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September 2022 Book News

Virtual Author Event with Sourcebooks!


Sept. 6 @ 7:00 PM


You’re Invited!

Want to hear authors talk about their upcoming books? Join the Sourcebooks virtual Fall preview to hear about some of the season’s most exciting titles!


*TLB will have books in stock!

Click here to register for this virtual event!

Author Event


Join us Tuesday, 9/27, at 1:00 PM as we welcome local author John Musgrove to talk about his novel Ginter's Pope.


Thoroughly researched and beautifully told as an #OwnVoices narrative, Ginter's Pope is a historical fiction novel revealing the previously unknown personal life of Richmond's most famous benefactor, Lewis Ginter, and his one true love, John Pope. (from Ingram ipage)

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September Story Time


Join us Friday, 9/16 at 11:30 for a story and a craft!

Book Club News


We've had a great response to the restart of TLB's Book Club! Information for October's book selection and meetings are below...

Book: Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

The masterful story of a lifelong friendship between two very different women with shared histories and buried secrets, tested in the twilight of their lives, set across the arc of the 20th century. (pub. mkting.)

Amazing reviews!  This is a TLB favorite.


Dates: 

Wed., 10/12 at 1:00 PM or

Tues, 10/18 at 6:30 PM


Deadline to sign-up is Friday, 9/16Participants are asked to purchase the book from The Little Bookshop, no exceptions...the goal is to shop small! If you have previously purchased this book from our store, please let us know. You will need to purchase the book in order to confirm your sign-up. You can pay for the book in-store or by calling 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: info@thelittlebookshopva.com.

Banned Books Week is September 18th-24th


Stop by TLB to learn more!



New in Fiction

Available 9/6

Thriller


"The writing is witty and original, and the plot is unpredictable...Raybourn vividly evokes a number of far-flung locations while keeping readers on their toes trying to figure out what's going to happen next. A unique examination of womanhood as well as a compelling, complex mystery."

--Kirkus (starred review)

Available 9/13

Mystery


"If you enjoy both Stanley Tucci's Searching for Italy and Murder She Wrote, then read Murder on the Vine by Camilla Trinchieri. Delicious Italian food and wine wrapped up in a vibrant mystery complete with a dogged ex-NYPD detective and a loyal dog. Salute!"

--Carlene O'Connor, USA Today Bestselling author of the Irish Village mysteries

Available 9/20

Mystery


"Bestseller Osman's diverting third Thursday Murder Club mystery (after 2021's The Man Who Lived Twice) delivers laughs along with a nicely woven plot....The pace is breezy, the characters are intelligent and varied in their interests and backgrounds, and the humor is often pitched to readers who understand the vagaries of getting older. Osman reliably entertains."

--Publishers Weekly

Available 9/13

Literary ficiton


"Richly observed . . . A tale of aspiration, disappointment, and familial dysfunction spread across a vast historic panorama . . . McEwan's imagination delivers plenty of family secrets and reflects on 'so many lessons unlearned' in a world that's clearly wobbling off its axis." --Kirkus Reviews [★ starred review]

Available 9/20

Literary fiction


"Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favorite writers. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages are a miraculous achievement." --Ann Patchett


"Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue." --Hilary Mantel

Available 9/27

Literary fiction


A breathtaking new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anxious People and A Man Called OveThe Winners returns to the close-knit, resilient community of Beartown for a story about first loves, second chances, and last goodbyes. (Ingram ipage)

Available 9/27

Fantasy


"Novik puts a refreshingly dark, adult spin on the magical boarding school. . . . A must-read for fantasy fans." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Saving the world is a test no school of magic can prepare you for in the triumphant conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate

Available 9/6

Literary fiction


"A vivid depiction of the harsh manners and rigid expectations for women within ducal courts in 16th-century Italy . . . O'Farrell is a marvelous stylist, and The Marriage Portrait is full of the same kinds of intense details that made Hamnet come alive. Her characters are captivating and believable, and the landscape of Renaissance Italy is a veritable gift to the senses, so powerfully does O'Farrell evoke the sights, sounds and smells of forest, castle and barnyard." --BookPage, [starred review]

Available 9/27

Literary/historical fiction


[A] glittering foray into London's post-WWI Soho...Atkinson's incisive prose and byzantine narrative elegantly excavate the deceit, depravity, and destruction of Nellie's world. She also turns this rich historical into a sophisticated cat-and-mouse tale as the various actors try to move in on Nellie's turf. Atkinson is writing at the top of her game.

-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Available 9/6

Historical fiction


A riveting tale of intrigue and illusion, danger and historical mystery, but at its heart the story of one woman's struggle to escape her own past. While using her remarkable skills to help captured soldiers, Fenna finds herself face-to-face with what she loves most and what she fears most, trapped in a place where each decision she makes could unlock the paths to freedom and a future... or death. -- Lisa Wingate #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

New in Nonfiction

Available 9/13

History


"Riveting . . . This is another engrossing tale of WWII intrigue from a master of the genre." --Publishers Weekly


"A mixture of derring-do and a vivid, warts-and-all portrayal of the iconic castle." --Kirkus Reviews

Available 9/13

Humor/Trivia


It's an absolute delight! It's the coolest way to learn how the world actually works. --Hank Green (on the Dear Hank & John podcast)


"A delight for science geeks with a penchant for oddball thought experiments." -- Kirkus

Available 9/6

Biography


"Reading [ One Hundred Saturdays] is like watching an artist piece together a mosaic. A splash of blue sea here. A mother's song over there. The smell of Purim pastries. The flash of first love... Maira Kalman's illustrations, heavily influenced by Matisse with their deceptive simplicity, rich colors and delicate textures, are perfect complements to Levi's story, portraying vanished scenes from life on Rhodes before the Holocaust. Together with the text of Frank's beautiful book, they create a sensitive portrait of an extraordinary woman." --BookPage

Available 9/13

History


"Stephen Crane famously discovered 'the rage of conflict' while watching a college football game. For Buzz Bissinger, football is no metaphor; it is the way into one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Deeply researched, told with extraordinary empathy and verve, The Mosquito Bowl will break your heart." -- Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award winning author of In the Heart of the Sea and Travels with George

Available 9/13

Memoir


"Luminous... Riveting... it's Totenberg's writing about the personal hardships they overcame together-including the death of Totenberg's first husband, Sen. Floyd Haskell, and Ginsburg's bouts with colon, pancreatic, and lung cancer-that imbues her narrative with emotional depth, making this portrait of friendship all the more captivating. Readers are sure to be charmed." -- Publishers Weekly

Available 9/6

True crime


"The combination of a baffling unsolved crime with a nuanced portrayal of an American icon adds up to another winner for this talented author." -Publishers Weekly (starred)


"[Stashower] deftly sets Ness' battles against institutional antagonists against an engagingly told, suspenseful account of the search for a notorious killer...riveting and illuminating." -Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Available 9/13

Biography


"Entertaining...[A] revealing and vibrant look at the critical contributions women have made to the CIA." -Publishers Weekly

"Holt returns with another intriguing collective history of an overlooked group of women...[Her] dedication to making her five main characters stand out and come fully to life is to be lauded. With a rich, always relevant subject, Holt's latest is a good choice for book groups." -Booklist

Available 9/13

Cooking


"'Eat with the seasons. Use mostly whole foods. And, above all else, share!' enjoins food blogger Karadsheh in her vibrant debut, a generous trove of go-to recipes steeped in the Mediterranean's diverse culinary traditions . . . This is as full of flavor as it is hospitality." --Publishers Weekly

New in Young Adult

Available 9/6

Mystery 


Enola Holmes, Sherlock's much younger, and feistier, sister, returns in an adventure of a confused young Baronet's daughter who is on the run from her father's devious schemes in Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escapade. (Ingram ipage)

Available 9/13

Fantasy


After the discovery of a murderous curse, Evangaline Fox once again enters into a tenuous partnership with Jacks, the Prince of Hearts, and to break the spell they go on a journey of magic, mystery, and possible heartbreak. (Ingram ipage)

Available 9/27

Nonfiction/biography


Discover the courageous kids who aimed high and made a difference! Every great scientist, activist, writer, and inventor started out as a child with a dream. With illustrations by Vesna Asanovic, Jennifer Calvert's Teen Trailblazers: 30 Daring Boys Whose Dreams Changed the World explores the stories of 30 of these remarkable kids, whose passions led to lifesaving medical treatments, revolutionary inventions, and history-making achievements. (Ingram ipage)

Available 9/20

Thriller


Giles's harrowing dystopian novel combines an exploration of capitalistic greed and systemic racism and oppression with gripping psychological horror, resulting in a read that is guaranteed to terrify. --Publishers Weekly

Available 9/20

Fantasy


"Delivers a knockout punch. Ireland mingles an in-depth understanding of human nature with a wildly ambitious reimagining of the Depression era, balancing matters of race, gender, and sexuality in this thoroughly unique perspective of historical magical fantasy." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

New in Middle Grade

Available 9/6

Ages 9-12

Social themes/friendship


The escape-from-the-lab premise is a favorite within the animal-fantasy genre, but Sorosiak keeps it fresh in her latest endeavor. . . this sweetspirited adventure will easily find fans.

--Booklist

Available 9/27

Ages 7-10

Graphic novel/humor


New York Times bestsellers and sewer surfing super-sleuths Mango & Brash are back in InvestiGators: Heist and Seek, the sixth volume in John Patrick Green's smash hit series. (Ingram ipage)

Available 9/13

Ages 8-12

Adventure


"When mouse siblings Violet and Jobie are trapped and rehomed from their comfortable human habitat to the state park, they are completely out of their element. . . . Fortunately, older, wiser mouse Zolian offers key advice and expands their appreciation of the wild world with a sense of fun. . . . As with all good survival stories, the mice learn by trial and error and by paying attention to their environment. . . . A marvelous heroic journey." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Available 9/13

Ages 9-12

Fantasy


Action-packed and full of imaginative worldbuilding, the story's stakes are palpable. Readers will enjoy spotting literary references to works such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and A Wrinkle in Time.-- Kirkus Reviews

Available 9/20

Ages 8-12

Social themes/adventure


* "Harrington packs her memorably atmospheric debut with compelling issues, but her sharply felt portrayals of two vulnerable youngsters of different species bonding as they find their ways in hostile worlds will make the deepest impression. Tugs on ethical sensibilities and heartstrings with equal strength." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Available 9/20

Ages 8-12

Social themes/animals


Based on the Monterey Bay Aquarium and its otter rescue and fostering program, this gorgeous story is told in flowing free verse that slips by as silkily as an otter in water. ... Told almost entirely from Odder's perspective, imparting dreamy observations of the natural and human worlds from an animal's point of view. Handsome black-and-white illustrations...punctuate the verses... A stunning study of a remarkable and resilient sea creature. -- Booklist, starred review

Available 9/27

Ages 10-14

Historical fiction


"Alexander weaves a breathtaking tale that is ripe with the juxtaposing emotions that come with any coming-of-age story. Through Alexander's verse, readers are reminded of the beauty and unbounded richness that Ghana and her people have to offer...Alexander has written a masterpiece, one that powerfully and truthfully gives agency to the Black voices of the past. Profound and important reading."-- Booklist

Available 9/27

Ages 8-12

Social themes/family


"Henkes' third book centered on the Miller family--after the Newbery Honor The Year of Billy Miller and Billy Miller Makes a Wish --follows Billy's 4-year-old sister, Sal. . . . Sal's New Year's Day has plenty of big moments of misunderstanding--and understanding. . . . Henkes' keen awareness of the ways it is hard and constantly revelatory to be a child gives this simple family story a sense of heart and happiness. . . . Delightfully superb." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Available 9/20

Ages 8-12

Nonfiction/sports


"This attention-getting graphic delight is sure to be a kid magnet."-- "Booklist"


Relive iconic moments from Michael Jordan, Jackie Robinson, Simone Biles, Team USA Hockey, and more through illustrated replays of 25 of the greatest moments in sports (Ingram ipage)

New in Picture Books

Available 9/6

Ages 4-8


The Crayons want to go trick-or-treating, but they're not sure what to say! In a humorous Halloween story, Purple Crayon teaches the rest of the crayon box the magic words to say when they ring their neighbors' doorbells. (Hint: It's NOT Boo!)

Available now

Ages 2-5


Part lullaby, part love song, this perfectly pitched bedtime book gives a nod to its classic predecessors as it champions the vibrant independent spirit of local bookstores. (Ingram ipage)

Available 9/13

Ages 5-8


Explore the wonders and beauties of the ocean's kelp forests in this latest addition to the acclaimed Over and Under series. (Ingram ipage)

Available 9/27

Nonfiction, Ages 6-8


Blends expert research with beautiful illustrations, allowing readers to absorb a vast amount of information in just 48 pages . . . A fascinating, easy-to-understand primer for anyone curious about horses. -- Kirkus

Available 9/27

Ages 3-7


Thanks to DiCamillo's quirky and endearing characters and subtle use of scene, [this story] feels like a bit of Christmas magic. . . . This celebration of community lit from the spark of just one joyful child anchors this familiar, warm story. . . . Has to be said: It hits all the right notes.

--Kirkus Reviews

Available 9/6

Ages 3-5


"Willems' spare illustrations put the spotlight right where it belongs, on the Pigeon's incredibly expressive body language, flapping and flopping through the comic panels. The Pigeon is one multifaceted bird, and this latest is one of the best in Willems' flock of Pigeon adventures." -- Booklist, Starred Review

Available 9/13

Ages 3-5


A love letter to the joys of country living and family life as well as the importance of treasuring the past and all its stories."-- School Library Journal, starred review

Available 9/6

Ages 4-7


Grimes crafts an outstanding story igniting a passion for play while mirroring its relationship to authentic work and the fundamental elements of true productivity: lunch, naptime, and winning -- School Library Journal, STARRED review

Available 9/20

Ages 4-7


Hey, Bruce!, Bruce the bear experiences . . . well, whatever readers want him to. Bruce's life is what YOU, the reader, make it in this special interactive addition to the award-winning Mother Bruce series. (Ingram ipage)

Available 9/27

Ages 4-8


Embrace individuality and being your authentic self in this companion to New York Times bestsellers I Am Human and I Am Love! (Ingram ipage)

Available 9/6

Ages 0-5


Pookie and Mom get ready to welcome the whole family for Thanksgiving in this gentle and captivating board book from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton. (Ingram ipage)

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