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Pat's Picks

I am one of the lucky people who likes to go to work.  Being surrounded by books and book people makes me happy.  My reading diet leans toward literary fiction and I have a particular fondness for well developed characters and beautiful writing.  I dip into non-fiction sometimes too.  I'll read anything by Erik Larson and Candice Millard, and I have an appetite for biography and memoirs especially with a food theme.  I also enjoy travel writing - even though I'm not going anywhere soon.

Hamnet Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984898876
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 18th, 2021

Do you really want to read a book that takes place during the Plague?  If it is this one, yes, you do.  The writing is stunning, almost poetic, the story is captivating and the sense of place is palpable.  This was my favorite book of 2020.  Now in paperback.


Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525541912
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 20th, 2021

I sank right into this story of a 25 year old black woman who babysits for a wealthy 30 something year old white woman's prcocious and delightful 3 year old daughter.  The small and subtle instances of racism were eye opening.  This was great to read and great to discuss.


Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148544
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Published: Grove Press - February 16th, 2021

This was one of my favorite books this year.  A real delight.


Nothing to See Here Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

Trust me.  Just suspend belief and read it.

 


Golden Child: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525573005
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hogarth - January 28th, 2020

Great for book group discussion!


Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984823557
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - April 6th, 2021

I would travel anywhere with this author.


Olive, Again: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812986471
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 3rd, 2020

 Olive Kitteridge is back and I couldn't be happier to see her.  I laughed, I cried, I cringed. This book will speak especially to women of a certain age.  Brilliant.