Bookseller at Lake Forest Park
New to the area Chelsea is not to be trusted with driving directions but has plenty of suggestions for something to read. She reads mostly fiction without any particular genre to call her favorite. When she's not reading she is probably binge watching something on Netflix or subjecting her husband to botched culinary experiments.
There is no reason a book about one of the darkest parts of one of the darkest parts of world history should be written this beautifully. Konar is a master wordsmith and we should all feel humbled by her prose. She has taken the most evil and wretched setting and denied the darkness victory over hope and strength.
Set in rural Mississippi in the early 20th Century, this story is many things. This is a story of gender and sexuality, of medical history, of personal strength and of the expectations of others. This book is stunning and would be perfect for book clubs and lovers of Jeffrey Eugenides' book Middlesex.
Imagine that one of the Heathers was possessed by a demon and as her BFF it's up to you to save the day. Brilliant, hilarious and an absolute must for anyone with a wicked sense of humor or deepfelt '80s nostalgia. The power of Phil Collins compels you!
For those of you who, like me, enjoy creepy fiction, this book is a must. montes has created this one-sided love story so brilliantly that you cannot help anxiously turning each page, craving the knowledge of what comes next.
Quick and darkly funny, these stories are a treat. Bringing the darker side of Williams-Sonoma to life, these stories explore satirical domesticity from wars over wainscoting and the many rules of Book Club to finding the perfect bra. You won't be disappointed.
If you are feeling burdened or disenchanted with reading history, you need this book! Sarah Vowell is a history-buff goddess and breathes new life into the dusty archives of our history. If you enjoy laughing, learning and losing yourself to the written word, this is your book!
Caitlin Doughty does for us what Jessica Mitford did in 1963 with The American Way of Death. Doughty writes a beautiful and thought-provoking memoir, reminding us that, as Americans, we do not acknowledge or respect death as a reality of life. She discusses how we've allowed our grieving and death rituals to become cold and commercialized. An honest look into the modern death industry and how we don't - but really should - understand it.
Don't let anyone fool you - this book is heartbreaking, painful, and often infuriating. That being said, it is also beautifully written and touching and completely worth it if you are willing to take the risk. Maybe Christie Watson is the real wizard here...?
A beautiful and heartbreaking account of young Adela Damari finding comfort and solitude in Henna despite the pressures of her family, the need to find a husband, and her father's worsening illness.
Unabrow is simply the funniest book that I've ever read. A book has never made me laugh this much and I can't wait to send a copy to my sisters and my friends. Buy it!!!
*Mom says Dad is corrupt and plotting against her.
*Dad says Mom is crazy and needs help.
Who would you believe? Tom Rob Smith does it again with a thrilling family tale of dirty secrets and unreliable stories, you wont want to put it down.
This is a book that should be sad but manages not to be. Despite cancer, racism, adultry, and loneliness this book is at its core a fierce and beautiful story of friendship persevering against all odds. This book is lovely.
"Yes in their own way they have condemned us to die! They think we are too old and useless. They forget we, too, have earned the right to live! So I say, if we are going to die; let us die trying, not sitting." (Sa')
*Boy do they show them!
This book reads like a dream, both honest and surreal as Shields unwinds the story of Eli Robuck's life after his mother leaves him for her new beau, Sasquatch. This is a book about family, relationships, obsession, and letting go. I loved every word.
From the author of Island of the Blue Dolphins this is the story of Bright Morning and her resilience in the face of near apocalyptic encroachment of white settlers. O'Dell gives us a beautiful story of a beautiful heroine with enough spirit and gumption to withstand overwhelming change and still find beauty in the world.
Told from many perspectives this is a story of change and reformation. These people must discover the new versions of themselves in the midst of an arson scare in their small, sheltered New Hampshire community.