Sally's Picks

My most absolute favorite genre is incredibly well written narrative nonfiction. The other genre I read the most is literary fiction, both novels and short stories. I'll read a good mystery from time to time (but nothing too scary), and I like to read kids books; I'm particularly fond of books at the middle-reader level (I'm a big Rick Riordan fan) and gorgeously illustrated picture books. I also find it hard to resist books on history and current events and bios/memoirs.

A Little Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - January 26th, 2016

Did You Ever Have a Family Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476798172
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - September 1st, 2015

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307949332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage Books - July 10th, 2012

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781451643350
Availability: Special Order
Published: Scribner Book Company - March 6th, 2012

The Sense of an Ending Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307947727
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Published: Vintage Books - May 29th, 2012

This Booker-Prize-winning novel is spare and thought-provoking.


The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385539289
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Published: Doubleday Books - January 19th, 2016

Hunters in the Dark Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780553447347
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Published: Hogarth Press - January 12th, 2016

A Doubter's Almanac Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781400068265
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House - February 16th, 2016

Last Bus to Wisdom Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781594632020
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 18th, 2015

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781607747109
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 16th, 2014

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage Books - October 4th, 2011

This book wins the trifecta of narrative nonfiction: well-written and organized, on an interesting subject not frequently written about, and beautifully produced. Wilkerson, the director of the narrative nonfiction writing program at Boston University, writes about the migration of blacks from the South to the North and West from WWI to the '70s.


All the Light We Cannot See Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476746586
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 6th, 2014

Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812979114
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Published: Random House Trade - August 9th, 2011

Author and book reviewer Gail Caldwell met author and columnist Caroline Knapp, and they bonded over their dogs, among other shared passions. Then Caroline died. Caldwell has written a beautifully moving, surprisingly unsappy yet tear-jerking nonetheless, memoir of their friendship. It's a must-read.


Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780812993172
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Published: Random House - October 27th, 2015

The Phantom Tollbooth Cover Image
By Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780394820378
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Published: Random House (NY) - October 12th, 1988

The Phantom Tollbooth is one of my all-time favorite kids books. It just doesn't get any better than this. If you haven't read it, or know of a kid who hasn't, buy it. In bulk. And read and share.


If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet Cover Image
By Leslie McGuirk, Leslie McGuirk (Preface by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781582463704
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Published: Tricycle Press - May 24th, 2011

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312267179
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Published: Picador USA - September 2nd, 2000

The Highest Tide Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781582346298
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 4th, 2006

H Is for Hawk Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124739
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780767928854
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Published: Anchor Books - May 31st, 2011

When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781596914612
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 28th, 2008

         

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