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July 2022: Peggy

Peggy is a part-time bookseller, full-time reader who favors variety in her books. She loves a sad, messy, family epic that shows beauty coexisting with struggle. She also enjoys light, funny, well-told stories, and loves to peek behind the curtain with a good memoir. 


The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris (Back Bay Books $17.99) has us imagining those early days for newly freed slaves and returning Confederate soldiers immediately following the Civil War.

The Maid by Nita Prose (Ballantine $27) is a fun, light-hearted murder mystery set in a boutique hotel with the most lovable protagonist. You will smile along as you enjoy this delightful read.

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday $32.50) is complex in the best way, and thoroughly, thoroughly satisfying. Gorgeously imagined and exquisitely written. 

Better Luck Next Time by Julia Claiborne Johnson (Custom House $16.99) is a fun beach read set on a dude ranch for wealthy wives seeking divorce during the Depression. 

This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor by Dr. Susan Wicklund (Public Affairs $16.99) is a first-rate illumination on a complicated and tight-lipped topic. An important read for all of us as our country grapples with Roe vs. Wade.

If you’re looking for a can’t-put-down-thriller-page-turner, look no further than American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (Holt $17.99). 

In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss by Amy Bloom (Random House $27) is a brave and honest book that makes you think deeply about what we would do for someone we love. 

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Grove Press $17) is a beautiful and sad tale of a lonely boy’s love for his alcoholic mother. Set in Glasgow during the 1980s. 

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders (Random House $18.99) is for lovers of learning and literature. A master class on seven great Russian short stories and why they work. 

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Harper Perennial $17) is a rags-to riches-to rags novel set in the wealthy Main Line of Pennsylvania. An engaging brother-sister relationship and a beautiful old house are the primary characters. 

The Sweetness of Water (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Nathan Harris Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316461245
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Back Bay Books - May 3rd, 2022

An Instant New York Times bestseller / An Oprah’s Book Club Pick
 
In the spirit of The Known World and The Underground Railroad, an award-winning “miraculous debut” (Washington Post) about the unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance will alter their lives, and his, forever


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The Maid: A Novel (Molly the Maid #1) By Nita Prose Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593356159
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 3-6 business days
Published: Ballantine Books - January 4th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • “A heartwarming mystery with a lovable oddball at its center” (Real Simple), this cozy whodunit introduces a one-of-a-kind heroine who will steal your heart.
 


To Paradise: A Novel By Hanya Yanagihara Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780385547932
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 3-6 business days
Published: Doubleday - January 11th, 2022

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From the award-winning, best-selling author of the classic A Little Life—a bold, brilliant novel spanning three centuries and three different versions of the American experiment, about lovers, family, loss and the elusive promise of utopia.


Better Luck Next Time: A Novel By Julia Claiborne Johnson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062916389
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 3-6 business days
Published: Mariner Books - January 18th, 2022

“Doesn’t a romantic comedy set on a 1930s Nevada dude ranch teeming with about-to-be-divorced women owe a certain debt to the era’s big-screen classics? Then again, it’s hard to believe a cinematic version could be any more fun.” — New York Times Book Review


This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor By Susan Wicklund, Alan Kesselheim Cover Image
$27.49
ISBN: 9781586486471
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 3-6 business days
Published: PublicAffairs - December 30th, 2008

A brave account of the social and political forces that threaten a woman's right to choose, this emotionally affecting memoir from a doctor on the front lines of the abortion debate reveals what's really at stake in the Supreme Court


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American Dirt (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Jeanine Cummins Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250209788
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Holt Paperbacks - February 1st, 2022

Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt, the #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club pick that has sold over three million copies, is finally available in paperback.


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In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss By Amy Bloom Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780593243947
Published: Random House - March 8th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A powerful memoir of a love that leads two people to find a courageous way to part—and a woman’s struggle to go forward in the face of loss—that “enriches the reader’s life with urgency and gratitude” (The Washington Post)


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Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) By Douglas Stuart Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148506
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD


A stunning debut novel by a masterful writer telling the heartwrenching story of a young boy and his alcoholic mother, whose love is only matched by her pride.


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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life By George Saunders Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781984856036
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 12th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.


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The Dutch House: A Read with Jenna Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780062963680
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Harper Perennial - January 5th, 2021

Pulitzer Prize Finalist | New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick | New York Times Book Review Notable Book | TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of the Year


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