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“The Mermaid Chair” by Sue Monk Kidd. Fans of “The Secret Lives of Bees” rejoice! Sue Monk Kidd follows up her blockbuster with another wonderful novel. Jessie Sullivan returns to her childhood home on Egret Island to care for her estranged and disturbed mother. Kidd writes as a middle-aged woman undergoing major emotional changes in her life in a realistic and most successful way. I loved this, but you’ll have to wait for the April 5 release date for this gem.

“Saturday” by Ian McEwen. “Atonement” is one of my favorite all-time books. McEwen’s follow-up is completely different, but this amazing writer continues to dazzle. “Saturday” tells the story of one day in the life of Dr. Henry Perowne, a noted neurosurgeon. He is an observer rather than a participant in life until this one day, when seemingly unrelated events collide and threaten the precarious balance between happiness, reason, revenge and forgiveness.

“With No One As Witness” by Elizabeth George. New Scotland Yard detective Thomas Lynley pursues a serial killer in the wake of a tragedy within his own department. George is at her best in this mystery set amid accusations of police racism. She makes some bold choices that will permanently change the lives of her well-known and beloved characters.



“Leap of Faith” by Queen Noor. This is a memoir of a young American woman’s journey into the heart of a king and his nation. Young Lisa Hallaby came to Jordan as the naïve young bride of King Hussein. She shares the obstacles she faced as an outspoken Westerner in a volatile Arab nation and her life in the royal court. She gives great insight into the Arab world, for which she has great affection and compassion.

“Dear Zoe” by Philip Beard. Fifteen-year-old Tess DeNunzio struggles to cope with the death of her little sister from a car accident on Sept. 11 – one small death on a day of tragedy. This wonderful novel is written in the form of a letter from Tess to Zoe, examining her feelings and explaining what happens next. This is the story a how one family recovers and mourns a devastating loss. This lovely story is perfect for teens, as well as adults.




“The Ice Queen” by Alice Hoffman. Touched by tragedy as a child, a small-town librarian leads a quiet life, keeping people at a distance. After she is literally struck by lightning, her icy heart begins to thaw and her life has a fiery and powerful new beginning. Alice Hoffman continues to write about ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances in her unique style of magical realism.

“The Heart of the World” by Ian Baker. This is the story of an amazing journey to one of the wildest and most inaccessible places on earth. The hidden lands of Pemako, Tibet, are where Tibetans believe that the physical and spiritual worlds overlap. Explorer Baker delivers an exceptional memoir of his journey into the heart of the world’s deepest gorge and his discovery of a fabled waterfall – the gateway to the myth of Shangri-La.

“Shadow of the Giant” by Orson Scott Card. The Ender’s Game saga continues in another thrilling science fiction adventure. Bean, the smallest student at Battle School, has grown to be a power on war -torn earth. Now yearning for a family, Bean and his wife, Petra, seek a safe world away from his many enemies on earth, following Ender to the stars.

“Peace is the Way” by Deepak Chopra. The best-selling doctor and spiritual guide focuses on how peace can have power over conflict, hatred, despair and personal ego. Chopra offers daily practices such as mediation, thought and actions on behalf of others to help us strive for peace within ourselves and for the greater world.

“So Yesterday” by Scott Westerfield. I loved this teen novel about what “cool” really is. How does an innovation become the hottest thing around? This is a hip thriller about a street savvy 17-year-old professional trend spotter who is drawn into a shadowy conspiracy to overthrow consumerism. Very funny and insightful!

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Compiled by manager Alison Jones-Pomatto at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley, 272-2131. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.


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