Ellie's Picks

ISBN: 9780062289919
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Published: Harper - May 19th, 2015

Michael Perry makes me laugh out loud and not many writers do, unfortunately. This time he has fictionalized all those crazy loveable people from his early non-fiction books on rural life in Wisconsin. On Christmas eve Harley Jackson's holstein cow gives birth to a calf with the face of Jesus on it's side. And while Harley exclaims, "well, thats trouble," it's really where the fun begins. Read, laugh and enjoy!



ISBN: 9780385389587
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - March 10th, 2015

Alice Hoffman, known for her beautiful descriptive language in her adult books has written her first book for 9 to 12 year old girls. It is magical and a delight. Hoffman has written a spellbinding story that deals with a young girl (Twig) finding friendship, love and acceptance for herself and her family, despite the curse of having sons who grow wings! I found myself cheering for those night fliers.

ISBN: 9780525426585
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - July 1st, 2014

Here is a fun summer read - just out by best selling author, Jojo Moyes. It's an unforgettable story of Jess, a single mother, her goth teen son, Nicky and 10 year old math wiz daughter, Tanzie. And, of course, Ed, the tech millionaire, who makes it possible for Tanzie to compete in a math contest in Scotland with the hope of winning a big financial scholarship to the math school of her dreams. But life is not always what one would hope for but sometimes curves in life are better than what one wishes for.  Great fun!

ISBN: 9781455516698
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 2014

Looking for a good summer read, try this biography of an iconic American family. Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel (post depression) for $5000 and ended up with over 300 hotels worth twent billion in 2007. Along the way, crazy times with his son Nicky, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and a cast of thousands. Interesting and fun read.

ISBN: 9780345522023
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 10th, 2013

I have always liked stories of a young boy coming of age and all that it involves. So I knew this book was going to give me a good read. Twelve year old William Eng, a Chinese American child lives at Seattle's Sacred Heart Orphanage during the 1930's until he escapes with his blind friend, Charlotte. They are on the search for Willow Frost, an exotic film star and singer which William believes is his mother. Hope and fate, laughs and tears, this book has it all as you follow William's journey to a satisfying ending.

ISBN: 9780062236678
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Published: HarperTorch - November 5th, 2013

I have enjoyed Ann Patchett's fiction since her first novel, THE PATRON SAINT OF LIARS, and now she has written an autobiography made up of articles she wrote over the past twenty years for various magazines. It is great - we meet her family, friends, an old dog and a remarkable nun to name a few. Dare I say, I liked it better than her novels...well no, because she is always a good read in any form.

ISBN: 9780763648961
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 8th, 2013

Written by the author of WAR HORSE this lovely, gentle story of a youg boy's summer in rural Provence, working in his aunt's cafe, is a delight - with a charming surprise ending! And the gorgeous illustrations are perfectly matched to the story. Art lovers and educators take note.

ISBN: 9780385537131
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 22nd, 2013

John Grisham has written twent-eight crime novels and now he takes us back to Clanton, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, (A Time to Kill) and his best...I think. Jake Brigance once again finds himself in a controversial trial exposing old racial tensions. I found myself enjoying this book after years of skipping him. Give it a read!

ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

ISBN: 9780062073129
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Published: Harper - July 17th, 2012

Once again, Daniel Silva came through with a new adventure of Gabriel Allon, art restorer and Israeli assassin/spy. This time he is dealing with Iranian jihadists who plan to take out the  pope while he visits the Holy Land. The world should be thankful for Israel and their brilliant intelligence system. An exciting read.

ISBN: 9781400069347
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Published: Random House - April 24th, 2012

I don't think anyone can write about womanhood better than this author. Years ago I subscribed to "Newsweek" just so I could read her columns every other week. With her new irresistible memoir I realize how much I have missed her columns. In the memoir she shares her past, present and future to explore what really matters to women at different ages. And she is still right on!

By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
ISBN: 9780312427801
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Published: Picador USA - February 3rd, 2009

I have spent my life dodging mathematic principles - so why did I enjoy this charming little novel (translated from Japanese) so very much? Maybe because of the kindness shown by the housekeeper of a brilliant math professor who has suffered a traumatic head injury which forces him to live with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. And maybe because he makes math and prime numbers so very interesting!

By Coco Irvine, Peg Meier (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780816673063
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Published: University of Minnesota Press - March 30th, 2011

ISBN: 9781616200480
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - March 22nd, 2011

Now in Paperback
"What a fun read! Here is a story about a man trying to fix his past mistakes in order to save his future. And of Stella, his elderly talking dog who provides him with sage advice on virtually every topic. She gives him better consolation than any human could. You do not need to be a dog lover to enjoy this book, but you'll find it even more enjoyable because of Stella."

ISBN: 9780062049803
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Published: Harper - June 7th, 2011

Coming Soon
"Ann Patchett, best known for her best selling novel, Bel Canto, has a new book coming out in June. State of Wonder follows Marina Singh, a researcher for a pharmaceutical company, deep into the Amazon jungle to find a colleague who has disappeared while working on the developement of a new drug that could have a profound impact on western society. What follows is a gripping adventure into the different choices we make in the name of decency and love. As usual a great read from an accomplished writer."