter, a galaxy cluster than an average kid (a lot of zeroes in that one) . . . . A big idea, explored inventively, to intrigue any young audience."-- School Library Journal

Available 2/13

Nature/Ages 4-8

Explore every branch, nook, and cranny of a treetop utopia built by children and their animal friends in this immersive and intricately detailed picture book by a New York Times bestselling author. (publisher marketing)

Available 2/6

Holidays/Ages 4-6

A cute French snail sets off on a springtime adventure with an adorable bunny in this laugh-out-loud fourth picture book in the bestselling Escargot series--the perfect gift for Easter or all year round. (publisher marketing)

Available 2/27

Social themes/Ages 3-7

In this bouncy, playful picture book for very young listeners, follow two baby friends who live in facing buildings through their day--playing, singing, and napping--till they meet in the park! (publisher marketing)

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