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Here are a few of the books that we recommend to our readers.

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The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

This is one of my favorite books of the last few years. A beautiful, heartbreaking book full of magic and love. It is the kind of book I wish I could re-read for the first time. - Jamie


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This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062236685
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 7th, 2014

 This book of essays offers her stories of love and friendship, writing advice, and about how she opened her own independent bookstore in Nashville. - Ginger


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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

Such a quirky and strange little book. If you are familiar with Shirley Jackson's "Haunting of Hill House" or the infamous short story "The Lottery", you are familiar with her storytelling abilities. Similar to "The Lottery," this story creeps up on you and you don't fully realize what's going on with these sisters until close to the end. It's one of my favorites that I would recommend to anyone who loves good storytelling.


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In a Sunburned Country By Bill Bryson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780767903868
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Published: Crown - May 15th, 2001

Bill Bryson is a wonderful story teller and his perspective on the largess of Australia with its delights and dangers is a pleasure to read. He describes his own journeys throughout Australia filled with crazy oddities and wonderfully obscure facts. If you are a trivia buff, you will love books by Bill Bryson. - Rachel


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The Secret Place: A Novel (Dublin Murder Squad #5) By Tana French Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143127512
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Published: Penguin Books - August 4th, 2015

I love Tana French's books. This one is set at a boarding school for girls and involves a mysterious death of a young boy. It is a well written mystery/thriller without being gruesome or bloody. Definitely a psychological treat. - Jamie


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A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana By Haven Kimmel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780767915052
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Published: Crown - September 3rd, 2002

A charming and hilarious memoir by Haven Kimmel. This book reminded me of so many moments of my childhood that I called my mother to read parts to her over the phone. The book is the perspective of Haven as a child who did not talk until she was three years old and when she began she has never stopped! A wonderful story - so much fun to read. - Rachel


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Dump Truck Duck By Megan E. Bryant, Jo de Ruiter (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Megan E. Bryant, Jo de Ruiter (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780807517369
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 1st, 2016

 This book is perfect for ages 2 - 7 and rhymes just perfectly. It encourages collaboration and team work which result in a beautiful new park. - Ginger


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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series #1) By Alexander McCall Smith Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781400034772
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Published: Anchor - February 6th, 2003

This book series is my "guilty pleasure" reading. These books take me to Botswana with the different pace of life and slows down concerns of the world through the eyes of the No. 1 Lady Detective herself, Precious Ramotswe. He also has started a children's series as well with The Great Cake Mystery, The Mystery at Meerkat Hill, and The Mystery of the Missing Lion. - Rachel


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Frederick By Leo Lionni Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780394810409
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers -

This book teaches the importance of both hard work and imagination as Frederick shares the sun's warmth, the many colors of the meadow, and the poetry of words with his friends. 4 + - Ginger