Extraordinary books for the entire family
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We're sorry we can't meet with you in person, but we've currated a list of some favorite books below. Find our young children's list here, early reader/middle grade here and teen here. You can still call the store and speak to a staff member for a more personalized recommendation at 408-292-8880 or you can email Carol Doup Muller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy reading!
I'm excited that we just got more copies of Station Eleven, because it's one of my absolute favorites -- the most hopeful post-apocalyptic novel you'll ever read! It's a beautiful exploration of what art and stories can mean to human beings in the wake of a worldwide pandemic. Perhaps relevant? - Kristin
Star-crossed (working-class, suburban New York) lovers deal with a family tragedy. Old-fashioned in the best ways, this is a novel by a writer to watch. For fans of Alice McDermott.
Read this book through, mark your favorite pages, and keep it by your bed for a pick me up whenever you need it. You'll thank me later.
A surprisingly funny look at a frightening situation, botanist Mark Watney must find a way to survive when he is stranded on Mars.
Three college friends are reunited on an East Coast island after 40 years: A question from the past has haunted these men for years. The title, referencing the Johnny Mathis hit from the ‘50s, finds them parsing their identities and their odds for late-in-life happiness.
Our Ann writing in domestic mode--this time about modern-day Hansel-and-Gretel siblings cast out of a landmark home in suburban Philadelphia.
Comic family saga of two sisters whose lives diverge in unfair ways, only to intertwine when craft breweries become the Next Big Thing.
This illustrated memoir is a powerful look at how the choices of our parents, for better or worse, shape who we are and how we raise our own children. - Lucy
A wonderful story about food, love and friendship. Beautiful! - Cathy
Queer? Dysphoria? Gender expression? Confused? These authors are here to help with quick and easy explanations! - Erica
The first book in the Mary Russell series, meet Mary; recently orphaned and brilliant, her life changes drastically when she meets a famous, retired sleuth who goes by Sherlock Holmes! - Lucy
A wonderful sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always entertaining read! Couldn’t put it down. - Cathy
The piano impacts the lives of two people in very different and important ways. - Nancy
A novel about Maud Gage Baum - widow to Frank and The Wizard of Oz, daughter to a great feminist, friend on the set of 1939s colorful movie. So much historical goodness. - Carol
An engaging tale of overcoming adversity, courage against the odds, protecting the weak amid the power of friendship and found family. - Claire
Yes, the Tom Hanks and he can write! A wonderful collection of stories that all have a hidden typewriter! - Cathy
I loved this book. Great for someone new to seeing a therapist… or not. Makes you look at yourself in a different light. Appreciated by therapist friends too! Recently on NPR - Monica
Wow! Interesting and a great read! Wonderful for book clubs, lots of discussion! Follow 3 women through their real lives of sex and betrayal! - Cathy
DON’T READ ANYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. Just dive into it without spoilers. A family story like nothing else and the writing is a masterpiece of narrative control and imagination. - Carol
For fans of off beat, slice of life stories will be delighted! We all struggle to find our place in society, but Kieko’s trials will make you laugh and sigh at the same time. - Suzi
Arizona territory 1893. Camels in the army? An outlaw and a female settler’s live interconnect? - Nancy
A wonderful story about friendship and the swimming pool that brought it all together. - Cathy
Racy, provocative, thought provoking- will keep you reading on the edge of your seat way past your bedtime! - Cathy
Two smart retirees become inadvertent detectives. Lots of comic observations for fun mystery lovers. - Carol
Everything you see in these pages is made from a plant. Poetically crafted and artistically drawn, each turn reveals the unfolding beauty of the changing seasons! - Kassi
A mystery ripped from East Bay headlines. If you like twisty, small-town mysteries from the BBC, this may be your cuppa. A dark brew. - Carol
Complex and dark, this isn’t the picture book for everyone. But it is a work of genius. Perfect for older thoughtful children and nearly every adult. - Carol