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February 2019


I hope that everyone's New Year is off to a great start! If things are already starting to feel a bit hectic, come to our book talk with Bryan Robinson about his new book, #Chill, to learn how you can regain your life. And if you just need a night off, stop by our Chocolate Tasting and Romantic Reads party for a night of chocolate, wine, and some books with guaranteed happy endings just in time for Valentine's Day.

-Jill Hendrix, Owner

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Deal of the Month
Each month, we'll feature a discounted book. These deals are only good through the end of the current month, and quantities are limited, so get yours today!

This month's deal is Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee ( Little, Brown Spark 2018, hardcover, now $21.75), an exploration of  how we can harness the power of our surroundings to live fuller, healthier, and truly joyful lives.

You can get 25% off our original price of $29.00 on this book through February 28th!

Take a Trust Fall
Jill has fallen in love with an extremely readable, original, surprising, and even humorous in places debut nonfiction hardcover book that is publishing in mid-March for $29.99. She has coerced friends, family, and staff all into reading it and each and every one LOVED it despite have reservations going in! Jill is convinced that you all will love it as well, even if you don't normally read nonfiction. (Her mom -- our big mystery reader -- hasn't read a nonfiction book in years, yet she loved it.) 

However, we're afraid the title/back blurb might turn you off, even if you are already a nonfiction fan, just like it gave Jill's  initial readers some reservations. Thus, we are keeping the title a secret and are asking you to  agree to pre-order this book, sight unseen, just based on Jill's love for it. 

We think this will be a great fit for 99% of you, but we are offering you a full money-back guarantee in case you're one of the 1% who try it but don't love it as much as we have.  

Are you up for the challenge? Take a trust fall with us today!

Upcoming Events
If you are unable to make one of our author events, you are welcome to reserve signed copies by contacting us in advance, by email at  or by phone at 864-675-0540. Personalized copies will need to be prepaid.
Bryan Robinson
Bryan Robinson Book Talk & Signing: Saturday, February 2nd, 11am @ Fiction Addiction, $25
Southern author and psychotherapist Bryan Robinson will be discussing his new book, #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life, a mindfulness and meditation guide for workaholics at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction. There are two ticket options for the event. The $25 ticket admits one, guarantees a seat at the event, and includes a copy of #Chill. The $10 ticket admits one, is standing room only, and is redeemable for $10 off a purchase the day of the event. The author will be available to sign books after the presentation. Books and tickets can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540.

Charles Martin Book Talk & Signing: Thursday, February 7th, 6pm @ Fiction Addiction, $26.50
We are excited to welcome back Charles Martin to discuss his new book, What If It's True?: A Storyteller's Journey with Jesus, the result of his exploration of the Bible, at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction. There are two ticket options for the event. The $26.50 ticket admits one, guarantees a seat at the event, and includes a copy of What If It's True?. The $10 ticket admits one, is standing room only, and is redeemable for $10 off a purchase the day of the event. The author will be available to sign books after the presentation. Books and tickets can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540.

Chocolate Tasting & Romantic Reads Party: Monday, February 11th, 6:30pm @ Fiction Addiction, $25
Join us Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 6:30pm for a chocolate tasting and romantic reads party. Your ticket admits one, includes 16 squares/pieces of Taza chocolate (8 different varieties), a glass of wine, and can be redeemed on $10 off any purchase that evening of any in-stock merchandise. We will also be presenting a selection of romantic reads for Valentine's Day. Tickets can be purchased online, in store, or by calling 864-675-0540.

Mystery Book Club: Wednesday, February 13th, noon @ Fiction Addiction, $34.98
Sign up for our new mystery bookclub, co-sponsored by our local chapter of Sisters in Crime. The club will meet at Fiction Addiction on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from Noon-1pm. Each quarter will have a different moderator and a different mystery focus. Diana Manley will moderate the first quarter of 2019. Her February selection is Murder in the Marais by Cara Black. Sign up online, in store, or by calling 864-675-0540.

Bullet Journal Class: Saturday, March 2nd, 2pm @ Fiction Addiction, $25
Store owner Jill Hendrix will be teaching a class on bullet journaling on Saturday, March 2nd, at 2pmTickets are $25 each, redeemable on a purchase that day.Tickets can be purchased online, in store, or by calling 864-675-0540.

George Singleton Book Talk & Signing: Monday, March 11th, 6pm @ Fiction Addiction, $24
Southern author George Singleton will be discussing his latest short story collection Staff Picks at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction. There are two ticket options for this event. The $24 ticket admits one, is standing room only, and includes a copy of the book. The $10 ticket admits one, is standing room only, and is redeemable for $10 off a purchase the day of the event. The author will be available to sign books after the presentation. Books and tickets can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540.

Mystery Book Club: Wednesday, March 13th, noon @ Fiction Addiction, $34.98
Sign up for our new mystery bookclub, co-sponsored by our local chapter of Sisters in Crime. The club will meet at Fiction Addiction on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from Noon-1pm. Each quarter will have a different moderator and a different mystery focus. Diana Manley will moderate the first quarter of 2019. Her March selection is Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon. Sign up online, in store, or by calling 864-675-0540.

John McMahon Book Talk & Signing: Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30pm @ Fiction Addiction, $10
We are excited to extend a warm Southern welcome to debut author John McMahon! Fans of Greg Iles will fall in love with John's debut Southern-set mystery, The Good DetectiveJohn will be flying out from his home in California to discuss The Good Detective at a book talk and signing at Fiction Addiction. Your $10 ticket admits one, and is redeemable for $10 off a purchase the day of the event. The author will be available to sign books after the presentation. Books and tickets can be purchased online, at the store, or by calling us at 864-675-0540.

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Digital Audiobooks
Dear Audible,

I feel torn writing this, because we've had so many good times. We've been through so much together. I really mean that. Remember that road trip to Minneapolis, where we drove through the night, and you helped keep me awake? And those early mornings at the gym on the elliptical with the sounds of my favorite authors and stories? I will always cherish those times. I want you to know that.

But there are some things that have been bothering me for a long time. I didn't say anything, because it didn't seem as though there was anything that could be done to change them. After all, you're a part of Amazon, and it wouldn't have been fair for me to think that you could be something that you're not. But then I found someone else, someone who shares so many of the same interests as me. Someone that fits me better than you do.

Don't get me wrong, you're impressive. I can buy almost anything from you guys. At first you were really into books, but then you took on the world, and it seems like that has worked out well for you. But over the years I've found myself wanting something more personal, like a local bookstore, instead of, say, a global mall. I mean, you have algorithms, Audible. Algorithms. I realize that is all fancy and technical, but you give me book recommendations based on a mathematics equation. provides recommendations from real, independent booksellers. Human beings.

And I couldn't shake the fact that by buying from you, I'd be lining the pockets of a handful of wealthy people and stockholders who have, at the bottom line, no interest in supporting the community I live in. Where are they? Do they even read audiobooks? With, I'm able to buy audiobooks through my local bookstore. I'm supporting the business owned by people I actually know and care about. I love my community, and I want to support it.

Audible, it's not you, it's me. Like I said, I couldn't expect you to be anything other than who you are. But gets me, so I'm going to have to say goodbye.

A Bookstore Supporter
(This letter was first seen on tattered

Signed First Editions Club
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A false king has seized Camelot's throne, sentencing Tedros, the true king, to death. While Agatha, narrowly escapes the same fate, Sophie is caught in King Rhian's trap. With her wedding to Rhian approaching, she's forced to play a dangerous game as her friends' lives hang in the balance.

All the while, King Rhian's dark plans for Camelot are taking shape. Now the students of the School for Good and Evil must find a way to restore Tedros to the throne before their stories-and the future of the Endless Woods-are rewritten . . . forever.

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February New Releases
General & Historical Fiction
The Only Woman in the Room The Last Romantics  by Tara Conklin (signed copy!)

When the renowned poet Fiona Skinner is asked about the inspiration behind her iconic work,  The Love Poem, she tells her audience a story about her family and a betrayal that reverberates through time.

It begins in a big yellow house with a funeral, an iron poker, and a brief variation forever known as the Pause: a free and feral summer in a middle-class Connecticut town. Caught between the predictable life they once led and an uncertain future that stretches before them, the Skinner siblings-fierce Renee, sensitive Caroline, golden boy Joe and watchful Fiona-emerge from the Pause staunchly loyal and deeply connected.  Two decades later, the siblings find themselves once again confronted with a family crisis that tests the strength of these bonds and forces them to question the life choices they've made and ask what, exactly, they will do for love. 

A sweeping yet intimate epic about one American family,  The Last Romantics is an unforgettable exploration of the ties that bind us together, the responsibilities we embrace and the duties we resent, and how we can lose-and sometimes rescue-the ones we love. A novel that pierces the heart and lingers in the mind, it is also a beautiful meditation on the power of stories-how they navigate us through difficult times, help us understand the past, and point the way toward our future.

 William Morrow 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.99

Finding Dorothy Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts 

Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband's masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank's passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book-because she's the only one left who knows its secrets.

But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of "Over the Rainbow," Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story, from her youth as a suffragette's daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz . Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her-the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.

The author of two  New York Times  bestselling nonfiction books, The Eighty-Dollar Champion  and  The Perfect Horse , Elizabeth Letts is a master at discovering and researching a rich historical story and transforming it into a page-turner. Finding Dorothy  is the result of Letts's journey into the amazing lives of Frank and Maud Baum. Written as fiction but based closely on the truth, Elizabeth Letts's new book tells a story of love, loss, inspiration, and perseverance, set in America's heartland.

Ballantine Books 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $28.00

Learning to See Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America by Elise Hooper 

In 1918, a fearless twenty-two-year old arrives in bohemian San Francisco from the Northeast, determined to make her own way as an independent woman. Renaming herself Dorothea Lange she is soon the celebrated owner of the city's most prestigious and stylish portrait studio and wife of the talented but volatile painter, Maynard Dixon.

By the early 1930s, as America's economy collapses, her marriage founders and Dorothea must find ways to support her two young sons single-handedly. Determined to expose the horrific conditions of the nation's poor, she takes to the road with her camera, creating images that inspire, reform, and define the era. And when the United States enters World War II, Dorothea chooses to confront another injustice-the incarceration of thousands of innocent Japanese Americans.

At a time when women were supposed to keep the home fires burning, Dorothea Lange, creator of the most iconic photographs of the 20 th century, dares to be different. But her choices came at a steep price...

HarperCollins 2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $15.99

The Forgiving Kind The Forgiving Kind by Donna Everhart 

For twelve-year-old Martha "Sonny" Creech, there is no place more beautiful than her family's cotton farm. She, her two brothers, and her parents work hard on their land-hoeing, planting, picking-but only Sonny loves the rich, dark earth the way her father does. When a tragic accident claims his life, her stricken family struggles to fend off ruin-until their rich, reclusive neighbor offers to help finance that year's cotton crop. 
Sonny is dismayed when her mama accepts Frank Fowler's offer; even more so when Sonny's best friend, Daniel, points out that the man has ulterior motives. Sonny has a talent for divining water-an ability she shared with her father and earns her the hated nickname "water witch" in school. But uncanny as that skill may be, it won't be enough to offset Mr. Fowler's disturbing influence in her world. Even her bond with Daniel begins to collapse under the weight of Mr. Fowler's bigoted taunts. Though she tries to bury her misgivings for the sake of her mama's happiness, Sonny doesn't need a willow branch to divine that a reckoning is coming, bringing with it heartache, violence-and perhaps, a fitting and surprising measure of justice.

Kensington 2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $15.95

Send Down the Rain Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin 

Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family's beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future-until a cherished person from her past returns.

Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. A man of character and strength, he instinctively steps in to help them get back to their home in Florida. There he will return to his own hometown-and witness the accident that launches a bittersweet reunion with his childhood sweetheart, Allie.

When Joseph offers to help Allie rebuild her restaurant, it seems the flame may reignite-until a forty-five-year-old secret begins to emerge, threatening to destroy all hope for their second chance at love.

In Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin proves himself to be a storyteller of great wisdom and compassion who bears witness to the dreams we cherish, the struggles we face, and the strengths we must summon when life seems to threaten what we hold most dear.

Thomas Nelson Publishers 2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $16.99

American Pop American Pop by Snowden Wright 

The story of a family.
The story of an empire. 
The story of a nation.

Moving from Mississippi to Paris to New York and back again, a saga of family, ambition, passion, and tragedy that brings to life one unforgettable Southern dynasty-the Forsters, founders of the world's first major soft-drink company-against the backdrop of more than a century of American cultural history. 

The child of immigrants, Houghton Forster has always wanted more-from his time as a young boy in Mississippi, working twelve-hour days at his father's drugstore; to the moment he first laid eyes on his future wife, Annabelle Teague, a true Southern belle of aristocratic lineage; to his invention of the delicious fizzy drink that would transform him from tiller boy into the founder of an empire, the Panola Cola Company, and entice a youthful, enterprising nation entering a hopeful new age.

Now the heads of a preeminent American family spoken about in the same breath as the Hearsts and the Rockefellers, Houghton and Annabelle raise their four children with the expectation they'll one day become world leaders. The burden of greatness falls early on eldest son Montgomery, a handsome and successful politician who has never recovered from the horrors and heartbreak of the Great War. His younger siblings Ramsey and Lance, known as the "infernal twins," are rivals not only in wit and beauty, but in their utter carelessness with the lives and hearts of others. Their brother Harold, as gentle and caring as the twins can be cruel, is slowed by a mental disability-and later generations seem equally plagued by misfortune, forcing Houghton to seriously consider who should control the company after he's gone.

An irresistible tour de force of original storytelling,  American Pop blends fact and fiction, the mundane and the mythical, and utilizes techniques of historical reportage to capture how, in Nathaniel Hawthorne's words, "families are always rising and falling in America," and to explore the many ways in which nostalgia can manipulate cultural memory-and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves.

William Morrow 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The City in the Middle of the Night The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders 

"If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams... And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives."

January is a dying planet--divided between a permanently frozen darkness on one side, and blazing endless sunshine on the other. Humanity clings to life, spread across two archaic cities built in the sliver of habitable dusk.

But life inside the cities is just as dangerous as the uninhabitable wastelands outside.
Sophie, a student and reluctant revolutionary, is supposed to be dead, after being exiled into the night. Saved only by forming an unusual bond with the enigmatic beasts who roam the ice, Sophie vows to stay hidden from the world, hoping she can heal.

But fate has other plans--and Sophie's ensuing odyssey and the ragtag family she finds will change the entire world.

Tor Books 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.99

Unexampled Courage Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring by Richard Gergel 

On February 12, 1946, Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a returning, decorated African American veteran, was removed from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, South Carolina, after he challenged the bus driver's disrespectful treatment of him. Woodard, in uniform, was arrested by the local police chief, Lynwood Shull, and beaten and blinded while in custody.

President Harry Truman was outraged by the incident. He established the first presidential commission on civil rights and his Justice Department filed criminal charges against Shull. In July 1948, following his commission's recommendation, Truman ordered an end to segregation in the U.S. armed forces. An all-white South Carolina jury acquitted Shull, but the presiding judge, J. Waties Waring, was conscience-stricken by the failure of the court system to do justice by the soldier. Waring described the trial as his "baptism of fire," and began issuing major civil rights decisions from his Charleston courtroom, including his 1951 dissent in Briggs v. Elliott declaring public school segregation per se unconstitutional. Three years later, the Supreme Court adopted Waring's language and reasoning in Brown v. Board of Education. Richard Gergel's Unexampled Courage details the impact of the blinding of Sergeant Woodard on the racial awakening of President Truman and Judge Waring, and traces their influential roles in changing the course of America's civil rights history.

 Sarah Crichton Books 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.00

What If It's True?: A Storyteller's Journey with Jesus What If It's True?: A Storyteller's Journey with Jesus by Charles Martin 

Years ago, Martin cracked open his Bible and began wrestling with a few fundamental questions. He asked, "What if every single word of Scripture is absolutely true and I can trust it? How do I respond? Something in me should change, but what? How?" This book is the result of that exploration.

Writing as our guide, he uses a storyteller's imagination to illuminate key moments from the Scriptures, primarily from the life and ministry of Jesus. In addition, Martin shares key moments from his own journey as a disciple-and bondservant-of Christ and a mentor to others. The result is a striking exploration of truth that helps us not just think differently, but live differently. Today.

 Thomas Nelson Publishers 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $24.99

Our Towns Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows
(Greenville is featured!)

For five years, James and Deborah Fallows have travelled across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, the America they saw is acutely conscious of its problems-from economic dislocation to the opioid scourge-but it is also crafting solutions, with a practical-minded determination at dramatic odds with the bitter paralysis of national politics. At times of dysfunction on a national level, reform possibilities have often arisen from the local level. The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams, and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. Our Towns  is the story of their journey-and an account of a country busy remaking itself.

 Vintage Books 2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $16.95

Children's Fiction
Eric Carle's Book of Many Things Eric Carle's Book of Many Things by Eric Carle 

Children will have hours of fun learning first words and first concepts in this beautiful book from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. From things in the garden to things you can eat, from numbers to shapes, from colors to feelings, this is the perfect way for little ones to learn what they need to navigate their busy worlds.

 World of Eric Carle 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $16.99

Good Egg The Good Egg  by Jory John (Signed copy!)

Meet the good egg. He's a verrrrrry good egg indeed.

But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol' rotten.

As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect.

So, he decides enough is enough! It's time for him to make a change...

Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those who we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten).

Perfect for reading aloud and shared story time!

HarperCollins 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $18.99

Hush Little Bunny Hush, Little Bunny  by David Ezra Stein (Signed copy!)

Come, little bunny, don't be shy . . .

"Hush Little Baby" is a lullaby that parents have sung to their children for generations. Now Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein has reimagined the classic featuring an irresistible papa bunny and his little one.

This new classic is the perfect gift for Easter, baby showers, Father's Day, and all year long

Balzer & Bray 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $18.99

Young Adult
King of Scars King of Scars  by Leigh Bardugo (signed copy!)

Face your demons...or feed them.

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country's bloody civil war-and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka's coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren't meant to stay buried-and some wounds aren't meant to heal.

Imprint 2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $20.99

On the Come Up On the Come Up  by Angie Thomas (signed copy!)

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill.

But it's hard to get your come up when you're labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral...for all the wrong reasons.

Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn't just want to make it-she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.  

Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn't always free.

Balzer & Bray 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $19.99

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Volunteer Picks
Brent Recommends...
The Night Agent The Night Agent by Matthew Quirk
This is literally a stay-up late, can't put it down action thriller. Peter Sutherland is an FBI agent whose career is tainted by the sins of his father, but guided by his own strong sense of right and wrong. When he receives a panic-stricken call from a young woman named Rose on a secret FBI hot line, he has no idea of the challenges he will soon be facing, or how the decisions he must make will test his moral codes. Sutherland is an approachable and honest character, not imbibed by the author with superhuman strengths or abilities. The story is intricate and fast-paced, yet still feels legitimate and real. I really liked this book and expect it will be a runaway best seller!

William Morrow 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99

Jackie Recommends...
The Lost Man The Lost Man by Jane Harper
Jane Harper has again created characters who are rife with flaws. Some unforgivable, but all very real and pervasive in the world. The characters are so engaging you will find yourself hoping for a certain outcome in the plot. Don't kid yourself, you will never guess where this plot is headed. The pictures painted of the remote cattle ranches in Australia gave me chills. The isolation between the brothers is so extreme, you can fool yourself into thinking it is all geographic. The legacy of abuse in families is addressed baldly and honestly. Nathan's voice tells the story in the manner of an artist layering paint. Each layer reveals more of the story and the small actions that brought the family to this point. I loved every page of this book.

Flatiron 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $27.99

The Good Daughter The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
I have been a huge Karin Slaughter fan since her first book. I love the Grant County and Will Trent series and always eagerly await the next book. I loved the last stand alone and think this book is even better. The dynamic between sisters, parents, spouses and the rural town population is portrayed with chilling reality. The physical damage to children and the lasting impacts of such are so real in this book it will give you chills. I find that I enjoy meeting new characters in the stand alone books as the depth of personality is so well portrayed very early in the book.

William Morrow 2019 - Format: Paperback - Price: $16.99

Nancy M. Recommends...
Reckoning The Reckoning by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
The Reckoning is crime fiction at its darkest. The story opens with the rape and murder of an 8yo girl and it doesn't lighten up until justice or revenge, as the case may be, is finally meted out. A time capsule unburied after 10 years reveals the disturbed threats of a then 12 year old boy. About the same time the body of an unknown man with both hands sawed off is discovered. Detective Huldar, who has been demoted because of behavior during his last grisly murder case is not given the murder case but rather the investigation into the note found in the time capsule. He immediately involves child psychologist Freyja hoping for insights into the mind of a 12 year old and hope of patching up their relationship. The Icelandic setting, corruption in the justice system, and the flawed main characters all work together to make a mesmerizing police procedural with a double whammy of an ending.

Minotaur Books 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99

Hunting Party The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
The Hunting Party takes you on a wonderful journey through the wilderness of Scotland. Rich with details... I felt like I was there! But don't be fooled by its beauty. There is evil outside of this luxury lodge and when one guest loses his life, the games begin. College friends meet annually for a New Year's Eve bash and this time, murder is the main event.

William Morrow 2019 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99

The Silent Patient The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson has been locked in a mental hospital for the criminally insane ever since she was convicted of killing her husband 6 years earlier. She did not say a word during her trial and has not uttered a word in the 6 years since. Theo Faber is a psycho-therapist who has been interested in Alicia's case since he first heard about it on TV. When a position comes open at The Grove, the hospital where she is incarcerated, Theo applies for the position convinced he can get Alicia to speak again. The story starts slowly as Theo tries to peel back the layers of Alicia's life and starts gathering information from friends and relatives that might help him understand why Alicia did what she did, and allow him to get through to her somehow. As Theo patiently talks to Alicia in session after session, she seems to slowly start to respond. Then, out of the blue, we are thrown suddenly into a story that we could not have imagined and given an ending with a twist that defies belief... until you realize that the facts were there all of the time. If you are fascinated with psychology and the human mind as I am, this is a debut novel you will definitely not want to miss.

Celadon Books - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.99

Staff Picks
Jill Recommends...
Essentialism Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Many of us get so busy with our day-to-day lives and all the stuff we 'have' to do that we lose sight of what's most important to us in life. Many times we jump straight to 'how will I fit that in' without first even considering whether it's something meaningful for us to be doing. We forget we even have the option of saying 'No'. I loved this book so much I'm considering starting a bookclub around it. If you're interested in participating, just let me know.

Crown Publishers, Inc. 2014 - Format: Hardcover - Price: $26.00

Brave_ Not Perfect Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder
Although acquaintances may think me brave (I started my own business and I rock climb for fun), I identified deeply with the personal insecurities, fears, and foibles Reshma shared in her book Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder. Though she focuses just on the female gender, I think everyone could learn from this book and hope it's message gets shared wide and far. 

Currency - Format: Hardcover - Price: $25.00

Melissa Recommends...
Girls Made of Snow and Glass Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust 
Mina is a girl with a glass heart who has been told by her father her whole life that she's incapable of loving or being loved. Lynet is a girl made of snow who has been told by her father her whole life that she's just like her mother. Mina wants to be queen; Lynet's father is king. Both must figure out who they are and decide whether they will choose their own destiny or let others choose for them. Told in alternating points of view between Lynet and Mina, this Snow White retelling will appeal to any fan of fairy tales, but especially to those who love getting to know the villains better like in the movie Maleficent.

Flatiron 2018  - Format: Paperback - Price: $10.99

Goose Egg The Goose Egg by Liz Wong 
Elephant Henrietta loves her quiet time. When she finds herself taking care of a baby goose, though, all of that quiet disappears, until the baby goose learns to fly and goes off on her own. Then Henrietta realizes that as much as she missed her quiet time, she missed her baby goose even more. A perfect gift for a new parent or grandparent.

Knopf Books for Young Readers 2019  - Format: Hardcover - Price: $17.99

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