Anne's Staff Recommendations

Welcome to Anne's recommendations!  The written word has been as natural a part of Anne's life, as breathing, for as long as she can remember! When her children were old enough and she wasn't moving every couple of years, working in a bookstore just seemed to naturally follow. Her first job was very part time, at a Walden Books, then Elly Gore hired me for my first job at Schwartz in 1991, and the rest is history. Mysteries have always been her "secret sin," although she also love general fiction and some history and biography. Her entire extended family are readers, perhaps it's the Irish bloodline, and her youngest brother is an actor and playwright.

Check out what Anne has been reading below! 


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The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin's House Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345544216
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Ballantine Books - May 30th, 2017

I knew nothing about this topic when I started -- including that Franklin had a son, let alone a Loyalist. A fascinating picture of that period of history and the cost that the founding of this country demanded from families.

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The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250022103
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Minotaur Books - July 26th, 2016

"Gamache has retired to Three Pines, looking forward to its peace and quiet. The death of a child, a fanciful chatterbox whose pesky presence Gamache tried to ignore, pulls him in to a devastating mystery with roots far in the past and a connection to his friend, the cantankerous poet Ruth. Louise Penny always comes through with a great read - each book just gets better!" --Anne

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Our Souls at Night (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101911921
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 28th, 2016

"Haruf takes us on one last trip to Holt, Colorado for the poignant, gently courageous story of Addie Moore and Louis Waters. When Addie proposes a rather shocking solution for the loneliness of her life, a startled Louis decides to go along with it, and their lives are never the same. The openness and resilience of these older people is in marked contrast to the closed off way their children approach life. Simple things provide great joy, and I found myself cheering for these two all the way along. Inspiring and lovely. Thank you Kent Haruf for this final gift." --Anne

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The Red Notebook Cover Image
By Antoine Laurain, Jane Aitken (Translator), Emily Boyce (Translator)
ISBN: 9781908313867
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallic Books - April 7th, 2015

"It may not be a complicated story, but what a story it is! Laure gets mugged. Laurent the bookseller finds her purse. He tries to find her. As he gets clues to her life and gets closer and closer, he finds himself wanting to know everything about her but at the same time, scared to meet her. It takes his precocious daughter (his fairy goddaughter?) to put them together. Such a delightful tale, perhaps even better than The President's Hat. I thoroughly enjoyed it!" --Anne

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Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345453242
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - January 5th, 2010

"If you loved the novel by Anya Seton, this history of the 'real' Katherine is fascinating. I loved them both!" -- Anne

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Shakespeare Saved My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781402273148
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sourcebooks - April 2nd, 2013

If anyone needs proof that literature can change lives, here it is. This is an amazing story, beautifully told, of the impact Shakespeare's work had on one remarkable man, imprisoned for life, and his teacher. This must read is one of the most important books I have read in a long time; I'm still reeling from the power of the ending.

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Dry Bones in the Valley (Henry Farrell #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393350784
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 6th, 2015

"This is the first in a projected series of four mysteries; the sense of place is strong and wonderful. Bouman's characters are like people we might know--at once simple and complicated--as they struggle to cope without side influences that are changing a rural way of life which has existed for generations in northeastern Pennsylvania. Officer Harry Farrell is someone I look forward to meeting again." -- Anne

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Jade Dragon Mountain: A Mystery (Li Du Novels #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250072337
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Published: Minotaur Books - July 5th, 2016

"This fascinating mystery by first-time author Elsa Hart is set in China in the 1700's and features an exiled librarian as the unlikely detective. The puzzling murder of an elderly Jesuit astronomer is set against a background of vibrant culture, science and politics to form a compelling tale. I’m very much looking forward to the next adventure with the intelligent and observant Li Du." -- Anne

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The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062248459
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - July 29th, 2014

"Author Simon Van Booy has produced a beautifully written set of stories that appear distinct but eventually come together to show how connected people and events really are. I have read this book multiple times, and it is a joy every single time." -- Anne

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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547250250
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 6th, 2015

"What a sad story! Rosemary Kennedy’s family loved her and protected her, but the time into which she was born was certainly no help; the family felt the only choice was to hide her disabilities and put on a brave face. Even the family money could only do so much. And the surgery her father chose for her was truly tragic. I think he had the best of intentions, but was seriously misled, and the results were devastating. She was, as her mother referred to it, the first Kennedy tragedy." --Anne

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Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524732837
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Published: Knopf - February 27th, 2018

I am predisposed to like this, as he is Irish. It's probably not for everyone, but his language is beautiful, and I found the things he was relating very interesting. It's a biography that is anything but plodding (have read my share of ones that just about put me to sleep!), and since I like both his fiction and his mysteries, I was drawn to this.