Mary Ann's Picks

This week, we're featuring Staff Picks from Mary Ann!

My Absolute Darling Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

Raw, powerful, engrossing, disturbing, brutal, heart-pounding.

This the best book I've read this year.


Mental: Lithium, Love, and Losing My Mind Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399574498
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blue Rider Press - October 3rd, 2017

Mostly a fascinating insight into the author's mania due to Bipolar I.  Her treatment with lithium leads her to some interesting investigations regarding this element.


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250077028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - February 7th, 2017

"Furiously Happy" is ridiculously funny!!


Cold Sassy Tree Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780618919710
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Published: Mariner Books - September 4th, 2007

About a boy growing up in the South at the turn-of-the-century.  Full of enjoyable characters and descriptions of life at the time.


The Angel of History Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125767
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 4th, 2016

Cleverly and beautifully written - about a boy born to a prostitue in Yemen, growing up in a brothel in Egypt, sent to a Catholic school by his wealthy father, and ending up in San Fancisco at the start of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. 


Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet Cover Image
By Xinran
$15.95
ISBN: 9781400095643
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Published: Anchor Books - August 8th, 2006

A beautiful love story of people, of place, of spirit.


The Shadow of the Wind Cover Image
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translator)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143034902
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

When I told people I was reading this book, they all said, "I love that book!"  Now I am one of them.

The story is mysterious, dark, clever, entertaining, and beautifully written (and translated well). 

I love this book!


The October Country Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345324481
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Published: Del Rey Books - April 12th, 1985

I do enjoy a good story-teller, and you've got to be good at your craft to be able to tell your stories in short form.  Ray Bradbury is among the best.  Here is Bradbury without the veil of Sci-Fi/Futurama (though I don't consider him a Sci-Fi writer, anyway).


Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393245448
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2016

Mary Roach does it again.  She gets funnier each time.


Turn Again Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780985048716
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vered Publishing & Design House, Inc. - July 1st, 2012

Historical fiction about the clash as well as merging of cultures toward the end of the 19th century along Cook Inlet. Powerful and sensitive, this is a richly told tale of people blazing toward the future, maintaining the past, seeking adventure, winning and losing.


Jackaby Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781616205461
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 25th, 2015

First in a series of young reader mysteries set in the late 19th centruy New England.  Newly-arrived adventurous Abigail Rook teams up with quirky detective Jackaby to solve fantastical crimes. A lot of fun.


Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616203542
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

Second installment in the Jackaby yount mysteries series takes Jackaby and Miss Rook to an archaeological dig, where things soon get fantastically out of hand.


Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616205799
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 23rd, 2016

Number 3 in the series.  As good as1 and 2.


The Doll: The Lost Short Stories Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062080349
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - November 22nd, 2011

Including stories written in her early twenties, before duMaurier attained fame for her gothic tale "Rebecca", these clever short stories are of varying styles and genres - some are witty, some are disturbing, all are beautifully crafted.


Schizo Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780147508850
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Speak - September 8th, 2015

There are mounds of books that try to explain schizophrenia written by doctors, therapists, family, and friends.  Here's a narrative as told by the schizophrenic himself. The author has struggled with substance abuse and addiction, as well as various forms of mental illness, including psychosis. His creative storyline pus the reader right into the world of a schizophrenic teen.

"I hope it shows that mental illness is not a death sentence."  -Nic Sheff


Who Walk Alone: A Man's Life with Leprosy and the Sanctuary of Sorrow Cover Image
$14.89
ISBN: 9781530391479
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - March 5th, 2016

There are not many books for the layperson regarding Hansen's Disease (aka leprosy, but here is a good one.  Though originally published in 1940, it is still a relevant and moving account of  the life of an exile on a Leper Colony island.


The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763680893
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - December 8th, 2015

A charming story about a tiny mouse with ears too-big, and his love for a kind and compassionate princess.


Goodnight June Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780142180211
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Published: Plume Books - May 27th, 2014

A charming story about a woman who inherit her great-aunt's much beloved bookstore.  Business-minded June prepares to close the financially struggling shop for good, but in the process, she discovers a heart-warming secret about her great-aunt, which leads to more discoveries about life's simple joys.


Winter's Bone Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316066419
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 11th, 2007

A hauntingly lyrical telling of a desperate existence in a bleak reality. The plot is engrossing; the writing superb.


Mockingbird Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142417751
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Published: Puffin Books - February 3rd, 2011

Johnny's Girl: A Daughter's Memoir of Growing Up I Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780882405247
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Published: Graphic Arts Books - September 1st, 1999

The Anchorage Mafia? Yup, you bet. Running gambling dens and strip clubs during the oil boom years. Kim Rich recalls growing up amidst the seedy folks of Alaska's largest city. Her dad was in the business, and she saw a lot. A fascinating look into Anchorage's history that they don't tell the tourists.


Legend of a Suicide Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061875847
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 1st, 2010

Beloved Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

The Awakening and Selected Stories Cover Image
By Kate Chopin, Sandra M. Gilbert (Introduction by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780142437322
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Published: Penguin Books - February 4th, 2003

First published in 1899, Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" covers taboo topics of the era, such as a woman's self-identity separate from her husband and family. An engaging short-story with an historical perspective on women's rights to choose her path in life.


Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060838584
Availability: Special Order
Published: Harper Perennial - July 5th, 2005

The Trial Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780805210408
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Published: Schocken Books Inc - March 28th, 1995

The Way the Crow Flies Cover Image
$16.45
ISBN: 9780060586379
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 31st, 2004

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Way back in the later part of the 20th Century, David Cheezem and Melissa Behnke decided they wanted to open a bookstore. Both husband and wife were and are avid readers. Melissa's mother Peggy helped grow the small Wasilla library, and she grew up in a family of readers. David had just completed his Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing, and felt that his fellow writers deserved a place where good writing was honored and celebrated.

They found the perfect location for a bookstore in Palmer -- the small agricultural town in Alaska with a rich history and cultural heritage.

In 2001 David and Melissa discovered an empty storefront within a stone's throw of Vagabond Blues, their favorite Alaskan coffee-shop. It was the perfect location for a bookstore.

Read Alaska Rewards Book Club

$25.00

 

As booksellers, we see the resurgence of great Alaskan writing every day, and we want to encourage you to take part in it. So we've created this reward club just for you, the adventurous reader of books either by or about Alaskans. For your $25.00 membership in the Read Alaska Rewards club, you receive at least $40.00 in value. You get:

 

  • $15.00 gift certificate when you buy 10 Alaskana books within one year.
  • $25.00 voucher, good for one ticket to an author dinner within one year.
  • Drawings for give-aways of Alaskana books

 

 

Price: $25.00
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