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Geri's Picks

As long as I can remember, I have always loved books and reading.  I began with Bobsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Beverly Cleary and then onto teenage " girl stories".  In high school, I was lucky enough to be hired at the public library in my small New Jersey town.   I think they felt that they might as well hire me as I was always there anyway and knew the library well!    After two previous careers, I have my dream retirement job - at Island Books!   Surrounded by books and people who love books is where I love to be.  

Hamnet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

Don't be intimidated by the title. You do not need to be a student of Shakespeare's work to enjoy this book.  Based on historical facts, this is really the story of William Shakespeare's wife and children. While their father was living in London creating his famous works, a plague hit the small village where his young son Hamnet and twin sister were living with their mother.  This is their deeply moving story, not to be missed. 

This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476749303
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Published: Atria Books - May 26th, 2020

One of my favorites in 2019.  A beautifully written adventure of 4 young orphans who've escaped from a miserable isolated boarding school for children from an Indian reservation in Minnesota and are on the run from their horrible school headmistress and the law as they travel by canoe to St Louis to find the only living relative of two of the boys .  Beautifully written with unforgettable characters that kept me turning the pages until its shocking conclusion.


The Book of Longings: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525429760
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Published: Viking - April 21st, 2020

Grounded in Sue Monk Kidd's beautiful writing and meticulous research and written with reverence to the life of Jesus, focused on his Humanity and his 33 year journey on this earth.  This is the story of the possibility that Jesus had a wife.  He meets 15 year old Anna when he is only 20.  She is a brave and ambitious young woman who fights against her oppressive male-dominated society and chooses the penniless carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth, rather than the husband that her parents chose for her. 
Theirs is a beautifully imagined love story which I found myself mesmerized by. Whether or not you agree with the premise that Jesus indeed was married, I promise that you will admire Anna and her dear and faithful friends. 

Transcendent Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525658184
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Published: Knopf - September 1st, 2020

This book touched me deeply.  It is the powerful portrait of Ghanaian immigrants, a mother and her son and daughter who have come to the United States to escape their country and begin a new life.  It is the beautiful story of a brilliant young woman, who through her graduate study on mice in her lab, tries to unlock the secrets of the brain as she tries to understand depression and addiction as it ravages her beloved mother and talented brother.  
 This is my over-simplification of a story of faith, science, grief, depression, addiction and, most of all, love.   One of my most recent favorites!

A Burning: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525658696
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Published: Knopf - June 2nd, 2020

I read this in a single sitting!  In the wake of a catastrophic train fire in India, 3 characters become enmeshed in the obstacles surrounding their friend Jivan's being accused of this terrorist act because of a careless comment she made on Facebook!!  
I couldn't put this down until I knew the conclusion!  Excellent - short- good for book club discussion.