Bookseller at Seward Park
Candace has been an avid reader since childhood--always looking for stories with strong and complex POCs. She has a degree in German Literature, which exposed her to the delightfully creepy side of storytelling by writers like Kafka and Brecht. When not at the bookstore, she is pulling out her hair over her YA novel. She shares her life with a rocket scientist and a Plott Hound. They both ensure that there is never a dull day.
Stunningly illustrated, this book reads like poetry. It's calming, charming, really beautiful. If you're looking for something to lull your little one asleep, this is your book!
Such a fun bedtime book! Laughter is unavoidable as you follow Abner and Ian's instructions to shake the book until they find their footing. The book is interactive with clever language that doesn't condescend to children (words/phrases like perpendicular, recurrent eczema, functioning of systems, probability). Really is a hoot. Be prepared to read it again and again...and again.
For fans of Jane Eyre, this futuristic retelling of Charlotte Brontë's seminal work will satiate your thirst for Gothic novels and spaceship drama. Relegated to a miserable engineering job aboard the Stalwart, seventeen year old Stella is offered a governess position on the Rochester, a tricked-out, elite ship. Between a budding romance with the ship's captain and the mysteries of the ship, things get cray and steamy.
Wow. This book is beautiful. Equal parts coming-of-age, adult love story, and murder mystery, this genre-bender follows the life of Kya Clark, a girl who grew up fast after her family abandoned her in the marshlands of North Carolina. From mending cuts to learning how to read, Kya's self-sufficient life in the woods keeps her isolated, earning her the nickname "the marsh girl." Written by a zoologist, the prose is full of lush scenery and vivid texture that brings the characters and setting to life. Read the first page, and it'll surely draw you in.
Is it too cheesy to call this enchanting? Ok...maybe. But there is something gripping about this historical fantasy, where the author weaves historically accurate details of revolutionary France with imaginative elements of magic. As main character Camille goes from using white magic to casting darker spells, the lines of morality blur and the world loses it's luster, even from the glittering palace of Versailles.
My favorite book of the year. Playful and poignant, this chronicles a woman rediscovering her self worth and inner beauty. Anecdotes span the author's crummy relationships, culture shock, and the pain involved in pursuing your dreams. This sex and body positive book shows you how to occupy your space "emotionally and physically, with style and entitlement".