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The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017

It's time to sit outside and soak in that spring sunshine! Here is a great list of books from Publisher's Weekly. Call, email, or come on in and we'll order them for you, pronto:


Publisher's Weekly asked their reviews editors to pick the most notable books publishing in Spring 2017. Be sure to check out their picks for most-anticipated children's and young adult books for spring 2017, as well.


Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Random House, Feb.) - A Dantesque tour through a Georgetown cemetery teeming with spirits, the book takes place on a February night in 1862, when Abraham Lincoln visits the grave of his recently interred 11-year-old son, Willie


The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove, Feb.) - Pulitzer-winner Nguyen’s story collection features a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, and a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover.


The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (Dial, Mar.) - A young girl moves back to the New England fishing village where her father, Hawley, finds work on the docks. But lurking over this family are mysteries, including the mother who died and the ghosts of Hawley’s past.


Ill Will by Dan Chaon (Ballantine, Mar.) - A psychologist in suburban Cleveland, Dustin is drifting through his 40s when he hears the news: his adopted brother, Rusty, is being released from prison. Thanks in part to Dustin’s testimony, 30 years ago, Rusty received a life sentence for the massacre of Dustin’s parents, aunt, and uncle.

The list is HUGE, take a look at the rest here.

10 Must-Read Books for April

Endgame10 Must-Read Books for April  Dispatches from the margins, dispatches from the mainstream. By Sarah Seltzer from Flavorwire

"This month is marked by writers sending dispatches from the margins and the mainstream. Whether tracing characters in a futuristic dystopia or following them into the unexplored past, whether it’s a Mediterranean murder mystery or a frank look at today’s Ivy League graduates or low-wage workers, a slice of the breadth of our world can be found in these ten selections.

Happy reading!"

1. Endgame, Ahmet Altan

Thanks to his career as a newspaper columnist, Turkish author Ahmet Altan is currently imprisoned by the Erdoğan regime. But he wears a different, more entertaining hat as a novelist. “Readers looking for a contemplative, twisty thriller will find this one unique and satisfying,” writes Kirkus of Endgame.Revolution of the Moon


2. The Revolution of the Moon, Andrea Camilleri

My family is obsessed with Camilleri’s detective novels. Here he resurrects a character from history: Donna Eleonora di Moura, the short-lived female viceroy of Sicily in the 17th century, “a woman whose courage and political vision is tested at every step by misogyny and reactionary conservatism.” Seems… relevant.

Read the rest, from Flavorwire HERE

RIP Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Amy Krouse RosenthalAmy Krouse Rosenthal, the best-selling author who recently announced her illness by penning a personals ad for her beloved husband, has died at 51. Rosenthal had ovarian cancer. Her longtime literary agent confirmed her death to The Associated Press. As an author, Rosenthal won hearts with her children's books and her memoirs — and broke them with her "Modern Love" column called "You May Want To Marry My Husband." It ran in the New York Times earlier this month.

In the piece, Rosenthal announced her illness, celebrated her family and sought a new partner for her husband, Jason. She finished the essay — difficult to write through a haze of drugs and illness — on Valentine's Day, she said, "and the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins."    

Rosenthal was a prolific writer, with more than 30 books to her name, the AP reports — including children's books Uni the Unicorn and Duck! Rabbit! The wire service continues:

"She made short films and YouTube videos, gave TED talks and provided radio commentary for NPR, among others.

"She also raised three children and had a flair for random acts of kindness, whether hanging dollar bills from a tree or leaving notes on ATM machines. ...

"Rosenthal loved experimenting with different media, and blending the virtual and physical worlds. One of her favorite projects began with a YouTube video, '17 Things I Made,' featuring everything from books she had written to her three children to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At the end of the video, she welcomed fans to join her at Chicago's Millennium Park, on August 8, 2008, at 8:08 p.m. The goal was to make a 'cool' 18th thing.

"Hundreds turned out to 'make' things — a grand entrance, a new friend, a splash, something pretty."


Read the rest of the NPR article, written by Camila Domonoske, here.

Inventory 2017

Is it January already? It must be, because it's time for inventory. We will are closed today (Saturday the 14th) so that we can count everything in the store. We will be open regular hours (12-6) on Sunday.

Two Reviews, by the infamous Sue D.

On TrailsOn Trails: An Exploration, by Robert Moor is THE book for hikers. Moore starts his study of trails with the ancient prehistoric fossil trails that have been preserved. He goes through the early history of animal trails and then human trails and how they combined. Moor is an avid hiker & he writes a lot about hiking famous trails world wide and of his own experiences with the countries & people he meets. In this cold & icy winter, On Trails is a fun, warm way to dream about getting back onto their favorite hiking trails again. I enjoyed this book a lot and can't wait to hike the Cowiche Canyon trail again soon when it warms up a little."


Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.

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Before the Wind

"Before the Wind, by Puget Sound author Jim Lynch is just the book for sailing fans. Among Lynch's earlier works are: The Highest Tide, about a young boy & a giant squid, and Border Songs which is a tender novel about a border guard at a US & Canada crossing. Before the Wind is about an obsessive sailing family of three generations. There are a lot of technical sailing terms and descriptions at the start of the book to help inform the reader about sailing. The three children in the family grow up and scatter to various parts of the world for different reasons, but they reunite to sail together in a huge race called Swiftsure. Readers might be reminded of the old book A River Runs through it. This family if also led by an overachiever who instead of fishing, thinks that sailing is the only life style. This is a dramatic and exciting book."


Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.

Small Great Things

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult ($28.99, Ballantine Books)

"When Ruth Jefferson, an African American labor and delivery nurse, enters the hospital room of Turk and Brittany Bauer to begin the routine care of their newborn baby, Ruth notices a change in the demeanor of the parents.  Minutes after leaving their room, Ruth is “reassigned to another patient.”   The following day the baby goes into cardiac distress and Ruth is the only nurse on the floor. When Marie, the head nurse returns, she finds Ruth standing in the nursery and Davis Bauer not breathing. So begins the story of internalized prejudice that percolates just beneath the surface of daily lives.

The hospital distances itself from Ruth and the order she was given from her supervisor that prohibited her from administering to baby Bauer.  With the death of their infant son Turk and Brittany file a civil lawsuit against Ruth believing she did administer to their son, causing his death. The state of Connecticut charges Ruth with negligent homicide. Enter Kennedy McQuarrie, a white attorney who takes on Ruth’s case and is oftentimes, for the reader, a source of comic relief in an intense telling of a story that explores racism and “white class privilege”.

As the story unfolds, Picoult takes us back to the childhoods of Ruth, Turk, and Brittany, and the events that shaped their adult lives. From the apartment of wealthy New Yorkers, where Ruth’s mother is the maid, to a small town in Vermont where Turk and Brittany are nurtured in the ways of white supremacy, Picoult gives the reader an opportunity to explore the most reprehensible beliefs that shape our lives and has at its root unresolved and powerful emotions. While portions of this book meander and are sometimes even predictable and melodramatic, Small Great Things is an engaging and powerful story.

This book and its author may be criticized from both sides of the racial divide, for her portrayal of African-Americans as well as white-class privilege. Small Great Things is a powerful and timely read that affords the reader the opportunity to examine the racial prejudices that fester just below the surface of our own lives. It is a story that examines the small, great things that separate us and prevent us from connecting as “human to human, friend to friend.

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Irene 

Two Lovely Children's Books

Poets Dog"The Poet's Dog is the new book by Patricia MacLachlan. She wrote the children's award winning book, Sarah, Plain and Tall.  This new, small, and really beautiful chapter book is about 2 children lost in a snow storm, and the big dog that finds them.  Teddy, an Irish wolfhound, brings them to his late owner's cabin to wait out the storm. They comfort and take care of each other as they await rescue. This is a perfect gem of a book filled with poetry, happiness and some sadness, that will touch the reader. Children and adults will all be warmed by The Poet's Dog."

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.


"Sharon Creech (author of Walk Two Moons, and Ruby Holler, and Love That Dog among other titles) has a new book that is just out.  It is called Moo, and I love it!  Moo is a book about a family that moves from the big city to a small beach town in Maine. Reena and her brother MooLuke have been volunteered by their parents to help an old woman in the community. Mrs. Falala lives on an old farm and has several pets, including an ornery Belted Galloway. Belted Galloways are a specific breed of cow that is black in the front and rear ends, & white in the middle. This specific cow's name is Zora. Zora seemed mean at first, but as the children get to know her & work with her she gets nicer  This is a book about learning about animals and people. It's about being helpful and being adventurous. Children will enjoy this book as they bond with the children, Mrs. Falala and her animals."

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.

Moo by Sharon Creech

"Sharon Creech (author of Walk Two Moons, and Ruby Holler, and Love That Dog among other titles) has a new book that is just out. It is called Moo, and I love it! Moo is a book about a family that moves from the big city to a small beach town in Maine. Reena and her brother Luke have been volunteered by their parents to help an old woman in the community. Mrs. Falala lives on an old farm and has several pets, including an ornery Belted Galloway. Belted Galloways are a specific breed of cow that is black in the front and rear ends, and white in the middle. This specific cow's name is Zora. Zora seems mean at first, but as the children get to know her and work with her she gets nicer. This is a book about learning about animals and people. It's about being helpful and being adventurous.Children will enjoy this book as they bond with the children, Mrs. Falala, and her animals."

Reviewed by Inklings employee, Sue D.