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Gayle GAYLE
When she's not working in her garden, Gayle is usually reading or watching reruns of West Wing and ER. She loves contemporary fiction, mysteries and memoirs.  Occasionally you'll find her reading essays by people like Malcolm Gladwell, Paco Underhill, Daniel Pink or John McPhee.
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The Cuckoo's Calling Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316206853
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 29th, 2014

Of course you all know by now that Galbraith is really J.K. Rowling, but what you probably don’t know, if you haven’t read this murder mystery yet, is that the writing is in Ms. Rowling’s classic style. This time, however, it’s clearly for adults, peppered with many four-letter expletives throughout. Her descriptions of her characters and the places they inhabit fit right into the Muggle neighborhoods, with her precise descriptions of lampposts, train stations, stairwells, bars. The story itself is complicated and contains interesting characters who make it totally worth reading or listening to on audio, which is what we are doing. The reader isn't Jim Dale but he’s terrific.


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Return to Oakpine Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125594
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Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

Bobby read portions of this great novel to me as he came upon them and I worried that it would ‘ruin’ it for me but those bits just added to the anticipation and my appreciation for Ron’s writing skills. He is a master of dialogue, creating a sense of place and his reading of human nature that he embodies into his extraordinary characters. He is a wonderful novelist, unsurpassed in most of modern fiction being written today.


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The Rise of the Naked Economy: How to Benefit from the Changing Workplace Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780230342194
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Published: Palgrave MacMillan - July 9th, 2013

One sign of a good book is that the person reading it starts referencing it in their daily lives and referring to the content or ideas in conversations. This has happened to me with The Rise of the Naked Economy. It has struck a chord and I think Ryan Coonerty and Jeremy Neuner have encapsulated the changes facing employees and their employers in today's marketplace. It is insightful, humorous and filled with stories and opportunities for instant application. I think it nothing less than revolutionary in how they approach and describe the changes facing our economy.


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Heart of Palm Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802121035
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Published: Grove Press - April 8th, 2014

I just finished Heart of Palm and absolutely loved it. I've been bereft for two days that I don't have it to read when I hit the pillow. The quote from Russo on the cover is a reminder of his writing but I must say, she is his equal. This book will be perfect for his fans, but also for anyone who loves great characters, an interesting plot but mostly the power of love to overcome dysfunction in families. And not the gushy kind of love but the kind fraught with pain from past transgressions tempered by remorse and, ultimately, forgiveness. Laura Lee Smith is a wonderful writer and captures the humid weather of Florida complete with bugs and an overabundance of plant life that threatens to strangle its human inhabitants, as do the emotions charged by a lifetime of pain and guilt.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950420
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Published: Vintage Books - January 14th, 2014

Any new novel by Haruf is cause for celebration, but for those of us who have been waiting patiently to reconnect with the Front Range of Colorado and its quirky inhabitants since reading Plainsong and Eventide, Benediction is the answer to our literary prayers. The main character is dying, but that doesn’t set a tone of great remorse or regret for a life in its last stages on Earth. Instead, it becomes a reflection of a family, of the place where they live, of the forces that formed them and made them into the strange, angry, resourceful, and engaging people who they have become. Haruf is a wonderful writer, and I can’t wait to celebrate the publication of this book with him and with our customers. —Gayle


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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780307595652
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 30th, 2012

I don't read many blogs, but I never miss this one when it comes into my inbox. Now there is a cookbook with many of the recipes and the gorgeous pictures that I have come to love from Deb Perelman's blog. For example, a recipe for Roasted Pear and Chocolate Chunk Scones.  Who can resist trying these?  Perelman is not a chef, she's a mom who cooks in a tiny Manhattan kitchen. Here is what she said she wanted to create with her cookbook:  "approachable recipes made with accessible ingredients that exceed your expectations."  My favorite fall cookbook choice.


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Leon and Louise Cover Image
By Alex Capus, Simon Pare (Translator)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781908323132
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Published: Haus Pub. - October 30th, 2012

This lovely novel spans two World Wars and takes the reader to Normandy, Paris and the wilds of West Africa. It is about ordinary people living through extraordinary times, and about biking through the countryside and drinking a bottle of wine at a picnic lunch and falling head over heels in love. It’s about the arbitrariness of our lives and how sometimes an early romance can remain with us for all our days and, in this case, reassemble in ways we could never have dreamed. Capus is a wonderful storyteller and this is the perfect book for a bookgroup or to read while sipping a cup of tea.


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An Atlas of Impossible Longing Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781451608625
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Published: Free Press - April 5th, 2011

The unforgettable characters in Ms. Roy's novel span three generations.  Like planets, asteroids and comets, they move on separate paths which, in time, inevitably cross, pulled to the center by the force of love of family, of truth, of beauty and, ultimately, by the force of romantic love. We read this aloud to each other in the car, hardly able to wait for our next ride together while at the same time wishing the story would never end.


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God's Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594486548
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 2nd, 2013

Sweet is a wonderful writer. With this book she will join the ranks of others like Oliver Sacks, Tracy Kidder, Abraham Verghese, and Jerome Groopman. She is a remarkable storyteller and her stories speak to our hearts and minds. Not only did I think it was the best creative non-fiction book that I had read in many, many months but my niece who is an intern at Georgetown Hospital in Washington DC told me that she thought it was remarkable and helped her remember why she wanted to be a doctor. Sweet reminded her that medicine can be practiced one patient at a time and that doctors learn from their patients how to treat the whole body and mind not just the diseased organ or ailment.


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A Land More Kind Than Home Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062088239
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 22nd, 2013

I was caught up in this book from the opening pages. Cash’s voice, heard through his three narrators, is extraordinary, pitch-perfect—he is a natural storyteller. It’s a tragic tale of religious faith used with evil intentions rather than for the glory of God, but more than this it is a story of family connections gone awry. Past losses reconfigure the present; an innocent observance becomes the catalyst for ritual sacrifice.


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Truth Like the Sun Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307949349
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Published: Vintage Books - January 22nd, 2013

This is a story that is good to the last drop! I love his writing, his characters and the tension he creates in this novel set in Seattle in two eras--the 60s and the 2000s. There are no right answers; cities are built on dreams and graft and vision; humans have gifts and failings. We all want heroes but they are flawed when you dig deep enough. This is the perfect book to read thinking ahead to the presidential election. We wonder why the people who run for office do so knowing there is such peril to their families and friends and in a world of sound bites and innuendo circulated in 140 characters on the likes of Twitter, I wonder what, if anything, they think they can communicate. In spite of this, Lynch's book is a hopeful book--there are those men who, rather than seeing the world as bad and demoralizing, still can enjoy a ferry crossing the river, can imagine ripe blackberries and small boys and grown men comforting their mothers. Such a lovely novel.


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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590514634
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Published: Other Press (NY) - January 31st, 2012

This novel has been a bestseller for years in Europe and I understand why. The story may sound cliché—a blind boy abandoned by mother falls in love with crippled woman, but is then is torn away from her and continues to love her the rest of his life—but it’s beautifully written. I only wish that I could read German, so that I could read the original novel without a translator—although Kevin Wiliarty did a fine job in this English version. I also learned so much about Burma, what it’s like being blind, and how to listen intently—in a whole new way—to what is going on in my world. I now have a new appreciation for living with heating and electricity even though I also learned that people can live spiritual, enchanted lives without the comforts of our modern world. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is magical and hopeful and appeals to a wide range of readers.


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The Sense of an Ending Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307947727
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Published: Vintage Books - May 29th, 2012

When I finished this book, I felt like I needed to start it over immediately to figure out what I had missed the first time. I was confused, but in that wonderful way you sometimes are when you finish a great novel—did the author purposely add an element of mystery so that his protagonist, too, had to figure things out as the book progressed? Did he give him memories that betrayed him in the end? Do memories always betray us? Or do we change our memories to fit our notion of who we want to be? The writing is exquisite in this short novel—you’ll want to read passages out loud. Barnes won the prestigious Booker Prize for this novel, and I think he totally deserved it.


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All the World Cover Image
By Liz Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416985808
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 8th, 2009

A customer showed me this book a few weeks ago saying that she buys it for every child she knows. I read it and agree with her and plan to do the same. I can think of ten kids right now that I want to give this to for the holidays. It’s a lovely, poetic, multi-cultural, beautifully illustrated look at the natural world and the people who live in it. It ends with “Hope & Peace & Love & Trust. All the world is all of us.”

 

 


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Turn of Mind Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780802145901
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Published: Grove Press - March 27th, 2012

I loved it. It's been haunting me since I finished it. How did LaPlante figure out how to construct this novel so perfectly? I was pulled, pushed, repulsed, delighted." -Gayle


Before I Go to Sleep Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062060563
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - February 7th, 2012

I love finding a great new author whose first book draws me in, keeps me reading, and whom I can recommend to our customers. S. J. Watson is just such a writer.  Before I Go to Sleep is a literary thriller that is both well written and scary, but not too scary. And if you are a wannabe author and like movies such as MementoGround Hog Dayand Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind—movies that feature memory and suspense—this debut novel will drive you crazy with envy for its author. The heroine, Christine, has lost her memory in an accident; she wakes each morning having forgotten who she is, who she is sleeping with, what her former life had to do with her current reality. She doesn’t know if she can trust the doctor she is secretly seeing, or the husband who tells her every day what happened twenty years ago. She writes in a journal, and each day rereads the entire book so she can make sense of her crazy existence.  Did she have a child, was she injured in a car accident, is her best friend living in Australia or someplace nearby trying to find her? Who are the people in the pictures that surround her bathroom mirror? I couldn’t stop reading this novel and think it would make a great movie!  —Gayle

 

 


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Room Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316098328
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 18th, 2011

I avoid books about sociopaths who kidnap, rape and put women into escape-proof rooms for seven years. But I heard from several bookseller friends that this book was not one to miss in spite of the topic and saw that it was also nominated for a Booker Prize. It’s told through the eyes of a child, conceived & birthed in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The boy’s perceptions are insightful and there are enough plot twists to provide a dramatic arc of breathtaking suspense. It kept me reading late at night -- highly recommended. -Gayle

 

 


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The Watery Part of the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616201432
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 5th, 2012

Aaron Burr, Vice President under Thomas Jefferson, had a daughter who was lost at sea following his famous 1804 duel with the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. She may have drowned, but it has long been thought that she might have been abducted by pirates. Michael Parker suggests that there were pirates involved and she was abandoned on an island off the coast of North Carolina. His novel travels back and forth between her life and and that of her 20th Century descendants—two unmarried aunts living a strange and lonely existence in a house that barely protects them from rain and hurricanes. Their welfare is dependent on another reclusive inhabitant of the island, whom may also be related to Theodosia Burr’s husband—a black man who grudgingly cares for them. This is a story of madness and devotion filled with love and a great sense of place and community. I loved the characters—their often tortuous bonds of family and community—the writing, the historical context and the author’s ability to bring the early 1800s into the present.


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Please Look After Mom Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307739513
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2012

One minute she was there, walking the requisite four steps behind her husband, the next minute she had disappeared as he rushed to catch the subway. Where had she gone? Was she killed? Did she run away? Who was she anyway? Her daughter, her son, and her husband all have their own recollections about who this Mom was and she has her own story to tell as well. A compelling mystery set in the Korean countryside with visits to the big city, composed almost entirely in second-person narration, the writing is intensely moving. The characters continually battle with their own guilt for not taking better care of her while remembering the times when they were young, growing up in incredible poverty in the countryside. You will never think about a mother’s love for her family in the same way again.


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You Know When the Men Are Gone Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780451234391
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 3rd, 2012

A collection of stories, stand-alone vignettes, set on the military base in Fort Hood, Texas. Children wait for their fathers to come home—and leave again—and wives hope they will come home and will not be too much changed by what they have experienced. It’s haunting and captures the war that is fought at home—the emotional stress undergone by the women who also serve as they wait—as well as the impact on the men who leave their wives and children. These are ordinary people’s lives told by one who lives this very life herself. Fallon says, “You get used to hearing through the walls. You learn too much. You know when the men are gone. And without them there is a sense of muted silence, a sense of muted life.”


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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143120582
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

If you are a parent -- thinking you're doing all the right things -- you will never look at your children the same way again after you read Amy Chua's book. You'll find yourself questioning whether pushing then might have made them musical geniuses, math wizards, prolific writers, or all of the above. Pushing, prodding, threatening, demanding, and sacrificing -- but always loving -- your children in what Chua calls the "Chinese Style of Parenting" might have been their ticket to success. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is disquieting -- it is hard to read if you empathize with her children or you find yourself thinking about your children's abilities and potentials in a new light. I read this in two nights, and now I can't stop talking and thinking about it.


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The Neighbors Are Watching Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780307463876
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Published: Broadway Books - August 2nd, 2011

How well do you know your neighbors; those people who live on your block, in your apartment complex? As they come and go do you ever think they might have lives that are not revealed by their choice of car, the way they prune their hedges, or how they treat their children? Ginsberg looks inside the windows of a typical suburban neighborhood and what she finds are pregnant teens, drug-addled adults, deep, dark secrets clothed in polyester pant suits and people trying to maintain the semblance of normalcy. A mini mystery, great characters, and an absorbing plot. The makings of a good novel, to be sure.


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Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416586296
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 7th, 2010

I'm very excited about Jeannette Walls' new book. Walls' descriptions of life in the early 20th century are like reading a wonderful history book filled with amazing people.  It is set in southern Arizona and features Jeannette's strong, resourceful, often funny grandmother who bootlegs liquor, rides horses and plays a mean game of poker. This is the prequel to Jeannette's unforgettable memoir, The Glass Castle.


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The Children's Book Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780307473066
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Published: Vintage Books USA - August 10th, 2010

This is the perfect book for balmy fall days.  It begs to be read with a cup of tea and a scone by your side. It is hard to put down and I was sad to finish it.  Byatt is an incredible storyteller—she uses myth, psychology, and fairytales—and this novel has stories within stories.  You learn about the beginnings of the Arts & Crafts movement, British aristocracy, the friends of Oscar Wilde, early Fabians, nudists, and most importantly the strange and convoluted relationships that develop among family members and their immediate sets of friends. She's an amazing novelist.


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Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes from the Author of the Vegetarian Epicure Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780393332575
Availability: Backordered
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 1st, 2009

I love the Vegetarian Epicure—it’s still one of my favorite cookbooks. This new one, all soups, any time, any season, is wonderful and the 160 enticing recipes may charm even a die-hard carnivore. She also has recipes for breads, dips and spreads, salads and a collection of desserts, as well as sample menus at the start of each chapter that make it easy to plan a full meal. Before it gets too hot again, try some cool weather soups; perfect to keep in the fridge and warm up for lunch or dinner.


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