Abbe's Picks

Abbe works mainly in our Children's Department. With her bubbly personality, she's a natural.  She also knows quite a bit about dogs.  Somehow, she finds the time to read adult books, too.

The Book of Polly Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399562099
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - March 14th, 2017

The Book of Polly is a delightfully funny, yet poignant exploration of a mother-daughter relationship. Polly is an eccentric, older mother (she becomes pregnant at age 58); her daughter Willow, is an anxious 10 year old. Willow worries her mother will die any moment (!) due to her advanced age and her devoted affection for Virginia Slims. This is “southern quirky” at its best. I loved it.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345528704
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Published: Bantam - October 25th, 2016

A fictionalized account of the real-life friendship between the writer, Truman Capote, and the socialite and fashion icon, Babe Paley. Paley and the “Swans” (Pamela Churchill, Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness) were the very definition of elegance, beauty and sophistication. During the 1950s and 1960s they lived a glamorous life at the pinnacle of New York society. This novel is delicious (like champagne in book form!) Gossipy and scandalous, ultimately it is a poignant look at the value of friendship and human connection.

Man at the Helm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316286701
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 5th, 2016

I adored this quirky, funny novel about an eccentric family trying to survive after a divorce lands the mother and her brood in a provincial village in the English countryside. The year is 1970 and the narrator is the 9 year old daughter. She and her older sister are desperate to fit in and to find some measure of happiness for their nutty, pill-popping mother (who is prone to writing terrible plays about her life). The solution to their myriad of problems, they determine, is to find a new husband for their mother. Antics ensue. Sweet, awkward and hilarious.

Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101917930
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - January 12th, 2016

This delightful book is the PERFECT gift for your dog-obsessed friends! The illustrations are lovely and amusing. “Dog-people” will be charmed.  (It looks like a children's picture book, and children will love it, too. But this is in our adult gift book section.)