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Page Turners

Every other week, we invite local booksellers to submit suggestions for the best books on shelves now—it’s all part of our mission to keep our readers informed, up-to-date, and entertained.

  • A Colder War by Charles Cumming

    I’m always happy to read a good spy novel. This one is from the Brit’s perspective, with the CIA under suspicion as a possible leak in Western intelligence. Fast-paced and engaging.

    —Jamie of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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  • Breverton’s Nautical Curiosities by Terry Breverton

    This is a mine of information on oceans, ships, and explorers. Encyclopedia style, with illustrated asides and a lexicon of the unheard of and peculiar. It also explains common phrases like "Mayday" or "at the end of my rope" and "sweet Fanny Adams." Add history, marine biology, all wrapped in a gorgeous cover—it’s a fascinating reference book for those who feel the call of the sea.

    —Hannah of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, Essex

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  • How to Be A Viking by Cressida Cowell

    Not your ordinary Viking tale. There is a small and lonely Viking named Hiccup. He goes to sea for the first time with his father. Off onto the mighty waves they go, and adventures ensue. A CD of the author reading the tale comes with the colorful book.

    —Linda of Burgundy Books, Westbrook

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  • I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein

    A wonderful children’s book for that little independent soul. Dog does not need anyone—he even walks himself...until. Humorous pictures and text of a grouchy dog finding friendship.

    —Linda of Burgundy Books, Westbrook

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  • In the Blood by Lisa Unger

    It is a thriller with all of the complex elements to make it a good read. Characters are strong, with a habitual liar, a troubled youth, and a mysterious disappearance, and the novel is written skillfully by this writer. This is a great psychological suspense and nail-biter.

    —Linda of Burgundy Books, Westbrook

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  • Rainbows Never End by Laura Lyn DiSiena and Hannah Eliot

    Did you know that rainbows never end? That’s right! A rainbow is actually a full circle, but we can’t see the whole thing because it is blocked by the horizon. So cool, right? In this super-fun fact book, you will learn all sorts of amazing things about weather and the environment, from why thunder booms to how frost flowers are formed in the Arctic Ocean. Kids of all ages (and adults, too) will surely learn something new! For readers aged five and older.

    —Kaley of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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  • The Remarkable Courtship of General Tom Thumb by Nicholas Rinaldi

    P.T. Barnum created the persona of General Tom Thumb after discovering the diminutive Charles Sherwood Stratton at age 4. Tom became the sensation of an era, meeting presidents and royalty. Nicholas Rinaldi has taken this remarkable little man and fleshed him out with authentic thoughts and feelings against the backdrop of the Civil War. His courtship of and marriage to the equally tiny Lavinia is touching. Superb historical fiction based on real, larger-than-life characters.

    —Julie of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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  • The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Alma Whittaker is a botanist specializing in mosses and feels her only life is her study, until she meets Ambrose Pike, a naturalist and orchid illustrator. He believes there is a divine code in the natural world, which is why God created plants in certain shapes. Scientific ideas permeate the novel revolving around Alma’s complex family and her husband. This is an entirely different type of writing for Gilbert, with a similarity to Barbara Kingsolver.

    —Ree of Harbor Books, Old Saybrook

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  • The Strange Death of Mistress Coffin by Robert J. Begeiging

    Based on an unsolved murder in 1648 New Hampshire, this novel has characters of warmth, passion, and humor, unlike the usual stiff depiction of early New Englanders: A murdered woman, an abandoned wife, a suspect hiding among Native Americans, the strange un-English widower, and the educated newcomer who earns his place in the New World by searching for answers. An evocative and authentic read for lovers of history and true crime.

    —Linda of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities

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  • Vintage Beer by Patrick Dawson

    Vintage Beer? Welcome to the new world of aged beer. Learn the rules of thumb collected through the author’s own trial and error. He gracefully breaks down the components of beer, examining both science and history. And for the curious-yet-impatient reader (who may not have 20 years to properly age a stout), see Dawson’s outstanding list of "vintage beer" bars across the globe!

    —Sara of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities

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  • We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

    This is the most impressive novel I’ve read all year. This story of a family in the boroughs of New York City is both expansive and inwardly personal. A major literary debut that is not to be missed.

    —Andrew of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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Past Page Turners

California by Edan Lepucki

 August 12, 2014

One of my favorites of the year, California lives up to the hype and praise bestowed by Stephen Colbert. The story follows Cal and Frida in post-apocalyptic California. When Frida finds out that she’s pregnant, they move to a nearby community but their adjustment is hard after being on their own so long. Very thought-provoking. You won’t be able to put it down.

—Liz of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

 August 12, 2014

I love this novel. It features New England and New York enclaves, writers, musicians, and artists. Self-actualization begins at summer camp with bonds forming for a lifetime. I know these people, beautifully flawed, only sometimes talented. Being "the interestings" is poignant rather than ironic. Figland, a South Park-ian fictional animation by character Ethan Figman, originates in a shoebox under his bed. It’s a brilliant device. Heroes fail. The beautiful can be ugly. Success is painful to measure. Love is not.

—Linda of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, Essex

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The Joy of Drinking by Barbara Holland

 August 12, 2014

Plunge into history and reexamine an ancient appreciation for the illustrious "drink." This short read will alter your perception of infamous figures past and civilization from the Aztecs to the Prohibitionists. An enjoyable, comprehensive progression from primitive (yet tasty!) ethanol to the artistic and elite prowess of the martini. Garnished with an appendix to "Make Your Own," it’s an essential for modern-day cocktail connoisseurs.

—Sara of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, Essex

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Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

 August 12, 2014

Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia are complete strangers and live nowhere near one another. The one thing they have in common is a mysterious girl named Leila, who is driving 4,000 miles across the country in an attempt to leave the past behind her. Along her journey, Leila meets and befriends each of these teens at a pivotal time in his or her life. When she drives out of their lives as quickly as she drove in, each of their lives is forever changed because of her. In the end, what Leila has been looking for all along is actually where she least expected it. Told in five parts, this great contemporary young-adult fiction is perfect for fans of John Green or Rainbow Rowell. For readers aged 14 and older.

—Kaley of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

 August 12, 2014

It’s so rare to find an adult book with a strong, wise young woman character! Like Swamplandia!, this novel soars as Eva takes in the world that is laid at her feet and tries to make the best of it both for herself and those around her. A wonderful novel!

—Jamie of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

 August 12, 2014

Just like the homeless cat that works its way into your heart, so will this grumpy old man, Ove. At times humorous and yet thoughtful, this story is about the power of friendship and love to turn a life around. Fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand will love this heart-warming story.

—Barb of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana by Carol Lee Anderson

 August 12, 2014

Surprise! Archie is the work of Bob Montana, longtime resident of Meredith, New Hampshire, born into a banjo-playing Vaudeville family that retired to New England in the Roaring ’20s and rode out the Depression as farmers and restaurateurs. Archie begins in Bob’s high school journals and his love of pranks. This is wonderful slice of American history and family legacy, bringing insight to the beloved world of the Archie comic strip.

—Linda of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, Essex

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This is Not a Book by Keri Smith

 August 12, 2014

If I were stranded on an island and could only bring one thing, this would be it: a 221-page experience offering time travel, imaginary places, reflection, and far-out prompts. Best put—this is a playground of prose! Smith reigns as queen of creative jump starts, and there’s her Wreck this Journal and Pocket Scavenger to work your way through as well—enjoy!

—Ellen of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, Essex

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An Abridged Portrait: A Biography By Phillip K. Lu

 July 29, 2014

What happens when the son of Chinese immigrants becomes an astronomer and poet? This is blissful and soulful reading and reflection. The poems display the author’s humility and sharp awareness of life here and as part of the universe. You can rest your burdens here for a while.

—Linda of Burgundy Books, Westbrook

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Bears in the Backyard by Edward R. Ricciuti

 July 29, 2014

Everything from bears to serpents and cougars are covered in these chapters. Discovering bears in the backyard is a daunting experience. But how does one survive a meeting with one in the wild? This is science writing that will make you think more about nature and our changing landscape. This is for city folk, too.

—Linda of Burgundy Books, Westbrook

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Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky

 July 29, 2014

Cartography, art, and literature align in the stories of 50 islands far beyond their mother countries—literally off the map. Though they’re historically rich and unadulterated, I wouldn’t plan your expedition just yet. Mutineers, exiles, and descendants of forgotten colonies are likely to haunt them, and the voyage itself could kill! With coordinates, back stories, and sketches sifted from ancient rare documents, this is undoubtedly the most poetic atlas to date.

—Ellen of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, Essex

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The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

 July 29, 2014

An exquisite stand-alone novel about World War I from the creator of the Maisie Dobbs series. Winspear breathes life into best friends Kezie and Thea who are swept away and torn apart by their very different wartime roles. Kezia’s lovely letters to her soldiering husband are the heart and heartbreak of the novel. I never tire of this genre as there are endless stories to tell and Winspear is one of the best storytellers of all time.

—Mary of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills

 July 29, 2014

They’re back. Duck and Goose are going to the beach. But of course, it’s not straightforward. Beautifully illustrated with ducks wearing cute hats, walking through lush greens and unto a beautiful beach, this book is perfect for children. It’s filled with the beauty of nature, humor, and good storytelling.

—Linda of Burgundy Books, Westbrook

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One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

 July 29, 2014

Jojo Moyes fans—here you go! Another wonderful story filled with smiles and joy and more characters to love. I loved this book and all its quirky twists and turns. Have fun with it!

—Lori of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm by Erin Byers Murray

 July 29, 2014

A city girl unplugs from her life as a Boston food and lifestyle writer to apprentice for 18 months in the business of oysters—yes, those oysters you eat in Grand Central Oyster Bar and hundreds of top American restaurants. It’s a terrific personal narrative. A mouth-watering dynamic tale with history and recipes about the New England farm community of Island Creek defying convention and succeeding .

—Linda of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, Essex

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

 July 29, 2014

After reading the first Cormoran Strike mystery, I fell in love with the detective and the series. I couldn’t wait for a sequel—and The Silkworm does not disappoint. It follows Cormoran as he investigates the disappearance of the author Owen Quine, who recently attempted to publish a scandalous novel that has the ability to ruin many lives—and possibly end some.

—Katherine of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

 July 29, 2014

Like any other teen, Bettina Vasilis struggles to balance her love for her family with her desire for independence. Her strict Greek parents don’t give her much freedom, until she surprisingly starts dating the high school football star. By all appearances, Brady seems like the perfect boyfriend. But as Bettina and Brady grow closer, his true colors start to show through. After a particularly rough encounter, Bettina runs off and happens upon Cowboy. He turns out to be the perfect safe place for her, and it seems like things are finally looking up when tragedy strikes unexpectedly. A great book for readers 14 and older.

—Kaley of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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Balls on the Lawn: Games to Live By by Brooks Butlers Hays

 July 16, 2014

I love this book and now want a big lawn. Horseshoes, badminton, bocce, KanJam?…It’s all here. Illustrated history, rules, necessary equipment, and recommended cocktails for 10 iconic games. Written with a grin, for grins. Lawn games make you think, move, laugh, form alliances, build friendships, and connect you to an ancient global history of pastimes. Fill the cooler; call your friends. Summer is waiting for you.

—Linda of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities

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Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast

 July 16, 2014

Roz Chast, a veteran cartoonist for The New Yorker, takes on a subject painfully familiar to many of us—the decline and demise of elderly parents—but the genius in her work is the application of her trademark candor and wit and even a four-color cartoon format to the whole dire predicament. Though the parental quirks may be personal, not so the theme of mortality and its final indignities. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry, but you can’t walk away unscathed. I loved it.

—Maureen of Breakwater Books, Guilford

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Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale by Josh Wilker

 July 16, 2014

A memoir? Baseball? I was totally captivated by the family narrative despite an embarrassing lack of baseball knowledge. This gem of a novel is about growing up in liberal ’70s hippie New England, a fascination for baseball heroes, a card collection, and an adored big brother. Each chapter leads with a color reproduction of a Topps "god," tying an unconventional, often-funny childhood to the larger world of Vietnam, Watergate, rock concerts, and waiting for that winning game.

—Linda of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, Essex

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Euphoria by Lily King

 July 16, 2014

This is a novel that sneaks up on you. King’s prose is effortless, and halfway through Euphoria, I wondered how she got me so involved. Set in New Guinea and loosely based on the life of Margaret Mead, this is an enthralling love story.

—Andrew of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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The Quick by Lauren Owen

 July 16, 2014

The promise of a sister to take care of her brother begins this extraordinary debut novel. Fragments of diaries and bits of knowledge are intertwined until I realized their story is just a small part of an old dark secret in Victorian London. Foggy lamp-lit streets are the perfect backdrop for the moral and philosophical questions and the quiet intense love stories. Owen is a mesmerizing storyteller!

—Jamie of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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Sparta by Roxana Robinson

 July 16, 2014

This is a moving portrait of one U.S. Marine’s struggle to survive in civilian life after he returns from war. Conrad Farrell has served a four-year tour in Iraq and returns home whole in body but damaged mentally. He must learn to deal with his traumas while struggling to reconnect with his family and girl friend. Sadly, the author’s depiction of the incompetency of our Department of Veterans Affairs brings to light the shameful treatment of our returning soldiers.

—Sue of Breakwater Books, Guilford

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The Strenuous Life of Harry Anderson by Roger Vaughan

 July 16, 2014

A sailing and racing treasure, this biography spans the life and legacy of the man many consider "America’s greatest living yachtsman." Harry Anderson is New York Yacht Club commodore, America’s Cup judge, Yale scholar, yacht owner, world traveler, and a character of high caliber. Documentary photographs and personal anecdotes complete a journey of 80 years at the vanguard of sail, inspiring young yachters in its wake. Anderson is man of unwavering integrity whom I’ve known for 24 years; he’s my great-uncle. Meet him yourself at the store’s booksigning on Saturday,
July 26.

—Ellen of The Griswold Inn Store ~ Goods & Curiosities, Essex

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The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

 July 16, 2014

At this point, if you ask me, anything Neil Gaiman touches turns to gold. Here, Neil has collaborated with renowned artist Eddie Campbell to bring to life his unbelievable story of family, the otherworld, and an epic search for hidden treasure. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, Truth pieces together a spectrum of storytelling tools—from panels to paintings, rough sketches to smudged charcoal—to deliver one of the most unique pieces to add to your ever-growing Gaiman collection.

—Courtney of R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

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