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Brunch Book Club

Join our traditional book club for pastries, coffee, and a discussion of This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781250088567
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 23rd, 2018

This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.
This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.
This is how children change…and then change the world.

 

When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it’s another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect.
 

But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.
 

Rosie and Penn aren’t panicked at first. Kids go through phases, after all, and make-believe is fun. But soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

 

This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again; parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts; children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.


Brunch Book Club

Join our traditional book club for pastries, coffee, and a discussion of The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler.

Hearts of Men went into three printings and charted on indie and regional bestseller lists in the first two months after on-sale and was widely lauded: “A multi-layered, multi-generational mini-epic” (USA Today);

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062469694
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Published: Ecco - December 26th, 2017

Now in paperback, the acclaimed novel from bestselling author Nickolas Butler: a story about loyalty, families, and fathers and sons returning over the years to a beloved Boy Scout summer camp in the Northwoods of Wisconsin

 

A sweeping, panoramic story spanning a half century, from the Vietnam War to the modern day, The Hearts of Men begins at Camp Chippewa during the summer of 1962: Nelson Doughty, age thirteen, social outcast and overachiever, is the Bugler, sounding the reveille proudly each morning. Yet this particular summer marks the beginning of an uncertain and tenuous friendship with a popular boy named Jonathan, who, in scrambling to protect Nelson against the merciless bullying of the other boys, finds he has much to learn about the extent of his own courage and empathy. Over the years, Nelson, irrevocably scarred from Vietnam, becomes scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa, while Jonathan marries, divorces, and turns his father’s business into a highly profitable company. When something unthinkable happens at a camp get-together with Nelson as scoutmaster and Jonathan’s teenage grandson and daughter-in-law as campers, the aftermath demonstrates the depths—and the limits—of Nelson’s selflessness and bravery.


Mommy Book Club

Mommy Book Club will meet every other week, discussing one book in portions every month. You don't have to worry about bringing your kids, because we all will!

In February, we're reading Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker, a romantic suspense.

Keep Her Safe: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501133404
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Published: Atria Books - January 23rd, 2018

Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.


Mommy Book Club

Mommy Book Club will meet every other week, discussing one book in portions every month. You don't have to worry about bringing your kids, because we all will!

In February, we're reading Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker, a romantic suspense.

Keep Her Safe: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501133404
Availability: In Stock at Our Warehouse - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - January 23rd, 2018

Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).

 

Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

 

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

 

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

 

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.


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$7.99
ISBN: 9781501133428
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Published: Atria Books - January 22nd, 2018

Mystery Matters Book Club

FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH

 

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$17.60
ISBN: 9780399588877
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

In this sharp and clever debut novel of suspense, a young woman—presumed dead—leaves a series of clues for her twin sister, which leads her on a scavenger-hunt-like quest to solve the mystery of her disappearance.

Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away to Paris: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. But two years later, she must return to upstate New York. Her twin sister, Zelda, is dead.

Even in a family of alcoholics, Zelda Antipova was the wild one, notorious for her mind games and destructive behavior. But Ava finds the official explanation a little too neat. Then she receives a cryptic message—from her sister. Just as suspected, Zelda’s playing one of her games. In fact, she’s outdone herself, leaving a series of clues to her disappearance. Ava follows the trail laid just for her to confront their twisted history and the boy who broke her heart. Is Zelda trying to punish Ava for leaving? To teach her a lesson? Or is she simply trying to write her own ending?

Caite Dolan-Leach’s debut suspense takes readers on a literary scavenger hunt for clues concealed throughout the seemingly idyllic wine country, hidden in plain sight on social media, and buried at the heart of one tremendously dysfunctional, utterly unforgettable family.


Mystery Matters Book Club

FIRST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH

 

*Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780544800830
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 2016

A National Bestseller
A New York Times Editors' Choice

A September 2015 Indie Next Pick
A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book of 2015, Fall/Winter
One of USA Today's "New and Noteworthy"
One of New York Post's "Must-Read" Books
One of Cosmopolitan's "24 Books to Read this Fall"

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs.

Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.

“A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

Check out the brand-new Kopp sisters adventure Lady Copy Makes Trouble available now!


Mommy Book Club

 

Mommy Book Club will meet every other week, discussing one book in portions every month. You don't have to worry about bringing your kids, because we all will!

In January, we're reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer.

 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

 

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

 

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

A. C. Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062498557
Availability: Available Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 27th, 2017

Mommy Book Club

 

Mommy Book Club will meet every other week, discussing one book in portions every month. You don't have to worry about bringing your kids, because we all will!

In January, we're reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Staff Pick Badge
The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: In Stock at Our Warehouse - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer.

 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

 

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

 

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

A. C. Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062498557
Availability: Available Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 27th, 2017

Mommy Book Club

Mommy Book Club will meet every other week, discussing one book in portions every month. You don't have to worry about bringing your kids, because we all will!

In January, we're reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Staff Pick Badge
The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: In Stock at Our Warehouse - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer.

 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

 

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

 

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

A. C. Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062498557
Availability: Available Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 27th, 2017

Brunch Book Club

Brunch Book Club discusses The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

“Angie Thomas has written a stunning, brilliant, gut-wrenching novel that will be remembered as a classic of our time.” -John Green, bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Staff Pick Badge
The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: In Stock at Our Warehouse - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017

The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, about a teen girl who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer.

 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

 

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

 

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

A. C. Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780062498557
Availability: Available Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 27th, 2017

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