Melissa

Melissa

Bookstore co-owner and manager, bibliophile, and all-around nerd since 1979.

Likes: Coffee, coffee, coffee, sour beers, pierogies, the smell of rain, falling leaves, dancing with my husband and my dogs, carbs, tattoos, musicals, Muppets, Steve Rogers (not Chris Evans, the comic incarnation), Chucks, and board games.

Dislikes: Humidity, vodka, people who don't use turn signals, dog-earred library books, the 90's X-Men cartoon, and doing dishes. 

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Friends and Strangers: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525520597
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Published: Knopf - June 30th, 2020

J. Courtney Sullivan has crafted another story about female friendships but this time between a mother and her college-aged babysitter. Elisabeth is struggling to adapt to her new life in a small town while Sam is a fish out of water at the expensive private women’s college she attends. An unlikely bond forms between them as Sam cares for Elisabeth’s young son. Deftly weaving in societal issues like privilege and the gig economy as well as familial drama, Sullivan has created a novel that’s hard to put down and that will provide plenty of book club discussion ammunition.


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Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781948226981
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Published: Catapult - April 28th, 2020

This is the book that I haven't shut up about since I first read it. The subject matter alone is fascinating, but the writing is absolutely beautiful. Just read it, you'll love it!


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Premeditated Myrtle (Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery 1) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616209186
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Myrtle’s crime solving shenanigans. I love that Miss Judson encourages her to be clever and curious. All kids need an adult like that in their lives. The footnotes in the book were a fun touch. I look forward to more of Myrtle’s adventures and hope that Peony continues to play an important role in this series.


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Magic for Liars: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250174628
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Published: Tor Books - May 5th, 2020

A noir murder mystery that completely subverts your magical school expectations. This is no Hogwarts!


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Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316517911
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Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

Imagine Ichabod Crane took a holiday to Dante's Inferno set against the backdrop of the Tower of Babel accompanied by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


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Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers Cover Image
By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984837127
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Published: Philomel Books - September 24th, 2019

I'm a sucker for bookish books. Give me a book about a bookshop or a library and I'm all in. This reminded me so much of a middle grade version of The Eyre Affair and any comparison to Jasper Fforde is one of the highest compliments I can give.


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Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250192752
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Published: Picador - September 18th, 2018

Such a weird and wonderful book that centers around a mystical sourdough starter. Perfect for foodies or anyone who like a touch of magical realism.


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All My Mother's Lovers: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524745974
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Published: Dutton - May 26th, 2020

At it's heart, All My Mother's Lovers is about learning that the people we think we know the best can still surprise us. It's about that moment you realize that your parents exist as something other than your parent, that they have and have had a whole life that has nothing to do with being a parent. It's also about saying the important things when you have the chance and the unintended consequences of never saying those things.


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In Five Years: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982137441
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Published: Atria Books - March 10th, 2020

"An unforgettable love story, but it is not the one you're expecting."

You'll pick this book up and think you know exactly where it's going, but you'd be wrong.


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The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781368051835
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 28th, 2020

This was so much fun! I laughed out loud so many times reading this. It reminded me of the Timmy Failure series, Rex is a similar sort of narrator. I think this would be especially fun read aloud. Psyched that this is the first in a series!


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Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

What an amazing debut novel! This is a book that you pick up and don't put down again until you're finished. I read it in one sitting! Fabulous writing coupled with important issues handled with a deft hand. It would be easy to just read this book for the entertaining plot, but looking deeper there is so much to unpack here about racial issues.


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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062941503
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Published: William Morrow - March 10th, 2020

When she was just 15, Vanessa entered into a "consentual" relationship with her much older English teacher. 17 years later, when multiple allegations of sexual abuse come out against Mr. Strane, Vanessa is forced to re-examine their relationship. In flashbacks, the reader sees that consent can never really exist in a relationship with such a power dynamic. This book is a disturbing look at a predatory individual and the way he grooms his victims.