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The Great Alone, a novel by Kristin Hannah

If you enjoyed The Nightingale, you will love this new story of survival of the human spirit. It takes place in the last American frontier of Alaska.  13-year-old Leni  struggles to handle not only grizzlies, wolves and dropping temperatures, but also the demon rages her father suffers resulting from his memories of being a Vietnam POW. Powerful and compelling.

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death, a memoir by Maggie OFarrell

There is no victim here and life is to be treasured, but not treated delicately! One of the most mesmerizing memoirs, the breadth and scope of Maggie surviving 17 brushes with death will leave you gasping. Her strong voice is indelible.

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border, by Francisco Cantu

 Haunting, detailed descriptions of immigrants attempting to cross the US-Mexican border. The author explores the desert, the cartels, and the criminalization of people searching for a better life, while not making judgments, but clearly telling the facts.


How to Stop Time, a novel by Matt Haig

Tom Hazard ages very slowly. He is actually 439 years old! Nothing feels new to him as memories from the past crowd every moment of his present. He discovers that time without the people we love loses all meaning. Travel with Hazard from Shakespeareian London, to the Roaring Twenties in Paris, from exploring the new world with Captain Cook to present-day Los Angeles. He is only now learning to truly live.


An American Marriage: a novel by Tayari Jones

Delving into the lives of the newly-married Ray & Celestial, this gripping story pulls no punches when they are hit with a harrowing event that will define not only their relationship, but each of their lives forever.


The Mitford Murders, a mystery by Jessica Fellowes   

A historical novel of the Mitford sisters, "This is a chocolate souffle of a novel: as the enthralling mystery heats up, so the addictive deliciousness of the story rises. But this is not only an ingeniously twisty thriller; it is also a heart-wrenching, healing story about friendship, trust, betrayal and love; the sort of book you never want to end."  Juliet Nicholson, author





The Monk of Mokha, by Dave Eggers

The incredible true story of a young Yemeni American man, raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped by civil war.
Mokhtar is 24, working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and the central place of Yemen in it. He leaves San Francisco, travelling deep into his homeland to tour terraced farms high in the rugged mountains and meet beleaguered but determined farmers. When war engulfs the country and Saudi bombs rain down, Mokhtar has to find a way out of Yemen without sacrificing his dreams or abandoning his people.

Marys Monster:Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein,by Lita Judge

A biography of profound young author, Mary Shelley, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of its publication, told through free verse and 300+ illustrations.

Mary Shelley first began penning Frankensteinas part of a dare to write a ghost story, but the seeds of that story were planted long before that night. Mary, just 19 years old at the time, had been living on her own for three years and had already lost a baby days after birth. She was deeply in love with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a mad man who both enthralled and terrified her, and her relationship with him was rife with scandal and ridicule. But rather than let it crush her, Mary fueled her grief, pain, and passion into a book that the world has still not forgotten 200 years later.

Dark, intense, and beautiful, this free-verse novel with over 300 pages of gorgeous black-and-white watercolor illustrations is a unique and unforgettable depiction of one of the greatest authors of all time.

Points North, by Howard Frank Mosher

In Points North, completed just weeks before his death, Mosher presents a brilliant, lovingly-evoked collection of stories that center around the Kinneson family, ranging over decades of their history in the Northeast Kingdom. From a loquacious itinerant preacher who beguiles the reticent farmers and shopkeepers of a small New England town, to a proposed dam that threatens the river that Kinneson men have fished for generations, the scandalous secret of a romance and its violent consequences, and the fruitless search of a young man for love. Points North is a full-hearted, gently-comic, and beautifully-written last gift to the readers who treasure Howard Frank Mosher.


Hazel Wood, by Melissa Albert

Welcome to a fierce, captivating modern fantasy about a girl of 17 who must venture into the world behind a pitch dark, cult classic collection of fairy tales to save her mother. Alice and her mother have spent most of her life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when her grandmother, the reclusive author of a classic book of fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away by a figure who claims to have come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where the old stories are set. Her only lead on finding her mother is the message she left behind: Stay away from the Hazel Wood.

Alice has long steered clear of the fans of her grandmother. But now she has no choice but to ally with Ellery Finch, a superfan who has his own reasons for wanting to help. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture into the heart of the world where the fairy tales began and find out why her own story went so wrong.


Still Me, by Jojo Moyes

Funny, romantic, and poignant:  Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the super-rich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his second wife, Agnes. Louisa is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York City life.As she begins to mix in high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughn

Part British courtroom suspense, part portrait of a marriage, this is a riveting story of privilege, power and the perception of truth in a novel where everyone's motives are suspect. Skillfully interweaving the unfolding scandal with James's and his wife Sophie's student days at Oxford, as well the drug-fueled, secret tragedy there that has informed his relationship with the Prime Minister ever since, Vaughan gradually reveals just how shockingly high the stakes are. Such is the strength of this sinewy novel from Vaughan that the glossy, tabloid surface proves one of the less interesting facets of the engrossing, twist-filled tale that unspools.


Robicheaux, by James Lee Burke 

Dave Robicheaux, returns in this gritty, atmospheric mystery set in the towns and backwoods of Louisiana. Between his recurrent nightmares about Vietnam, his battle with alcoholism, and the sudden loss of his beloved wife, Molly, his thoughts drift from one irreconcilable memory to the next. During a murder investigation, Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he's investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of his wife.  He encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he love

Prairie-Fires: the American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser

"Unforgettable. A magisterial biography, which surely must be called definitive. Richly documented (it contains 85 pages of notes), it is a compelling, beautifully written story. One of the more interesting aspects of this wonderfully insightful book is its delineation of the fraught relationship between Wilder and her disturbed, often suicidal daughter. But it is its marriage of biography and history, providing such a rich context for the life, that is one of the great strengths of this book." 

Wolves of Winter, by Tyrell Johnson

Fiction at its best: a gripping plot, imagery that arrests and illuminates, and characters that will haunt you. A brilliant, post-apocalyptic thriller that is part coming-of-age story, part survival epic of the hard-bitten heroine Lynn, and her thrilling journey into a frozen, predator-filled landscape. But what sets this story apart is a masterfully deliberate lyricism. Every word has been vetted against all other possibilities. The result is a story that pulses from beginning to end. Here is prose that demands to be read.

Bonfire: a novel by Krysten Ritter

In this fast-paced thriller, successful environmental lawyer, Abby Williams, is brought back to her Indiana town for work for a company that has helped rebuild the economy but is suspected of water pollution. Abby becomes obsessed with finding what happened to her classmate who disappeared ten years earlier. Her search for truth leads Abby down a dark path of corruption and secrets.


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Here We Are, by Oliver Jeffers    Hardcover picture book

Wit and humor are used to explore the world we live in. Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is a user guide to life on Earth. He created it with a universality that embraces children and their parents. Be it a complex view of the terrain of our planet (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space, or a guide to all of the animals, Jeffers wit & humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have science book with perfect language for parents of small children.

Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics, by James Cheshire

In recent years, technology has made it possible to track animal movements from afar in more and more detail. Cheshire and Ubert have dipped into this deluge of data to create 50 beautiful and engaging maps that reveal the wanderings of animals.
This is a special kind of detective story. After millennia of using footprints, feces, feathers, broken foliage and nests to track animals, the process is now so teched up you need to read this book to find out the how, what and why.

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that inspired the Little House Books, by Marta McDowell
"McDowell commemorates the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder with a captivating look at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author's relationship with nature. . . . McDowell's warm descriptions of the author, her times, and the plants she loved provide a wonderful companion to the Wilder books, while instructions on growing a Little House-inspired garden add an interactive component. Gardeners, botanists, and fans of Wilder will love this lushly illustrated book.


Lovely Tile Coasters by Katie Tuzmen make perfect remembrance gifts

Amanda Pray Seaglass Frames are charming mementos

Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp


 Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn




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