BrocheAroe (Broche, for short) is a proud bookaholic, with undergraduate degrees in English and Anthropology, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing Literature for Children. She's worked in a museum library, a corporate bookstore (only once! #IndiesFirst), numerous independent bookstores, two publishing companies, and as an English teacher. She is excited to be splitting her time between the main sales floor and the children's department at Quail Ridge, while also working on her writing. She reads (and writes) a little bit of everything.
Two days before Jane McKeene was born, the dead on the battlefields of the Civil War began to walk the earth. Though she was born to plantation owners, Jane’s mixed-race heritage and dark skin means she is now training at combat school to be an Attendant: a zombie-killer whose job it will be to protect the White woman she iscontracted to. But her tempestuous and curious nature embroil Jane and her friends in the politics and treacherous landscape of post-Reconstruction America in this alternate history. Cinder meets The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pride & Prejudice and Zombies featuring a new kick-ass heroine whose no-nonsenseapproach to life and zombie killing make for inspired storytelling.
Another sumptuous tale from the best-selling author of The Little Paris Bookshop. While this tale weaves its way from Germany to France following downtrodden Marianne on her journey of self-discovery, the reader will be enthralled by the luscious language of food and the vivid descriptions of the sea and the countryside, and will revel in the self-fulfillment and true love that Nina George's characters all find.
Imagine Snow White, in the Wild West, a mix of White settlers and Native traditions. Now up the ante on the dark fantasy elements in the hands of master storyteller, Valente. The voice of each character – some familiar, some new – shine through the haunting and lyrical narration, the language reminiscent of an oral storytelling tradition. A reimagined classic with a new ending that brings Snow White all the way into the 21st century. --Broche
Jacob’s grandfather tells him tales of an island where children with strange abilities lived, safe from harm, forever. Though Jacob questions the odd photographs and strange tales, when his grandfather is killed, Jacob goes searching for the scary and magical truth. By the end of book 1, Jacob must make a life-changing decision: does he belong in the world of the children, forever?
Charlotte Holmes helps the police solve murders under the name Sherlock Holmes. When she becomes a social outcast due to a deflowering gone wrong, she relies on her wits, and a few chance encounters, to land on her feet, all while trying to clear the names of her father and sister who are somehow both implicated in a trio of seemingly unconnected and unexpected deaths. Sensible and analytical to a fault, yet not unaffected by the pull of heartstrings, Charlotte Holmes is a lively and witty new addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon.
For lovers of books about bookshops and love, this is the book (about love) for you!
A charming cast of characters centers around Nightingale Books, with threads of plot interwoven with stories of the owner, who has recently passed, and the memories of his daughter, Emilia, who has come home to keep the bookshop alive. Tender but not trite, everyone goes home at the end of the day with a book (and most likely with a love). Fans of The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, Jenny Colgan's The Bookshop on the Corner, and The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald will rejoice in this new addition to the book/love(r)'s canon.
Luck impacts everyone in different ways. Bad luck can cause massive change, which is what happened to Alice after the death of her parents when she was a child. Now 18, Alice is about to learn that good luck can bring about some pretty major consequences as well. It’s up to her to decide how she’s going to react to what luck brings into her life next.
It has been 733 days since Jessie's mom died, but this book is not sad. It's been 45 days since Jessie's dad secretly eloped with a woman he met online, but this book is not really about that either. It's about how life moves on regardless with all its good, bad, and ugly surprises, and the strength one teenage girl has to create a new version of life, complete with new friends, a new job, and a new love.
How much time needs to have passed in order to forgive, or to forget, or to find a way to keep on living? These and other hard life questions are explored by two teenagers working at a bookshop. Chock full of literary references, quotes, and the ephemera found in books, Words in Deep Blue is for anyone scared of taking that next step, who may have wished their real life was like one in a book.
Potential subtitles for this novel include: How to Make the Best of Bad Situations, or Movie Glam Girl Meets Sweet Surfer Boy. If that second title sounds like an internet dating ad, it's not far off. “Mink” (East Coast) meets “Alex” (West Coast) in an online movie forum. Is it a crush? Is it simply classic film chit-chat? Bailey Rydell meets Porter Roth when she moves from DC to CA. Is their frenemy status a way to pass the time at work or something more? Vintage clothes and a sweet Vespa, surfing legends and beach parties make this a delightful summer read.
The Lost City of Z combines the very best of good reporting, action-adventure novel, history, anthropology, and biography. David Grann seamlessly weaves together his modern-day search for what happened to the lost explorer Percy Fawcett, and Fawcett’s own quest for a place he labeled only as “Z”, an El Dorado-like city supposed to exist deep within the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.
Full disclosure: I sobbed during the last three chapters and epilogue of this book. It was totally worth it.
M. Perdu runs a literary apothecary on a barge in Paris, “diagnosing” inner ailments, “prescribing” books as treatments. Sadly, M. Perdu cannot heal himself. When a heartbroken woman moves in across the hall, the wound is lanced, beginning M. Perdu’s internal and external journey to squeeze all the poison out (pardon the medical metaphor). A pleasure to read about love, comfort, and camaraderie still being figured out in characters that weren’t in their 20s or even their 30s (most of them), but into their 40s, 50s, and beyond.
This translation from Sweden is a sweet novel without being saccharine, with writing that is breezy and easy to devour. The pace was measured, unhurried; the topics were life and love and loss and finding yourself; the books and authors and characters mentioned were familiar and comforting. A book lover’s dream, this story set in America is chock full of literary references and life-as-related-to-books observations.
The glitz and glamor of 1930s Hollywood. A secretary-turned-reporter with a new identity, hot on the trail of a murderer. An ex-magician with secrets of his own to hide. An updated feel to the classic film noir, femme-fatale genre, this whodunnit by a NY Times bestselling author will surprise you!
In 1920s Australia, the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher has just returned from years abroad. What's a woman with money, class, taste, and spare time on her hands to do as an adult in her childhood city of Melbourne? Become a lady detective, of course! Hilarious, irreverent, and full of historical references that provide a fascinating portrait of a modern-age woman in the era of jazz, Art Deco, and drop-waist dresses.
(Book 1 in the series, and don't miss the three-season TV adaptation!)