Shelf Recommendations: Orange You Glad You Love Books?

It's officially Spring! We decided to start the season off some fantastic books that have orange covers. We know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but these picks are gorgeous and great reads! 

a Separation by katie kitamura

A young woman decides with her consistently faithless husband that they should separate. However, they are unable to reveal their separation to their friends and family. This is complicated when he goes missing in Greece and she needs to fly across the world to find him. Through her search, she finds she knows less about the man she used to love than she thought possible. This novel is gripping and will leave you reading until the last page. 

lucky boy by Shanthi sekaram

The story of one boy, Ignacio, who is spilt between two loving mothers. His biological mother, eighteen-year-old Solimar, is bright and optimistic as she embarks on a dangerous mission across the United State-Mexico border. When she is placed in an immigration detention facility, her son is put under the care of Kavya. Kavya is a beautiful woman from Berkley who is successful in her work and marriage. Unfortunately, she had been struggling with starting a family. So, when she has Ignacio under her loving care, she becomes the mother she always wanted to be. This is a beautiful story of two women and one boy who is everything to them. 

this is how it always is by Laurie Frankel 

Claude is five years old and he is the youngest of five brothers. He loves to eat peanut butter sandwiches and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, he wants to be a girl. His parents, Rosie and Penn, support Claude and want him to be whoever he wants to be. However, they keep this secret amongst the family, until one day it is revealed to the world. This is a novel about family, love, acceptance, dreams. transformations, fairy tales, and the difficulty of change. This is a beautiful novel you should put on your to-be-read. 

perfect little world by Kevin Wilson

Izzy met Dr. Preston Grind after she graduated from high school. Izzy was pregnant with her art teacher's child. She knows she will be a good mother but is struggling with money and family support. Dr. Grind is a child psychologist and has been formulating a new study that he thinks Izzy will be interested in. He wants to create the 'perfect little world.' His experiment would require parents to raise their children collectively without revealing who their biological parents are. Throughout the experiment, Izzy begins to form feelings for Dr. Grind, which makes her question her participation in the study. A unique novel about love and family. 

autumn by Ali Smith

Autumn is a rich and beautiful novel about the meaning of worth in our lives. This is her first installment in her Seasonal quartet. In these four novels, Smith will be exploring themes of identity, connection, change. A story of aging. time, love throughout the years. 

infinite home by Kathleen Alcott

Edith, a widow, rents her Brooklyn apartment to people in need of shelter. Her tenants are struggling to navigate their lives, struggling spiritually, physically, and mentally. The apartment building is a sanctuary for Edith and her residents, but as she gets older, her son threatens to evict her from the building. A story of the strong relationships between strangers and the unlikely bond built between them. 

Have a wonderful day and happy reading! 

-Maddie

 

Shelf Recommendations: Women's History Month

It's already March!  In honor of Women's History Month, we want to recommend some fantastic stories that highlight strong female voices. "Women hold up half the sky," and we believe that to be true. Make sure to think about all of the courageous and groundbreaking women who paved the way for us! 

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrations:  Shadra Strickland

This gorgeous book by acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell captures the story of Richard and Mildred Loving. Mildred and Richard fell in love as teenagers, but their relationship fought to survive amidst segregation and prejudice in Caroline County, Virginia in 1955. This story follows their experience fighting for love and recognition at the center of the Supreme Court case that finally legalized marriage between races. Their love fought the cruel and prejudice system and won proving that love persists and prevails. 

The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future by  Fawzia Koofi with Nadene Ghouri

Fawzia Koofi was left by her mother after birth to die. She was the nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan. Against all odds, she survived. She rose above the oppressive Russian and Taliban regimes and the abuse of her family. She persisted and became the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. In a collection of letters, she wrote to her two daughters before she went on trips for her career, she describes the reasons for why she is fighting. The freedom and the future she wants for them and the women of Afghanistan. 

Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman by Mary Mann Hamilton

Mary Mann Hamilton (1866 - c.1936), was a fearless pioneer woman. In this first-person account, Hamilton recounts her experiences of taming the American South. She persisted and fought against the formidable forces of nature. She is fearless and fiercely dedicated to her work and husband Frank. Sure to delight lovers of both nonfiction and fiction with her beautiful prose and tumultuous life. 

Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder

During the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb, the coach of the collegiate basketball team, The Cardinals, was in search of strong young women to recruit for the team. The Cardinals soon became a  formidable team and the women grew an unimaginable bond. They began to win every game and soon found themselves in a competition with the national champions. A story of sacrifice, loyalty, and perseverance; this historical account will not disappoint.  

Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books by Christine Woodside

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books have been influential for children and adults alike teaching them of the prairie life and experience. However, little associate the stories told within the series with the woman who wrote them. In this book, Woodside collects the story behind the books. She employs fantastic literary detective work and creates a book that explores the life of Ingalls and her daughter, Rose. A definite for any book lover! 

Here We Are Feminism for the Real World With Nova Ren Suma, Malinda Lo, Brandy Colbert, Courtney Summers, and many more 

The perfect collection for young women! This scrapbook-style collection is a great guide for teenage girls. There are essays, illustrations, poems, lists, and much more. This collection contains discussions on feminism, social media, and society. The perfect way to introduce feminism to the young women in your life! 

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

This memoir is a collection of stories from Maxine Hong Kingston's childhood in California. Kingston weaves together autobiography and Chinese folklore in a seamless way to create a moving story that brings elements of culture and personal narrative that is sure to leave a lasting impression. 

Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

An important and eye-opening look into the Washingtons. This historical account follows the story of Ona Judge, one of George Washington's slaves,  who fled the nation's capital to reach her freedom. George Washington, living in the temporary capital, Pennsylvania, could not comply with the law requiring slave owners to set their slaves free. Ona Judge, after she experienced the free North, knew she needed to escape to New England. Dunbar creates a powerful tale of how one woman risked everything for freedom. 

Our Auntie Rosa: Remembering the Life and Lessons of the Real Rosa Parks bySheila McCauley Keys & Eddie B. Allen Jr.

Rosa Parks was a warrior in the fight for freedom and equality. In this book, Rosa Park's family collects personal remembrances from her life. There are reflections, photos, and letters that pay tribute to everything that Rosa Park's did in her battle for social justice. This is a fantastic read for anyone who wants to gain more insight into one of our country's most famous historical figures.

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by  Dava Sobel

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Harvard Observatory began to hire women. Sobel creates an inspirational collection of letters, memoirs, and diaries to uncover the women who pushed society's expectations of women. Their hidden stories are now uncovered through Sobel's work and tell the accounts of these scientific pioneers that reached for the stars and discerned what they were made of. 

Nevertheless, they persisted. 

Happy Reading! 

-Maddie

 

Our March Customer of the Month is Boo Ivey!

Say hello to our March Customer of the Month!

Check out our interview with Boo Ivey and learn about her shelf picks and reading habits! 

1. What books are on your shelf? 

BI: Books on my shelf at home include the list of 25 or so books included
for Bookshelf shelf display. In addition to those, are several
versions of the Bible (King James, NIV, Living Application Study Bible,
etc..to name a few), several Alexandra Stoddard books ( Living Beautifully
Together,  Things I Want My Daughters to Know
among others), Living La
Dolce Vita
by Raeleen D'Agostino Mautner, all 8 of Diana Gabaldon
Outlander series, all 3 of Steig Larson's Girl with Dragon Tatoo series,
In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil W. White, Shel Silverstein's A Light
in the Attic, Because of
Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, The Screwtape
Letters, C.S. Lewis, Saints and Sinners (a history of First Presbyterian
Church, Thomasville), Rosemary
by Kate Clifford Larson. So many others
too...my shelves runneth over.

2. Where is your favorite place to read? 

BI: I love reading everywhere...keep a book with me at all times, waiting at
doctor's office,etc...but my favorite place to read is sitting in a beach
chair on the edge of the water as the waves come in at the end of the day
as the sun is getting ready to set (after a full day of reading sitting on
the beach).

3. Were you always a reader? How have your reading preferences changed? 

BI: Always have loved books. Listening to my 5th grade teacher, Eula McGraw
read Island of the Blue Dolphins aloud to our class hooked me! After that,
read all of the Black Stallion series and anything horse or animal related
I could find. Being a teacher (and a parent) brought a true love of
children's literature. Over the years I do think my preferences have
broadened more than changed. Being in a book club opened me up to reading
a variety of genres...love biographies, enjoy time travel and some science
fiction, historical fiction. I tend to enjoy long, descriptive paragraphs
over a lot of dialogue.

4. What is more important to you, the characters or the plot? 

BI: I believe characters are more important to me than plot. As layers of a
character are slowly revealed, it's like opening a gift slowly,
especially when you are pleasantly surprised. For example, Ove, in A Man
Called Ove
 by Fredrik Backman.

5. What are you currently reading?

BI: I am currently reading a book my son handed me, Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.
Vance, and really enjoying it, fascinating actually.

Make sure to check out Boo's shelf in-store! 

-Maddie

Shelf Recommendations: book clubs

In honor of our third-annual book club fair, Tuesday, 1/31, 5-7 p.m.,  we have created a list of the books your book club should read this year. Please come and mingle with fellow book lovers and check out some awesome book clubs! We will also be debuting a new partnership with our friends over at Fuzzy Goat. Make sure to come out and enjoy the fun.

Popular in 2016

Commonwealth by Ann Patchet

This novel begins with an unexpected guest at a christening party and the consequences after a kiss between two married individuals. A story of the dissolution of their marriages and the merging of two families. What follows is a story that spans five decades, and explores themes of family, love, chance, and responsibility.

For fans of:  THE MOTHERS and MOONGLOW

Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb

Jonathan Rabb recently gave a shelf talk and book signing for his newest novel Among the Living. This novel is set in the American Post-War South in 1947 follows the experience of Yitzhak Goldah, a camp survivor, navigating his way in Savannah, Georgia. This novel explores identity and a sense of "home" and belonging. A great historical fiction novel for book clubs, especially if you live in the South.

For fans of: THE NIGHTINGALE and ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing takes place in eighteenth-century Ghana and follows two separated half-sisters, Effia and Esi. One sister is married to an Englishman who is a slaveholder, and the other is a slave imprisoned in the dungeons of her unknowing sister's palace. Another story that spans the lives of the characters. This novel covers events such as the American Civil War, the Great Migration and goes into the present day. Gyasi explores family, history, and change. This book will lead to a lot of conversation. 

For fans of: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and WE NEED NEW NAMES

Nine Women, One Dress  by Jane L. Rosen

A light, fun read about a little black dress that everyone is looking to wear. The novel follows the story of various women at different stages of their lives finding love and opportunity in New York City. From a Hollywood diva trying to make her Broadway debut to a Bloomingdale's salesgirl. A wonderful and charming book perfect for book club.

For fans of: THE HOPEFULS and SIRACUSA                             

Upcoming in 2017

The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Even though this particular novel doesn’t release until March, Bookshelf staffer Chris is ready to sing its praises. The Wanderers opens with three astronauts trying to prove they’re fit to be the first humans on Mars, but first, they have to survive 17 months in the most realistic simulation ever created. More about human relationships than space, this one is guaranteed to spark conversation.

For fans of: THE MARTIAN and STATION ELEVEN

Himself by Jess Kidd

The premise behind this debut novel is immediately intriguing: Loveable rogue Mahoney was left at an orphanage as an infant, and he’s always assumed he was abandoned, unwanted. He receives a note suggesting his mother may have been the victim of foul play. This discovery brings Mahoney back to Dublin to discover the truth for himself. A book that will keep you reading for more, the perfect mystery book, 

For fans of: THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS and LITTLE BEE.

The book that matters most by Ann Hood

Readers love books about books, and Ann Hood’s latest novel, which will be out in paperback this summer, certainly fits the bill. Protagonist Ava joins a book club whose purpose is simple: throughout the year, each member presents the book that matters most to them. The perfect book to start off your book club for 2017. 

For fans of: THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB

The second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

This book has been getting rave reviews from fellow indie booksellers this season. This new historical novel released earlier in January is destined to be a book club selection. When Major Hockaday is called to the frontlines of the Civil War, he leaves behind a young wife and infant son. Two years later, back from war, Hockaday finds his wife headed for jail, accused of having a child in his absence and murdering it. If that isn't intriguing enough, the novel is inspired by a real-life event. 

For fans of: LIAR, TEMPTRESS, SOLDIER, SPY and ATONEMENT. 

American Fire by Monica Hesse

True crime might not be your club’s typical fare but American Fire is so well-written, you might decide to make an exception. Journalist Monica Hesse investigates the five-month arson spree that left families in a rural Virginia community reeling. Hesse not only delves into the trial of the arsonist, Charlie Smith; she writes about small town life in ways that will have your book club hooked from page one. 

For fans of: HILLBILLY ELEGY and IN COLD BLOOD. 

The hue and cry at our house by Benjamin Taylor

Memoirs often are the perfect conversation starters for book groups, and Benjamin Taylor’s -- all about his boyhood in Fort Worth, Texas -- centers around a handshake with JFK and the assassination that quickly followed.

For fans of: BARBARIAN DAYS and BAREFOOT TO AVALON.

- Maddie