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Kathleen's Picks

I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. Two months after I retired from teaching, Judy asked me to think about part time work at Island Books. I could not believe my good luck, a  legitimate reason to indulge my love of reading, guilt free. My reading tastes are rather eclectic, slightly more fiction than non-fiction but a good mix. Lately World War II seems to be a theme, ordinary people doing extraordinary things on a daily basis. I am presently on a quest to read more books that make me laugh out loud.

The Bullet That Missed: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593299395
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - September 20th, 2022

Properties of Thirst Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781416571261
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 2nd, 2022

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982158217
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Published: Atria Books - August 2nd, 2022

Once There Were Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250244154
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2022

Our Woman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063020788
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Published: William Morrow - June 1st, 2021

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The Lincoln Highway: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735222359
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Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021

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The Henna Artist Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780778331476
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Published: Mira Books - April 6th, 2021

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Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

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The Bohemians: The Lovers Who Led Germany's Resistance Against the Nazis Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358508625
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Published: Mariner Books - July 13th, 2021

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Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735213616
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2020

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The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062430519
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Published: Dey Street Books - August 28th, 2018

This is the fascinating story of Elizabeth Smith, an English major from rural America who became the premier code breaker for the United States during both World Wars.


A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593157497
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 6th, 2021

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

This is probably my all time favorite autobiography. Growing up in South Africa during apartheid, Trevor Noah had much to be angry and bitter about. This, however, is a book of celebration and hope. There were many parts that I found myself laughing out loud. Noah attributes his success to his mother who was determined to show him a world full of possibility.


The Orphan's Tale Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778319818
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Published: Mira Books - February 21st, 2017

 A young  woman follows the cries of babies and finds a box car of abandoned infants and toddlers. She chooses one to replace the infant she just lost. They and many others are saved by a traveling circus moving freely through Nazi occupied Europe.I loved these characters, all hiding something but all helping each other to survive.


The Secret Life of Bees Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142001745
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

I loved this book. The rich language and characters took me to a different time and place. I  experienced the heat of the south in summer and the buzzing of the bees in their hives. Lily is yearning to know more about her mother. In her search, she finds three bee keepers who share her mother's story and embrace her as their own.