Staff Picks


Amy’s  Review:An perfectly cute and cozy read for a sunny spring day! It all began with a correspondence between two quite different women: 28-year-old Sara from Haninge, Sweden, and 65-year-old Amy from the small town of Broken Wheel, Iowa. After years of exchanging books, letters and thoughts on the meaning of literature and life, Sara, mousy, disheveled, who has never been anywhere in her life–has really lived only for her work in a beloved bookshop, which has just closed its doors for the last time–bravely decides to accept her unknown friend’s invitation to visit. But when she arrives, she finds her house empty, the funeral guests just heading home. . .

Publisher’s Summary: Sara finds herself alone. And what choice do the inhabitants of Broken Wheel have but to take care of their bewildered tourist? And what choice does Sara have, faced with a town where nobody reads and her desire to honour her friend, but to set up the perfect bookshop with all the books she and Amy shared–from Yann Martel’s Life of Pi to Iris Murdoch and Jo Nesbo, to Bridget Jones and Doug Coupland’s All Families Are Psychotic to Little House on the Prairie? And then watch as the townsfolk are, one by one, transformed in unexpected ways. . .
     In the glorious tradition of 84 Charing Cross RoadThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club, Jane Austen, and movies such as You’ve Got Mail and Love ActuallyThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a big-hearted, witty book about books, friendship, love–and always being open to the unexpected.

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Brooke’s  Review: ‘There There’ is a bold, brutal, and beautiful debut novel that pulls no punches. Told from multiple viewpoints of several people heading to the Big Oakland Powwow in California, Tommy Orange creates a riveting novel of identity, status, survival, and hope. An excellent read!

Publisher’s Summary: Here is a story of several people, each of whom has private reasons for travelling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honour his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss.

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