Summer Staff Picks, Round 2

  • ANNA: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • CHARLIE: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • CHRISTOPHER: The Power of Quiet by Miranda Hersey
  • DREW: The Mongol Empire by John Man
  • ELISE: Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
  • HADLEY: Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi & Curt Gentry
  • JENNIFER: Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
  • MARIELLE: The Nix by Nathan Hill
  • MARY: Home by Julie Andrews
  • PAM: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  • SARAH: 500 Miles From You by Jenny Colgan
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The Kiss Quotient Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780451490803
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Published: Berkley - June 5th, 2018

This book made me oddly emotional for a romance book. Stella and Michael’s relationship was so real that it made me cry at the end when everything was wrapped up. I really came to care for this couple. Stella has Austism and she never learned what a relationship was, so she hires Michael to teach her how to date. Helen Hoang writes the best romance books, and is my favorite author of the genre. Her characters feel so authentic and honest and the romances are always incredibly well-done! - ANNA


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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

The true-life story of two women: one a tobacco farmer whose cancer cells can to this day be found in the billions in laboratories around the world; the other a writer who, sixty years later, seeks truth, justice and recognition for the family that never saw a single penny from the companies that have benefited from those cells. Asking big questions about healthcare, social justice, the autonomy of the human body and even the meaning of life, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a vital, fascinating and thought-provoking book. - CHARLIE


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The Power of Quiet: An Inspirational Journal for Introverts Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250181954
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Published: Castle Point Books - June 26th, 2018

The Power of Quiet was one on the four journals I used over quarantine and I have to say its one of the best journals I’ve owned. Containing daily exercises that focus on both developing and challenging everyone’s inner introvert, The Power of Quiet has allowed me to discover more about how I work, why I think the way I do, and helped me fall in love with a part of myself I’ve always seen as somewhat troublesome. If you’re looking to find a bit more inner peace in this age of what seems to be weekly conflicts, this book may just help you on your journey to tomorrow’s you. - CHRISTOPHER


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The Mongol Empire: Genghis Khan, His Heirs and the Founding of Modern China Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780552168809
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Published: Transworld Publishers - October 1st, 2016

John Man is a brilliant historian and his works on the Mongol Empire are fascinating. From the rise of Temujin to the division of the empire at the last great kurultai the story of the mongol empire is the story of Europe, China and India. However for one of the most influential empires in history many people relatively few people know much about them. The Mongol Empire works to change all of that, and does so with a terribly good read! - DREW


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$9.99
ISBN: 9781338210064
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Published: Point - May 28th, 2019

Sometimes all you need is a fluffy, short contemporary book that will make you smile. If you haven’t read any of Kasie West’s books, I definitely recommend this one! The story follows Kate who becomes a co-host for a podcast at school with her friend Alana. When an anonymous caller asks for crush advice, Kate has a feeling she knows who it is. But what happens when she starts to develop feelings for him…. And he may like Alana? This story was super sweet and easy to follow- perfect for a summer read! - ELISE


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Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393322231
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 2001

If you haven't read this true crime classic, you're missing out; if you haven't read it in many years, consider picking it up again. Helter Skelter is way more than a kill count. It's a work of American history that describes the crimes that marked the transition from the fancy-free (white) America of the '60s to the terror-stricken '70s: the Manson family murders. Written by the prosecutor on the case, this hefty book is surprisingly readable, and it's an excellent companion piece to the 2019 Tarantino masterpiece Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood. - HADLEY


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Today Will Be Different Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316403450
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 27th, 2017

In this comic novel, Seattle artist Eleanor Flood is frustrated with her personal life and procrastinating on a long-ago promised job. She has an elaborate list of ways to start her day with a smile and make her day different. But her family and friends interrupt her attempts at improvement and soon her whole life begins to unravel. I loved Eleanor’s sarcastic and deadpan voice and I felt enormous sympathy for her as I learned about her family’s history and the story of the Flood girls. - JENNIFER


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$17.00
ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Nathan Hill's creative and satirical writing style had me turning pages so fast I got paper cuts following this epic story of life's strange connections. Flipping through time from 2011 to as far back as WWII Norway, you will race through the mysteries of a family’s history, unraveling, and possible redemption. THE NIX makes you truly feel the complexities of life, while remaining at its core a stunning portrait of family love that will pull at your heartstrings, and keep you salivating for more to the very last word and beyond. - MARIELLE


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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780786884759
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Published: Hachette Books - April 1st, 2009

Julie Andrews has been one of my idols since I was very young. The Sound of Music is one of my all-time favorite musicals. Home details Julie's life, growing up during WWII, in a dysfunctional family. Coming from a musical, entertainment family, Julie started singing training at age 9 and 1/2, even singing for Queen Elizabeth! At the age of 12, she began her career in London musicals, the beginning of a charmed life where she met many famous actors. At age 14, she finds out a secret about her father. Marriage to Tony Walton and the birth of their daughter Emma close this phase of her story. If you are like me, you may want to continue with Home Work, a sequel! - MARY


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Miracle Creek: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250251305
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Published: Picador - April 7th, 2020

Wow, this book is an unexpected page turner. Immediately you are drawn into a fascintaing story line about an unimaginable tragedy which results in the death of an adult and child. If you enjoy suspense, drama and mystery this book is for you. - PAM


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500 Miles from You: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062911247
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 9th, 2020

Jenny Colgan has become pracitcally a cult Towne Book Center favorite author. I've rarely seen so many of her books on other stores' shelves and since I brought The Bookshop on the Corner into the store, I've seen her popularity increase her in leaps and bounds. This is her most recent, and most serious work yet, but is full of her trademark wit and showcases some amazing friendships, as well as a sweet romance - all the things one wants in a great summer read! - SARAH