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Going South: 3 Books That Explore Life Below the Mason-Dixon Line

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In The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir author Harrison Scott Key tries to explain the southern United States: “The South is a strange place, one that can’t be fit inside a movie, a place that dares you to simplify it, like a prime number, like a Bible story, like my father.” For our latest round of Shelfie picks, we return to our friends at Square Books, located in the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi and boasting three separate buildings and its own café. Back in September, they gave us three great books to keep you up past your bedtime. This week manager Lyn Roberts is focusing on the rich tapestry of the South. South Toward Home: Travels in Southern…

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Mighty Girls: 3 Young Adult Heroines to Cheer For

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Ask any teen girl—being an adolescent blows. Your body is changing, your world is changing, your friends are changing and adult independence is banging on your door. It’s hard enough when you fit in with the people around you, but coming of age with unique challenges is really tough. This week Katie Orphan, manager of Los Angeles’ The Last Bookstore, recommends three terrific Young Adult novels about mighty girls who conquer the world on their own terms. The Last Bookstore began in a small loft and has swelled to their current 20,000 sq. ft. space and yes, the name is an intentional message; independent bookstores continue to struggle against big chains and e-books. But The Last Bookstore is flourishing with…

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3 Shelfies from Chappaqua Library about First love and Sentimentality

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Summer is a time for romance and adventure. You’re undoubtedly having your own memorable experiences during these fleeting warm-weather months (carpe diem, no?) and to enhance that experience, why not back it up with several amazing books? Why not turn the pages of a riveting novel where themes like young love, magic, mystery and historical suspense transport you to another world? For this week’s Shelfie Picks, we turn to Chappaqua Public Library, a library in the suburbs an hour north of New York City. Chappaqua counts certain former White House residents among their neighbors. From independent book stores to great libraries, we support champions of great books and Chappaqua was nice enough to participate. Reference Librarian Vicki Fuqua recommended three…

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Shelfie Picks: Strand Book Store’s New Contemporary Classics

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Sure, there’s plenty of light summer reading. We went to McLean and Eakin for wonderful summer lovin’ picks, turned to Skylight Books for summer adventures with coming-of-age twists, and even chatted with Elin Hilderbrand, the “Queen of the Summer Novel.” But just occasionally, those lazy summer days inspire deeper thought and encourage us to delve into untested waters. We want to turn the pages of a book that, while still accessible and enjoyable, makes us think and question. That’s what inspiring literary works do, right? A few excellent literary fiction novels have arrived this summer and to help us select three that go above and beyond, we headed to Strand Book Store, “New York City’s legendary home of 18 miles of books.”…

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Shelfies from The Booksmith Brings Out our Inner Explorer

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In our lives, we must all take a journey. The exploration of ourselves and our world is precisely what makes life worth living. A rich tapestry of personal and geographical discovery molds us into the individuals we become, and ultimately allows us to amass valuable memories. That is why we’re honoring Space Exploration Day and offering three new books that encourage us to be adventurous in both mind and body. On July 20, 1969, man walked on the moon; where will your adventure take you? For added inspiration, we turned to The Booksmith, one of the country’s best independent bookstores located on Haight Street in the heart of San Francisco. A 39-year-old establishment “with a focus on unusual literary fiction and…

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Shelfies with Skylight Books: Summer Adventures with a Coming-of-Age Twist

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Ah, summer. There’s just something about the warmer days that invoke feelings of love and adventure. It’s a season that makes us all feel young again; with that wistful, melancholy irony, we look back at our developing years during the carefree days of summer. We all wish we’d had wisdom beyond our years, the foresight to appreciate those days as they were happening. “If only I could go back…” we dreamily inform the waves. But at your side are several books that take you away and perhaps, take you back. That’s because Skylight Books has graciously provided you with three brand new, wonderfully inspired titles that will keep the pages turning while the sun rises high over a picturesque beach.…

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Shelfies Inspired by ThrillerFest and Comic-Con, Thanks to Mysterious Galaxy

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With ThrillerFest and Comic-Con landing on the same weekend, this week’s Shelfie Picks were a no-brainer: We needed some fantastic sci-fi, fantasy, and general thriller novels to recommend. If you’re traveling to either of the aforementioned events this weekend, or you plan to travel elsewhere this summer, you need some thrilling diversions. Who wants to stare at the back of an airplane seat for hours? The train has some old-world charm but eventually, it tries to put you to sleep. And heaven forbid if you’re traveling by bus; then you really need something to take you to another world. Enter three new novels by some of the genre’s most respected and successful authors. These picks come courtesy of Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, an…

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Independence Day Shelfies from Written Words Bookstore: Honoring our roots

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When you’re firing up the barbecue on Saturday, dismissing everyone’s advice and recommendations because you are the grill master, you should take some time to consider. The meat needs proper time to cook, anyway. Perhaps you could cast a reflective eye on the holiday in question, and wonder about this country’s history. If you’re a novice when it comes to your American past, have no fear: This week’s Shelfie Picks consist of entertaining, accessible reads that will put you in touch with your roots. We went to Written Words Bookstore (please note their new address in Shelton, CT!) for these Independence Day recommendations and owner Dorothy Broder was nice enough to deliver three absolute winners. Here they are: 1. The War That…

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Shelfie Picks: Blue Bicycle Books goes around the world

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Summer is a time for trips, unplanned treks and exploring the unknown. To celebrate all this warm weather activity, our Shelfie Picks this week have an adventurous tinge. In fact, we went out of this world with one of the books. These selections come courtesy of Blue Bicycle Books, a bookseller in Charleston, South Carolina that offers new, used and even rare books. Manager Sarah Peck was good enough to offer three creatively inspired books that inspired adventure and intrigue. We weren’t looking for a generic Indiana Jones-style action-adventure story; we wanted something a little different, and that’s exactly what we got. These three choices will allow you to explore far and wide: From the outrageous and often self-destructive punk rock…

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Summer lovin’ Shelfie Picks from McLean and Eakin Booksellers

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They say spring is the time when a young man’s fancy turns to love. If that’s the case, what happens in summer? Oh, we’re not talking about the standard trashy romance. We’re talking about great stories that just so happen to feature a compelling romance, which makes for perfect summer reading. To satisfy our desire for such fun, captivating books, we went to McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, Michigan. The store opened in 1992 and it was the setting for a future romance: That’s where two employees met and eventually became husband and wife. In a further twist of fate, they ended up owning the store. Now, Matthew Norcross and his wife Jessilynn cater to book lovers on the…

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Shelfie Picks: Brookline Booksmith’s favorite historical fiction titles

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There’s nothing quite like a wonderfully immersive historical fiction novel. It keeps us entranced, it keeps us coming back for more; it’s the ideal combination of education and entertainment. Me, I wish this had been a bigger genre when I was in school, because it would’ve made history that much more entertaining. You know how Indiana Jones finally made the study of archaeology undeniably cool? Yeah, same thing. Last week, Tattered Cover Bookstore was nice enough to give us three excellent beach reads. This week, we turn to Brookline Booksmith, a Best of Boston A-List-er, for great new ideas for historical fiction lovers. Co-owner and Store Manager Dana Brigham comes forward with three of her favorites: 1. The High Divide by Lin Enger…

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Beach Shelfie picks courtesy of Tattered Cover Bookstore

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The brutal winter is over and everyone is jockeying for position on the beach. When you’re out there, lounging by the waves and soaking up the rays, you’ll want a good book. It’s likely that you want a fun, gripping, fast-moving story that might just include an exotic setting. So, we asked Tattered Cover Bookstore to recommend three books that should be packed alongside the blanket and sunblock in the picnic basket. Lead Buyer Cathy Langer was nice enough to give us several new titles that will stimulate the mind as you listen to the waves. Check ’em out: 1. The Rocks by Peter Nichols (Riverhead Books, May 26, 2015) Set on the island of Mallorca and revolving around a…

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Shelfie Picks, live from BookExpo America 2015!

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What’s the hottest thing in print? We’ve got the inside scoop! On Thursday, our very own media maven Mea Stewart (aka The Bookish Diva) and I attended BookExpo America 2015 in New York’s immense Javits Center. Imagine all the movers and shakers in the book galaxy convening in one enormous space to bring book lovers the most exciting books and authors for 2015. We couldn’t let the opportunity pass without getting Shelfie Picks from people in the know, in this case Associate Publicist Patrick Scafidi of Workman Publishing and Supervising Librarian Sue Woody of the Des Moines Public Library. Here are the books that most excited them at BEA. Didn’t have chance to write them down? Here are the books…

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Indie picks to get your fix: RJ Julia’s YA faves for BookTrib

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Welcome to this week’s Shelfie Picks! We’ve got great recommendations for your weekend reading by the people who know and love books the most — booksellers, librarians and authors. This week we have suggestions based on I Read YA Week. For great new books that fall into the Young Adult genre, we turn to Lori Fazio, manager of  R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, who recommends these three exciting page-turners. 1. Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer (Delacorte Press, May 19, 2015) Co-written by accomplished author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer, this is a companion book to their first novel together, Between the Lines. It involves a real girl, Delilah, who falls in love…

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Five offbeat Shelfie Picks to spice up your Halloween

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I love spicy foods, to the chagrin of, ahem, my digestive system. Never stopped me from devouring (or at least attempt to devour) hot peppers and hotter peppers that come my way. My relationship with scary movies/books is no less different. Yeah, I’m the one at the movie theater with hands over my ears and eyes squeezed shut while stealing glances at the screen. “Stay home then!” Some would say. But ah, where’s the fun in that? Such is my love-hate relationship with tales that spook: I like them but you can bet that all the lights will be kept on long after. There has never been a lack of audience for spine-tingling yarns over the years. Stephen King shows…

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